Syn Free Baked Spaghetti with Chicken | Slimming World

This Syn Free Baked Spaghetti with Chicken is a fab Slimming World pasta dinner to have in the colder months. It’s packed full of speed, and is so easy to make!

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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 👍

I was debating whether or not to call this Syn Free Baked Spaghetti with Chicken a “one pot” dish, as it kinda is, but kinda isn’t.

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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You can even cook this in the slow cooker – we have a method below!

There are spices in this Syn Free Baked Spaghetti with Chicken, but not enough to put the kids off, so they should like it!

You can also pack it full of what ever speed foods you like! Courgette, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, peppers… you can put in what ever you like, or what you need to use up.

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What Do I need to make this Syn Free Baked Spaghetti with Chicken recipe?

First and foremost you need a sturdy casserole pot.

We use ours at least once a week, and cook everything in it from things like our Syn Free One Pot Mediterranean Chicken Orzo to this Syn Free Baked Spaghetti with Chicken recipe.

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This is our Syn Free One Pot Mediterranean Chicken Orzo

We used a Le Creuset shallow casserole for this, but a friend of ours swears by the VonShef cast irons ones. They’re really good!

Next you need some Paprika, Cumin, Turmeric & salt. It may sound like an odd combination of spices for a pasta dish, but trust me – they’re amazing.

You also need to use some Frylight if you’re going to keep it Syn free!

Whenever we need to replace oil in cooking we use Frylight. Perfect for everyday frying and cooking, it delivers exactly one calorie per spray, which makes it Syn free.

The Sunflower or Olive Oil flavours are ideal for this Syn Free Baked Spaghetti with Chicken recipe.

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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.

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This is Bucatini

You can get it from some supermarkets (including Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s), it’s with all the other pastas.

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How many Syns are in this Syn Free Baked Spaghetti with Chicken?

This Syn Free Baked Spaghetti with Chicken is Syn free providing you do the following;

  • Take the skin off the chicken thighs before you cook them.
  • Use a spray oil like Frylight which is Syn free.
  • If you add a stock pot instead of a stock cube, make sure that you use a Syn free one.

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Can I make this Syn Free Baked Spaghetti with Chicken in the slow cooker?

Yes you can! Please see the instructions below in the recipe card at the end of this post.

How so I make this Syn Free Baked Spaghetti with Chicken?

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 👍

Step 1

Mix Paprika, Cumin, Turmeric, lemon juice & Salt – sprinkle over chicken thighs – let sit for 10-20 mins.

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Step 2

Preheat your oven to 200°C. Heat a large pan/casserole dish, spray with Frylight and lightly brown the chicken thighs then set aside.

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Step 3

If any bits have stuck to the pan (they should – it’s good!) pour in a little water or white wine vinegar to scrape it away. Keep it in the pan – don’t throw it away!

Spray the pan with Frylight and fry the onions, celery, carrot, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and garlic.

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Step 4

When the onion begins to soften, add the tomato puree and Worcestershire sauce – fry off for a further 3 minutes, stirring often.

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Step 5

Add the stock, tin of chopped tomatoes and place the chicken on top. Place in the oven for 20 minutes.

Step 6

Whilst the chicken is cooking, cook the pasta but take 2 minutes off the packet instructions. We need it to be ‘al dente’ – which means not quite cooked. Drain it and set aside.

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This is Bucatini

Step 7

Lift the chicken out the oven, and remove the chicken. Taste the sauce & add more seasoning if necessary. We added a stock pot at this point, but taste it, it’s up to you!

Step 8

Add the pasta to the sauce, making sure to slick all the pasta with the sauce. Add the chicken back in but place it under the pasta if you can. Cover the dish, and place back in the oven for 15 minutes.

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Step 9

Lift out of the oven, sprinkle with parsley and serve.

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Can I freeze this Syn Free Baked Spaghetti with Chicken recipe?

Yes you can, but as always, please make sure you freeze it as soon it’s cooled, and make sure it’s piping hot all the way through after re-heating.

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INGREDIENTS
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INSTRUCTIONS
In the Oven
  1. Mix Paprika, Cumin, Turmeric, lemon juice & Salt - sprinkle over chicken thighs - let sit for 10-20 mins
  2. Preheat your oven to 200°C
  3. Heat a large pan/casserole dish, spray with Frylight and lightly brown the chicken thighs then set aside
  4. If any bits have stuck to the pan (they should - it’s good!) pour in a little water or white wine vinegar to scrape it away. Keep it in the pan - don’t throw it away!
  5. Spray the pan with Frylight and fry the onions, celery, carrot, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and garlic.
  6. When the onion begins to soften, add the tomato puree and Worcestershire sauce - fry off for a further 3 minutes, stirring often.
  7. Add the 150ml of stock, tin of chopped tomatoes and place the chicken on top.
  8. Place in the oven for 20 minutes
  9. Whilst the chicken is cooking, cook the pasta but take 2 minutes off the packet instructions. We need it to be al dente - which means not quite cooked. Drain it and set aside.
  10. Lift the chicken out the oven, and remove the chicken. Taste the sauce & add more seasoning if necessary (you may need a stock pot or stock cube - it’s up to you!).
  11. Add the pasta to the sauce, making sure to slick all the pasta with the sauce. Add the chicken back in but place it under the pasta if you can.
  12. Cover the dish, and place back in the oven for 10-15 minutes.
  13. Lift out of the oven, sprinkle with parsley and serve.
In the slow cooker
  1. Mix Paprika, Cumin, Turmeric, lemon juice & Salt - sprinkle over chicken thighs - let sit for 10-20 mins
  2. Spray a pan with with Frylight and lightly brown the chicken thighs then set aside into the slow cooker.
  3. If any bits have stuck to the pan (they should - it’s good!) pour in a little water or white wine vinegar to scrape it away. Keep it in the pan - don’t throw it away!
  4. Spray the pan with Frylight and fry the onions, celery, carrot, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and garlic.
  5. When the onion begins to soften, add the tomato puree and Worcestershire sauce - fry off for a further 3 minutes, stirring often.
  6. Pop the contents of the pan into the slow cooker.
  7. Add the 150ml of stock, tin of chopped tomatoes and cook on high for 3-5 hours.
  8. Remove the lid for the last hour to let the sauce thicken slightly.
  9. Cook the pasta but take 2 minutes off the packet instructions. We need it to be al dente - which means not quite cooked. Drain it and pop it into the slow cooker
  10. Cover the slow cooker, and let it cook on high for 10-15 minutes.
  11. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

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RECIPE NOTES

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.

- Defrost thoroughly before reheating (you can use the defrost setting on your microwave.)

- Make sure it is piping hot all the way through before serving.

You can use chicken breasts if you prefer, but make sure to submerge them when they go into the oven.

You can use any pasta, but bucatini/spaghetti will work best.

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16 Comments
  1. Hi Kay, when you use tomato purée and it’s ‘concentrated’ would you use half the amount in any recipe? Thank you. Will try this dish tomorrow sounds great. X

  2. This looks fantastic! If it’s half as good as your one pot mediterranean chicken orzo then it’ll be fab. The only problem I’ve got is which night to do it on!

    Thanks

    1. Hi Jenny
      You could try it in the Instant Pot. Follow the Slow Cooker instructions, but adjust your timings accordingly. 🙂

    1. Hi Stephen
      You could try it in the Instant Pot. You’d need to follow the Slow Cooker method, but adjust your timings accordingly. 🙂

    1. Hi Jenny
      We’ve had several queries about this.
      You could try it in the Instant Pot. You’d need to follow the Slow Cooker method, but adjust your timings accordingly. 🙂

  3. Hi
    If using the slow cooker method can you do the preparation the night before and then just pop it in the slow cooker the next morning ?

    1. Hi Jayne
      No, it’s not really possible to prep the night before and slow cook the next day. The dish is cooked in stages, browning the chicken at the beginning, which starts the cooking process. You need to follow the recipe through all the stages to ensure that the chicken is fully cooked. Hope that makes sense.

  4. My carrots are still hard…..what did I do wrong? Have popped back in the oven for 5, see if that makes a difference 😁

    1. Hi Laurene
      Carrots are a root vegetable which can take longer then other veg to cook, very frustrating! The smaller the pieces, the faster they cook, so there’s less risk of them being hard when the dish is ready. Hope that helps.

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