Tender and juicy chicken, savory spices, and creamy cheese all come together in this easy and delicious Crock Pot Chicken Spaghetti that's perfect for busy weeknights or lazy weekends. Plus, with the convenience of your slow cooker, you can set it and forget it, leaving you with plenty of time to relax while dinner cooks itself!
If you're a fan of hearty and flavorful pasta dishes, chicken spaghetti is right up your alley! This chicken dinner is a mouthwatering combination of tender shredded chicken, sautéed vegetables, and creamy melted cheese, all blended together with al dente spaghetti noodles. The secret to its deliciousness is the unique blend of spices and the Rotel tomatoes with green chilies, which add a little bit of heat and tanginess to the sauce that takes it over the top!
Making chicken spaghetti in a slow cooker is the ultimate way to prepare this meal. Slow cooking allows all the flavors to come together beautifully, resulting in a rich and complex sauce that's packed with flavor.
It's also incredibly easy to make! All you have to do is add the chicken, vegetables, spices, and sauces to the crock pot and let it cook for several hours. Once the chicken is cooked through, you simply shred it and add the cheese and sour cream to the crock pot. Add cooked spaghetti noodles for a delicious and hearty meal that's perfect for feeding a crowd or enjoying as leftovers!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- The unique blend of spices and the Rotel tomatoes with green chilies in this recipe add a zesty kick to the dish that's perfect for those who love bold flavors.
- Making this dish in the crock pot makes it incredibly easy and convenient and allows all the flavors to come together beautifully, resulting in a rich and complex sauce that blends well with the rest of the ingredients.
- This recipe is the ultimate crowd-pleaser and perfect for feeding a large family or making for meal prep to enjoy as leftovers!
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast - Provides the main protein in this recipe. It adds flavor and texture to the dish.
- Yellow Onion and Garlic - The onion provides a slightly sweet taste, while the garlic adds a pungent and savory flavor. Together, they provide a great base flavor for the dish.
- Green Bell Pepper - Adds a slight sweetness to the dish, as well as a bit of crunch.
- Butter - Add richness and creaminess to the dish.
- Seasoning - Includes Italian seasoning, paprika, pepper, and salt, which enhances the natural flavors in the ingredients.
- Rotel Tomatoes - Adds a bit of heat and acidity to the dish, which helps to cut through the creaminess of the sauce. They also provide a subtle sweetness that balances the spices and adds complexity to the flavor profile.
- Cream of Mushroom Soup - Used to make the sauce for the dish. It adds a rich and creamy texture, as well as a savory mushroom flavor that complements the other ingredients.
- Sour Cream - Adds a tangy flavor and creamy texture to the dish.
- Cheddar Cheese - Melts into the sauce and creates a creamy and indulgent texture.
- Spaghetti - Cooked to al dente, spaghetti adds a perfect balance of texture and soaks up the flavorful sauce.
How To Make Chicken Spaghetti In The Crock Pot
Prepare the chicken breast: Remove the chicken breast from the package. Trim any excess fat, then pat it dry with a paper towel.
Add to the crock pot: Add the prepared chicken breast along with the onion, garlic, bell pepper, Italian seasoning, paprika, black pepper, salt, Rotel tomatoes, and cream of mushroom soup to the bottom of the crock pot.
Cover and cook: Add the lid to the top and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or on LOW for 6-8 hours.
Shred the chicken: Remove the cooked chicken breast from the crock pot using tongs. Shred with two forks, then add it back to the crock pot along with the sour cream and cheddar cheese. Stir well, then cover and continue to cook for an additional 30 minutes.
Cook spaghetti: While cheese and sour cream are melting, cook spaghetti noodles according to the package direction to al dente. Then drain and stir into chicken and sauce. Serve while hot, and enjoy!
- To save time, you can use pre-shredded rotisserie chicken instead of cooking and shredding the chicken yourself.
- If you prefer a milder version of this dish, you can use diced tomatoes instead of Rotel tomatoes with green chilies.
- For a lighter version of this dish, you can use low-fat cream of mushroom soup and reduced-fat cheddar cheese. You can also use whole wheat or gluten-free spaghetti noodles.
- If the sauce is too thick, you can add a little bit of chicken broth or water to thin it out to your desired consistency. If the sauce is too thin, you can let it cook for a bit longer to thicken up.
- If you're a fan of spice, you can add a diced jalapeño pepper or a pinch of cayenne pepper to the dish for an extra kick.
- For a vegetarian version, substitute the chicken with your favorite vegetables, such as mushrooms, zucchini, or eggplant.
- Use a different type of cheese to change the flavor of the dish. Use mozzarella cheese for a milder flavor or pepper jack cheese for a spicier kick.
- For a smoky and salty flavor, add cooked bacon or diced ham to the crock pot with the other ingredients.
- Use gluten-free spaghetti noodles or substitute the pasta with zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash for a gluten free or low carb pasta dish.
Storing & Freezing
Storing: To store leftover chicken spaghetti, transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You can reheat the pasta in the microwave or on the stove, adding a splash of milk or chicken broth to thin out the sauce if needed.
Freezing: Chicken spaghetti can be frozen for up to 3 months. Let the dish cool completely, then transfer it to an airtight container or a freezer-safe bag. Let the pasta thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating.
Yes, it is safe to put raw chicken in the crock pot. Make sure that the chicken is cooked thoroughly before serving.
For this recipe, its best to keep the chicken covered in liquid for the best results. If you find that your sauce is too thick during cooking, add a little bit of chicken broth or water to thin it out.
Yes, slow cooking chicken helps to tenderize it and develop flavor. The longer you cook the chicken, the more tender and flavorful it becomes.
More Crock Pot Pasta Dishes
- Crock Pot Chicken and Noodles
- Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Pasta
- Crock Pot Chili Mac
- Crock Pot Chicken Lasagna
- Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff
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Crock Pot Chicken Spaghetti
- 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 medium yellow onion (diced)
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- ½ cup green bell pepper (diced)
- 2 tbsp butter (cut into cubes)
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 (14 oz) can Rotel tomatoes with green chilies
- 2 (14 oz) cans cream of mushroom soup
- ½ cup sour cream
- 2½ cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
- 16 oz spaghetti
- Add chicken, onion, garlic, bell pepper, Italian seasoning, paprika, black pepper, salt, Rotel tomatoes, and cream of mushroom soup to the Crock Pot.
- Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.
- Remove chicken and shred. Add shredded chicken, sour cream, and cheddar cheese to the crock pot. Mix until well combined and continue to cook for 30 minutes.
- While cheese and sour cream are melting, cook spaghetti noodles according to the package direction to al dente. Then drain and stir into chicken and sauce.
- Server while hot and enjoy!
- If you prefer your chicken spaghetti without a little spice, you can substitute the Rotel tomatoes with diced tomatoes.
- If you're not a fan of cream of mushroom soup, you can easily replace it with your favorite flavor of condensed cream soup.
- To safely store any leftover chicken spaghetti, simply transfer it to an airtight container and place it in the refrigerator. It can be stored for up to 4 days to maintain freshness. When you're ready to enjoy it again, you can reheat the pasta using a microwave or stove, and if the sauce has thickened, you can add a splash of milk or chicken broth to thin it out to your desired consistency.
*All nutrition information provided is automatically calculated and is an estimate and will vary based on ingredients, brands, and changes in cooking methods listed in the recipe. If you need exact numbers on your ingredients, I would recommend calculating them with your prefered nutrition calculator.
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