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The Best Chicken Spaghetti (+Video)

The Best Chicken Spaghetti recipe calls for sliced grilled chicken, spaghetti noodles, cream of chicken, salsa, sour cream and cheese. No Rotel!

FAMILY FAVORITE EASY DINNER RECIPE

This recipe is one I’ve been meaning to share for a while but it needed some tweaking. The original recipe I had for it was, well, kinda bland. I kept thinking that it needed a little more kick of flavor but I still wanted it simple to make. This recipe makes enough to feed your family and still have enough for leftovers

Chicken spaghetti shown being putted out of a casserole dish with a large serving fork.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What makes this different from other chicken spaghetti recipes?

I decided I would switch out the can of Rotel (which is basically tomatoes and green chiles that is in most recipes) and replace it with salsa. That really added some yummy flavors. I also think that bit of taco seasoning really creates a super flavorful dish!

Can I use other pasta types?

Angel hair pasta does not have to be used. You can use thin spaghetti or regular spaghetti or even fettuccine noodles.

What shortcuts can I take to make this faster to put together?

Save yourself some time by using precooked chicken. Whether it be rotisserie chicken or the cooked chicken that is sold in the deli department. This will make this meal come together easily!

How do you store leftovers?

Store them in a covered container in your fridge for up to 3 days.

Can chicken spaghetti be frozen?

Yep! It’s just important to cover it well to protect against freezer burn. It will freeze well for up to 3 months.

fully cooked chicken spaghetti shown in a glass baking dish.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR THE FULL RECIPE)

  • angel hair pasta – I tend to like the thinner angel hair pasta for this but you can use your favorite pasta here like regular spaghetti or fettuccine or linguine.
  • cooked chicken – a store-bought rotisserie chicken or the fully cooked grilled chicken you find in the refrigerator section all make this so easy to put together and adds flavor!
  • cream of chicken soup – you can also use cream of mushroom or even make your own homemade cream of chicken soup.
  • salsa – my absolute favorite salsa is mild Herdez – it has the perfect flavor for this recipe but you can also use Rotel if that is what you prefer. I think salsa brings much more flavor though.
  • sour cream – this is really going to add a lot of creaminess here. You could use plain Greek yogurt as well.
  • Mexican cheese blend – I just pick up the store-bought pre shredded cheese but you can shred your own or use a different flavor blend.
  • taco seasoning – you can use store-bought or make your own taco seasoning.
chicken spaghetti ingredients: angel hair pasta, cooked chicken, cream of chicken soup, salsa, sour cream, Mexican cheese blend, taco seasoning.

HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN SPAGHETTI:

Preheat oven to 350f degrees. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Cook pasta according to package directions (remember, you are only using half the box of pasta.)

angel hair pasta cooking in water in a large black pot

Once pasta is cooked, drain well. Place pasta back into the pot (with heat turned off). Add diced chicken, cream of chicken soups, salsa, sour cream, 1 cup of Mexican cheese blend and taco seasoning. Stir well to combine (this will take a few minutes.)

cooked spaghetti, diced cooked chicken, salsa, taco seasoning and shredded cheese shown in the bottom of a black pot

Pour combined mixture into your prepared baking dish. Top with remaining cheese and a sprinkling of dried parsley.

chicken spaghetti ingredients shown on a glass rectangle baking dish before being cooked

Cover with nonstick aluminum foil.

baking dish shown covered in aluminum foil

Cook in the oven for about 25 minutes. Then enjoy!

Creamy Cheese Chicken Spaghetti, finished, shown fully cooked in clear baking dish

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Originally published: June 2016
Updated and republished: April 2019

The Best Chicken Spaghetti recipe

The Best Chicken Spaghetti (+Video)

This easy Creamy, Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti recipe calls for chicken, spaghetti, cream of chicken, salsa, sour cream and cheese. No Rotel!
4.85 from 427 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 8 ounce angel hair pasta (half of a 16 ounce box)
  • 2 cups chopped, cooked chicken
  • 2 (10 ounce) cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup salsa
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 cup Mexican cheese blend, divided use
  • 1 Tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1 cup Mexican cheese blend
  • dried parsley for topping (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350f degrees. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Cook 8 ounce angel hair pasta according to package directions (remember, you are only using half a box of angel hair pasta here.) Once pasta is cooked, drain well.
  • Place pasta back into the pot and add 2 cups chopped, cooked chicken, 2 (10 ounce) cans cream of chicken soup, 1 cup salsa, 1/2 cup sour cream, 1 cup Mexican cheese blend, and 1 Tablespoon taco seasoning.
  • Stir well to combine (this will take a few minutes.)
  • Pour combined mixture into your prepared baking dish.
  • Top with 1 cup Mexican cheese blend and a sprinkling of dried parsley
  • Cover with nonstick aluminum foil.
  • Cook in the oven for about 25 minutes (until hot and bubbly.)

Video

YouTube video

Notes

  • Please refer to my FAQ’s and ingredient list above for other substitutions or for the answers to the most common questions. 
  • You can purchase the pre-cooked or pre-grilled chicken in the refrigerated section and freezer sections of your grocery store to cut down on time.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 18g | Sodium: 496mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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386 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I made this for dinner today and my husband loved it! It was delicious! Can’t wait to have leftovers tomorrow night!

  2. 5 stars
    Seriously the best chicken spaghetti!! Tasted so much better than the ones that just used velveeta and Rotel! My new go to for chicken spaghetti.

  3. 5 stars
    Made it exactly like recipe states we added a little bit of Texas Pete and Parmesan it was delicious!!!! I used mild pace. I boiled 2 skinless boneless chicken breast, then cubed it. Easy clean up!!

  4. 5 stars
    I made this last night for a family get together. I doubled the recipe, making two 9×13 pans of it, adding diced jalapenos from a jar to one of the pans. This recipe turned out really good, and the jalapeno one went over big. This is definitely a keeper. I printed it and added it to my cookbook.

  5. 5 stars
    Tried it and it was very good and easy to make. Would suggest adding a brick of cream cheese to it for even more creamier cheese.

  6. 5 stars
    Its just me and my hubby so, I halved the recipe and placed it in an 8×8 and it turned out fantastic!
    First time I’ve made chicken spaghetti and this is been added to the rotation.

  7. 5 stars
    This chicken spaghetti is excellent. Even my husband (who is not a spaghetti fan) loved it! He even asked to have the leftovers for lunch the next day. I definitely recommend.

  8. 5 stars
    I followed the recipe ingredients, but made it in a crock pot since ovens are not common in China. I cooked 2 chicken breasts with broth and butter for 2.5 hours on low. Then I added cooked spaghetti and all other ingredients (only 1 can of cream of chicken though). It was so creamy and delicious I stuffed myself. This is the first time I made chicken spaghetti. So happy to make good comfort food which I miss .

  9. 5 stars
    My husband is super picky and this is the only dish he has given in a year with his “seal of approval”…..asks for it every week and LOVES it….easy to make. I substitute Chikn strips by Morningstar or Gardein, and use low fat sour cream. Big hit!

  10. 5 stars
    The casserole was delicious!!! I added an extra cup of chicken, used regular spaghetti (not angel hair), and different seasonings instead of taco. In other words, I used what I had at home:) I will definitely make this again!!!

  11. 5 stars
    Due to getting a late start on dinner last night I did a Hail Mary. I Googled “meals to cook with chicken breast,” this one was the 1st to pop up, I just so happen to have all the ingredients & without reading the steps I started on it. It ended up being super easy & before we even finished my kids asked if we could fix it again. SCORE!

  12. I haven’t tried this yet, and this may sound dumb, but is this a garlic bread kinda chicken spaghetti? Or more of a Mexican dish?

  13. 5 stars
    Making this tonight! Looks and smells delicious. I was planning on freezing half to eat later. How would you cook the frozen portion?

  14. 5 stars
    This was my first time preparing and eating Chicken Spaghetti. My family loved it. I loved how easy the recipe came together. I used thin spaghetti instead of “Angel Hair” because that was what was in my pantry.

  15. 5 stars
    Thanks for the recipe! It’s the bomb! My husband and I liked it better then the one I do with Velveeta and Rotel. It’s a keeper in my household.