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Meals under $1.25: Easy Chicken Spaghetti

Updated on May 12, 2012

Growing up on a farm, I ate a lot of chicken. We also ate quite a bit of spaghetti with beef meatballs. But I never had chicken spaghetti until I was well into my twenties. Well, I'm here to tell you, I was missing out. Chicken spaghetti is good stuff!

When I make spaghetti dishes I always break the spaghetti into shorter pieces. I know it takes all the fun out of it, but I get tired of wearing spaghetti sauce. I would much rather eat it. So if you have also advanced to the point where you no longer want to wear your spaghetti sauce, you might consider breaking your spaghetti into thirds or fourths also.

Let's look at our recipe.

Have one 1 portion of chicken, from hub, Building Meals Under $1.25: Using 10 Pounds Chicken in 5 Recipes to Make 26 Servings, ready for use to make your meal, or use 2 cups chopped cooked chicken. The recipe will serve 6 easily.


  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2.25 oz can sliced black olives, drained
  • 2 oz pimentoes, drained
  • 10.5 oz cream of chicken soup
  • 10.5 oz cream of mushroom soup
  • two cups chopped cooked chicken, or 1 portion of chicken prepared as indicated above (Chef's Note: You can also use 2 cups cups chopped Cloverleaf's Rotisserie Chicken.)
  • 8 oz spaghetti, broken
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup grated cheese, sharp cheddar

Gather Ingredients
Gather Ingredients

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Gather together the ingredients you will need.

Chopped Onions and Celery
Chopped Onions and Celery

Chop onions and celery. If the celery stalk has leaves, I include those also.

Heat oil over medium high heat. Add onions and celery, and saute until onion becomes transluscent and starts to brown along the ends. Remove from heat.

Add drained olives and pimentoes, stir together.

Add cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, chopped chicken, and spaghetti to onion and celery mixture. Mix together well.

Pour into casserole dish.

Top evenly with grated cheese.

Place in oven and cook for 30 minutes.

Chicken Spaghetti
Chicken Spaghetti

Remove from oven and enjoy!

Cost Analysis:

  • 2 T. olive oil = .06 / serving
  • 3 stalks celery = .05 / serving
  • 1 medium onion = .08 / serving
  • 2.25 oz can sliced black olives = .10 / serving
  • 2 oz pimentoes = .10 / serving
  • 10.5 oz cream of chicken soup = .19 / serving
  • 10.5 oz cream of mushroom soup = .14 / serving
  • 1 portion of chicken = .20 / serving
  • 8 oz spaghetti = .11 / serving
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup grated cheese, sharp cheddar = .18
  • Total cost per serving = $1.21 for each of 6 servings

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