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Super-Satisfying Chicken Spaghetti

By Charlotte on March 21, 2012 6:30 AM

Chicken Spaghetti is a go-to dish at our house. Our long-time friend, neighbor and fellow Boomer Shelley Tyler turned me on to this yummy casserole. She got the recipe while on a ski vacation with her family, and has been perfecting it for almost two decades (though you'd never guess it to look at her!).

I discovered Shelley's secret about two years ago while battling Stage 2 breast cancer. She was with me every Chicken Spagetti Ingredients w Spagetti 450.jpgstep of the seemingly impossible journey, praying for a positive outcome, taking me to chemotherapy and cooking what has become one of Bob's and my favorite meals. Who would have thought a good thing could come out of such a bad time?

 

Since then, I serve this grilled chicken, angel hair pasta and creamy sauce medley at least once a month using Shelley's super recipe. Talk about pure comfort food! It's warm, filling and offers a nice kick thanks to her inspired idea of adding Rotel tomatoes. Plus, even better, it's ever SOOOO quick and easy.

 

You need only seven ingredients which you probably already have on hand: angel hair pasta, chicken (grilled or canned), cream of chicken and cream of mushroom soup, Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles, sour cream, and cheese. Bob makes a mean grilled chicken (here's his recipe) so that's usually my choice but canned works just as well. Boil the pasta, mix it with everything except the cheese, bake and you can have a guest-worthy dinner on the table in under an hour. What could be more satisfying?

 

 

Chicken Spaghetti

 

Serves 8

 

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

 

Boil pasta as package directs and drain. Mix all other ingredients (except cheese), add to cooked pasta and put in a 9" x 13" baking dish. Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Sprinkle with your choice of cheese and return to oven to melt.

 

Enjoy with a simple spinach salad and thick, crusty slices of warm French or multi-grain bread. Yum!

 

If you're in the mood for another easy, delicious one-dish meal, try one of these favorites: 

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