Saturday, July 6, 2013

Chicken Spaghetti

Get the troops together when you make this recipe.  It serves at least 12!  The other nice thing about it, it freezes great.  My sister-in-law's Mom, AnnaMae, introduced my family to this recipe MANY years ago.  It's a favorite!
This is just one of the MANY casserole dishes I filled with this recipe.
Boiled Chicken:
  • 2 chicken fryers, cut into pieces
  • 2 onions, cut in half
  • 2 celery stalks, cut into fourths
  • ½ T. kosher salt
  • ½ T. Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning
Chicken Spaghetti:
  • ½ C. (1 stick) butter
  • 1 lb. thin spaghetti
  • 2 C. onions, chopped
  • 1 C. bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 C. celery, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ T. kosher salt
  • ½ T. Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning
  • 1 ½ lbs. Velveeta, cut into small cubes
  • 2 cans Rotel tomatoes with green chilis
  • 1 can petit pois peas
  1. Fill a gumbo pot half way with water and set to boil over high heat.  Add the chicken, onions, celery, salt and Creole seasoning and allow to boil for 45 minutes.
  2. Using a strainer spoon, remove the chicken pieces from the pot and set aside to cool.
  3. Add the spaghetti to the chicken stock and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain the pasta, but save the stock. (You can freeze the stock and use it for other recipes.)
  4. In a Dutch oven, melt the stick of butter and sauté the onions, bell pepper, and celery, on low for about 20 minutes.
  5. If you are making this to eat now, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  6. While the trinity is wilting, remove the skin and bones from the chicken and cut the chicken into small bite size pieces. Reserve.
  7. Add the garlic and cook for one minute and then add the cubed Velveeta.
  8. Stir frequently, when most of the cheese is melted, add the Rotel tomatoes.
  9. When all of the cheese is melted, add the chicken, then the spaghetti and finally the peas.
  10. Stir well to incorporate the mixture with the pasta.
  11. Spray 2 baking pans or CorningWare 13”x 9”x 2” with cooking spray and transfer the Chicken Spaghetti into the baking dishes. 
  12. Bake for 1 hour or until bubbly and golden brown.
  13. Allow the dish to set for 5 minutes and then serve.
Tips and Tricks:
  • These 2 pans will serve at least 12 people. 
  • I usually make this the day before I want to serve it.  It freezes well, but don’t bake it until you are ready to serve it.
  • I use Dubon or LeSueur petit pois peas.
  • This recipe is LABOR INTESIVE, but it is worth it.

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