Top with shredded mozzarella before baking, if desired. Also an easy recipe to make in your Crock-Pot®--use no butter and add 1 cup of canned chicken broth.

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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place whole chicken in large pot or Dutch oven and cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 40 to 60 minutes, until tender. Remove chicken from pot, reserving broth. Skin and bone chicken; set meat aside.

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). (For slow cooker instructions, see Cook's Note.)

  • Bring chicken broth to a boil. Stir in pasta and cook 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente. Remove pasta from pot and set aside.

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Cook celery, garlic, onion and bell pepper in butter until tender. Toss celery mixture with pasta, diced tomatoes and green chiles, processed cheese, sliced mushrooms and chicken meat. Place in 9x13 inch baking dish. Pour reserved chicken broth over to moisten.

  • Bake in preheated oven 20 minutes, until hot and bubbly.

Cook's Notes:

If desired, add a small amount of mozzarella cheese to the top of the casserole before baking, and bake until the cheese is melted and lightly browned.

Tips

To make this recipe in the slow cooker, omit the butter and add 1 cup canned chicken broth. Cook on Low about 3 hours; stir in cooked pasta before serving.

Partner Tip

Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

557.6 calories; 30 g protein; 33.9 g carbohydrates; 122.7 mg cholesterol; 1060.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2006
I was looking for a crock pot recipe and stumbled across this one. EXCELLENT in the crock pot with the following modifications. I used one pound of pasta. Only cook pasta 1/2 the recommended cooking time on package. It will not be done yet, but will finish softening up in crock pot. Totally omitted butter. Added 2 cans of chicken broth and 1 can of cream of chicken soup to crock pot along with other ingredients. Cooked on low for 6 hours....DELICIOUS. I also used a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from the grocery store unstead of boiling one. Thanks for sharing this one...not your normal chicken spaghetti...has a great spicy kick and very colorful for a pot luck dinner. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/03/2011
Too rich. My family wouldn't eat it. Read More
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141 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 37
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2006
I was looking for a crock pot recipe and stumbled across this one. EXCELLENT in the crock pot with the following modifications. I used one pound of pasta. Only cook pasta 1/2 the recommended cooking time on package. It will not be done yet, but will finish softening up in crock pot. Totally omitted butter. Added 2 cans of chicken broth and 1 can of cream of chicken soup to crock pot along with other ingredients. Cooked on low for 6 hours....DELICIOUS. I also used a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from the grocery store unstead of boiling one. Thanks for sharing this one...not your normal chicken spaghetti...has a great spicy kick and very colorful for a pot luck dinner. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2006
I was looking for a crock pot recipe and stumbled across this one. EXCELLENT in the crock pot with the following modifications. I used one pound of pasta. Only cook pasta 1/2 the recommended cooking time on package. It will not be done yet, but will finish softening up in crock pot. Totally omitted butter. Added 2 cans of chicken broth and 1 can of cream of chicken soup to crock pot along with other ingredients. Cooked on low for 6 hours....DELICIOUS. I also used a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from the grocery store unstead of boiling one. Thanks for sharing this one...not your normal chicken spaghetti...has a great spicy kick and very colorful for a pot luck dinner. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2006
My three boys and husband all loved this recipe. I did make a few changes though. They don't like celery or green pepper so I left out the celery and I used red bell pepper instead of green. I didn't use any butter and used fresh mushrooms instead of canned. I also used grated cheese instead of cubed processed cheese. With these changes everyone had thirds and if I can get ALL my boys to agree on something you know it is a winner!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2003
My husband and I really enjoyed this recipe and it was a nice change of pace. I used fresh mushroom and added red pepper flakes when I was sauteeing the vegtables for a little extra kick. I also subsituted mozzarella cheese for the processed cheese and the result was less creamy than I think it was intended to be. If you decide to do this, I would reduce the amount of pasta by 1/3. This was a great recipe that we will definately make again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2006
It would have been surprising had this recipe NOT tasted good.... it only has A POUND of Velveeta in it! lol! This was a really good recipe...here are my slight changes (cheats): Used a rotisserie chicken. Used canned broth. I followed others' suggestions and was sure to use ONLY 12 oz pasta, which was just right (whole box of 16oz would have been too much). I also added additional chicken broth which kept this dish oh-so-gooey and moist. How much extra chicken broth? Just enough to make the mixture the consistency of pancake batter. Oh and we like spicy, so I used the MEXICAN velveeta instead of the regular. Delicious! Thanks for a great recipe Stephanie! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2011
This is ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL! I made this last night and my boyfriend and I loved it! I ate 2 plates and I've only had 2 plates in one sitting one other time in the past 6 months of new recipes. The only thing I changed was I boiled 2 bone-in chicken breasts instead of a whole chicken (it was on sale so it was the cheapest way to go). 2 things next time I'm inviting ppl over b/c it makes a ton! Also if you have small children you may want to use regular diced tomatoes instead of Rotel. My b/f and I love hot stuff so we enjoyed it but little kids may find it a little too hot. Thanks for the awesome recipe:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2003
This recipe was excellent! It makes a lot of food but the leftovers are great too. My picky 18 month old ate two helpings. I will make this one again for sure. Thanks for sharing!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/19/2007
This was great. I made all of mine in the slow cooker and added real mushrooms can of cream of chicken chicken broth and mexican velvetta. I added the noodles about halfway through cooking. I cooked mune for 6 hours on low. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/20/2010
Pretty good recipe. The name is a little misleading It is more of a chicken chili mac and cheese. I added black olives just because my family loves them so much used fresh mushrooms and added a can of cream of mushroom soup and a can of fiesty nacho cheese soup since I was using my home canned tomatoes that didn't have the peppers in them. I also added more garlic onion Chili powder and salt & Pepper. But I'm sure this recipe stands just fine on its own. I did find the nacho cheese soup a great addition to this so I would highly recommend adding it again even if using the right tomatoes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2006
This was great. I added 1 cup white wine and 1 can chicken broth and used a rotisserie chicken to save time. I used red pepper instead of green and reduced fat Velveeta. Vermacelli dries out easily but is easily fixed by adding broth. When microwaving the next day just add a little milk and it won't be dry at all. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/03/2011
Too rich. My family wouldn't eat it. Read More
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