Chicken Spaghetti with Rotel Tomatoes

chicken spaghetti
Diana Rattray
  • Total: 75 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 55 mins
  • Yield: 6 to 8 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
963 Calories
61g Fat
24g Carbs
77g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 963
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 61g 78%
Saturated Fat 26g 132%
Cholesterol 276mg 92%
Sodium 673mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Protein 77g
Calcium 486mg 37%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you live in the South, you know that chicken spaghetti a very popular dish for everyday family meals and potluck dinners. If you've never heard of chicken spaghetti, get ready to meet this down-home favorite. The dish is a mixture of a whole chicken, mixed with spaghetti. The spaghetti is cooked in chicken broth and then combined with the chopped chicken, cheese, and other ingredients and then baked in a casserole. There are lots of family recipes that include American cheese, olives, mushrooms, pimento cheese, and other foods. The spicy Rotel tomatoes with chile peppers are often used and many people add a can of condensed soup to the casserole. There are a number of ways to make it.

This particular recipe is easy scaled down with less pasta, tomatoes, and chicken, and half of the cheese. To save time, use a roasted chicken or a store-bought rotisserie chicken for the dish. Turkey would be excellent as well.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken, about 4 pounds (cut up)
  • 1 package vermicelli or spaghetti (12 to 16 ounces)
  • 2 large green or red bell peppers (chopped)
  • 2 pounds onions (chopped)
  • 2 celery stalks (chopped)
  • 8 ounces mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cans Rotel diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pound Cheddar cheese (grated)

Steps to Make It

  1. Put the chicken pieces in a large pot and cover with water. Bring the chicken to a boil over high heat. Cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for about 30 to 40 minutes. 
  2. Remove the chicken from the pot with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  3. Put the pot with the chicken broth over high heat and bring it back to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook following the package directions until just tender (al dente); drain, but do not rinse.
  4. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the bones and chop up the chicken meat into bite-sized pieces.
  5. In a Dutch oven or deep, heavy skillet, sauté the bell peppers, onion, celery, and mushrooms in the butter. Add the Rotel tomatoes and simmer for about 15 minutes to let the flavors blend. Add the cooked and drained spaghetti, the diced cooked chicken, and the cheddar cheese.
  6. Simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes until the cheese has melted and the mixture is bubbly.

Tips and Variations

  • For fewer tomatoes in the casserole, you can replace one of the cans of Rotel tomatoes with a can of condensed cream of mushroom soup (10 3/4 ounces). This will bring a creamy component to the dish and will complement well with the chopped mushrooms. 
  • Omit the celery, if desired.

  • Use a large store-bought rotisserie chicken for the chicken and commercial chicken broth for cooking liquid for the spaghetti. Or use about 4 to 6 cups of diced leftover chicken or turkey and 2 cups of commercial or pre-made chicken stock. 

  • For some added spice, add a dash of cayenne pepper or crushed red pepper flakes, if desired.

  • Another option is to bake this dish like a classic casserole. To do this, transfer the vegetable and tomato mixture to a large baking dish and add the spaghetti, chicken, and half of the cheese. Top with the remaining cheese and bake in a 350-degree Fahrenheit oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked through and bubbly.