Firefighter's Chicken Spaghetti Recipe
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Firefighter's Chicken Spaghetti Recipe

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I'm usually in the kitchen most of the day making some kind of dish for my family, neighbors or the local fire department to pass around and try. My husband is a firefighter in our town, and this casserole is a favorite there.— Krista Davis-Keith, New Castle, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 14 servings


  • 12 ounces uncooked spaghetti, broken in half
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted, divided
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 to 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 5 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1-1/2 cups crushed cornflakes

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 404 calories, 18g fat (9g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 763mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 26g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain.
  2. In a large bowl, combine soups, sour cream, milk, 2 tablespoons butter and seasonings. Add the cheeses, celery, onion and mushrooms. Stir in the chicken and spaghetti.
  3. Transfer to a greased 3-qt. baking dish (dish will be full). Combine cornflakes and remaining butter; sprinkle over the top.
  4. Bake, uncovered, 45-50 minutes or until bubbly. Yield: 14 servings.
Originally published as Firefighter's Chicken Spaghetti in Casserole Cookbook 2001, p172

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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Debglass11 User ID: 6300479 256593
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2016

"This was so good! I used a full pound of spaghetti and I sauteed the onion and celery in additional butter beforehand. I also used a mixture of sharp cheddar and mozzarella and instead of the cornflakes on top, I used some additional shredded cheddar. I didn't have any fresh mushrooms (I don't use canned) so I omitted the mushrooms. My whole family loved it, and by the end of the night, the entire casserole was gone. Thanks for this recipe; it's a keeper!"

katecrid47 User ID: 7098019 244678
Reviewed Feb. 29, 2016

"This was really good. The whole family enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing!"

buckeye916 User ID: 8767739 243672
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2016

"I have made this for years and like some of the different ingredients but I always use cheddar cheese which would give this much more flavor."

Not_Spacy User ID: 6034953 227641
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2015 Edited Aug. 3, 2015

"Like many others, I saut?ed the vegetables in butter first. The pasta mixture had great flavor with the mixture of cheeses and veggies. I may try butter- cracker crumbs instead of the corn flake crumbs next time as my family wasn't a big fan of the texture of the topping mixing in with the pasta."

bonzi526 User ID: 1378465 222540
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2015

"This was great. Next time I'm saut?ing the onions and celery and slightly saut?ing the (fresh) mushroom. Also, I'm adding chopped water chestnuts. On the cornflakes, make sure that it is 1-1/2 Crushed cornflakes and I used Rotisserie chicken."

chrissellscandles User ID: 2752798 221307
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2015

"This is really good, but I made some revisions. I saut?ed the onions and celery with fresh mushrooms in 2 Tbs of butter and cooked the chicken in 2 Tbs of butter. I omitted the 2 Tbs in the mixture since I used it for saut?ing. I substituted Monterey Jack cheese for the mozzarella for more flavor. With those changes, it was very tasty, and I'll be making it again."

SurShopper User ID: 5648075 220855
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2015

"I made this last night. Hubby liked it. The onion and celery did not get cooked through, so next time I will saut? first along with a little fresh garlic, instead of garlic powder. The spaghetti was a little too soft/ over cooked so next time will cook until al dente or possibly use a different pasta type. I cut the fat by using Greek yogurt instead of sour cream and omitted the cornflakes."

swinny User ID: 1858482 128810
Reviewed May. 13, 2014

"Tasty. I made this for my daughter when she was home from college and gave her some to take back. She enjoyed it!!!"

R_uth User ID: 6540071 56659
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2013

"Outstanding! Freezes very well and reheats in microwave partially covered or in the oven covered. Cornflakes whole or crushed make an excellent topping."

normiesgirl User ID: 4522382 134654
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2013

"Except for my lack of being prepared to make this, which made it take more time to prepare, this recipe was DE LISOUS! I made a huge casserole and my picky hubby ate 2 HUGE helpings. This is definitely a "keeper" recipe. I added 1 up of riccota cheese, and changed the cream of chicken for cream of celery... otherwise it was the same."

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