In the Kitchen: Chicken Spaghetti

Last year I signed up to be a part of this SAHM group here in KC. Now, it’s rare that I’m actually able to make any of the meetups, but there is one thing I can always be a part of that counts as my participation for the month and therefore saves me from getting kicked out. (Which is awesome, because you do NOT want to be ostracized from a mommy group.)

Each time someone in the group has a new baby, we all sign up for a day on the calendar to bring them a meal. I bring the same thing every time – this chicken spaghetti – and it never fails that I get an email the next day asking for the recipe.

This is a great dish to feed a crowd, it can be made using those wonderful rotisserie chickens and you can even make most of it in the microwave.

Chicken Spaghetti

1 lb spaghetti noodles
3 cooked & shredded boneless, skinless chicken breasts OR 1
deboned, skinned and chopped rotisserie chicken (Speeds things
1 small onion, diced
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp butter
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can Rotel
1 lb Velveeta, cut into cubes
1 cup shredded cheddar
1 tsp celery seed (Sometimes I add chopped celery in with the onion & garlic if I have it)
salt & pepper to taste

Boil noodles in a large pot of salted water.

While noodles are cooking, in a large saucepan, sauté onion and
garlic in butter. Add soups, Rotel, Velveeta, celery seed, salt and pepper.
Continue cooking until Velveeta is melted. Stir in chopped
chicken. (This can all be done in a microwave safe dish as well!)

Drain noodles, combine with sauce. Pour into greased 13 x 9 in
dish, sprinkle cheddar over the top. Bake @ 350 degrees until
the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbling.

In the Kitchen: Cheesy Chicken & Spinach Lasagna

Sometimes, I only prepare a meal as a means of a cheese delivery system.

This is one of those times.

Sure, there’s some chicken in here, and some spinach so we can call it “healthy.” But let’s be honest. This dish is all about the three cheeses that make every bite a rich, calorie-laden, scrumdiddlyumptious mouthgasm.

The original, adapted from an old Better Homes cookbook, can take awhile to prep, so I’ve included a few tips on how to make this a little easier at the bottom.

You will need:

9 lasagna noodles
1/2 cup butter
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp salt
2 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups milk
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
2 cups ricotta cheese
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
2 (10 ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

*I usually make my own broth when I’m boiling the chicken because it’s less salty than the store bought cartons. Since I had some left over after the dish I just poured it into ice cube trays, froze it and then popped it into bags to store.


Preheat the oven to 350. Boil, drain and rinse the noodles.

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook the onion and garlic in the butter until tender, stirring frequently. Stir in the flour and salt, and simmer until bubbly.

Mix in the broth and milk, and boil, stirring constantly, for about a minute. Stir in half the mozzarella and parmesan. Season with the basil, oregano, and ground black pepper. Remove from heat, and set aside.

Spread a little of the sauce mixture in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Layer with 3 of the noodles, half the ricotta, half of the chicken, and half of the spinach. Pour about 1/3 of the sauce over the top.

Arrange 3 more of the noodles over the chicken, and layer with the rest of the ricotta, chicken and spinach. Pour another 1/3 of the sauce over the top.

Place the last three noodles over that, pour on the rest of the sauce, and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Top with the parsely.

Bake 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven until the cheese is browned and bubbly. Let it rest for several minutes on the countertop to set.

To make this easier: Buy a rotisserie chicken from the deli. Use a jarred sauce.

To make this meatless: Skip the chicken and replace with sliced mushrooms. No need to sauté them first. Just layer them in.