Chickenetti

by admin on January 3, 2010

I originally found this recipe on Ree Drummond’s “The Pioneer Woman” blog. I have since adapted it to suit my tastes. It’s a great recipe that everyone seems to like, it can be prepared ahead of time and even frozen. For entertaining or bringing a meal to a new mom or someone sick, it can’t be beat. I almost always double this to have leftovers or freeze for another meal. The photo above may not do the dish justice because I forgot to take a photo the first night I served it. This is what it looks like reheated for leftovers!

2 cups Cooked Chicken (I prefer boneless, skinless breasts)
3 cups Dry Spaghetti, Broken Into Two Inch Pieces (almost a pound)
2 cans Cream Of Mushroom Soup
2 cups Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
¼ cups Finely Diced Green Pepper
¼ cups Finely Diced Onion
1 jar (4 Ounce) Diced Pimentos, Drained (I use half this amount)
2 cups Reserved Chicken Broth From Pot (Optional, according to taste)
1 teaspoon Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
⅛ teaspoons (to 1/4 Teaspoon) Cayenne Pepper
Salt And Pepper, to taste
1 cup Additional Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Boil or broil your chicken, cool and cube to make two cups.

You can cook your spaghetti in the same chicken broth you used to boil the chicken until al dente. Or simply use plain water. Do not overcook the spaghetti. When spaghetti is cooked, drain and combine with remaining ingredients except additional 1 cup sharp cheddar. About that reserved 2 cups of broth…I don’t use it or maybe only 1/2 cup. How much broth you add to this dish determines how soupy it cooks up. I made the mistake the first time I tried this recipe of not adding any broth at all and it came out fine. In fact, my family prefers a less soupy/creamy consistency so I use less broth.

Place mixture in casserole pan (I use a 13X9 pan) and top with remaining sharp cheddar. Cover and freeze up to six months, cover and refrigerate up to two days, or bake immediately: 350 degrees for 45 minutes until bubbly. (If the cheese on top starts to get too cooked, cover with foil).

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