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Chicken Spaghetti

Chicken Spaghetti

by sunshine on January 29, 2009

I made this a couple nights ago after finding the recipe on Kraft food forums.  The recipe calls for making it in a 9X13 baking dish, but with there just being two of us, I made it in two dishes and froze one to save for later (I really need to start doing that more often to start saving some time!)

This dish is often made in the south, so this casserole may be new to you.  It reminds me of a comment that was left on one of my recipes here a week or so ago from someone that did not know what Ro-Tel was (which is an ingredient in a lot of my dishes)…..I thought to myself…..’they don’t know what Ro-Tel is???!!!  I would hope Ro-Tel isn’t just a “southern” thing!! I don’t think I could cook without it!!!!  I use it in queso (or here as it is referred to in AR, cheese dip), King Ranch Chicken, Patties With a Twist, Doritos Casserole, Spinach Dip, Mexi-Meal Casserole….and the list goes on!

Anway, on to the Chicken Spaghetti.  It was a very tasty dish.  I changed the recipe up just a tad to add a little ‘kick’ to it (you’ll find that I do that quite often….usually using Ro-Tel  : )

Chicken Spaghetti


Printable Version: Chicken Spaghetti


  • 12 oz. uncooked spaghetti
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded or cut into chunks
  • 1 lb. velveeta (regular or Mild Mexican….I use Mild Mexican)
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can ro-tel
  • 1 can (4.5 oz) sliced mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cook spaghetti as directed on package
  3. Cook chicken and shred/cut into chunks.  Add velveeta, milk, mushrooms, soup, ro-tel; stir until melted.
  4. Add chicken to cooked pasta.
  5. Spoon into 13X9 baking dish and bake for 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees. (I used two smaller baking dishes and baked for 25 minutes and put the second dish in the freezer)

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Alison Sherwood February 9, 2009 at 10:56 pm

I just learned what Ro-Tel was a couple weeks ago. I thought it was some sort of cheese, like Velveeta. I was way off! (Although you do use it cheese dip…)


heather may March 2, 2009 at 4:14 pm

I live in Indiana, I couldnt live with out Rotel. I make alot of velveeta and rotel cheese dip it our fav. Just came across your site today and I have read and read it I am already going to make the doritos casserole and cant wait to try the chicken spaghetti. Thanks heather


Colleen April 5, 2009 at 6:54 pm

Sooooo…what "is" rotel?? It must be a southern thing, because I've never heard of it.


Mary Alice May 5, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Colleen — Ro*Tel Tomatoes with Green Chiles. There are lots of generic ones, also, and you may recognize the product, just not the name we use in the south! (I'm in Arkansas.)


Jessica June 18, 2009 at 9:14 pm

This sounds delicious and I wanted to make it for a pot luck but my worry is keeping it hot to keep the cheese soft. And ideas on cheese substitutes?


marrty July 10, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Chicken Spaghetti I think I should have a try!!


Kim August 27, 2009 at 5:07 pm

RoTel is canned tomatoes and green chilis. You can mix it with Velveeta and a little milk to make cheese dip or use it in casserols to give a little extra flavor. And yea, I do think it's probably a southern thing. I'm in southern Texas and if you asked what Rotel was here you'ld be looked at like you were crazy. It's just something everyone knows.


Jennifer Taylor September 2, 2009 at 6:34 pm

I LOVE ROTEL!! Mom made a dip for us when I was younger mixed with Cream Cheese and sausage and Ro-tel. I believe it was a Southern thing for a very long time. Been looking for this Chicken Spaghetti recipe with it and mushrooms, found it here. Bookmarking your site. I love to cook, we're kindred souls. Thanks so much.
Jennifer A. Taylor
Hoover AL


Chaunta June 25, 2011 at 3:28 pm

I am from Birmingham AL and I love rotel also.


Karla Kaye September 24, 2009 at 12:10 am

Im laughing at the RoTel comments! I never thought it would be a "Southern thing" 🙂 I have like 5 cans in my pantry right now!! Anyway, I love Chicken Spaghetti. My grandma makes it once or twice a year, and the whole family comes over for it. I think she adds a can of sweet peas too…just a thought if you want to add some color. Thanks for the recipe, I'll try my hand at making it for the family next time. Take care!


lamaster October 14, 2009 at 6:13 pm

wow!!!! i never knew so many people didn’t know what ro*tel was!!! i also cook with it often and usually have some on hand!!! i just made chili today and it just doesn’t taste right without the ro*tel!!! but thanks for the chicken spaghetti recipe…i’m trying to get it down so i’m taking things from different recipes…i’m also a fan of the “king ranch chicken casserole and the doritos casserole” although like most people i make mine a little different…everyone has their own spin on things!!!!


lalala October 15, 2009 at 10:29 am

one word



Christine Jones October 15, 2009 at 5:11 pm

I also love Rot-el — can't live without it – I used in when I lived in Minnesota – so there are northerners who do know about this!!!


Mayra B. October 19, 2009 at 3:13 pm

I tried this recipe 4 chicken spaghetti it waz so so good!my husband,my daughter & i loved it! 🙂 this is my favorite food but i nvr knew how 2 make it so i was alwayz cravin it until i saw diz recipe!i waz so lookin 4ward 2 makin it & once i did i waz so happy cuz it waz vry deliciouz!so thankz u 4 posting diz recipe!i give it 2 thumbz up! 🙂


Valerie November 3, 2009 at 3:38 pm

Yup. From PA and never heard of Ro Tel. Can't wait to try this recipie though!!!


soulc0bra February 28, 2010 at 5:19 am

i'm trying to make chicken spaghetti for the first time with this recipe but instead of using cream of chicken, i'm using camebell's cream of chicken & mushroom. I also put more like 1/2 a cup of milk instead of just 1/3. Oh yeah, i added diced potatoes which were only about half way baked. Should be good when it's done. you can't go wrong with velveeta and ro-tel.


Brenda March 18, 2010 at 8:56 pm

look for Rotel at walmart… I found at least in our area of upstate NY it is about 1/3 of the price there as in my hometown store!


Jessica March 19, 2010 at 10:25 pm

i love chicken spaghetti haven't had it in yrs!! I'm in the kitchen right now tyring this recipe for my husband and son!! let u knw!! also, we can't go without ro'tel in the pantry my husband uses it alot!! Jessica from Louisiana!!!!!


Kymmy March 26, 2010 at 11:37 pm

I have never heard of Ro Tel, I had to google it…


laura April 1, 2010 at 12:13 am

I'm from Pittsburgh and never heard of ro-tel. A friend who lives in North Carolina is going to send me a can so I can try this recipe. It sounds delicious!


barb September 27, 2010 at 4:14 pm

from Michigan here and Love Ro-tel !!!!!! a staple here in the house !!!! found years ago from the same cream cheese and sausage dip !!!! best party dip !!! love frinding recipes with Ro-tel in it !!!


Dee January 6, 2011 at 4:56 pm

First time to try Ro*Tel was in 1977 (and I'm from Arkansas). We were introduced to it by my aunt while visiting in Los Angeles (so it's definitely didn't start as a southern thing). We ended up bringing back 2 cases with us when we left.


shannon January 14, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Mine was little dry i only cooked it for 30 minutes so maybe next time i will add another can of cream of mushrooms but it has a very good flavor and the appearance was really nice!!


Tina April 11, 2011 at 11:47 am

I am in the south (Mississippi) and I can't see rotel just being southern when its really in every mexican dish. About the chicken spaghetti add a can of mix veggies too your recipe and it will make this dish so complete.


deonne chism March 1, 2015 at 4:28 pm

This looks so very tasty.


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