Easy and delicious, this Chicken Salsa Spaghetti is baked in the oven and uses salsa instead of traditional spaghetti sauce.
Some days I write better standing up than I do sitting down. I’m a restless person and often have difficulty sitting still for more than 15 minutes at a time. This morning in particular is one of those instances, and the result is that I am standing at my kitchen counter writing instead of sitting in the office. It’s probably better for me than sitting for an hour anyway, so I’m not complaining.
I think I mentioned a few posts ago that we’ve been sorting through all our possessions recently in order to eliminate items that we don’t need. We finally finished this project yesterday (I think), and I’ve been amazed at just how much stuff we’ve managed to accumulate over the past few years. Please explain to me why we need three of the same size of pan when there are only two of us in the house.
“What is this funny-shaped piece of plastic and what does it go to anyway?” “I don’t know.” “Hmmm…I hope it’s not important.”
“Do we really need every size of nail and screw that is sold on the market?” “Actually, we probably do.”
“Hey, I’ve never seen this book before; is it yours?” “No, I thought it was yours.” *silence* “Oh.”
“Awww…look at this random picture I found of me as a baby! I was so cute.”
“How many coffee mugs could you possibly need?! You use the same one every day anyway.” (This is a joke addressed to my coffee-drinking husband. I don’t drink coffee. If I did, we would all be in trouble.)
“Why do you have so many clothes? You don’t even wear half of these. Like this dress. Why do you need this dress?” “Oh, yeah? Well, I like that dress. I might need it for one of those formal events that we never attend, or something.” (These kinds of conversations are directed at me, of course. Casey doesn’t collect clothes. In all fairness, I did sort through my closet and got rid of a huge pile of stuff that I no longer wear.)
“I have always disliked this table. Maybe we could just get rid of it and live without a table for awhile.”
You get the idea. Moving on…
“Why, hello there, Baked Chicken Salsa Spaghetti!” (Just kidding. I won’t do that.)
I’m not a big fan of traditional spaghetti. It’s ok, but not something I would eat very often. I haven’t eaten any in years however, so there is a possibility that my taste buds have changed their minds.
Baked spaghetti is a different story though. This Chicken Salsa Baked Spaghetti is my favorite spaghetti-like dish. It’s based on a recipe that my mom used when I was growing up.
Not only is it delicious, but it also provides plenty of leftovers for lunches. If you have a large family, the recipe is easy to double as well. Note: When doubling, use two 13×9 pans instead of one.
Baked Chicken Salsa Spaghetti
- 3 uncooked chicken breasts, chopped into chunks
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 bell pepper, chopped
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 8 ounces whole wheat spaghetti noodles
- 1 1/2 cups salsa
- 1 can cream of chicken
- 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
In a large pot over medium heat, combine chopped chicken breast, onion, bell pepper, and celery. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are tender. Remove from heat. Meanwhile, prepare spaghetti noodles according to package directions, remove from heat, and drain.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Add noodles to chicken mixture. Add salsa, cream of chicken, and half of shredded cheese and stir to combine. Pour into lightly greased 13×9 casserole dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese.
Bake for 30-40 minutes or until heated through.
~K in the Kitchen