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Cheddar Chicken Spaghetti Recipe

Cheddar Chicken Spaghetti Recipe

I actually created this chicken spaghetti recipe out of desperation. My son Charlie was a picky eater when he was young, so I put together some of the things he likes. To this day, he says it's his favorite dish! —Ann Robinson, Dauphin Island, Alabama
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:6-8 servings


  • 1 package (7 ounces) spaghetti, broken
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon diced pimientos, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the chicken, 1 cup cheese, soup, milk, pimientos if desired, salt and pepper. Drain spaghetti; add to the chicken mixture and toss to coat.
  • 2. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 311 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 579mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 21g protein.

Reviews for Cheddar Chicken Spaghetti

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middjett User ID: 7818954 253179
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2016

"Love this dish. Works great with left over chicken or pork. I can cut the recipe in half, and still have enough left over for dinner the next night for 2."

rllewis7 User ID: 7124309 248532
Reviewed May. 23, 2016

"This is a great go-to weeknight meal and very kid-friendly. I added some diced green pepper along with the pimentos for some extra flavor."

amsm User ID: 8302234 245964
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2016

"A family favorite for sure! This dish was tasty and we had no leftovers. I look forward to making this again!"

Tynk63 User ID: 4395201 241979
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016

"I made this for the first time tonight and my family ate it all and I had to make another batch! I used the rotisserie chicken you get from the deli and it turned out great. I decided to go with the pimientos and am glad I did. The only thing I changed was I increased the salt to a teaspoon. I am definitely making this again!"

Medic 716 User ID: 4089259 231663
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2015

"little bland"

MY REVIEW User ID: 6987802 230384
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2015

"I used shredded chicken, from when I roasted a chicken and had leftovers. I also used Penne Pasta. I opted not to use pimientos. I added a dash of crushed red pepper. Also added garlic powder and onion powder. Had a five cheese blend on hand and used that. my 12 year old loved it."

Mrs Corban User ID: 5496419 221003
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2015

"Since most reviews mentioned bland taste...... Suggestion....Every recipe I try out that has meat as an ingredient I ALWAYS marinate in seasonings that will compliment the overall dish. Like with this dish try marinating the chicken for about 24hrs. Sprinkle some garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper (whatever you like) on the chicken. Also cook the pasta in low sodium chicken broth, because like Emeril says "my water don't come seasoned."

MY REVIEW User ID: 3864962 218828
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2015

"Excellent!!! The whole family loved it. Definitely will make this again."

MY REVIEW User ID: 7583608 75433
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2014

"Quick, easy, and delicious !!!!"

punkysquirrel User ID: 2352516 63841
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2014 Edited Oct. 3, 2014

"I made this for my family and they devoured it--even my four year old enjoyed it. I did't use the pimentos, and I thought it was a little bland. I like someone else's idea to saute some vegetables and mix those in--I will try that next time and add some garlic powder."

jengrig User ID: 7870157 26054
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2014

"My 80 yr old Grandmother has been making this for many years. It's so yummy! She uses Velveeta and adds celery and a bit of garlic powder. Great to see this has got around :)"

JaniceBaer User ID: 1723673 26053
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2014

"My son and I aren't big fans of tomato, so this was a great substitute for spaghetti. We loved it! Two weeks after I had first made some, he reminded me that it was good. I think he wanted me to make it again! I will be soon."

tw2014 User ID: 7055351 30846
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2014

"This was pretty good. Next time, I'll add broccoli though!"

Arctic User ID: 76280 36968
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2013

"Great recipe. Does need some flavor. I used roasted red peppers (had on hand) instead of pimientos. Also sauted mushrooms and onions in garlic butter and added. There wasn't a drop left in the dish. Family has requested this meal anytime. Going to try next time with mushroom soup."

BestMomInAllTheLand User ID: 7193949 27069
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2013

"Five stars for easiness, four stars for tastiness. This is comfort food."

vbag User ID: 1135425 75432
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2013

"I absolutely loved this recipe. It was very simple to make, and many of the ingredients I had on hand already. One thing I did add, however, was a block of cream cheese. I creamed this with the hot noodles. It just added more creaminess. Nice find!"

tracylura User ID: 1459513 75431
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2013

"This was delicious and simple to make. Since it's summer time, instead of the pimentos I diced up a little red and green pepper. Added a touch of garlic powder. Tasted wonderful! My family loved it!"

Kayluray User ID: 3724972 203382
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2013

"I shredded the chicken instead of cubing it. It came out soooo good and has such simple ingredients."

melissani User ID: 1433272 203381
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2013

"This is such a nice change from traditional spaghetti with marinara sauce! I mistakenly added 2 cups of cheddar to the casserole while mixing all of the ingredients together, so I added about a cup of sour cream to keep it creamy... AMAZING! Even better than the original recipe! Definately worth a try."

rollecat User ID: 7072385 30842
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2013

"It was ok. I even added chopped onions to add more flavor, but it was still just bland."

Big Red 3 User ID: 7061366 21946
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2012

"Been making this for years and family loves it. I make w/ 2 cans of soup, usually cream of chicken w/ herb and cream of mushroom, use egg noodles instead of spaghetti, and I add a box of frozen chopped broccoli to the noodle/chix mixture before baking. We never have leftovers of this dish."

grjen User ID: 2792354 30694
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2012

"Made this recipe with elbow macaroni and habenero cheddar cheese. It was okay but nothing special."

SybrinaCoyne User ID: 6815273 71383
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2012


ValerieMS User ID: 4364700 71381
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2012

"Every time I make this recipe I alter it to fit what I have on hand and my family loves it."

4Huskers User ID: 5191012 26051
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2012

"I made this tonight and it was soooo good and soooo easy! I added some roasted red bell peppers since I didn't have pimentos. I have never made anything with spaghetti noodles other than spaghetti :-) This is certainly a keeper!!"

nani51586 User ID: 6440808 27067
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2012

"Just made this but used rotini noodles and used an 1 1/2 cans of cream of chicken and topped it with crushed up garlic croutons :) delish!!!"

violet_marie User ID: 6216257 36964
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2012

"i made this right the first time the changed it a little. spaghetti noodles have to be used. and it needs a little garlic powder. but otherwise it is creamy and dreamy- total comfort food!"

zoe_cat User ID: 6555154 51030
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2012

"This looks good- I love spaghetti but my husband doesnt like the regular spaghetti sauce, will try this tonight!"

ekatiakarpova User ID: 6312133 89224
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2011

"Very tasty and easly to make!"

bvalenc2 User ID: 6059042 30691
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"Definitely making agian. The whole family loved it. Thanks!"

TanyaB25 User ID: 3671359 28668
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2011

"I added a little garlic power for extra flavor and spinkled bread crumbs on top before sticking it in the oven."

Grandmabongbong User ID: 4915047 30690
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2011

"My family, including grandchildren loved it. Added a little lemon pepper on top."

martinezdy User ID: 5668554 28651
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2011

"I made this the other night I used Cheesy Alfredo sause instead of tomatoe and it was quick and easy and tasted great even my picky husband enjoyed"

krystallozing User ID: 5640070 27062
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2011

"Loved this! I used whole wheat pasta, reduced fat cream of chicken, 2% cheese, and added crumbled bacon. It was great! Such a comforting meal, easy, and yummy!"

amyelewis User ID: 3178134 21937
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2011

"This was easy to make & so yummy. My kids loved it!! I did try to make it as low fat as possible (reduced fat cheese, soup, milk & whole grain pasta) & it was still delicious!!"

Tyiease User ID: 5505205 75430
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2011

"adding crumbled bacon makes it even yummier!"

SuzyJean User ID: 4448103 73342
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2011

"I used chicken Broth instead of the Milk and added some Garlic and Italian Seasoning for some added taste."

weaver5 User ID: 2901478 26049
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2011

"My family loves this. I often sub. green onions or 1 can of diced green chilies to give it a bit off kick instead of pimientos. Very Good !! and easy......."

Dannysngirl User ID: 4510201 28619
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2010

"Very delicious and comforting. A great change from regular spaghetti! I also add some mixed veggies in."

devilgrrl User ID: 5356323 63808
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2010

"This is very tasty! I modified it to my liking by using 2 cups spaghetti, 2 cans cream of chicken soup, 1 cup of milk, 1 cup of chicken, salt, pepper, garlic powder, pinch of chili seasoning, 1 cup each of cheddar & mozzarella & 1 cup cheddar on top. My kids loved this & gobbled it up & i loved it as well, creamy, cheesey & comforting. YUM!"

dogj User ID: 5325134 36840
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2010

"I typically eat anything and lovw it .....this was discusting! Tasted worse than frozen dinner."

HeatherBresslaw User ID: 4385521 51029
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2010

"My husband came home after a long day at work. He sat down and devoured 2 platefuls! He loves all kinds of food, but gave this a 6/5! Well done!"

Sheri_Bear User ID: 5315039 71377
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2010

"I am making this for the second night in a row!! I'm using two cans tonight because I like a really thick casserole type dish. I also use more than 2 cups of cheese not sure exactly how much because I just grate it onto the dish instead of a measuring bowl."

bkcrouch User ID: 1057671 36838
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2010

"A friend of mine passed this recipe on to me several years ago, using Cream of Mushroom soup, Velveeta & sour cream. Garnish with black olives"

centralvacmama User ID: 3711919 30688
Reviewed May. 2, 2010

"I wanted to prepare a pasta dish to help feed a large number of teenagers and adults. I knew others were making Italian pasta dishes with tomato sauces, but my son usually doesn't care for tomato-based dishes, and I figured other kids would feel the same. So I chose this because I thought it would appeal to both kids and adults. I doubled the recipe for my purposes and also made some changes to jazz it up, yet not so much the picky eaters would turn away. For a single batch, I added 5 strips cooked & crumbled bacon, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, and 1/2 tsp onion powder. Instead of pimiento, I used 1/2 cup chopped roasted sweet red peppers. I used 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese and 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese instead of just cheddar. It was a big hit! I heard kids exclaim, "Oh, good! Something without tomatoes!" It was the first dish to disappear, and it was delicious! Adults and kids loved it! I will definitely make again."

mamaharold User ID: 2047981 71373
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2010

"This is a really easy, quick recipe for a busy weeknight. You can clean up the kitchen while it's baking! Very rich, comforting meal!"

Rose51 User ID: 1459873 27060
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2009

"This is really good, my husband thought so too. I definately will make it again, good comfort food."

PuppydogJammies User ID: 3665359 71369
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2009

"YUM!!! Not a ton of creativity, but a quick, easy & flavorful cheesy comfort dish on this cold wet day. I substituted yolk free egg noodles, used reduced fat cheese & cream of chicken and 2 cans of chicken breast for a quicker fix. I also doubled the pepper, added cajun seasoning, onion & garlic powder. Tasted great!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 1434071 51028
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2009

"Really good and cheesy. My teenaged nieces loved it. Good idea about adding veggies to make it at least slightly healthy."

pianoplyr409 User ID: 2452537 74837
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2009

"Delicious!!!! Will definitely make again!"

klongino1 User ID: 3138754 89222
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2009

"This is really good. I added green beans and cream of mushroom, to throw in a veggie!"

facetious User ID: 3167025 63700
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2008

"This is good. My 9 year old thought it had a little too much pepper, but my husband didn't thought it was just right."

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.