Baked Creamy Chicken Spaghetti

I’m all for comfort food, and when I saw The Pioneer Woman’s recipe for Chicken Spaghetti a few years ago, I thought, “Is there a way to make that better?”

The answer is no. It’s just about perfect the way it is.

BUT, when one craves Chicken Spaghetti, but one doesn’t necessarily have all the ingredients to make THE Chicken Spaghetti…one must improvise.

And truly, some of the best recipe twists come from using things I already have on hand, versus traditional menu planning! Like transforming her Chicken Spaghetti into Baked Creamy Chicken Spaghetti – kinda the same, but different.

Baked Creamy Chicken Spaghetti Recipe

In this case, I took Ree’s recipe and made these changes:

  • I substituted farmers’ market tomato, diced small, for the pimentos. I love supporting local farms, and whenever I can use a fresh piece of in-season produce in lieu of a canned item, I try!
  • I used cream of chicken and cream of celery soups because that’s what I happened to have in my pantry. I considered making my own Béchamel sauce instead of “cream of” soup, but……………. Yeah.
  • I used fresh mushrooms, sliced chunky. Aside from those found in “cream of” soups, I never ever EVER used canned mushrooms. Like, ever. Ew.
  • I used half chicken broth and half beef broth because that’s all I had in my pantry.
  • I used whole wheat spaghetti instead of regular. I’m not opposed to regular pasta, but I was out of it, and whole wheat adds a healthy twist!
  • I substituted generous amounts of mozzarella instead of cheddar. Nothing against cheddar – mozzarella just sounded good. And creamier. Mmmm…

Perhaps the biggest update was the addition of a topping – crushed Kettle Brand Potato Chips!

baked creamy chicken spaghetti

There’s nothing like the bite of a crunchy, salty topping against the cheesy goodness of creamy chicken spaghetti casserole. Kettle Brand Potato Chips are the real kettle chips – able to withstand baking to proper crispy topping perfection!

baked creamy chicken spaghetti, chicken spaghetti recipe

I love Kettle Brand Potato Chips because not only are they all natural, they’re also the first chip to be verified GMO-free by the NonGMO Project! We may not be totally GMO-free in our house, but I’ve become keenly aware of GMOs over the past couple of years, and the negative impact – especially to our health. So, yay! Kettle Brand Potato Chips are GMO-free!

baked creamy chicken spaghetti

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kettle Brand. The opinions and text are all mine.

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