This Baked Spaghetti with Chicken is a fab slimming-friendly pasta dinner to have in the colder months whether you’re counting calories or following a diet plan like Weight Watchers.
For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍
This Baked Spaghetti with Chicken is almost a “one pot” dish…you need to cook the pasta in a separate pan, but then you add it back to the sauce to finish cooking. But otherwise you do everything in “one pot”.
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How many Calories are in this Baked Spaghetti with Chicken?
There are 351 calories in each portion of our slimming friendly Baked Spaghetti with Chicken. This means it falls into our Everyday Light recipe category.
This recipe is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.
As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.
What diets is this Baked Spaghetti with Chicken suitable for?
This recipe is suitable if you’re gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;
- Stock cubes
- Worcestershire Sauce
You could also enjoy this Baked Spaghetti with Chicken if you’re dairy free.
Please make sure to double, and triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.
How Weight Watchers friendly is this Baked Spaghetti with Chicken?
This Baked Spaghetti with Chicken has 11 Points per portion.
If you wanted to cut down the amount of points, you could reduce the amount of spaghetti in the recipe, and replace with some extra vegetables to keep it filling but without the added points.
How to make this Baked Spaghetti with Chicken
This recipe is really simple to make, and is basically a one pot dish, so saves on the washing up! Here’s a summary;
- Sprinkle the spices and lemon juice over the chicken
- Brown the chicken with some Low calorie cooking spray in a casserole pot and then set aside
- Add a little water to the pan to get all the cooked on bits off (adds loads of flavour to the finished dish!) and fry the veg a little
- Add the other ingredients and cook gently for a few minutes
- Return the chicken to the pan and bake in a preheated oven
- Meanwhile, cook the pasta for 2 minutes less than the instructions on the packet
- Add the pasta to the casserole dish and combine well
- Cover and return to the oven to finish cooking the pasta
- Serve with your choice of accompaniment from the list below
What should you should serve with Baked Spaghetti with Chicken?
Any of the following go really well with Baked Spaghetti with Chicken. It’s one of those dishes that goes with pretty much anything. It’s so hearty it can of course be eaten on its own!
Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values.
Do you need any special ingredients to make Baked Spaghetti with Chicken?
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You’ll be able to find all of the ingredients for this recipe in the supermarket.
You’ll need some Paprika, Cumin, Turmeric & salt. It may sound like an odd combination of spices for a pasta dish, but trust us – they’re amazing.
You also need some Bucatini or Spaghetti! What is Bucatini I hear you ask? It’s hollow spaghetti. It cooks much faster than spaghetti, and in my opinion it holds sauce better too.
You can get it from some supermarkets (including Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s), it’s with all the other pastas.
You’ll also need a sturdy casserole pot.
Can you cook Baked Spaghetti with Chicken another way?
Yes! You can cook this recipe in the oven, or in a slow cooker.
Oven: 30 minutes or so – see further instructions in the recipe card below.
Slow Cooker: 3-5 hours or so – see further instructions in the recipe card below.
How do you know when Baked Spaghetti with Chicken is cooked?
You should cook this recipe until the chicken is completely cooked through and the juices run clear. The pasta should be cooked but have a slight bite (al dente).
This should take approx 30 minutes in the oven or 5 hours in the slow cooker.
Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.
Can I freeze Baked Spaghetti with Chicken?
Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;
- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!
How do I reheat Baked Spaghetti with Chicken?
From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.
From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.
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Our 6 month planner features 26 recipes – which are not available anywhere else. We have all the details on our Planner page.
We’ve been squirrelling away doing squirelly things behind the scenes and can finally announce that our very first cookbook is available NOW!!
The book features 100 recipes – around 80 of them BRAND NEW and not available anywhere else. Full colour photographs, hardback, a quality book that will stand up to frequent use!
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