Classic Make-Ahead Chicken Spaghetti
We absolutely LOVE this recipe. This dense, rich casserole is as comforting as it is delicious. It’s also a big time kid-pleaser with no complaints from the spouses either. It takes a little time, but is well worth the effort, especially if you have a lot of people to feed or are going to a party or church pot luck dinner. We hope you try it this week, and let us know how it goes.
This recipe for Chicken Spaghetti makes a lot, so use it for family gatherings or put it into two pans, make one and freeze one.
How to Make Classic Chicken Spaghetti
Start by cooking your chicken in the Instant Pot. (You can also boil the chicken or use a rotisserie chicken. We love our Instant Pot though – it’s our tool of choice, and no we are not paid to say that). Add a little salt and pepper to the chicken before hand and add 1 cup water to the bottom of the inner liner. Put in the tray or trivet into the Instant Pot and place the chicken breast on top. Set the Instant Pot to manual, 15 minutes making sure the nozzle is set to sealing. For faster sealing, use hot water. Once the chicken is cooked, set it aside to cool while you chop and sautee the veggies.
NOTE: I know 6 Tablespoons of butter seems like a lot, but it adds to the moisture of the chicken spaghetti.
Begin sauteing the veggies. Add the butter to a large pot/pan and melt over medium low heat. Do not burn. Once the butter has melted, add the veggies and cook until translucent. While the veggies are cooking, chop the chicken into bite sized pieces and add into the pot/pan once the veggies have finished cooking. Warm completely.
While the chicken is warming, begin boiling the water to cook the spaghetti noodles. Once the water boils, add the noodles and cook for about 8 minutes.
Once the noodles are underway, add the rest of the ingredients to a very large bowl and stir to combine. Add the chicken mixture and coat completely. Finally, add the spaghetti noodles and turn into the mixture to coat completely.
Spoon into a large 9X13 pan, or two separate smaller pans if freezing, and bake at 350 for 50 minutes. Uncover, add cheese and bake an additional 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let set up for 15 minutes. Then, wait for compliments!
How to Make the Frozen, Make-Ahead Version
To make the frozen spaghetti, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight and then pop it in the oven at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Uncover, add cheese and cook an additional 10 minutes. Then let set for 15 minutes and enjoy.