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Tex-Mex Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti

About once a week I put my foot down and I tell Eric, “YOU ARE TAKING CARE OF MISS PEPPER! I AM LIVING IN THE KITCHEN TODAY.” Normally, he argues with me a little because well, he’s a man.  (Sorry, Babe. I know you’ll be reading this probably later tonight!)

I’m pretty sure he will forget that I called him out after I make something else to eat, so oh well.

Anyway- like I was saying, about once a week I dedicate a good portion of my day to the kitchen. I test out new recipes, I tweak old ones, I sing along to some Miranda. It’s really a perfect day.

Every hour or so food magically appears on the dining room table and Eric walks in like, “whoa, when can I eat this?” and I normally make him wait until it is cold and after I take some photos. I’m the worst!

But, he is the most honest with me when it comes to my recipes. Sometimes a little too honest. He’s quite the food critic these days. (hahaha!) Before I actually post a recipe It normally goes through a chain of people. Myself, Eric, and My mom. If we all agree that it is fabulous, then I tell you all that it is fabulous. We build a lovely relationship of trust, and you continue making my recipes, and my heart is happy!

It’s really a wonderful thing!

Okay, now that you know all of that. I will introduce you to one of my latest kitchen creations. Tex Mex Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti. I love me some Tex Mex! I normally don’t make it because it’s something I tend to get when we go out for dinner, but doing this blog now is helping me break out of my little cooking shell.

I still won’t put mushrooms in anything, don’t ask.

I hope you all enjoy!

-Xo, Star

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(Eric is my fork holding model in this picture. I still didn’t let him take a bite.)

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Tex Mex Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti

The perfect lightened up blend of creamy, cheesy, and a lil bit spicy spaghetti. 
Print Recipe
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:30 mins
Total Time:45 mins

Ingredients

  • 3 -5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 1 medium red or green pepper diced
  • 8 ounces spaghetti noodles, dry broken into pieces
  • 2 cups chicken breast (cooked and diced/shredded)
  • 1 cup nonfat cottage cheese
  • 1 1/4 cup reduced fat mild or sharp cheddar mexican blend works well too!
  • 10 ounce can 98% Fat Free Cream of Chicken or Celery Soup
  • 1 tsp Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4-1/8 tsp cayenne pepper more or less depending on the level of spice you want
  • cooking spray
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly spray a 9×13 casserole dish.
  • Put a large pot of salted water on, and boil the spaghetti noodles according to package instructions. Drain noodles. 
  • Spray a skillet with cooking spray and cook onions, garlic, and green pepper until soft.
    In a large bowl add cottage cheese, ½ cup of the shredded cheese, cream of chicken/celery soup, cumin, cayenne pepper, seasoned salt, sautéed veggies, and chicken. Mix together well. 
  • In the casserole dish add the noodles and chicken mixture. Stir until all mixed together and spread evenly into the casserole dish. 
  • Top with the remaining cheese, cover with tin foil, and bake for 30 minutes. Cut into six servings. Enjoy!

Notes

Serving size: 1/6 of the casserole

Click here for WW Personal Points! 

370 Calories 9g Fat. 3.5g Saturated Fat. 39g carbohydrates. 4g fiber. 3.5g sugar. 30g protein. 

Servings: 6
Author: Star @ the skinny-ish dish
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115 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    LOVE this.
    I actually do 3-4 peppers per casserole, found one to be way too little. Otherwise make it as is and make 2-3 at a time and freeze then thaw and reheat!

  2. 5 stars
    My husband is still raving about this recipe from last week. The cottage cheese had me nervous but it made the whole dish creamy and delicious. I can see this being a staple go-to recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    I made this for the first time and it was a hit! I honestly didn’t expect my picky eaters to like it, because they don’t usually like creamy things. But everyone liked this. I didn’t have cottage cheese so I just added in a little ricotta.

  4. 5 stars
    I tried this for the first time tonight and really enjoyed it! I used whole wheat pasta which is zero points on my personal plan and it came out as 4 points per serving. I’m already excited to eat the leftovers tomorrow!

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