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Discover the ease and comfort of Chicken Spaghetti, perfectly portioned for one and ready in just 20 minutes. This recipe reinvents the classic with a twist – a homemade béchamel sauce, rich with cheese and fresh tomatoes, paired with tender chicken and spaghetti. It’s an ideal choice for a quick and satisfying meal, especially when using pre-cooked chicken like rotisserie or leftovers. Easy to prepare on the stove, this dish is a wonderful blend of convenience and homemade taste, making it perfect for those evenings when you crave something special and comforting.

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Why You’ll Love This Chicken Spaghetti Recipe

  • Homemade Sauce: Ditch the canned soup for a simple, homemade sauce that’s incredibly flavorful.
  • Cheesy Goodness: Loaded with cheese, this recipe promises a creamy and indulgent experience.
  • Fresh Ingredients: Fresh tomatoes replace canned ones, adding a burst of freshness.
  • Quick and Easy: This stove-top recipe is ready in a flash, perfect for busy evenings.
  • Comfort in a Bowl: Every forkful brings the comforting, homey taste of traditional chicken spaghetti.

If you have a rotisserie chicken, you can make this meals as well as 4 other meals as shown in 5 Meals From 1 Rotisserie Chicken.

Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this chicken spaghetti recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder.

  • Chicken: Use one boneless, skinless chicken breast or thigh, or use leftover cooked chicken or turkey. If you’ve got extra chicken, consider using it in Chicken Fried Rice, Chicken Tikka Masala, or Chicken Nuggets.
  • Butter: Salted butter is used for cooking onions, adding richness to the dish.
  • Onions: 1/4 cup of chopped onions is recommended, but adjust according to your preference for onions. Use any leftover onions in Slow Cooker Chickpeas and Sausage or Lasagna Soup.
  • Flour: All-purpose flour (plain flour) is ideal for thickening the sauce. For a gluten-free option, switch to gluten-free flour.
  • Seasonings: Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper enhance the sauce. Substitute garlic powder with a fresh garlic clove cooked with the onions. Adjust seasoning levels to taste.
  • Milk: Any type of cow’s milk works. For a richer sauce, heavy cream can be a luxurious substitute, eliminating the need for flour.
  • Chicken broth: Low sodium chicken broth is preferable, allowing you to control the salt level. Vegetable broth can be used as a substitute. Leftover broth can be used in Crack Chicken, Spanish Rice, or Broccoli Casserole.
  • Spaghetti: 2 ounces of spaghetti, about the diameter of a quarter, is perfect. Feel free to experiment with different pasta types. Consider using extra spaghetti to make Buttered Noodles, Pesto Pasta, or Pasta al Limone.
  • Tomato: Use 1 small chopped fresh tomato, or 1/2 to 3/4 cup of canned diced tomatoes as an alternative. Got a few more tomatoes? Use them in Caprese Pasta, a Breakfast Sandwich, or Ratatouille.
  • Cheese: Cheddar cheese lends creaminess and flavor. Freshly shredded cheese is recommended for better melting compared to pre-shredded varieties.
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Recipe Variations

  1. Creamy Mushroom Chicken Spaghetti: Add 1/4 cup of sautéed mushrooms to the sauce for a rich and earthy flavor. This variation is perfect for mushroom lovers and adds a gourmet touch to the dish.
  2. Spicy Chicken Spaghetti: Spice up your meal by adding red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce to the sauce. Ideal for those who enjoy a little heat in their meals.
  3. Vegetable-Loaded Chicken Spaghetti: Incorporate a mix of your favorite vegetables like bell peppers, spinach, or zucchini. This variation is great for adding nutrition and color to your plate.
  4. Gluten-Free Chicken Spaghetti: Substitute regular spaghetti with your favorite gluten-free pasta and use gluten-free flour in the sauce. Perfect for those following a gluten-free diet without compromising on taste.
  5. Cheese Lovers Chicken Spaghetti: Add a mix of different cheeses such as Parmesan, mozzarella, or Gouda for a cheesier, more indulgent dish. This variation is a hit for cheese enthusiasts looking for extra richness and flavor.

Each of these variations offers a delightful twist to the classic Chicken Spaghetti recipe, catering to different tastes and dietary preferences while ensuring a delicious and satisfying meal.

How To Make Chicken Spaghetti

These step-by-step photos and instructions help you visualize how to make a small batch of Chicken Spaghetti. See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  1. Poach the Chicken: Choose a 1 or 2-quart saucepan that’s spacious enough to avoid overcrowding. Place the chicken in the pan, cover with cold water, and add a generous pinch of salt. The water should be about one inch above the chicken. Bring it to a simmer, then reduce the heat once a few bubbles appear – avoid boiling. Cover and let the chicken cook for 10-12 minutes. After cooking, transfer the chicken to a plate, cover, and let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing. This ensures the chicken remains juicy.
two photos showing a raw piece of chicken in a pot of water and the other photo showing the chicken after it has cooked.
  1. Cook the Spaghetti: While the chicken is cooking, boil water in a separate pot. Add the spaghetti to the boiling water. Cook until al dente, approximately 7-8 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Sauté Onions: Melt butter in an 8-inch skillet. Add onions and sauté until they are softened, which should take about 4 minutes.
  3. Prepare the Sauce: To the skillet, add 1 tablespoon of flour and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add salt, pepper, and other seasonings. Gradually pour in the broth and milk, stirring continuously until smooth. Cook until the mixture simmers and thickens, about 5 minutes.
a black skillet filled with a white bechamel sauce.
  1. Assemble the Dish: Chop the cooked chicken and transfer it to a bowl. Add chopped tomatoes and shredded cheddar cheese.
a white bowl filled with chopped chicken, tomatoes, and shredded cheddar cheese.
  1. Combine with Sauce: Pour the sauce into the bowl with chicken and cheese, then add the cooked spaghetti. Stir everything together; the warm sauce will melt the cheese.
two photos showing how to make six pasta for the chicken spaghetti.
  1. Serve: Transfer your Chicken Spaghetti into a serving bowl and enjoy your freshly made, flavorful meal.
a blue bowl filled with chicken spaghetti next to a large amount of  parsley.

Expert Tips

  • Vegetable Variations: Feel free to add or substitute vegetables to your liking. Consider trying sliced mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, broccoli florets, or black olives for added flavor and nutrition.
  • Preventing Sticky Spaghetti: If you’re not using the cooked spaghetti immediately, toss it with a bit of olive oil. This simple trick helps prevent the pasta from sticking together.
  • Milk or Cream for Sauce: Milk is recommended for the sauce, but you can substitute it with heavy cream for a richer texture. Note that if using heavy cream, there’s no need to add flour, as the cream thickens the sauce naturally during cooking.
  • Crumb Topping Option: For an added crunch, mix breadcrumbs with melted butter and sprinkle over the top of your chicken spaghetti. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 F until the topping is golden brown and crunchy.
  • Doubling the Recipe: This recipe can be easily doubled if you’re looking to make a larger portion. Simply double each ingredient for a bigger batch.

What To Serve With Chicken Spaghetti

Pair your Chicken Spaghetti with complementary sides for a complete and satisfying meal. Here are some excellent choices:

  • Caesar Salad: A classic Caesar Salad adds a fresh and crunchy element, balancing the creaminess of the spaghetti.
  • French Bread: Serve with warm French Bread, perfect for soaking up any extra sauce.
  • Roasted Carrots: Add a nutritious and colorful touch with sweet, oven-roasted carrots.
  • Mango Sorbet: Finish your meal on a light and refreshing note with a scoop of mango sorbet.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I store leftover Chicken Spaghetti?

Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in a microwave or on the stovetop.

Can I use a different type of pasta in this Chicken Spaghetti recipe?

Absolutely! Feel free to use any pasta you have on hand, like penne, fusilli, or linguine.

Can I make Chicken Spaghetti vegetarian?

Yes, you can. Replace chicken with a plant-based protein like tofu or add more vegetables for a hearty vegetarian version.

How do I thicken the sauce if it’s too runny?

Simmer the sauce for a few extra minutes.

Is Chicken Spaghetti spicy?

This recipe is not inherently spicy, but you can add red pepper flakes or hot sauce if you prefer a kick.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

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Chicken Spaghetti For One

5 from 17 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Learn to make single serving Chicken Spaghetti with homemade béchamel, fresh tomatoes, and cheese – a perfect, quick comfort meal ready in 20 minutes!

Ingredients 
 

Chicken Preparation Options: For Poaching Chicken: Follow the recipe's poaching instructions. Using Leftover Chicken: Substitute with 1 cup of cubed cooked chicken instead.

  • 1 (6-ounce) boneless skinless chicken breast
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • water

For the Chicken Spaghetti:

  • 2 ounces spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • ¼ cup chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 small tomato , chopped
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions 

Poaching the Chicken (Skip if Using Cooked Chicken)

  • Prepare Chicken for Poaching: Place the chicken in a saucepan and sprinkle salt over it. Add cool water to cover the chicken by about an inch.
  • Boil and Simmer: Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Upon boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let the chicken simmer until fully cooked, about 10-12 minutes. Check doneness with a thermometer – it should read 165°F, or ensure the juices run clear when pierced with a knife.
  • Rest the Chicken: Once cooked, transfer the chicken to a cutting board, cover, and let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

Making the Chicken Spaghetti

  • Cook Spaghetti: In a medium-sized pot, bring water to a boil. Add the spaghetti to the boiling water. Cook until al dente, approximately 7-8 minutes, then drain and set aside.
  • Sauté Onions: In an 8-inch skillet, melt the butter. Add onions and cook until softened, about 4 minutes.
  • Create the Sauce: Add a tablespoon of flour to the skillet, stirring for 1-2 minutes. Mix in salt, pepper, and other seasonings. Gradually pour in the broth and milk, stirring until smooth. Cook until the sauce thickens and begins to simmer, about 5 minutes.
  • Combine Ingredients: Chop the cooked chicken and place it in a bowl. Add chopped tomatoes and shredded cheddar cheese. Stir in the prepared sauce and then mix in the cooked pasta.
  • Serve and Enjoy: Transfer the Chicken Spaghetti to a bowl or plate and serve warm.

Notes

  • Vegetable Variations: Feel free to add or substitute vegetables to your liking. Consider trying sliced mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, broccoli florets, or black olives for added flavor and nutrition.
  • Preventing Sticky Spaghetti: If you’re not using the cooked spaghetti immediately, toss it with a bit of olive oil. This simple trick helps prevent the pasta from sticking together.
  • Milk or Cream for Sauce: Milk is recommended for the sauce, but you can substitute it with heavy cream for a richer texture. Note that if using heavy cream, there’s no need to add flour, as the cream thickens the sauce naturally during cooking.
  • Crumb Topping Option: For an added crunch, mix breadcrumbs with melted butter and sprinkle over the top of your chicken spaghetti. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 F until the topping is golden brown and crunchy.
  • Doubling the Recipe: This recipe can be easily doubled if you’re looking to make a larger portion. Simply double each ingredient for a bigger batch.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 775kcal, Carbohydrates: 64g, Protein: 54g, Fat: 35g, Saturated Fat: 20g, Cholesterol: 164mg, Sodium: 658mg, Potassium: 748mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 1924IU, Vitamin C: 15mg, Calcium: 569mg, Iron: 2mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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33 Comments

  1. This was delicious! I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out great. I think next time I will use rotisserie chicken to save some time plus add broccoli and maybe even some bacon!

  2. Loved Chicken and spaghetti! I increased the chicken and pasta and doubled the sauce ingredients. It was way too much for us but it will make a lovely lunch for my husband tomorrow. I did add mushrooms with the onions. Thanks for the recipe. . I love it when my husband says you can make this again!

  3. I just made Bacon, egg and cheese cup. I followed the recipe completely. It turned out like cooked rubber. Raised up around the sides and a hole in the middle. Sorry to complain, because I really enjoy your recipes and grateful you post them. Just wondering what went wrong and if anyone else had this problem?

    1. Hi Shirlee, it’s likely that the eggs turned out rubbery because they were cooked too long. The eggs should be removed from the oven after around 15-18 minutes and should be eaten soon after because the ramekin will hold enough heat for the eggs to continue cooking. If you feel that you cooked the eggs for this amount of time, perhaps your oven may be running hotter than it should.

  4. We just moved across the country & have limited ingredients on hand & none of my cookware. Everything we own is still in transit. So, I cooked the sauce in a 10×10 electric skillet, doubling the recipe for 2. I used 1tbs butter & 1tbs olive oil. I used seasoned salt instead of garlic powder. I used powdered milk instead of milk or cream. I added a can of peas & carrots & a couple spoonfuls of canned chopped tomatoes. I used leftover turkey instead of chicken. Served with corkscrew pasta. Didnt have enough cheese so we just sprinkled the finished dish with the cheese we had. AMAZING & easy!!! Thanks so much for your simple & easy recipes!!!

  5. Very good! Great taste and easy to make. Added 1/4 cup of frozen chopped spinach. Had enough for dinner then leftovers for lunch. Love your recipes!

  6. I printed this recipe quite awhile ago and tonight I made it for my dinner.
    I followed the recipe but in addition to the tomatoes, I added about a
    1/4 cup of thawed frozen green peas. I also used the option of adding the buttered bread crumbs and finished it in a 350* as directed.
    It is a delicious dinner. Thankyou so much for this excellent recipe and I will be making this as a regular dinner plan. 😊

      1. Forgot to say that I used the milk to make the sauce and it was easy and perfectly saucy! 😊

      2. You are doing very great things, Ms. Zisk! You are generously providing recipes scaled for just one or two people and also for those people who don’t know how to cook. The recipes are from several different cultures Your website is very interesting. A million thank you’s to you and for your recipes!

  7. I used heavy cream and no flour…but my sauce would not thicken. Is there a certain temperature I should have had my pan at? I’m new to cooking. My dish tasted good, but it was more of a soup.

    1. Using flour will thicken the sauce beautifully. If you use only heavy cream, the sauce will thicken but not as much. You will need to bring the cream (along with the broth) to a gentle simmer over medium heat. When the sauce begins to simmer, lower the heat and cook, stirring occasionally until the sauce thickens.