Thursday, January 22, 2009

New Recipe Series: Classy Chicken Speghetti

Here at the Pond, we're not the most of sophisticated of folks. Several of my Invisible Friends create glorious meals with things like butternut squash and kale and all sorts of fancy things. They know what crudites are and shallots and how to make shrimp cocktails.



Meanwhile, the Ducks of the Pond eat sophisticated dishes for dinner such as nachos...


French Toast....



Waffles...



Loads of beef-heavy meals like chili and meat pies...



And of course, the family favorite peanut butter....




We're a nutritionist's dream.




And any day now, the Queen will invite us to dinner.


So it's no surprise that in my quest to try new recipes, I found a classic recipe that I managed to make Pond-friendly.




Translation: I dumped a bunch of cheese and "gravy" on it.

You all know where I get my love of gravy from.



I've never had chicken spaghetti before, but this was delicious. It was cheesy, had tons of flavor and made me seriously consider eating it for breakfast. This is pure comfort, ya'll.


And the best part is it's only 513 calories a serving. (Depending how much cheese you add. )



I got this from my new favorite cookbook that my mother-in-law gave me for Christmas, Serving Louisiana.



If you enjoy candlelight meals with several courses, you might want to skip this.

But if you enjoy spaghetti with a bit of a kick and some cheese and don't mind slurping your noodles, this is for you.



Chicken Spaghetti from Serving Louisiana



1 (3 lb.) chicken
10 ounces of spaghetti
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped bell pepper
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup 1 stick margarine
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can tomato soup
1 tblspn chili powder

My addition: Black olives

Boil chicken in stock pot until tender. Drain and reserve two cups of broth. Cut chicken into bite sized pieces, getting rid of skin and bone. Cook spaghetti according to package directions and drain.

Saute the onion, bell pepper and celery in margarine in skillet until tender. Stir in reserved broth, chicken, soups and chili powder. Simmer for thirty minutes, stirring occasionally. Add pasta and mix well.

Spoon chicken mixture into 9 x 13 baking dish. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Sprinkle (or dump, if you're me) cheese on top if desired.



Serves 8 (I cut it in half.)

Stay tuned, Invisible Friends! Tomorrow we have a new date with the Rubber Chicken and Fuzzy Duck! And this weekend, we've got all sorts of whimsical fun and tales to keep you mesmerized until Monday morning!

71 comments:

blueviolet said...

Oh my gosh..........that looks SO good!

Yaya said...

My hubby would love this!



Lol, peanut butter!

Happy cook said...

I love french taost.
Chicken with pasta looks yumm.
You know I have never had tacos.

doggybloggy said...

this looked like my check list of delights.....

Bridget said...

Mmm...that looks good! We love nacho night around here! :)

Theresa said...

Another great way to have chicken and pasta, Duckie!!

Sara said...

Oooh, this looks delicious. All of your other dinners look good too, I love breakfast for dinner!

sassy stephanie said...

How are you not as big as a house? Urgh!!

Katherine Aucoin said...

I want to have dinner at your house and may I say your MIL has excellent taste in cookbooks. The best cookbooks have "Louisiana" in the title....~smirk~ ;-)

Linda said...

I have to show this to my Italian husband...I am trying to decide what his expression will be...he is such a purist when it comes to what he puts on his pasta!!

Teresa R said...

Mmm-mmm! I often cut up chicken(dh makes fried chicken with the meat) and we boil the carcass for broth anyway, so this is a wonderful way to use the carcass meat and broth.

Your foods may not be "fancy" but they're comfort foods!

Bee and Rose said...

slurp, slurp...mmmmmm....(did I get the sauce wiped off my face?)

Chili and cheese is another spaghetti topper that's pretty tasty too...it's Cincinnati thing..When we lived in Ohio my husband would drive 30 min to get there just to eat this!

This looks yummy!

Janice said...

Interesting. I have never heard of such a meal. I might have to try making this one. I'll let you know what my family thinks.

3 Bay B Chicks said...

Blonde Duck, I swear you are a woman at my own heart. I must have that Serving Lousiana cookbook. It will pair perfectly with my Paula Dean series.

-Francesca

PS: No worries about the marraige tale. Nice of you to offer to e-mail it to me, but save it for a post someday. It will just keep me coming back to your blog! :)

Ingrid said...

Love how you keep it "real"! It looks decadent with all that ooey gooey melty cheese! My kids would love that but I don't think I'll use chicken (I have a problem with over cooking chicken) maybe ground sausage. Thanks for passing along the recipe. You don't have kicked up recipe for garlic bread? Give it up, girl!
~ingrid

Paula said...

Mmmm ... I'd love to slurp up some chicken spaghetti with cheese! I suspect my hubby would slurp up the entire thing. Actually, all of your meals in those photos look terrific! Waffles in this house means Eggos, and I haven't had Fr. Toast in eons. YUM!

Maria said...

I am loving all of this food today!! Delish!

Kristina P. said...

Holy crap that looks good! I need some comfort food.

Colleen said...

Oh YUM! And those nachos look amazing too!

vsm/whirling dirvish photography said...

Oh I love Chicken Spaghetti! I add black olives as well... and of course a ton of cheese followed by an ducolax to avoid the constapation that follows. Sounds like your meals are as hearty as ours.. none of that pussy carrot salad crap.

Marie Reed said...

That sounds heavenly!!! My husband hates cheese. It drives me nuts! I'l make this when he goes out of town:)

Pam said...

You crack me up Miranda. The chicken spaghetti looks really tasty - I love the melted cheese on top. mmmm good.

the letter Bee said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! All of those things look delicious!

Pietro said...

These chicken spaghetti look so nice and tasty! I hope they are slightly underdone...
Today I have eaten the risotto con provolone e peperoni!

Gina @ Six in the Country said...

Oh -- that looks soooo good!

Michelle said...

You're hilarious! I have a secret..I LOVE THAT KINDA FOOD!! I want to know how you make those nachos! They look like tacos.

Heatherlyn said...

Actually, it looks really yummy. And I so believe that french toast counts as a meal any time during the day. :)

Marjie said...

I don't know what kale is either. I sorta change fancy ingredients into the stuff you find in the supermarket freezer case. Your chicken spaghetti looks good to me!

Betsy said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!!! :)

Those are some delicious looking pictures of food... makes my tummy hungry!!! hehe

Reeni♥ said...

I love your comfort foods!! Meat pies? yum! Nachos? yum!! Waffles AND french toast? YUM!!! To heck with fancy-shmancy!!I'm getting me some Spaghetti and chicken yum-yum!!!!!

thedomesticfringe said...

That's my kind of cooking! I think I'll try this recipe. Thanks!!

-FringeGirl

Peggy said...

Yes, ahem, we had a ham and cheese omelet for dinner last night. I think that puts us in the same class as you, right? Although french toast may be a classy step up from the omelet, not sure!!
Of course you know I love chicken spaghetti!

Heather said...

mmmmm. that sounds very, very classy indeed ;) and pretty delicious, too!

Diana said...

Hey now! I'd never knock the greatness that is French toast, waffles and... err.. meat pies? ;)

Looks yummy!

Spring Fricks said...

Holy Cow, that's some spaghetti. Was there a picture of cinammon toast? We can't forget that now.

MuseSwings said...

Oh, yummy! An industrial strength chicken recipe. I'll just get myself a plate out of the cupboard, thankyouverymuch!

The Shabby Princess said...

Oh girl, your family sounds a lot like mine! Thanks for posting that recipe.

I was thinking about you when I posted about my tiara wearin' rubber duckie. I have no idea where my sister got it, but, it is fabulous. I'll take a picture for you. :)

Laurie said...

How interesting with the can of cream of mushroom! And those meat pies look mighty good!! :)

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

Forget the Queen! That looks SO good Duckie! I'd eat that with gusto :)

Carrie said...

Wow that looks so good! I am always looking for chicken recipe b/c my daughter will not eat red meat. Your dog is too cute!

honeysuckle said...

I love all those dinner and snack things for breakfast too! They would go really well with Presidential cupcakes:) Thanks for your comments on my blog.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Cheese! Gravy! Ribs! How do you stay so skinny????

Looks yummy and I think I'd eat more than 500-whatever calories worth of this if you served it to me.

Bird, Frizzy and Our Little Yaya said...

Bird used to make chicken spaghetti all the time. We haven't had it in ages. Oh, it is soo good. Love that you're trying a bunch of new recipes. I love to do that too!

Passionate About Baking said...

Quack quack little duck...I'm much in the pond with you & LUUURVE this spaghetti! What a swell book & what a well written post! Of course Her Majesty's gonna have you over...& yes, them calories all come down to the cheese! xoxoxo

jenjen said...

Mmmmmm, that dish looks delicious. We are cheese fiends at my house! I hope things are going well for you all at the pond!

XOXOOXXO
Jen

PS - I am bringing you back a little sussy form the land of the sun!

lisa (dandysugar) said...

I love chicken spaghetti! And by the way, I also love having breakfast for dinner. No meal limitations over here, that's for sure. Waffles and peanut butter on toast have most definitely been on my dinner menu!

Dee said...

Lol, you're so funny! I find that you can turn nachos into a real class act if you stick your pinkie out, and dab at chin dribble delicately with a paper towel.

Dee said...

p/s
You are SO fabulous!

Lori said...

You crack me up. Only 513 calories per serving. That would be one of my more decadent meals.

You know what amazes me about you. Your posts are always so different and interesting and they never fail to put a smile on my face. You go Duckie!

Kimberly said...

Look at you, making me all hungry and stuff!

Yeah, I am feeling better! Oh, and maybe I'll come decoupage your house after I finish packing up and moving outta mine, hehee!

Have a fabulous day! :o)

Jenni Jiggety said...

I am so in the mood for some waffles right now...

Femin Susan said...

sure there are a lot of yummy stuff here.my tongue waters seeing these.will try making those.

pam said...

I have made this before, and it is good. I think I will have to keep it in mind for next week.

Sandy Toes said...

OH my ..a lot of cooking going on here..wow..it looks great!!!
-sandy toe

Maki said...

That chicken pasta looks like yumza!!!

And the peanut putter goes to??? LOL

Jen r. said...

Everything is good with a bunch of cheese on it! :)

Noodlegirl said...

They look so yummy! You know what for some reason I can never make a good french toast what am I doing wrong?

noble pig said...

OMG I'm sure I would lick the whole entire plate! Looks yummy.

Marie said...

That sounds and LOOKS delicious Duckie!!! I could eat the whole thing for sure, and be quite grateful that Todd hates pasta as there would be more for me! Yummo!! I may have some exciting news to share with you by the weekend, keep your fingers crossed for me! XXOO

Navita said...

i always lol when i visit this place...n esp love the nachos!

Cindy said...

looks good to me, but stop eating the PB...it's got issues right now in much of the country....

kathy said...

Thanks for posting this - I like to make dishes that others can prove to me they have made and tips on the dish - I had never heard of mixing tomato and mushroom soup for pasta and I'm very curious about this dish - I'm going to try it

Also, the nachos - can you share the recipe? Are those taco shells you have them in?

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

my mouth actually started to water - not coming here in the AM anymore!

Grace said...

i confess--i'm a slurper. :) your pile o' noodles looks fantastic, even though you snuck that cream of mushroom soup (shudder) in there... :)

Lori said...

Oh my goodness. . .the food looks great! I'll be glad when computers have smellvision. . .lol.

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Live.Love.Eat said...

It may not be fancy but it sure looks delicious and that's all that matters!!!!!

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leanne said...

I love chicken spaghetti! I will have to try this version

Sarah@VintageChic said...

GOod recipe!
I am not a fancy cook - I think of my cooking as homestyle - as in lots of fat!!! :)

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