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Chicken spaghetti is a new twist on your favorite pasta dinner! This dish is creamy + cheesy, making it the epitome of comfort food.

All my kids love Spaghetti and when we like to switch it up we make this chicken spaghetti, Baked Spaghetti or even Spaghetti Chili!

Chicken Spaghetti recipe on serving spoon.

Chicken in Spaghetti? YES WAY!

I admit, I was hesitant to try this recipe because we’ve enjoyed our classic spaghetti recipe for so long, which has red sauce and beef.

Having said that, chicken + pasta is my favorite dinner combo, so we knew we had to try it out. I’m happy to report that the result was amazing (and SO EASY to make).

We were surprised that it had some spice (salsa, Mexican cheese, and Taco Seasoning), but we actually LOVED all the flavors!

It wasn’t too spicy at all, but instead of the Italian seasonings you’d expect in spaghetti, this had Mexican flavors that made this recipe so delicious!

Pasta in a colander to make chicken spaghetti.

How to make Chicken Spaghetti

This chicken spaghetti recipe is a simple family-friendly dinner!

PASTA. Cook pasta according to package directions and drain.

MIX. Combine cooked pasta, diced chicken, cream of chicken soup, Salsa, sour cream, taco seasoning, and 1½ cups cheese. Stir to combine.

BAKE. Pour into a 9×13 sprayed casserole dish. Top with ½ cup cheese and chopped cilantro. Cover with foil and cook in the oven for 25 minutes, or until cheese begins to bubble.

Recipe tips

Change up the flavors of this easy chicken spaghetti recipe by adding some spice or veggies!

Chicken. To create this cheesy chicken spaghetti, choose from this great Oven Baked Chicken, a rotisserie chicken, or purchase a package of cooked diced chicken from the refrigerated section of the grocery store. If you wish, replace the chicken with turkey.

Variations. Since this chicken spaghetti bake has Mexican flavors, you’ll want to stick to additions that have complementary flavors. Flavor to taste.

  • Classics: salt, pepper, onion, and garlic
  • Add some spice: sliced jalapenos, red pepper flakes, and green chilies
  • Veggies: mushrooms, bell peppers, and diced tomatoes 
Easy spaghetti close up in a casserole dish.


Making chicken spaghetti in the crock pot is easy! You can even cook the chicken along with the rest of the ingredients, instead of starting with cooked chicken.

MIX. Combine uncooked chicken, cream of chicken soup, salsa, sour cream, 1 cup of cheese, and taco seasoning in the crockpot.

HEAT. Cover and cook for 3-4 hours on high until the chicken is cooked through.

PASTA. Cook your spaghetti noodles. Pour in the cooked spaghetti noodles and the remaining cheese.

CHEESE. Toss everything together in the crockpot to mix and melt cheese. Cook for another 20-30 min on low and serve.

Either way you make it, it’s sure to be a hit!

a perfect MAKe-ahead meal

Chicken Spaghetti makes a great freezer meal!

Make it ahead of time. If you want to make it ahead without freezing, assemble it, cover it, and keep it in the fridge for up to two days until you’re ready to bake.

FREEZE. Prepare the chicken spaghetti casserole, and pour it into a freezer-safe baking container. Top with the cheese. Cover with plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Make sure it’s airtight and ready for the freezer. This can be kept in the freezer for up to 6 months.

STORE. Keep leftover chicken spaghetti in the fridge for 2-3 days. Be sure to place leftovers in an air-tight container and reheat it in the microwave.

Can’t wait to make this easy, cheesy, flavorful spaghetti again!

what to serve with chicken spaghetti:

Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti on serving spoon.

Recipe FAQ

Do I add salt to pasta water to make chicken spaghetti?

This is an optional step but is a great way to infuse flavor directly into the pasta. Bring the water to a boil and add 1 tablespoon of salt. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain and use in the casserole.

What is the best way to cook the chicken for chicken spaghetti?

When it comes to cooking chicken breast or thighs for chicken spaghetti, there are a few options that yield delicious results. Some popular methods are to bake or roast the chicken in the oven, use a rotisserie chicken, or you can purchase a package of cooked diced chicken from the grocery store if you’re looking to save time.

What cheese do I use when making chicken spaghetti?

I used a delicious Mexican cheese blend which contains Monterey Jack, sharp cheddar cheese, queso, and Asadero cheeses. You can also add Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, or Pepper Jack cheese or a mixture, depending on what overall flavor you are going for.

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5 from 88 votes

Chicken Spaghetti Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Chicken Spaghetti is a new twist on your favorite pasta dinner! This dish is creamy + cheesy, making it the epitome of comfort food.
Servings: 8
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 40 minutes


  • 1 (16-ounce) box spaghetti noodles
  • 2 cups cooked chicken diced
  • 2 (10 ounce) cans cream of chicken soup undiluted
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups Mexican cheese blend divided
  • 1 teaspoon taco seasoning
  • chopped cilantro


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
  • Mix together cooked pasta, diced chicken, cream of chicken soup, salsa, sour cream, taco seasoning, and 1½ cups of your cheese. Stir to combine.
  • Pour into a 9×13 sprayed baking dish.
  • Top with ½cup cheese and chopped cilantro.
  • Cover with foil and cook in the oven for 25 minutes, until cheese begins to bubble.



Calories: 243kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 68mg, Sodium: 473mg, Potassium: 230mg, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 550IU, Vitamin C: 0.9mg, Calcium: 230mg, Iron: 0.8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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Adapted from The Country Cook.

About Kristyn

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe was excellent. I couldn’t stop eating it My husband and I thought it was great. I’m going to keep in my recipe box of favorites.

  2. This was awesome! I made homemade cream of chicken soup, added some onion and a can of green chiles. Happy there are leftovers!

  3. 5 stars
    I wasn’t too sure about this at first. My 6 year old chose this out of the list so I made it. I tweaked the recipe slightly to my liking as I do with all recipes. I added diced yellow onion and diced jalapeños to the mix and an extra can of cream of chicken. This came out so good. Will definitely be added to list of regular meals