Baked Chicken Monterrey Spaghetti

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My family loves pasta so I am always looking for new ways to use it in different flavor profiles. I had been craving some spinach so I was trying to come up with an interesting flavor combo to use with that. Pepper jack cheese is always yummy with chicken and spinach so that took me down the road to Baked Chicken Monterrey Spaghetti. So simple to put together but so full of flavor.

Baked Chicken Monterrey Spaghetti

It is really important that you do not cook the pasta all the way through in the boiling water. If you do, it will end up mushy by the time you pull it out of the oven. By only par boiling it, you let it finish cooking in the sauce which adds more flavor to the pasta and lets it stay al dente.

Baked Chicken Monterrey Spaghetti

If you don’t have a deep dish lasagna pan, you can divided this up into 2 regular baking dishes (probably one 13×9 and one 9×9). You will also want to reduce the cook time to 30 minutes, since you don’t have the same depth to get through. Another bonus of using the aluminum pans is that clean up is a breeze – so whoever is on dish duty that night is going to be very thankful!

Now Let’s Get Cookin’!

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Baked Chicken Monterrey Spaghetti

A creamy baked chicken spaghetti with a little pepper and spinach
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword cheese, Chicken, pepper jack, spaghetti, spinach
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • lb Chicken Thighs, boneless, skinless cubed into ½-inch pieces
  • lb Spaghetti
  • 16 oz Sour Cream
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 cups Spinach rough chopped
  • 2 lb Pepper Jack cheese shredded, divided
  • 4 oz French Fried Onions divided
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 4 Garlic Cloves minced

Instructions

  • Start water boiling for Pasta. Preheat oven to 350F.
  • In a large bowl, combine chicken, spinach, sour cream, chicken broth, garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, half of cheese, and half of onions,
  • Add pasta to boiling water and cook for half of cook time listed on package (should be limp but not cooked through). Drain in colander and add to deep dish lasagna pan (at least 13x9x2.5).
  • Add chicken mixture to pasta and stir to combine. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and onions. Bake in oven for 40 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

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Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

6 thoughts on “Baked Chicken Monterrey Spaghetti

  1. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us on Full Plate Thursday 563, we featured it! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving and hope to see you soon!
    Miz Helen

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