TEX MEX WHITE CHICKEN SPAGHETTI — Spaghetti in a spicy white cheddar cheese sauce, with chicken, diced tomatoes and cilantro.
Any time I can serve a dish that combines pasta, cheese and chicken, it’s bound to be a hit at my house. This Tex Mex White Chicken Spaghetti was no exception. Everyone loved it and came back for seconds!
Rotel tomatoes, chili powder, cumin and cayenne give this savory pasta dish it’s Tex Mex flare.
Add as much or as little cayenne as you like. I usually add just pinch, but if you like things really spicy, feel free to add more.
And the white cheddar cheese makes for a more elegant looking, restaurant quality dish. This isn’t just another mac and cheese dinner, that’s for sure!
You can use white or whole wheat spaghetti in this dish, and linguine or even fettuccine also work well. I like to top things off with some chopped fresh tomatoes and cilantro.
This recipe makes plenty to serve a crowd, but it can easily be halved to serve four or fewer people. I made this on a night when two of my boys were gone, and there were enough for three of us to enjoy it for two days!
For extra convenience, I used a supermarket rotisserie chicken, but you can certainly cook and shred your own chicken. I’m all about convenience though.
Just one more reason I love this easy dinner–it was on the table in less than 30 minutes!
Delicious, quick and easy, and loved by everyone who tried it. This Tex Mex White Chicken Spaghetti is a winner in my book, and we’ll definitely be having it again soon.
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Tips for Cooking Pasta
Use a big pot: Cook pasta in a large pot–big enough to hold 6 quarts of water per pound of pasta.
Salt: Generously season your cooking water with salt. A few teaspoons per quart of water is a good place to start. Although a little more or less is fine, depending on your preference.
Don’t overcook: Boil your pasta to until it is al dente, which means it’s cooked, but still a bit chewy. You’ll want to test your pasta for flavor and texture every 20 seconds or so during the last few minutes of cooking.
If you’ll continue cooking the pasta in a sauce, or baking it in the oven, remove the pot from the heat a few minutes before it’s done to prevent overcooking.
Here’s what you’ll need to make Tex Mex White Chicken Spaghetti
- Spaghetti or linguine
- Produce: onions, garlic, fresh cilantro, tomatoes
- Chicken stock
- Sour cream
- White cheddar cheese
- Canned diced tomatoes and green chilies
- Spices: cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper
Tex Mex White Chicken Spaghetti
Spaghetti in a spicy white cheddar cheese sauce, with chicken, diced tomatoes and cilantro.
- 16 ounces spaghetti
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup onion, diced
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 8 ounces grated white cheddar cheese
- 1 (10 oz.) can diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- Dash of cayenne pepper
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- Diced tomatoes, for garnish, optional
- Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain.
- Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and saute until softened, 3-5 minutes.
- Stir in flour and cook 2 minutes more. Slowly whisk in chicken broth and milk. Stir in sour cream. Bring to a simmer, stirring often, until sauce is thickened.
- Add white cheddar cheese and stir until melted and smooth. Stir in diced tomatoes and green chilies, cumin, chili powder, cayenne, and salt and pepper, to taste.
- Add cooked spaghetti and chicken and to coat everything evenly in sauce. Taste and adjust seasonings. Stir in cilantro just before serving.
- Garnish with additional chopped cilantro and diced tomatoes, if desired.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 513Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 580mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 29g
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Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from Cassie Craves
Does this need to be made and served immediately or can it be made ahead of time and still taste fresh?
I think you could make it a day head or so and it would still taste good. Pasta does tend to soak up a lot of liquid and lose some flavor when made too far ahead though. So you might need to re-season, and it might be a bit more dry than if you served it fresh. But you could make it the night before and serve it the next day and I think you would be fine.
Overall a good recipe but cumin should be omitted. Add some oregano and crushed red peppers for more flavors.