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Quick and Easy Chicken Spaghetti

Updated on September 19, 2018
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Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, blogger at Healthy at Home, and educator. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.

Quick and Easy Chicken Spaghetti
Quick and Easy Chicken Spaghetti | Source
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We have so many chicken recipes that we make that sometimes it seems like we make nothing but chicken recipes here at home.

My husband has jokingly suggested that we open a restaurant that just makes meals with chicken, because we could fill up a very large menu with all of our recipes for chicken. lol

If you can find a quick way to cook a chicken breast thoroughly in a short period of time, most of these recipes can be super easy and quick.

My husband likes to cook his chicken breasts over the stove, as he can do it well in about 20 minutes. But I just can't do that reliably like he can.

So when it's me cooking the chicken, I like to make it in the oven. I can thaw it, season it and pop it into the oven at 400 degrees F for an hour and know that it will come out perfectly.

It's easy to time it to come out at just the right time for when I need it for dinner preparations.

If I want to save myself some time on future meals, I can simply cook several of them in the oven for an hour and then place them in sandwich bags in the refrigerator or freezer for later. Easy peasy!

And then I don't have to tell you how easy it is to make spaghetti quickly. And voila!

Let's walk through the steps so you can reproduce this great recipe yourself.

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 1 hour 10 min
Yields: Serves about 6 people 1 cup of spaghetti

Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium chicken breast, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 inch angel hair pasta
  • About 1 cup prepared spaghetti sauce
  • (Optional) Parmesan cheese, for a topping

Instructions

  1. Start by thawing your chicken. Obviously there are many ways to thaw chicken safely, and the microwave is probably not the best method.
  2. Consider thawing your frozen chicken breast sin the refrigerator overnight or in a sink full of room temperature water for several hours before dinner.
  3. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and spray a square casserole dish with plenty of cooking spray.
  4. When your chicken is ready, place it in the casserole dish.
  5. Season well with an all-purpose seasoning. We got hooked on our Harley's Seasoning when we lived in Texas. You can easily find it online for sale if interested.
  6. Now season well with your garlic powder.
  7. Bake for one hour in the oven.
  8. About 20-30 minutes before your chicken is done, put a small soup pot of water on the stove to boil.
  9. You might want to add a little bit of salt to the water, but it's not absolutely necessary.
  10. When the water is boiling, add about an inch, with a spaghetti measurement tool or your hand, of angel hair spaghetti pasta to the pot.
  11. I prefer angel hair because it's lighter, and allows you to better enjoy all of the other flavors in the dish without all of the carbohydrates.
  12. I would boil for about 10 minutes.
  13. You'll know your pasta is ready when you remove a piece or two or taste it for readiness. Every person has their own preference in pasta readiness.
  14. When done, strain your pasta in the sink in a strainer and then dump it back in the pot where it cooked.
  15. When your chicken is done, transfer it to your cutting board.
  16. With two forks, shred your chicken breast by holding the breast with one fork, and pulling the meat apart with the other fork.
  17. Dump your prepared spaghetti sauce into the pot with your pasta and mix well.
  18. Now add your shredded chicken. I only used half of the chicken I shred and put the rest in a baggie in the refrigerator for another meal.
  19. Mix everything together in your pot and it's ready to serve.
  20. My husband likes to top it with even more sauce and lots of Parmesan cheese. But I just like Parmesan cheese.
  21. Enjoy! Yummy! Yummy!
Step Three: Place your thawed chicken breast in your casserole dish
Step Three: Place your thawed chicken breast in your casserole dish | Source
Step Four: Season your chicken breast with an all-purpose seasoning (We like to use Harley's seasoning.)
Step Four: Season your chicken breast with an all-purpose seasoning (We like to use Harley's seasoning.) | Source
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Step Five: Season your chicken breast with garlic powderStep Six: Boil water for your pastaStep Seven: When boiling, drop your pasta in the waterStep Eight: Bake your chicken at 400 degrees F for one hourStep Nine: When finished cooking, transfer your chicken breast to a cutting boardStep Ten: With two forks, shred your chicken by holding your chicken in place with one fork and shredding with the otherYou'll know your pasta is done when you can pull out one or two pieces and taste them.Step Eleven: When your pasta is done, strain it in the sink in a strainerStep Twelve: Pour your pasta back into the pot it cooked inStep Thirteen: Add your pasta sauceStep Fourteen: Mix everything togetherStep Fifteen: I don't know what happened to my add your chicken to the pot picture, but do so and then mix everything togetherStep Sixteen: Serve and enjoy!!
Step Five: Season your chicken breast with garlic powder
Step Five: Season your chicken breast with garlic powder | Source
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Step Six: Boil water for your pasta
Step Six: Boil water for your pasta | Source
Step Seven: When boiling, drop your pasta in the water
Step Seven: When boiling, drop your pasta in the water | Source
Step Eight: Bake your chicken at 400 degrees F for one hour
Step Eight: Bake your chicken at 400 degrees F for one hour | Source
Step Nine: When finished cooking, transfer your chicken breast to a cutting board
Step Nine: When finished cooking, transfer your chicken breast to a cutting board | Source
Step Ten: With two forks, shred your chicken by holding your chicken in place with one fork and shredding with the other
Step Ten: With two forks, shred your chicken by holding your chicken in place with one fork and shredding with the other | Source
You'll know your pasta is done when you can pull out one or two pieces and taste them.
You'll know your pasta is done when you can pull out one or two pieces and taste them. | Source
Step Eleven: When your pasta is done, strain it in the sink in a strainer
Step Eleven: When your pasta is done, strain it in the sink in a strainer | Source
Step Twelve: Pour your pasta back into the pot it cooked in
Step Twelve: Pour your pasta back into the pot it cooked in | Source
Step Thirteen: Add your pasta sauce
Step Thirteen: Add your pasta sauce | Source
Step Fourteen: Mix everything together
Step Fourteen: Mix everything together | Source
Step Fifteen: I don't know what happened to my add your chicken to the pot picture, but do so and then mix everything together
Step Fifteen: I don't know what happened to my add your chicken to the pot picture, but do so and then mix everything together | Source
Step Sixteen: Serve and enjoy!!
Step Sixteen: Serve and enjoy!! | Source

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup of chicken spaghetti
Calories 310
Calories from Fat54
% Daily Value *
Fat 6 g9%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Unsaturated fat 4 g
Carbohydrates 49 g16%
Sugar 10 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 14 g28%
Cholesterol 17 mg6%
Sodium 536 mg22%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
The Sign of a Good Meal
The Sign of a Good Meal | Source

Personal Review

There's nothing better to serve with a nice hot plate of gooey chicken spaghetti than some Fantastic But Easy Garlic Bread and a nice cold but delicious salad!

Feel free to make this dish healthier for your family by loading it up with yummy vegetables like peas, corn, brussel sprouts, and/or spinach leaves.

You could even substitute pasta for spaghetti squash for a whole new meal! Or just pile on a side of hot veggies with your spaghetti.

Many people make their chicken spaghetti with a white cheesy sauce instead of tomato sauce, or you could use a pesto instead.

Don't fear getting creative with your meals. After all, only you know what's best for your family, and what will draw them to the dinner table.

I hope you enjoy this wonderful meal that so easy to make, it's almost silly not to make this one of our regulars.

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    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      :) Not a problem! I really love cooking. In fact, during all of the cooking shows we watch, my husband and I are always challenging each other on what we would have done with the different ingredients and challenges. Lol

      Thanks for the comment!

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      Susan 

      4 years ago from India

      Wow... This recipe sounds great. Thanks for sharing VVanNess.

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Great! I'm so glad you liked it! Funny, I'm having leftover Chicken Spaghetti right now for lunch and it's still just as amazing as it was the first time. Good luck! I'm so glad that this will help you out a bit. :)

      Thanks for the comment!

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      Amie Butchko 

      4 years ago from Warwick, NY

      Hey there! I struggle with cooking weeknight meals. I just am so tired by that time of the day that I lose my incentive to be adventurous with meals. This sounds like it might help me out a lot, as it sounds like something kids and my husband will like... and so easy! I am going to make it on Tuesday.

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Thanks! I can't wait to hear how it turns out for you. :)

      I love hearing your thoughts.

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      Heather Rode 

      4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      I've never had spaghetti with chicken but it definitely sounds yummy. I'll stop back by once I've made it to let you know how it goes. Thanks for the inspiration :)

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Thanks! I hope your little one enjoys this recipe as much as my husband does! :)

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dang it, I made the best spaghetti last night and my boy just wanted the meatballs. Hmph! 3+ year olds have no manners. I will fix him good with this recipe. He loves chicken too!

      You have great stuff to share and do it wonderfully.

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Thank you both! If spaghetti is delicious, chicken spaghetti has to be better right!

      You'd be surprised at the wonderful addition a little seasoning and garlic powder on some chicken bring to the dish.

      I'm glad you both enjoyed it! Let me know how it turns out for you!

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      kidscrafts 

      4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      You lost a picture! It's OK :-) Your explanations are very good and it's OK if your forgot to take a picture in the heat of the action or that your camera was hungry to eat that chicken picture ;-)

      Well done! I always love a good salad with any pasta dish!

      Enjoy your weekend!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oddly, I have never thought of using chicken in spaghetti....great idea but I'm blown away that I never considered it. For sure I am trying this.

      Have a great weekend, Victoria!

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