Let me say, I don’t think I’ve ever made chicken spaghetti the same way twice. I love chicken spaghetti. It was one of the dishes that I made at home before moving out after getting married to Josh and stored in our little apartment freezer for a meal to eat in the apartment after we moved in. My students even get excited when chicken spaghetti is served in the cafeteria.
Last Sunday, I boiled three large chicken breasts (seriously, these chickens must have weighed ten pounds at slaughter) in a huge pot. I was going to divide it evenly between the chicken spaghetti and chicken for tacos. I evacuated them from the pot and added in a bit over a pound of vermicelli (angel hair pasta) to boil in the broth–a tip I picked up from Pioneer Woman’s show.
Then, I had a light bulb moment. How about if I left some of the noodles in the pot (I was going to use a slotted spoon to remove them)? I could add a bit of herbs, some bits of chicken, a few veg, and make a passable chicken noodle soup.
I ended up shredding half a chicken breast into miniscule bits and added it to the soup, one breast added to the chicken spaghetti mixture, and one-and-a-half breasts for tacos.
I finished prepping the chicken spaghetti as follows:
1 large chicken breast half, boiled and shredded
1 pound vermicelli (angel hair pasta), cut into two-inch lengths and boiled
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 pound processed cheese loaf, diced finely
1 bell pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
1 can tomatoes with green chilies, undrained
salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Combine bell pepper and onion in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave two minutes or until veg are softened. Mix together the following: pasta, chicken, soups, tomatoes, salt, pepper, onions and peppers, and processed cheese cubes.
Scoop into a 9×13 baking dish. Sprinkle with Cajun seasoning, as liberally as you please. Sprinkle with cheese. Refrigerate until 1 hour before serving (or heat immediately)
An hour before serving, place the dish in a cold oven. Set oven to 375 degrees and heat until heated through and bubbly.
Enjoy and repeat.