Creamy chicken spaghetti – thick, creamy tomato sauce and your favourite rotisserie chicken come together in this delicious chicken pasta recipe. It’s so good it’ll give good old regular spaghetti a run for its money!
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I remember my mom making us chicken spaghetti all the time when we were kids.
She doesn’t make it as often anymore but I certainly remember the taste very well – thick, creamy, rose-coloured tomato sauce, shredded chicken and lots of cheese.
So for Mother’s Day, as a special shoutout to my amazing mom, I made my version of creamy chicken spaghetti.
I used this sauce as starting point in my experiment and lemme tell you, it tastes so much like my mom’s chicken spaghetti I almost cried. I cannot wait for her to taste it. And for you to try it!
How to make creamy chicken spaghetti
Most of you know I can’t cook, I can only bake (true story).
Whenever you see me share something savoury, it’s usually Red doing the cooking and me doing the
annoying documenting (like for this sweet and salty Filipino spaghetti – did you know this spaghetti sauce has ketchup as a main ingredient? Yum! Try it.)
However, lately I’ve been moving from the oven into Red’s stovetop area more and more. And I’m happy to share the best chicken spaghetti recipe with you – if I can do it so can you!
First, we need to cook the pasta correctly.
How to cook pasta right every time
Cooking pasta is not rocket science but I still do mess it up sometimes. These are the things I always keep in mind:
- Salt your pasta water generously. Not a pinch. Not a shy dash. In fact I’ve read that pasta water should be as salty as the sea!
- Speaking of pasta water, don’t throw it away. You don’t need to save all of it; keeping a cup should be fine. It’s very useful for when you want make your pasta sauce creamier or to thin it out.
- Before dropping the pasta into the pot, make sure your water is boiling rapidly. I know it feels like forever waiting for a pot-full of water to boil so a nice little trick I saw on a cooking show was to boil water in an electric kettle then pour that water in your pot. Should speed things up.
- Stir your pasta immediately after dropping it in your pot and occasionally while cooking. You don’t want the pasta sticking together.
- Check the package for the suggested cooking time but test about 2 minutes before time’s up. You want it al dente – tender but firm. If you’re adding it to your sauce and cooking it a bit more, you can get away with firmer more than tender.
How to make creamy chicken pasta sauce
Now that we’re al dente pasta ninjas, let’s make the sauce.
Using the same pot that you used to cook the pasta, stir olive oil and butter over medium heat until the butter has melted. Add onions and garlic and cook until the onions are soft and translucent (and smelling so good!).
Pour the tomato sauce, and add sugar, salt and pepper. Lower the heat and cook for 30 minutes or until the sauce thickens considerably. Stir occasionally.
Remove from heat and add heavy cream and your shredded rotisserie chicken. Stir to combine. Taste and season again if necessary.
Serve with a generous helping of parmesan cheese and top with fresh basil.
Great recipe for leftover rotisserie chicken
This creamy chicken spaghetti recipe is a great way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken.
Red and I love to shop at Costco and we usually grab one of their cooked chickens. We almost never finish the whole thing though so we’ve got to be creative in using up the rest.
I used rotisserie chicken here. It took a good third of the chicken so if you’re a family of four and you only usually have a tiny bit left, best to plan ahead so you have enough chicken left.
What side dishes go well with chicken spaghetti?
This dish is so easy to make (I mean, if I can make it right?). And the star of the show here is the sauce.
It is thick and creamy, sweet and salty, and just have the prettiest colour! Top it with basil and some cheese and you’ve got yourself a dish that will make your momma proud. This is comfort food at its best.
If you’re looking for other dishes to go with this creamy chicken spaghetti, you can start with this super fresh and refreshing peach caprese salad. It’s drizzled with thick and delicious balsamic reduction.
As a side, you can serve homemade pandesal. It’s traditional Filipino bread rolls and so good!
To end the meal on a high note, serve everyone’s favourite tiramisu. This version is eggless and so easy to make! You can make it ahead and you don’t even have to turn the oven on.
Creamy Chicken Spaghetti
- 1.5 lbs pasta
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 pc sweet onion finely chopped
- 5 cloves garlic minced
- 30 oz tomato sauce
- 1 tsp granulated sugar
- 1 tsp salt adjust to taste
- 1 tsp pepper adjust to taste
- 1 cup heavy cream room temperature
- 0.50 lbs rotisserie chicken meat shredded
- Parmesan cheese for topping
- Chopped, fresh basil for topping
- Cook 1.5 lbs pasta in a large saucepan until al dente (see note 1). Once cooked, save about a cup of pasta water then drain. Set aside.
- Using the same saucepan, stir 2 tbsp olive oil and 2 tbsp butter over medium heat until the butter has melted. Add onions and garlic and cook until onions are soft and translucent (2-3 minutes).
- Pour 30 oz tomato sauce and add sugar, salt and pepper (see note 2). Lower the heat and cook for 30 minutes or until the sauce thickens considerably. Stir occasionally.
- Remove from heat and add 1 cup heavy cream and 0.50 lbs shredded chicken. Stir to combine (see note 3). Taste and season once more if necessary. Serve with a generous helping of parmesan cheese and topped with fresh basil.
- See post for tips on how to cook pasta.
- I added 1 tsp each of sugar, salt and pepper. I suggest you start with 1/2 tsp then just adjust to taste.
- If your sauce becomes too thick, you can add a little bit of pasta water at a time to thin it out to your desired consistency.
Did you make creamy chicken spaghetti? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.
(This post was updated on 1 March 2019.)