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Tex-Mex Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti

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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. 
Prep Time15 minutes
Active Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Yield: 6
Author: Star @ the skinny-ish dish

Materials

  • 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

WW Points: 8

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

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117 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I must say I was skeptical about the concept of chicken and spaghetti being approved by my hubby and kiddos but everyone was very pleasantly surprised and loved the dish! We will definitely be making this part of our regular rotation. Thank you again for another go-to healthy meal that not only tastes great but can be enjoyed by my whole family! You make it easy and fun to stay on track. I appreciate you girl!

  2. I love this recipe. My kids even love it and that’s saying a lot since they are picky. #top2021

  3. 5 stars
    I love this recipe for meal prep! It’s easy to throw into meal prep containers and reheat in the microwave. And it still tastes wonderful as leftovers! One pan of this and I have lunches for the entire work week! Thanks!!! #top2021

  4. Hey star! This recipe says to mix in the chicken broth but I don’t see chicken broth on the ingredients list. Am I missing it? This is on your top recipes for #top2021 and I’m excited to try it. Thank you for all you do!

    1. No chicken broth! Sorry its really not necessary so I took it out of the recipe but forgot to edit the instructions. I’ll change that. THank you!

  5. 5 stars
    This is a family favorite! Daughter had friends over when I made this and they loved it too and even had their parents ask me for the recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    This recipe is comfort in a bowl! It’s easy to put together and oh so yummy on a chilly rainy day! #top2021

  7. 5 stars
    This is a favorite! Comfort food with great taste and no guilt! Even my youngest son who doesn’t like peppers and onions, gobbles this up!

  8. 5 stars
    Huge hit in my house. My daughter asked for seconds. I put very little cumin in and a pinch of chili powder and added a can of Rotel. Amazing. I may or not make this once a week for dinner.

  9. 5 stars
    I made this tonight I used cream of mushroom soup it’s what I had doubled the Recipe, had lots of people the all loved it! Used 4 cloves of garlic instead of 6 for doubled it was yummy

  10. 5 stars
    I didn’t have cottage cheese so I used half ff Greer yogurt and half Skim mozzarella to replace it. Worked like a charm! Family loved it!

  11. 5 stars
    Delicious!! Perfectly creamy and cheesy with just the right amount of kick! Followed recipe to the tee and was amazing. Will be in our regular rotation for sure. Thank you, Star, for sharing your talents! We’ve loved everything we’ve made and still have a bunch of others to try. ❤️

  12. 5 stars
    I love reading your emails and seeing all the recipes. I am limited on sodium so I will need to calculate before I try it. Do you know the sodium content on this one? Thanks for all you do!!!

  13. 5 stars
    I love reading your blog and seeing all the recipes. I am limited on sodium so I will need to calculate before I try it. Do you know the sodium content on this one? Thanks for all you do!!!

  14. 5 stars
    I have loved literally everything I’ve made from theskinnyishdish. So full of flavor, normal ingredients that I’ve heard of & never too time intensive for real life. 🙂
    (Instagram handle is emmarosebunton for the giveaway- thank you, Star!!)

  15. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorite recipes from Star. It used to have a packet of taco seasoning, so I use that instead (sorry Star if I’m getting it confused with something else!) I literally crave this recipe and have contemplated divorce when my husband eats leftovers before I get a chance.

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