Chicken Spaghetti {Freezer Meal}


This dish is sure to be a meal that your family will eat again and again.  The delicious combination of chicken, noodles, and cheese makes this one a winner!

When I made this chicken spaghetti recipe for the first time last week, my husband ate it for about 5 meals in a row and proceeded to ask me to make it again the next week.

My kids eagerly scarfed it down as well. Tonight’s batch ended up on about every area of exposed skin on my 18 month old, but I take that as a sign he liked it.

Needless to say, this recipe is a keeper!

Be warned, this recipe makes a TON of chicken spaghetti. You can either make a big ol’ batch in a 9×13 casserole dish or split it between two 8×8 dishes and freeze one for later.

Ready to get started?

A few things to clarify…

You can chop veggies by hand but I chose to throw them into the food processor. I like this approach because you can sneak in some more veggies without a huge change in texture. Oh, I threw some parsley in for good measure. It was a fine choice, I might add. Spinach would also work.

This dish is sure to be a meal that your family will eat again and again.  The delicious combination of chicken, noodles, and cheese makes this one a winner!
This dish is sure to be a meal that your family will eat again and again.  The delicious combination of chicken, noodles, and cheese makes this one a winner!

Chop chop chop.

This dish is sure to be a meal that your family will eat again and again.  The delicious combination of chicken, noodles, and cheese makes this one a winner!

Here it is all mixed up. Yum. Or yuck. Not sure.

ChThis dish is sure to be a meal that your family will eat again and again.  The delicious combination of chicken, noodles, and cheese makes this one a winner!

Topped with cheese and ready to pop in the oven! OR, you could cover this with plastic wrap and foil and freeze it for a future meal. I did both.

This dish is sure to be a meal that your family will eat again and again.  The delicious combination of chicken, noodles, and cheese makes this one a winner!
This dish is sure to be a meal that your family will eat again and again.  The delicious combination of chicken, noodles, and cheese makes this one a winner!

Done and done.

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Chicken Spaghetti

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Freezer Meal
  • Method: Casserole
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This Chicken Spaghetti Casserole will keep your family coming back for more deliciousness. So. Darn. Good. 


Ingredients

  • 1 pound whole wheat linguini (or spaghetti), broken into 2-inch pieces
  • Two (10 and 3/4-ounce) cans organic cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 23 chicken breasts, fully cooked and chopped or shredded
  • 1/2 cup finely diced green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red bell pepper
  • 1 small or medium onion, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar, divided

Instructions

Make It Now:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×13 inch casserole dish or two 8×8 dishes with cooking spray.
  2. Cook the linguini according to the package instructions, until al dente (slightly undercooked). When the pasta is done, drain it in a colander over the sink.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, gently stir together the cooked linguini with the cream of mushroom soup, chicken broth, chicken, green peppers, red peppers, onions, seasoned salt, cayenne, and 1 1/2 cups of the cheese, Sprinkle it all with salt and pepper, to your preference.
  4. Place the mixture in the dish (or dishes) and top with the remaining 1 cup of cheese. (Freezing instructions begin here.)
  5. Bake until bubbly around the edges, about 40-45 minutes. (If the cheese on top starts to get too dark, cover with foil.)

Freeze For Later: Follow steps 1-4 (do not bake). Cover the casserole dishes with a few layers of plastic wrap and foil. Squeeze out any excess air and freeze. Prepare From Frozen: Thaw. (Here are three safe ways to thaw freezer meals.) Follow step 5. If it’s still slightly frozen in the middle, you’ll just have to cook it longer than the recipe calls for or defrost a bit in the microwave before baking. Cover it with foil if the top gets too brown in the oven.


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Comments

  1. rachel says

    Hi, please disregard my question. I understand now that you cook the spaghetti in the chicken broth that was created from cooking the chicken. Thanks!

  2. rachel says

    Hi! Sounds tasty! The recipe states it calls for 2 cups of chicken broth. Then it states to cook the spaghetti in the cooking broth. I don’t understand how you cook 1 pound of spaghetti in 1 or even 2 cups of chicken broth. When I boil spaghetti, I need to use at least 3 cups of water? Are you saying to cook the spaghetti first, and then cook it for a while in 1 cup of chicken broth? Or do you mean, take the raw spaghetti and add 1 cup of cooking broth. And cook it until the water evaporates? Sorry, I don’t understand what amount of broth you should use to cook 1 pound of spaghetti. Thanks

    • Polly says

      Sorry for the confusion. I just removed the step to cook it in chicken broth. Just use water!

      • Rachel says

        Thank you for the clarification, Polly. I look forward to trying the recipe out!

  3. Brigitte Pepin says

    Hello! I am trying this recipe for my daughter Rehearsal dinner this weekend. I don’t quite understand what you mean by add some chicken broth as needed (step # 3). What texture am I suppose to have? Thank you!

    • Polly says

      I took that extra tip out to avoid confusion. 1 cup should be enough!

  4. Jen says

    Can you use regular pasta (not whole wheat) and/or different shaped pasta?

  5. Tiffany Rider says

    Husband said this was the best meal ! Thank you!

    • Polly says

      My husband likes it too!

  6. Ingrid says

    Have you ever tried this with pork? (I’ve made it a few times with chicken and love it, but have to make a meal for a family with a chicken allergy).

    • Rachel says

      I’m sorry to say that we haven’t tried that.

  7. Courtney Saye says

    If I were to freeze this which part would I not cook, or just not cook the whole thing?

    • Courtney Saye says

      Never mind found the answer in the comments above 🙂

  8. Gregg says

    At point in the process can you freeze?

    • Polly says

      Follow all of the steps right up until you bake it. Cover it and freeze it at that point.

  9. Lisa says

    If you freeze it do you put the cheese on top before you freeze?

    • Rachel says

      I think that would be just fine!

  10. Rachel says

    I am also cooking for some students:) Two questions: How much does the big batch feed? I need to make on Friday for Sunday-would it keep in the fridge alright or would I be better cooking and reheating? Thanks.

    • Polly says

      I’m guessing the batch will feed 12 people easily. Probably more depending on how big of servings you dish out. Yes you can for sure make it ahead of time. I did this a few weeks ago. Just make sure to undercook the noodles a tad.

  11. Stephanie says

    Can I use bone-in chicken breasts. If so how many? We are not fans of dark meat.

    • Stephanie says

      Nevermind, I found my answer in your printed recipe. Looking forward to trying this one.

  12. Tracy says

    This sounds great, thanks! Are there other veggies you would suggest for the casserole? Unfortunately, I can’t eat bell peppers.

    • Rachel says

      Chopped broccoli would be fantastic in here!