Tex-Mex Chicken & White Cheddar Spaghetti

Tex-Mex Chicken White Cheddar Spaghetti 1 {Don’t forget to enter my GIVEAWAY going on now! A huge gift basket is up for grabs!  And, go ‘like’ my photo HERE on the Around the World in 80 plates Facebook page! Pretty please! Thanks, friends :)}

Last night I had a dream that I was being chased by a moose. I’m being totally serious.

Me—>being chased—>via moose.

Typically, people don’t discuss what to do in such a situation. Pretty sure I was NEVER taught this in school….All I could think of was ‘play dead’….because that’s what you do with bears {and bears are basically moose}. So guess what I did in my dream….YUP. Played dead. And then he bit my back. I repeat: THE MOOSE BIT MY BACK. Technically it was more of my right love handle area, but my back nonetheless.

This morning I woke up with a bad back ache.

Intriguing, yes?

So now I’m left in a lurch with a sore back wondering “did a moose really bite me?” “am I really that unstable to have such a weird dream?”  “does my husband kick and/or bite me sporadically during the night?” and “perhaps my sub conscience really likes moose…?” But, this whole story has everything to do with me being {quite literally} crazy and nothing to do with food. So let me bring this full circle for ya….

I think I have fallen in love with this mexican/albino version of spaghetti. Like completely head over heels.

I tweeted/instagramed/facebooked a picture of these leftovers a few days ago and got a huge response. You all love your spaghetti {…and you didn’t even know what kind it was! Impressive!} One of the many reasons I love ya! This version is the result of thinking about queso blanco too much and then having a wicked pasta craving. Somewhere along the way things got hazy and they became the same dish. —>Best idea ever. Creamy and cheesy pasta with a little mexican kick. Totally rad! And super simple to make too.

Here’s how you do it:

Chicken Spaghetti 1 Start out by cooking some spaghetti….to al dente please! Set this aside.

Chicken Spaghetti 2 In the hot pot you just made the spaghetti in, add in a hunk of butter and saute some onions until they’re tender–5 minutes or so.

Chicken Spaghetti 3 Add in some flour….

Chicken Spaghetti 4 and cook it for a few more minutes. Raw flour taste  = not good eats.

Chicken Spaghetti 5 Now you can whisk in some chicken stock and let it thicken up a bunch. You might want to increase the heat a little more if you’re impatient like me.

Chicken Spaghetti 6 Whisk in some milk and keep it cooking until it’s creamy and has thickened .

Chicken Spaghetti 7 Now we can sprinkle in the sharp white cheddar…

Chicken Spaghetti 8 and turn this into a great pasta sauce! Sprinkle in some cumin, salt, pepper,

Chicken Spaghetti 9 shredded chicken,

Chicken Spaghetti 10 cooked pasta,

Chicken Spaghetti 11 chopped pickled jalapenos + a little juice from the jar

Chicken Spaghetti 12 and cilantro.

Chicken Spaghetti 13 Toss everything together to coat it all in that magnificent sauce and serve.

Tex-Mex Chicken White Cheddar Spaghetti We added a little extra cilantro to ours, but feel free to add what you like! Enjoy friends :) Hope you get around to making this for dinner tonight!

Tex-Mex Chicken & White Cheddar Spaghetti

Yield: 4 servings


3/4 lb. thin spaghetti
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup diced yellow onion
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup milk
1/2 lb. grated sharp white cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon chopped pickled jalapenos + 1/2 tablespoon juice
1/2 teaspoon cumin
salt & pepper, to taste
2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro


Bring large pot of water to boil. Cook spaghetti to al dente and drain. Remove hot pot to burner. Melt butter and saute onions until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in flour and cook 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in chicken broth and milk to prevent lumps. Increase heat to thicken sauce. Sprinkle in grated cheese and stir continuously to melt into sauce evenly. Stir in cumin, salt, pepper, jalapenos, jalapeno juice, chicken, cooked spaghetti and cilantro. Toss to coat everything evenly in sauce. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve warm with more cilantro.

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68 Responses to “Tex-Mex Chicken & White Cheddar Spaghetti”

  1. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — May 23, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Bahaha! Thank you for that 9am laugh. Much needed today :)


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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 23, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Awesome flavors in this dish. And that moose dream is hilarious. I mean, not the part where your back actually started to ache in real life but the fact that you played dead in your dream.


  3. #
    devon @ the food bitch blog — May 23, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Its like queso covered pasta. I’m in. I love it.


  4. #
    Mary-Michael — May 23, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    That looks phenomenal. i cannot wait to try it! Mexican/Tex-Mex is my favorite kind of food.


  5. #
    Kelsey — May 23, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Making this soon! So easy and delicious!


  6. #
    Brittany — May 23, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Looks awesome! I like how you used some of pickling juice from the jalapeno’s. I love that kind of zip.


  7. #
    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — May 23, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Queso blanco and spaghetti are two of my favs! This looks delicious.


  8. #
    Kathryn — May 23, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    You have the most bonkers dreams ever and I love it!


  9. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — May 23, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Oh haaaaaaayell yes.


  10. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — May 23, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Sounds like perfection to me! I once had a dream I was being chased by a grizzly and woke up right as it’s paw was coming at my face…. scary business… but this pasta would easily make me forget all my bad dreams!


  11. #
    Aubri @ Tried and Tried Again — May 23, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    This looks delish! And, I laughed out loud…multiple times during this post. Thanks for the humor and the recipe! Hope your back feels better!


  12. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — May 23, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Oh this is my kinda meal for sure! Love the creaminess :)


  13. #
    Cassie — May 23, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    This is so perfectly simple. Love it!


  14. #
    shelly (cookies and cups) — May 23, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I need this in my life right now…minus the moose 😉


  15. #
    Nancy @ CouponClippingCook — May 23, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Seriously, my mouth was watering as I read through the ingredients. This is so my kind of meal. Looks delicious.


  16. #
    Chels R. — May 23, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Thanks for blogging this! It looked so good the other day on Fb! I’ll have to make some modifications to suit my pregnant needs- right now, Cilantro and I are just not jiving, but I can’t wait to make this!


  17. #
    Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies — May 23, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    I am definitely digging this idea. Wonder if I can get the husband to eat it, given the additional Tex-Mex flavors. He’s usually anti-cheese sauce, but this sounds so good to me I might just force feed him.


  18. #
    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — May 23, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    I want this for dinner! This looks so good!


  19. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — May 23, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    This is too funny! Crazy dreams are always funny when they are someone else’s.

    This pasta looks incredible! Hubby would LOVE it!


  20. #
    Ellen @ The Baking Bluenoser — May 23, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    That’s looks absolutely fantastic and really easy to make! I could use a nice big plate of that right now! Thanks for the recipe.


  21. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — May 24, 2012 at 12:15 am

    what a gorgeous pasta! great flavors too! and your dream? thank you for the biggest laugh of the day. of course, i’m glad you ended up being ok and that it was only a dream :)


  22. #
    Shawna — May 24, 2012 at 1:49 am

    I’m not a spaghetti fan, but this I’ve got to try. The ingredients are on my shopping list.


  23. #
    Baking Serendipity — May 24, 2012 at 3:06 am

    I needed a smile today and that chased by a moose visual totally made it happen! Love this post, and this spaghetti! So creative :)


  24. #
    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — May 24, 2012 at 4:36 am

    I can tell just by the ingredient list that this would be incredibly good!


  25. #
    Anna @ hiddenponies — May 24, 2012 at 5:00 am

    You are just. so. smart. You can be as crazy as you want, I will still love you for your food :)


  26. #
    tanya — May 24, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Yep, we do love our pasta! Cheesy, chicken, Tex Mex, what’s not to love?


  27. #
    Erin — May 24, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Even though I might do without some of the additions here (i.e. jalepenos), this is my kind of chicken because I really don’t do tomato sauces.


  28. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — May 24, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    This sounds perfect! Easy and delicious!!


  29. #
    Rachel Cooks — May 24, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    This is right up my alley, Lauren! Looks fantastic!


  30. #
    Gillian — May 24, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    That looks delicious! And so funny about the moose dream. I hope your back feels better quickly! *giggle*


  31. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 24, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    This looks like the ultimate comfort in a bowl I’ve been craving lately! Looks lovely, Lauren! Great weeknight recipe.


  32. #
    Katie — May 24, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    This looked so simple and unassuming from the photo, but I love all the flavors you packed in there! Great idea for spaghetti!


  33. #
    The Farm Girl — May 24, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Just found your site and I am in love. So many fun recipes. We tried the butterfinger nutter butter cheesecake bars and absolutely love them!!


  34. #
    Kelly — May 25, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was phenomenal! Thanks for the recipe!


  35. #
    Jessica — May 25, 2012 at 3:32 am

    This Texas girl is ALL over this!!


  36. #
    Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out — May 26, 2012 at 2:05 am

    …I don’t know how to respond to this moose dream. Particularly to the fact that you woke up with a wicked back ache. I have often dreamed of being a sardine in a can, only to wake up and find myself wedged between another human and a cat with my arms pinned to my sides. I guess that isn’t too far off, huh?

    This spaghetti looks great! It kind of reminds me of my mom’s white chicken chili recipe, only turned into pasta! (What a great idea!)


  37. #
    Debra Kapellakis — May 27, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    What a funny story (dream). I love anything to do with cheddar or the words Tex-Mex. lol


  38. #
    Good — May 27, 2012 at 7:29 pm



  39. #
    Sando — May 29, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    YUM!!!! this sounds so yummy!! and as for the dream. I always have a craziest dreams, good to know I’m not alone 😉


  40. #
    Michelle — June 5, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I made this and it was delicious! I used quinoa pasta and had to sub 1/2 cup greek yogurt for the milk because I didn’t have any milk, but it turned out great!


  41. #
    Amber — June 7, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    This recipe was very good. It has an unexpected mexican kick to it. I used whole grain pasta, as always, and I didn’t have the jarred jalepenos so I used fresh. Served with garlic bread and my guys gobbled it up! Thanks Lauren!


  42. #
    DeeDee — July 12, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    So, I have made this several times, and it is amazing every time. Thanks for the recipe! I wanted to note that I made it with shredded beef this time, because it was what I had on hand. It is great that way too. Thanks again!


  43. #
    Jimi — July 28, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I made this earlier this week, and it was so delicious. We all loved it. I did add half a can of diced green chilies. Thanks for the great recipe. Just discovered your blog and will definitely be back.


    • Lauren — July 29th, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

      So glad you liked it! That darn tex mex spaghetti is one of our favorite meals for sure!


  44. #
    Christine M — April 29, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    I made this tonight and the kids loved it! I left out the jalapeno peppers, onions (hubby doesn’t like them) and used mozzarella cheese. Definitely a keeper!


  45. #
    Nicole — December 31, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    This is delicious. We used just a touch less onion. Left out the jalapenos, but squeezed in some key lime juice. Easy and tasty!


  46. #
    Andrea — July 8, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I am making this for dinner tomorrow! Looks great! Instead of chicken, I’ll add veggies… Yummy!!!!


  47. #
    Carole — July 8, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    You made my day….so funny…what could be better a good laugh and a yummy recipe…thanks


  48. #
    Regina — July 8, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Can’t wait to try this :)


  49. #
    Theresa Tenolrio — July 10, 2014 at 7:08 am

    This sounds really good. I think I will try it tonight! TT


  50. #
    Lindsey — October 30, 2014 at 1:01 am

    So I read “moose” as “mouse” up until the point of you playing dead. Either way, pasta looks delicious and thanks for the supper idea!



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