Easy Rotel Chicken Spaghetti

Easy Rotel Chicken Spaghetti

Creamy chicken spaghetti made with rotisserie chicken, Rotel tomatoes, Velveeta Cheese, and cream of mushroom and cream of chicken soups.  This easy chicken spaghetti recipe is ready in 30 minutes.  This is serious comfort food!

 

Another great recipe on the blog that uses spaghetti noodles, is my Chicken Parmesan with Spaghetti.  Tender, crispy chicken breasts, marinara sauce, lots of parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, and Italian seasonings. Mmm!

 

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Welcome to My Kitchen Serenity!  I’m excited to share with you this easy family dinner recipe.  Most everybody loves spaghetti, especially kids since it’s fun to eat. 

 

This chicken spaghetti is perfectly versatile! It’s a quick and easy skillet dinner, or pour it into a casserole dish, like I do, and enjoy it as a casserole.  I’ve had many people tell me that they top it with bread crumbs and melted butter before baking.  How outstanding is that! 

 

rotel chicken spaghetti in blue bowl with white napkin and fork

 

The Rotel tomatoes add that classic hint of heat that this recipe is famous for.  Thankfully, it comes in various heat levels.  Not everybody likes to scorch their tongue, lol.  I like the mild but my brother likes the habanero Rotel tomatoes.  Ouch!

 

Budget-Friendly Recipe

Most spaghetti recipes are budget-friendly.  This particular recipe costs around $20.25 using popular brand names (as of September 2019) and feeds about 6-8 grown people. 

 

You can lower the cost by using generic or store brands.  You don’t have to use Rotel tomatoes; use the store brand diced tomatoes with chilis.  Substitute the Velveeta Cheese with the store brand version.

 

rotel chicken spaghetti in blue bowl with blue napkin and fork

 

Why Make this Crazy Good Comfort Foot

This is a favorite quick and easy dinner that everyone loves.  It’s definitely southern comfort food.  I know that “Velveeta” cheese is not a healthy choice so we don’t eat it on a regular basis. 

 

However, when we’re craving comfort food and we’ve been eating healthy and working out on a regular basis, we’ll splurge and make an exception for this recipe!  Velveeta cheese is the best option for this recipe.  It’s super creamy and blends great with the noodles and other ingredients.

 

Tips and Faqs

I use a couple of shortcuts that help speed up the prep time, which comes in handy on a busy weeknight when hungry people are looking at you and wondering when you’ll ring the dinner bell, LOL. 

 

One short cut is to use rotisserie chicken.  Who’s the genius that came up with this wonderful, delicious, time-saving ready to eat fully cooked chicken! 

 

The other short cut is to use the frozen chopped onion, bell pepper, and celery blend.  I always have a bag of this stuff in my freezer.  I use it in chili, jambalaya, and omelets.

 

The leftovers (if you have any leftovers) for this cheesy chicken spaghetti recipe are absolutely fantastic the next day, too.  Now, let’s get down to business and talk about the ingredients needed for chicken spaghetti with Rotel and the instructions on how to make it.

 

Rotel chicken spaghetti prep

 

Ingredients for Chicken Spaghetti with Rotel 

please scroll down to the printable recipe card for detailed ingredient information

Rotisserie chicken 

Spaghetti noodles 

Velveeta cheese 

Cream of mushroom soup 

Cream of chicken soup 

Rotel tomatoes 

Chopped onion, bell pepper, and celery mixture (we call this “trinity” in our house) 

Butter 

Salt and black pepper to taste (we leave the salt out because the soups and cheese are fairly salty)

 

Do you love pasta recipes?  If so, be sure to check out my Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Pasta recipe. It’s made with chicken breasts, broccoli florets, penne pasta, and an easy homemade alfredo sauce.

 

If a beef noodle casserole is on your meal planner, try my Beef Noodle Casserole recipe. It’s filled with ground beef, egg noodles, robust tomato sauce, and a creamy cheesy sauce.

baked casserole on plate

 

For the ultimate easy lasagna, try my Easy Meat Lasagna Recipe!  Easy homemade lasagna with three layers of lasagna noodles, meat sauce, and lots of creamy ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan cheeses.  You’ll love this traditional Italian lasagna recipe!  Easy make-ahead and freezer-friendly, too.

baked lasagna

 

Now, back to the main topic of conversation!  This can’t miss pasta dish is super for a super bowl meal. The recipe makes about 6 generous servings.  Serve with rolls or french bread to stretch it even further.

 

How to Make It

STEP 1:  Preheat the oven to 350F.  Remove the meat from the Rotisserie chicken and shred or chop into bite-sized pieces.  Set aside.

 

STEP 2: Cut the velveeta cheese into squares and set aside.

 

STEP 3:  Boil spaghetti noodles per instructions on the package.  Add 1-2 tsp salt to water, if desired.  Use a large pot to boil spaghetti noodles; at least a 5-quart pot and stir frequently while boiling!  Drain the noodles when they are cooked.

 

STEP 4:  While the spaghetti is cooking, add the butter to a 5-quart pot (y’all know I pulled out my favorite Calphalon pot for this)  and melt over medium heat. 

 

STEP 5:  Once melted, add the frozen chopped onion, bell peppers, and celery mixture.  Simmer for about 5 minutes, then add both soups, undrained Rotel tomatoes, cubed cheese, and black pepper.  Stir with a whisk until the cheese is completely melted.

STEP 6:  Add the cooked, drained spaghetti and the chicken to the pot with the cheesy Rotel mixture.  Stir well.

Rotel chicken spaghetti prep

STEP 7:  Serve immediately!  Alternatively, you could pour the Rotel chicken spaghetti into a large casserole dish and bake uncovered at 350 for 10 minutes to get it nice and hot.  However, baking it may thicken it up more.  If this happens, add a small amount of milk or chicken broth to create a more creamy texture.

Rotel chicken spaghetti prep

 

Substitutions

  • Cooked ground beef instead of chicken (a reader told me about this option).
  • Shredded cheddar instead of Velveeta
  • Two-three large, cooked and shredded chicken breasts or thighs instead of rotisserie chicken

 

Delicious Additions

Thanks to my readers, I’ve received many recipe additions you may also want to consider.  I have not tried these, but they do sound really tasty!

  • Baby spinach
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • Green peas
  • Sliced jalapenos
  • Smoked sausage
  • Fried chicken tenders
  • Garlic powder and onion powder
  • Top with parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, and butter
  • Top with crushed, buttered Ritz crackers
  • Use queso instead of velveeta or salsa instead of Rotel tomatoes

 

Side Dishes

There are many great sides that go well with this dish!  My first choice would be something light such as a green salad because the casserole itself is very filling. 

Or try these delicious Southern Style Green Beans from Soulfully Made

 

How Long will Leftovers last in the Refrigerator

Store any leftovers in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. I prefer to use BPA-free glass containers with locking lids.  Check out this 18-piece set of glass food storage containers with locking lids.

 

Can you Freeze Rotel Chicken Spaghetti

Rotel Chicken Spaghetti freezes very well!  Be sure to freeze in an airtight container to prevent ice crystals from forming.  When you’re ready to eat, thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours, then heat in a 350F oven (or heat in the microwave) until piping hot.

 

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rotel chicken spaghetti in blue bowl with white napkin and fork

Easy Rotel Chicken Spaghetti

Creamy chicken spaghetti made with Rotel tomatoes and Velveeta Cheese.  This easy chicken spaghetti recipe is ready in 30 minutes and packed with magnificent flavor.
4.32 from 38 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 7
Calories: 494kcal

Equipment

  • Kitchen knife
  • Large pot for boiling pasta
  • Pasta strainer
  • Large (5-qt) pot
  • measuring cup
  • whisk
  • Casserole dish

Ingredients

  • 1 Rotisserie chicken, meat removed and shredded or chopped into bite-size pieces See Note (E) for alternatives
  • 1 lb Spaghetti noodles
  • 1 lb Velvetta cheese (cut into cubes)
  • 1 can Cream of chicken soup (10.5-ounce can)
  • 1 can Cream of mushroom soup (10.5-ounce can)
  • 1 can Ro*Tel tomatoes (10-ounce can) undrained (choose your level of heat)
  • 1 cup Frozen, chopped onion, bell pepper, and celery blend (use 2 cups if desired)
  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • Salt and black pepper to taste (we leave the salt out because the soups and cheese are fairly salty).

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F.  Remove the meat from the chicken and rough chop into bite-sized pieces.  Set aside.
  • Cut the cheese into squares and set aside.
  • Boil spaghetti noodles per instructions on the package.  Add 1-2 tsp salt to water, if desired.  Use a large pot to boil spaghetti noodles; at least a 5-quart pot and stir frequently while boiling!  Drain the noodles when they are cooked.
  • While the spaghetti is cooking, add the butter to a 5-quart pot and melt over medium heat.  Once melted, add the chopped onion, bell peppers, and celery.  Simmer for about 5 minutes, then add both soups, tomatoes, cubed cheese, and black pepper.  Stir with a whisk until the cheese is completely melted.
  • Add the cooked, drained spaghetti and the chicken to the pot with the cheesy rotel mixture.  Stir well.
  • Serve immediately!  Alternatively, you could pour the Rotel chicken spaghetti into a large casserole dish and bake uncovered at 350 for 10 minutes to get it nice and hot.  However, baking it may thicken it up more.  If this happens, add a small amount of milk or chicken broth to create a more creamy texture.

Notes

(A) Store any leftovers in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. (B) Optional Ingredients:  use leftover turkey instead of chicken; add sliced mushrooms in Step 4 of the recipe card; and/or add sliced jalapenos in Step 4 of the recipe card; and/or add 1 cup green peas. (C) Serve with a side salad, if desired.  (D) Nutritional information is based on using the brands that I used. I did not use any low sodium ingredients and I did not add any salt. To lower the sodium, if you wish, consider using low sodium or no sodium ingredients for the soups, Ro-tel, butter, and omitting any additional salt added to the recipe. In addition, consider cooking your own chicken instead of using the Rotisserie chicken which is quite salty. (E) Instead of Rotisserie chicken, cook and shred, or chop, 2-3 large boneless skinless chicken breasts.  You can also use about 4-6 boneless skinless chicken thighs.  
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Nutrition

Serving: 12.5oz | Calories: 494kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 26.2g | Saturated Fat: 14.4g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 1503mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g

 

If you try this recipe, let me know!  Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

 

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46 thoughts on “Easy Rotel Chicken Spaghetti”

    • Hi Virginia. Thanks for your question. I have not tried this recipe in the crockpot. Since the recipe calls for cooked (rotisserie) chicken, I would be hesitant to cook the casserole further in a slow cooker. Hope this helps!

    • Thanks for your question, Kendra. The sodium is 1503 mg based on the brands that I used. I did not use any low sodium ingredients and I did not add any salt. To lower the sodium, if you wish, consider using low sodium or no sodium ingredients for the soups, Rotel, butter, and omitting any additional salt added to the recipe. In addition, consider cooking your own chicken instead of using the Rotisserie chicken which is quite salty (cook and shred 3-4 chicken breasts). I will add the sodium count to the recipe card. Thanks for pointing that out. Have a wonderful day!

  • 5 stars
    I made this recipe to freeze for later. I have finicky grandchildren so I had to opt out of the bell peppers and onions but I like to cook my own chicken and then boil my noodles in the chicken broth to give a little more chicken flavor. Super easy and very good!!

  • 5 stars
    The vegetables in this recipe gives it a really fresh taste! This is delicous! I made 1/2 the recipe since its just the two of us and we.had plenty!
    The only thing I’ll do different next time,.is add.1/2 cup of chicken broth to thin it just a bit. Thanks for sharing this.

  • 5 stars
    I wanted to try your recipe, but I didn’t have any rotisserie chicken so I substituted 2 large cans of chicken breasts, drained. I’m sure it would taste better with the rotisserie chicken, but this was great and easier. I was sure to break up the chunks of chicken, and also added a can of diced tomatoes with the juice for more flavor and color. Thank you. Judy

  • How much pepper do you normally add? I hate when a recipe says pepper to taste. It just confuses me. : ) How much do you add when you make this recipe?

    • Thanks for your question, Liz. Yes. Rotel Chicken Spaghetti freezes very well! Be sure to freeze in an airtight container to prevent ice crystals from forming. When you’re ready to eat, thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours, then heat in a 350F oven (or heat in the microwave) until piping hot.

  • 5 stars
    I made this to night for dinner and it is delicious. Will use for family get together and potlucks at church

    • Hi Judy! Thanks for your comment. Yes, this recipe makes a lot! Thankfully, it freezes very well. However, on the recipe card, you can actually adjust the number of servings needed (by pressing the Print button) and the ingredient amounts will adjust to your needs. How cool is that? I just learned this myself 🙂

  • 5 stars
    My family loved this recipe!! It’s a quick favorite that doesn’t require much thought to prepare. Thank you for sharing.

    • Thank you for your comment, Sie! I’m happy to know you and your family loved this recipe! You’re right… it’s super easy and delicious.

    • Hi Mariah, thank you for asking. It’s the 10.5-ounce soup cans. Also, use the 10-ounce can of Rotel tomatoes. I’m going to add that to the recipe card thanks to you! Hope you enjoy the recipe.

    • Hi Erin, thanks for your comment. I would use 2-1/2 cups of cheddar cheese as a replacement for the Velveeta cheese. Place 1-1/2 cups of the cheddar cheese into the casserole mixture and 1 cup of cheddar cheese on top of the casserole. Hope you enjoy!

  • 5 stars
    Loved the Glover my changes .. I used. Half lb angel hair pasta 1 can of cream of chicken soup , can rotel tomatoes, about 3 inches of the velveta cheese. Once these were mixes and melted, I added 1cup. Sliced mushrooms, and 2 cups chopped freash spinac and 1/ 3 chopped onion. . I saved 2 cups of this sauce for later.
    I did not have rotisserie chicken so use a butterfly chicken. And browned in pan then cut in bite size pices.
    I mixed pasta in sauce and and chicken. Bake for 15 min at 350.. It was awsome my husband loved it and the left over sauce we used for notchos. Super yummy thanks

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