Our basic chicken spaghetti recipe is made with fresh cherry tomatoes, chicken breasts, and cheddar cheese. This recipe is quick to make and doesn’t require any hard-to-find ingredients, making it a perfect option for those busy weekdays.
Best of all, you have many nutritious elements such as grain, meat, and vegetables in one pot for a healthy meal yet easy prepping. The result is a rich, chewy, and satisfying dish. This chicken spaghetti is the definition of comfort food!
Is This Chicken Healthy?
The short answer is yes, our chicken spaghetti recipe makes a healthy meal.
Though the recipe includes some calorie-dense ingredients such as cheese and pasta, we portion the meal so that each serving contains approximately 500 calories, 9.3g of saturated fat, 584 mg of sodium, and 5.2 g of sugar. These numbers indicate that this recipe complies with our healthy guidelines and the USDA’s dietary guidelines.
These nutritional values were calculated using data from the USDA’s food database. Because ingredient types and quality vary, there will always be some variation, but you can trust our calculations as reliable approximations.
Our chicken spaghetti makes a quick dinner out of basic ingredients and it’s also easily customizable to what you have in the kitchen.
Chicken Breast: This leaner cut of chicken is rich in protein and easy to prepare, making it our favorite type of protein. If you prefer other cuts, chicken thighs or thigh filets work just as well in this pasta recipe. In fact, it’s a great way to use up leftover meat in your fridge.
Dairy: Milk helps deglaze the pan while cheese adds an extra creaminess. Note that you shouldn’t add cheese to the hot sauce since the dairy will separate, making the base grainy and less appetizing.
Cherry Tomatoes: For a pop of color and freshness that pairs perfectly with the creamy cheese sauce.
Pasta: We prefer thin spaghetti for this creamy sauce, but you can go with angel hair, fettuccine, or other types of noodles if that’s all you have in the pantry.
Seasoning: Besides salt, pepper, pepper flakes, and Italian seasoning, we added a bit of Cajun seasoning for a flavorful complexity and a touch of heat.
How Long to Boil Spaghetti
Cooking spaghetti is simple, but it’s important to master the timing. The time it takes to cook a spaghetti depends on its size, shape, thickness, and ingredients.
It’s best to follow the instructions and suggested duration on the packaging.
If that’s not an option, boil your spaghetti for around 8 – 12 minutes. If you have thin, long pasta like angel hair, you should aim for something in the lower time range. On the contrary, for thicker types such as spaghettoni, we recommend a longer boiling time to reach al dente.
Also, be sure to have a kitchen or smartphone timer around so that you can keep track of time.
Storage and Reheating The Leftover
Our chicken spaghetti is incredibly easy to make, flavorful, and freezer-friendly.
Store any leftovers in an airtight container or a bowl covered with plastic wrap for 2 days in the refrigerator. When ready to use, reheat the dish in the skillet with 1 – 2 teaspoons of olive oil, or simply microwave the dish until warm through.
To freeze the chicken spaghetti, cover it with plastic wrap, then aluminum foil, or place it in a freezer container and freeze for up to 3 months. To reheat, thaw the dish overnight in the refrigerator and reheat in the skillet.
What to Serve with
To round out the meal, we served this chicken spaghetti with a fresh salad and homemade juice. Our beet and feta cheese salad recipe turns some seasonal veggies, fruits, and cheese into a restaurant-quality side dish with an elegant olive oil dressing.
Lemonade is another great easy-to-make drink that can be whipped up in just minutes. It may seem simple, but we guarantee this side combo will become your go-to pairing.
Chicken Pastas to Spice up Your Week
Here we have fettucine, grilled chicken breasts, and cooked cauliflower. The pictures look really dry, things must've been left for too long of a photoshoot, but that fettucine did turn out perfectly: al-dente pasta swimming in sauce.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Natalie Butler is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a passion to help others live their best life through food, fitness, safer beauty and a healthy lifestyle. She has expertise with a variety of diets and diseases and believes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for health.
A classic comfort food that's easy to make and packed with flavor.