This simple yet delicious baked chicken and spaghetti recipe is filled with medicinal spices and nutrient-rich ingredients. I make it at least once a month for my family, the rich aroma always brings them running towards the house at dinner time.
I can make this same dish by dehydrating all of the needed ingredients – even the spaghetti sauce.
Baked Chicken and Spaghetti
- Chicken breast, chunks, shredded, or whole chicken – double the other ingredients if using a whole chicken and coat the inside of the bird with spaghetti sauce
- 2 cans spaghetti sauce large – or 32 ounces of homemade or canned spaghetti sauce
- 2 pinches oregano
- 2 pinches garlic
- 1 pinch turmeric
- 2 pinches basil
- ½ pinch black pepper
- 8 ounces shredded cheese or cheese powder – or to taste
- 8 to 10 ounces pepperoni or dehydrated pepperoni flakes – they will rehydrate in the sauce during the cooking process
- a handful of green onions – fresh or dehydrated optional
- ¼ cup sugar optional
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. The approximate 1 hour and 45 minute cook time will vary depending upon your oven (or outdoor cook source) and the amount and thickness of chicken that you use. Rehydrated chicken will typically be chunked or shredded, and take less time to cook through. I used three thick chicken breasts, weighing about four pounds total, when making this recipe.
- Place the chicken breasts in a cast iron pot, for best results. Even if using a glass or metal baking dish, do not coat the dish with any type of non-stick spray.
- Pour the cheese on top of the chicken.
- Pour in the spaghetti sauce on top of the chicken, cheese, and herbs. If using dehydrated spaghetti sauce, rehydrate it and allow it to sit at room temperature for about 10 to 15 minutes before pouring in the cook pot.
- Stir the mixture to combine thoroughly.
- Place the pepperoni on top of the stirred baked chicken dish.
- Place the baked chicken dish into the oven.
- When the chicken has only about 15 minutes left in the oven, boil the pasta. I always throw a few of my favorite spices into the pot when boiling pasta to give it a little added flavor and to increase its medicinal benefits.
- Remove the pot from the oven, stir, and allow to cool for about five minutes before serving.
When making this recipe I decided to grab my camera and capture a fun trick my husband recently showed me. Have you too been opening cans with manual can openers wrong your entire life?
If you turn a manual can opener on its side and open the can, you wind up with a lid and a can without sharp edges that could otherwise cut the cook while busy in the kitchen.
The can lid is removed with its rim still intact, allowing it to be situated right back on the can in a fairly snug manner.