This is an adaptation of many recipes. I can remember having baked spaghetti when I was a child, at a friend’s house. I remember liking it. It was not something that was in my mother’s repertoire and she didn’t add it. I have tried making dishes similar to the one I had as a child and they seem greasy or too heavy. I was looking for a dish that I thought we could all eat and would like. I tried to making it healthier than the recipes that I was finding. I think I succeeded. Oh, and everyone liked it. This was one of the times where everyone cleaned their plate!
Baked Chicken Spaghetti
- 1 ½ cups cooked chicken
- 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
- 1 can black olives, Chopped
- 1 can chicken broth (low-sodium)
- 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup (Healthy Request)
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 pound thin spaghetti, cooked
- Nonstick cooking spray
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 X 13 baking dish with nonstick spray.
In a large bowl, combine chicken broth and cream soup until smooth. Add in chicken, mushrooms and olives. Stirring until combined. Put cooked spaghetti in baking dish. Add salt and pepper. Pour the chicken mixture over the spaghetti and toss to combine. Sprinkle the grated cheese over the top. Bake for 20-25 minutes until bubbly and hot through.
I served this with a shredded lettuce salad, green beans, pears and breadsticks. I will most definitely be making this again. I used a whole chicken, so if I make it again I will just use breast meat. That should bring the fat and cholesterol down. Not much I can do about the carbs, though. It is spaghetti after all!
Nutrition: Calories 318, Fat 9.5g, Saturated Fat 3g, Cholesterol 23mg, Sodium 461 mg, Carbohydrates 39g, Dietary Fiber2.6g, Sugars 3.3g, Protein 17.8g
It can be hard to find the right mix tasty and healthy when cooking for a family. This recipe has the potential to fit every single category that I look for; lower calories and fat and tasty enough to please a diverse group of eaters. Here’s to Happy Healthy Eating!