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Lightened Up Creamy Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

This Lightened Up Creamy Chicken Spaghetti Casserole is packed with chicken, spaghetti, cream of chicken, reduced fat cream cheese, tomatoes with green chilies, and sprinkled with cheese. It’s an easy comfort food meal the whole family will love!

This recipe was recreated into a WW friendly version using Stacey’s, creator of southernbite.com, ultimate chicken spaghetti.

Makes 8 ( 1 1/4 cup) servings 

What ingredients do I need to make this Lightened Up Creamy Chicken Spaghetti?

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts: raw or cooked
  • Spaghetti noodles or whole wheat spaghetti noodles: I use Barilla Protein Plus or Ronzoni Smart Taste Spaghetti. If your following the purple plan-you can use any whole wheat spaghetti for zero points. 
  • Rotel tomatoes with green chilies 
  • 98% fat free cream or healthy request mushroom or chicken soup: either one will work and equally delicious.
  • Tostitos queso blanco or On The Border Monterey Jack Queso: the overall point values are equivalent regardless of which one you use. For this recipe I like to use Monterey Jack queso. 
  • Reduced fat cream cheese
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Paprika 
  • Reduced fat or fat free cheddar cheese: shredded. I like to use Trader Joe’s Lite three cheese blend 

How do I make this Lightened Up Creamy Chicken Spaghetti?

Start by cooking the chicken if you’re using raw chicken breasts. Skip to step #3 if you already have cooked shredded chicken

 You can either cook the chicken in a large pot on the stove over medium heat or in a crock pot on HIGH for 2-4 hours. Just pour 1/4 cup of water over chicken. If cooking on the stove-place chicken in large pot and pour 1/4 cup water over the top of the chicken. Cook over medium-low heat until cooked through.

Allow the chicken to cool, then shred using two forks.

Step #3: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a 13 x 9 or 3-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Meanwhile, cook the noodles according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.

In a large pot, combine the tomatoes with green chilies along with the juice, cream of mushroom soup, Tostitos cheese dip, and light cream cheese.

Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the cheeses have melted and well combined. 

Add the garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. 

Fold in the cooked shredded chicken and cooked spaghetti. Mix well. 

Pour spaghetti mixture into the prepared baking dish.  

Sprinkle the top with the reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Makes 8 ( 1 1/4 cup) servings 

 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 lb. raw boneless skinless chicken breasts or 12 oz. cooked boneless skinless chicken breasts 
  • 16 oz. spaghetti noodles or whole wheat spaghetti noodles 
  • 1 (10 oz.) can Rotel tomatoes with green chilies 
  • 1 (10.5 oz.) 98% fat free cream or healthy request mushroom or chicken soup, undiluted 
  • 1/2 cup Tostitos queso blanco or On The Border Monterey Jack Queso
  • 4 oz. Kroger reduced fat cream cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika 
  • 1/3 cup reduced fat or fat free cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions: 

  1. Start by cooking the chicken if using raw chicken breasts. Skip to step #3 if you already have cooked shredded chicken. You can either cook the chicken in a large pot on the stove over medium heat or in a crock pot on HIGH for 2-4 hours. Just pour 1/4 cup of water over chicken. If cooking on the stove-place chicken in large pot and pour 1/4 cup water over the top of the chicken. Cook over medium-low heat until cooked through.
  2. Allow the chicken to cool, then shred using two forks.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Spray a 13 x 9 or 3-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  5. Meanwhile, cook the noodles according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.
  6. In a large pot, combine the tomatoes with green chilies along with the juice, cream of mushroom soup, Tostitos cheese dip, and light cream cheese. 
  7. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the cheeses have melted and well combined. 
  8. Add the garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. 
  9. Fold in the cooked shredded chicken and cooked spaghetti. Mix well. 
  10. Pour spaghetti mixture into the prepared baking dish.  
  11. Sprinkle the top with the 1/3 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese.
  12. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Makes 8 ( 1 and 1/4 cup) servings 

3-10 PersonalPoints™ per serving  

 *This number shows the PersonalPoints™ range. The points will vary based on your individualized plan. 

How do I know how many points this is on my WW individualized plan? 

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Yield: 8

Lightened Up Creamy Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

Lightened Up Creamy Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

This Lightened Up Creamy Chicken Spaghetti Casserole is packed with chicken, spaghetti, cream of chicken, reduced fat cream cheese, tomatoes with green chilies, and sprinkled with cheese. It's an easy comfort food meal the whole family will love!

Author: thepounddropper.com

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. raw boneless skinless chicken breasts or 12 oz. cooked boneless skinless chicken breasts 
  • 16 oz. Barilla Plus spaghetti noodles or whole wheat noodles 
  • 1 (10 oz.) can Rotel tomatoes with green chilies 
  • 1 (10.5 oz.) can 98% fat free cream or healthy request mushroom or chicken soup, undiluted 
  • 1/2 cup Tostitos queso blanco or On The Border Monterey Jack Queso
  • 4 oz. reduced fat cream cheese- I use Kroger brand
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika 
  • 1/3 cup reduced fat or fat free cheddar cheese, shredded ( I use Trader Joe's lite three cheese blend)

Instructions

    1. Start by cooking the chicken. You can either cook the chicken in a large pot on the stove over medium heat or in a crock pot on HIGH for 2-4 hours. Pour 1/4 cup of water over chicken prior to cooking. If cooking on the stove-place chicken in large pot and pour 1/4 cup water over the top of the chicken. Cook over medium-low heat until cooked through.
    2. Allow the chicken to cool, then shred using two forks.
    3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    4. Spray a 13 x 9 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Meanwhile, cook the noodles according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.
    5. In a large pot, combine the tomatoes with green chilies along with the juice, cream of mushroom soup, Tostitos cheese dip, and light cream cheese. 
    6. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the cheeses have melted and well combined.  Add the garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. 
    7. Fold in the cooked shredded chicken and cooked spaghetti. Mix well. 
    8. Pour spaghetti mixture into the prepared baking dish.  
    9. Sprinkle the top with the reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese.
    10. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

    Makes 8 (1 1/4 cup) servings 

    3-10 PersonalPoints™ per serving*

    *This number shows the PersonalPoints™ range. The points will vary based on your individualized plan.

Notes

Smartpoints: GREEN: 9 smartpoints per serving BLUE: 8 smart points per serving PURPLE: 3 smart points per serving if using whole wheat noodles

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Amount Per Serving Calories 374Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 40mgSodium 593mgCarbohydrates 51gNet Carbohydrates 17gFiber 4gSugar 2gProtein 21g

Do not use the WW nutritional calculator to calculate points. The nutritional calculator does take zero point food ingredients into consideration and will not be accurate. Personal Point values and nutritional information is estimated and calculated using the brand of ingredients listed in the recipe. PersonalPoints values may vary depending on the brand of ingredients used and depending on your customized zero point foods list.

Jen

Monday 22nd of November 2021

Can you make this ahead of time and freeze until I’m ready to make?

Pam

Monday 23rd of August 2021

I loved this recipe!! I made it for lupper with my daughter!!!

Fiona

Tuesday 4th of May 2021

Wow this was good! My husband (not WW) would not stop raving about this dish. He reassured me this is how he likes to eat haha. Thanks for the recipe! Another home run from your website :)

Notes: I did use a 14 oz can of rotten, and also baked for only 15 minutes.

Fiona

Tuesday 4th of May 2021

Omg *Rotel

Carol

Monday 1st of February 2021

What could I increase so it wouldn’t be as dry?

Stephanie Mynhier

Saturday 30th of January 2021

This dish was absolutely delicious and a huge hit in our home! A few of us added a touch of salt, but other than that I wouldn't change a thing! We just finished it off tonight and it was asked to be made again tomorrow! Thanks for a great share!

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