Zesty Cheesy Chicken and Spaghetti

This Zesty Cheesy Chicken and Spaghetti has just a few ingredients but when they come together, they make for a brilliant meal that features crispy cheese and chicken on a bed of spaghetti covered in a sauce with a kick.

Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti on a plate with a beer pairing.

Let’s talk about comfort food for a minute. The weather is getting colder and I’m sure your thinking soups, casseroles, and things covered in gravy BUT might I remind you how comforting cheese is?

I mean…ccccchhhhheeeesssseeee. The gooey, melty goodness that only gets better when it’s cooked in a cast iron pan. The bits that get just a little overcooked and then the bits that are melted perfectly.

I mean look at that crispy chicken with the melty cheese! I’m not ashamed to say that when I make this chicken recipe, I grab a big forkful of all the goodness and take a big bite before serving.

Then to top it all off, this recipe comes together after you place the chicken on top of spaghetti noodles and a zesty sauce. EASY COMFORT FOOD – that’s what this is all about.

What beer pairs well with a cheesy chicken and spaghetti dinner?

The beer: 312 from Goose Island.

Light wheat beer pairs well with nearly every dish. Plus, it’s a great way to chase down the spiciness in the sauce.

What movie should you watch while eating chicken on top of spaghetti?

We’re starting the first of MANY times we’ll watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. It’s a family favorite for sure.

What is your family’s favorite Christmas movie?

How to make Zesty Cheesy Chicken and Spaghetti:

First, cook the spaghetti according to package directions.

Next, cut the chicken breasts into strips.

On a plate add the flour then HALF the packet of Zesty Italian Salad Dressing Mix to the flour, combine it using a fork.

Zesty Italian spice mix for Zesty Cheesy Chicken dinner.

Dredge the chicken into the flour mixture. Add to a heated cast iron pan that has 2 Tbs olive oil over medium/high heat.

Fry the chicken on each side for 5-6 minutes. Check the chicken to make sure that it has cooked through, turn off the heat and cover with the cheese.

Once the spaghetti it cooked, remove and drain the water. Add the noodles back into the pan.

Spaghetti noodles being mixed with Zesty Italian Dressing Mix

Add the rest of the Italian Mix to the pan. Then finally add the spaghetti sauce and stir to combine.

Cook up some garlic bread, plate up the spaghetti and chicken and here you are……

Zesty Cheesy Chicken and Spaghetti

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Zesty Cheesy Chicken and Spaghetti
Crispy chicken covered in cheese then served on top of spaghetti, Zesty Cheesy Chicken and Spaghetti is a dinner that everyone will love.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cook the spaghetti according to package directions.
  2. Cut the chicken breasts into strips.
  3. On a plate add the flour then HALF the packet of Zesty Italian Salad Dressing Mix to the flour, combine it using a fork.
  4. Dredge the chicken into the flour mixture. Add to a heated cast iron pan that has 2 Tbs olive oil over medium/high heat.
  5. Fry the chicken on each side for 5-6 minutes. Check the chicken to make sure that it has cooked through, turn off the heat and cover with the cheese.
  6. Once the spaghetti is cooked, remove and drain the water. Add the noodles back into the pan.
  7. Add the rest of the Italian Mix to the pan. Then finally add the spaghetti sauce and stir to combine.
  8. Plate up the spaghetti and chicken. Enjoy!

Shrimp Spaghetti

Shrimp and pasta are covered with a creamy, spicy sauce that is big on flavor! Shrimp Spaghetti is easy enough for a weeknight dinner but an elegant enough for date night too.

Shrimp Pasta on a plate ready to eat.

My husband loves to visit a local Chinese buffet when we go out shopping. One of my favorite dishes on the buffet is a creamy dish they call ‘Shrimp Spaghetti’. So for this Mitten Movie Night, I decided this would be a great recipe to try and recreat at home.

The problem was though, I couldn’t quite pin down what type of sauce is used in this dish. It’s not alfredo sauce. The taste is sweet and creamy. After some research, the closest one I found was Bang Bang sauce.

Shrimp Pasta in a pan ready to eat.

While the pasta was spicier than what I get at the buffet it was still as good, if not better!

What movie pairs well with seafood and craft beer?

The big movie right now is Bird Box on Netflix.

Luckily I read the book before watching this movie. While it was good, the book is SO much better. It is also written by a Michigan author.

What beer pairs well with Shrimp Spaghetti?

The beer: HonkeyTonk Brewing Co. West Coast IPA

We picked this beer up along with a few others while we were in Nashville in November. I’m more of a New England IPA fan but my husband is a lover of all things IPA.

How to make Shrimp Spaghetti:

Cook the spaghetti according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

Thaw the shrimp then remove and discard the tails.

Shrimp and green onions cooking in a pan.

In a pan add the butter, shrimp and half of the chopped green onions.

Sauté the shrimp until cooked through.

Sauce ingredients for Shrimp Pasta.

Next, mix the ingredients for the sauce.  It’s so simple – mayonnaise, sweet Thai chili sauce and paprika.

To the pan the shrimp is in, add the cooked spaghetti and the sauce. Stir to combine. The spaghetti will warm the sauce so no need to cook further.

Top with the reserved green onions.

Tips & Variations for Shrimp Spaghetti:

  • Want a less spicy dish? Swap out the sweet Thai chili sauce for sweet & sour sauce.
  • I use pre-cooked shrimp to save time. If using uncooked shrimp prepare and cook according to package directions.

And here you are…….

Shrimp Pasta on a plate with a pan of it in the background and a craft beer.

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Recipe adapted from Spicy Southern Kitchen

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Print Recipe
Shrimp Spaghetti
This sweet and spicy Shrimp Spaghetti is the perfect pasta night mix up! A creamy sauce coats the noodles with bursts of shrimp throughout.
Shrimp Spaghetti | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Shrimp Spaghetti | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Cook the spaghetti according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Thaw the shrimp then remove and discard the tails.
  3. In a pan add the butter, shrimp and half of the chopped green onions.
  4. Sauté the shrimp until cooked through.
  5. Mix the ingredients for the sauce. It's so simple - mayonnaise, sweet Thai chili sauce and paprika.
  6. To the pan the shrimp is in, add the cooked spaghetti and the sauce. Stir to combine.
  7. Top with the reserved green onions. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Tips & Variations for Shrimp Spaghetti:

  • Want a less spicy dish? Swap out the sweet Thai chili sauce for sweet & sour sauce.
  • I use pre-cooked shrimp to save time. If using uncooked shrimp prepare and cook according to package directions.

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