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Healthier Creamy Chicken Spaghetti Bake

Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Servings 6

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This Healthier Creamy Chicken Spaghetti Bake is a healthier version of a Pioneer Woman classic — completely homemade with no cream soups! It’s an easy make ahead and freezer friendly meal. Includes how to recipe video

healthier chicken spaghetti bake in white casserole dish with one serving out

I swear at least once a week, I look around my house in dismay at my lack of bookshelves. If I have a “bad habit”, it’s book hoarding.

I hoard cookbooks, I hoard novels, I hoard my old University textbooks and the books I used for teaching high school. I probably even have some books from my high school days in some random box in the basement.

healthier chicken spaghetti bake in white baking dish with one serving missing

A few weeks ago, I took a good, hard look at my bookshelves and decided it was time for a purge. I let go of a bunch of cookbooks that I hadn’t ever really cooked from, and probably wouldn’t be any time soon.

There was a time in my life when I had hours to spend cooking, just for fun, and I loved it. But these days are not them. The times they are a-changing (and the faster my girls grow, the faster this change seems to come).

So I gave a bunch of cookbooks away, and became really determined to take more time to cook for fun this year. I want to cook from my favorite cookbooks more, and get a little crazy and try some new things every once in a while.

And easy, cheesy pasta dishes? You know those are always going to be a win (like this Slow Cooker Baked Ziti has been).

scoop of creamy chicken spaghetti bake coming out of white baking dish

I had a Pioneer Woman cookbook on the shelves that I hadn’t yet cooked from, but I just couldn’t bear to part with yet. I feel like Ree and I would get along just fine — she seems so down to Earth and I love her classic, family friendly recipes!

When I came across this one, it jumped out at me. I loved the idea of it, but I don’t ever cook with canned soup these days. I also took out a few things and added in a few of our favorite veggies, and it was a hit. What I love about this casserole (and most casseroles), is how easy they are to make ahead.

In this spaghetti bake, everything can be prepped completely ahead of time, and you just pop it in the fridge to bake later or the next day. There’s no work, so it’s perfect for a Sunday dinner or on a busy weeknight (I feel like I use the term “busy weeknight” in every.single.blog.post but seriously, friends! Children and life = chaos).

Feel free to mix up the veggies or seasonings and adjust to your family’s tastes — whatever floats your boat!

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Healthier Creamy Chicken Spaghetti Bake

4.5 from 2 votes
This Healthier Creamy Chicken Spaghetti Bake is a healthier version of a Pioneer Woman classic — completely homemade with no cream soups! It’s an easy make ahead and freezer friendly meal.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 6
Calories 509kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper chopped
  • 375 g whole wheat spaghetti, broken into 1.5″ pieces about 3 3/4 cups
  • 1 large carrot peeled and shredded
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 3 cups 1% milk
  • 3-4 cups cooked cubed chicken breast (about 3 breasts)
  • 2 cups low fat cheddar cheese divided

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and lightly grease a 9×13″ baking dish.
  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Add onion, green pepper and red pepper and cook until softened. Meanwhile, cook spaghetti according to package directions until just al dente (it will continue to cook in the oven).
  • Add carrot, salt, paprika, pepper, garlic and cook 1-2 minutes.
  • Stir in flour until completely absorbed. Add milk and cook, stirring often, until thickened.
  • Stir in cooked spaghetti, chicken, and 1 cup cheddar cheese.
  • Spread into baking dish, top with remaining 1 cup cheese and bake 20-30 minutes, until hot and bubbly. Serve.

Notes

*Nutrition information is estimated and will vary based on exact serving size, type and brands of products used.
**Note that nutrition information is calculated on β…™ of the casserole dish — that is a pretty large serving! If you have a smaller appetite or are serving with a side salad, your calorie count will be significantly lower.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 509kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 14g | Sugar: 7g

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Tamara says

    Thanks for a Good easy to make meal. Will make again because it can be so versatile. First time I made it as written and in future, I will improvise with whatever Veggies are available.

  2. Gina says

    Mmmmm! Yum! Love your blogging but love this lightened up version of chicken spagetti. Tweaked it a bit by adding different veggies such as chopped Brussels sprouts (yes! Deelish) and my favorite garlic cheese seasoning to it–Tony’s.

  3. Karen Bowen says

    Too many calories for us per serving. I used about half the spaghetti (no idea what the calorie count became) and also added a dash of nutmeg. My husband doesn’t usually like pasta dishes but this he liked. Thanks.

    • Ashley Fehr says

      I know, right?!? I got rid of a ton but I did keep some I’m still hoping to test out. I just have my favorites and never really stray from them! Thanks Sarah πŸ™‚

  4. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says

    I am a book hoarder, too! When we moved last year, I finally forced myself to get rid of books that I hadn’t touched in years, and those that I know I would never crack open again. It felt good, but now my collection is growing again! πŸ™‚ Love the looks of this spaghetti! I’ve seen the Pioneer Woman’s before, but I’m loving that this is a healthier version. Sounds perfect for dinner!

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