Chicken Spaghetti Baked Recipe | The Recipe Critic

Baked chicken spaghetti is an easy dinner casserole to feed a family. Tender pieces of chicken tossed with tender noodles and a creamy tomato sauce. 

Try these other tasty sharable baked dinner recipes to make during the week, like this Tuna Noodle Casserole, Chicken Parmesan Casserole or Classic Baked Spaghetti.

Baked Chicken Spaghetti in a casserole.

Baked Chicken Spaghetti

Making a big tray of spaghetti is the ultimate comfort food to feed your family. Elevate the flavor of a simple marinara sauce with fresh ingredients and a touch of cream. To make this a more satisfying entree, I add in big pieces of chicken for extra protein. Top with melted cheese. This casserole is our family’s favorite Italian meal when I’m not making this irresistible baked ziti

How to Make Baked Chicken Spaghetti

  1. Boil the dried spaghetti noodles in salted water until al dente.
  2. Rinse the pasta with cold water and then drain.
  3. In a large pan, saute onions, garlic, and Italian seasonings in olive oil.
  4. Stir in the marinara sauce and cook until hot.
  5. Turn off the heat and stir in the heavy cream.
  6. Toss the spaghetti and shredded chicken with the sauce.
  7. Add the pasta to a casserole dish and top with mozzarella and parmesan cheese. 
  8. Cover and bake until the cheese is melted, about 15 to 20 minutes. 
  9. Garnish with parsley and serve the baked chicken spaghetti while hot. 

Make A Creamy Marinara Sauce

To make this dish quick and easy, you can use store-bought marinara sauce as the base. I like to saute freshly chopped onions and garlic to add depth to the canned sauce. Some dried Italian seasonings add a pop of herbaceous notes. 

Make sure to turn off the heat when adding in the dairy. This process will prevent the cream from curdling. The fat from the cream adds a luscious texture to the sauce. You can double the recipe if you like extra saucy noodles. 

Marinara sauce with cream

Chicken Options

Use any type of cooked chicken to the dish. Sauteed, grilled, or baked chicken breasts work well. If I have leftover rotisserie chicken, it’s perfect for shredding and adding into the pasta. You will need at least 2 cups of chicken, but add 3 cups for more protein per serving.

Shredded chicken on top of pasta

Baking The Pasta Casserole

To add a cheesy crust to the pasta, I use shredded mozzarella and parmesan cheese. These cheeses give a melty texture and a lovely aged, nutty flavor from the parmesan. I cover the casserole dish and bake at 375 degrees. This temperature helps to melt the topping and heat the pasta without it drying out. If you like the cheese browned, broil it for a few minutes right before serving. 

Lots of shredded cheese in a casserole dish with pasta

Other Spaghetti Add-Ins:

To make the sauce spicy, stir in some red pepper flakes. Mix in some freshly chopped basil, oregano, or parsley for a more potent herbal taste. If you want to put some vegetables into the dish, stir in some chopped and sauteed red bell pepper, spinach, or zucchini. 

Tongs lifting a serving of pasta and chicken

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Baked Chicken Spaghetti

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook Time 40 minutes

Total Time 1 hour

Author Jessica Gavin

Servings 8 servings

Baked chicken spaghetti is an easy dinner casserole. Tender pieces of chicken tossed with tender noodles and a creamy tomato sauce.

  • 4
    quarts
    of water
  • 1
    tablespoon
    kosher salt
    for seasoning pasta
  • 1
    pound
    spaghetti
  • 2
    tablespoons
    olive oil
  • 1/2
    cup
    finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1
    tablespoon
    minced garlic
  • 1
    teaspoon
    Italian seasonings
  • 2
    cups
    marinara sauce
    store-bought or homemade
  • ½
    cup
    heavy cream
  • 2
    cups
    shredded chicken
    cooked
  • 1 1/2
    cups
    shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½
    cup
    shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1
    tablespoon
    chopped parsley

Nutrition Facts

Baked Chicken Spaghetti

Amount Per Serving

Calories 457
Calories from Fat 171

% Daily Value*

Fat 19g29%

Saturated Fat 9g45%

Cholesterol 67mg22%

Sodium 1461mg61%

Potassium 450mg13%

Carbohydrates 48g16%

Fiber 3g12%

Sugar 4g4%

Protein 24g48%

Vitamin A 731IU15%

Vitamin C 6mg7%

Calcium 221mg22%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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