Tex-Mex Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti

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 such a mean person.

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 will get when I am out to dinner, but doing this blog now is helping me break out of my 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 spicy, tex-mex version of spaghetti.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6
Author Star

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Whole Wheat Thin Spaghetti , Broke into pieces (I use Ronzoni Smart Taste Thin Spaghetti)
  • 2 cups Chicken Breast (cooked and shredded)
  • 1 cup Nonfat Cottage Cheese
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/4 cup Reduced Fat Mild Cheddar
  • 10 ounce can 98% Fat Free Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 Onion (diced)
  • 1 Green Pepper (diced)
  • 2 tsp Seasoned Salt
  • 3 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • Cooking Spay

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and lightly spray a casserole dish.
  2. Put a large pot of salted water on, and boil the spaghetti noodles according to package instructions.
  3. While waiting for your noodles to be done, grab a large mixing bowl and throw in the chicken, chicken broth, cream of chicken soup, cottage cheese, 3/4 cup of the cheese, peppers, onions, and spices. Mix it up until combined well.
  4. When the noodles are done, drain and transfer into the chicken mixture. Mix well.
  5. Spread evenly into your casserole dish. Top with the remaining cheese and bake for 40 minutes. Cut into six servings.
  6. ENJOY!

Recipe Notes

Serving size: 1/6 of the dish. 8 Smart Points.9 Points Plus. 370 Calories. 9g Fat. 3.5g Saturated Fat. 39g carbohydrates. 4g fiber. 3.5g sugar. 30g protein.
DAILY DOSE NOTE: If you like your food a bit more on the spicy side, add some more cayenne pepper. I wouldn't go over 1/2 teaspoon though, a little goes a LONG way with this spice!

16 Comments

  1. What’s the nutrition facts? I do points plus. This looks delicious!

  2. How many calories does this come out too? thanks 🙂 looks so good!

    • This is a earlier recipe and I wasn’t adding the nutritional info. I will figure it out and post and get back to you!

  3. Betsy Maness

    Made this tonight and it was uh-mazing! I didn’t have cream of chicken soup so I used cream of mushroom…still fantastic! Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Love anything Tex mex and this recipe did not disappoint!!

  5. Leah Manecke

    My husband loved this recipe! He loves chicken spaghetti, and is always asking me to make it for him. I had been hesitant because the recipe I used was not weight watcher friendly. This one was perfect and points friendly and it was delicious!

    • I’m so glad your husband loves this! I used to make a version of Chicken Spaghetti that used almost 1 POUND of colby jack cheese! Sure it’s amazing, but I don’t even want to know the calories that went with it!

  6. Brooke Anderson

    Hello Mrs. Star, i was wondering if you could suggest a substitute for cottage cheese on your Tex mex cheesy chicken spaghetti. Thank you for your time!

    • Hi Brooke! I wish I could suggest an alternative. The cottage cheese keeps it lower in points, but adds immense amounts of creaminess. You could try a bit of sour cream instead or extra cheese, but if you are following weight watchers or counting calories they would more than likely change. If you are by any chance a cottage cheese hater and fear using it because of your distaste. I promise you, I am a cottage cheese hater! You don’t taste it. It took me a long time to try it out after hearing so many people use it in different casseroles, and I am so happy I ended up trying it. You do not taste it. I hope this helps! Let me know how it goes if you make it differently or decide to use the cottage cheese!

  7. Hi there what size casserole dish do you use?

  8. I just found your site and this was the first recipe I tried. It came out fabulous- my super picky husband also loved it. I can’t wait to try some of the others!

    So glad that I read the previous comment about the cottage cheese. I can’t stand it usually but I really couldn’t taste it here.

    • So happy you took the chance on cottage cheese and that you liked it! It really does disappear which I am very thankful for! I hope you enjoy whatever you decide to try next.

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