Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Anna Duggar's Chicken Etti Recipe

As requested by a reader, here is the recipe for Chicken Etti, the dish that Anna Duggar made for Josh's sisters on the last episode of "19 Kids and Counting." As seen on TV, cheese biscuits go great with this delicious recipe!

Chicken Etti
  • 1 package spaghetti noodles
  • 3 cups diced, cooked chicken
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper 
  • 1 cup chicken broth 
  • 1 pound cheese (Velveeta)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
Directions:
  1. Boil spaghetti noodles, and put them into a large bowl.
  2. Add chicken, green pepper, and chicken broth.
  3. In a smaller bowl, combine the cheese, diced tomatoes, and cream of chicken soup. Stir, and melt mixture in the microwave. 
  4. Pour the cheese mixture into the large bowl, and mix. 
  5. Pour the mixture into a casserole dish.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Bon Appetit!

This recipe is originally from Josh and Anna's website.

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73 Comments (Click Here to Add Yours):

Lily and Ellie said...

A fan has asked for the name of the dish that Anna cooked for Josh's sisters. It is called Chicken Etti, and I posted Anna's recipe on the main page of the blog. Thanks for reading!

Sarah Brazer said...

This is a new recipe for me, but I will have to give it a try. My family loves green pepper, so I will probably add more of that. Thanks for posting!

Allison said...

Thank you so much for posting this recipe. My husband and I saw it on the episode and my husband said "EMMM that looks realllly good." So I searched all day yesterday to see if someone out there posted it. So, thank you! I'll let you know what we think.

megomyego said...

This looked soo yummy! I plan on trying it tonight! :)

tapango1 said...

at the end right before she popped it into the oven it looked like something else was poured on top...bread crumbs???

Film Spew said...

All the Duggar recipes seen to be made of a bunch of processed "food" products mixed together. They all seem very bad for their kids' health.

Lily and Ellie said...

I would love to hear what those of you who have tried or plan to try Anna's recipe think of it! Feel free to post you comments and critiques of the dish!

Lily and Ellie said...

I looked back at the episode, and it looked to me like Anna sprinkled grated cheese on her Chicken Etti, but I'm sure bread crumbs would be a great variation!

Diane said...

did she also say she used Rotel? at the end, I thought she sprinkled shredded mozzarella???

Allison said...

I use the same cheese she does. It was Walmart's brand of shredded mozzarella. I've also read that some peope put crushed butter crackers on top. Hope this helps.

The Parenti Family said...

just watched the show..I think the cheese she sprinkled on there was mozz. I'm going to try this one!

Kathy said...

Ok~cooked it for supper tonight~before I found her actual recipe, I'd found a similar on the net. I can't stick to a recipe though~always have to add my touch. My 84 yr old father is sensitive to acid in tomatoes, so using other recipe, put 1 can cream of chicken and one can of cream of mushroom soup! Also, added about 2 cups of chicken broth to spaghetti water & diced chicken tenders and placed in to cook with noodles along with diced onions and peppers.Saved out a cup of the broth noodles and chicken were cooked in to use for the broth. Topped with cheddar cheese and bread crumbs~delicious!

Anonymous said...

I made this for the family and they loved it. My husband went back for seconds twice LOL

Lily and Ellie said...

Thanks to those who tried Anna's recipe and posted your variations!
Yes, Anna did mention using Rotel, but that must just be the brand of canned tomatoes she uses.

twhitetaylor said...

I have been thinking about this dish since I saw Anna prepare it for the family. I looked great. Tomorrow is Sunday and I plan on serving it to my family for dinner. I have all of the ingredients on hand already but I will use penne noodles instead. I am sure it will be delish. Tinya

Anonymous said...

It did look so good. Thanks for posting, I will be making this today, with the cheddar biscuits!! Love the show!!

Anonymous said...

Here in the south we also call this Chicken Spaghetti. The diced tomatoes used and mentioned above are actually diced tomatoes and green chilis (which is a can of Rotel (for those of you not familiar, Rotel is the brand name...there are generics out there however...I know Kroger definitely has a Kroger brand of Rotel)). Rotel is usually found on the aisle with the canned vegetables, grouped with other canned diced/crushed/stewed tomatoes (instead of with tomato sauce and noodles and other Italian).

Actually, here in the south (I am in Memphis, TN) we use the name Rotel to mean the cheese dip we make when you combine a pound of Velveeta (cubed) with a can of Rotel (I use the original...it is spicy but not too hot...beware of the HOT version as it really packs some heat!). So if you are craving some queso or making Mexican, put the cubed Velveeta (1 small block of 1/2 a large block) and a can of Rotel (not drained) in a microwavable dish/bowl and microwave on increments of a minute or so, stirring in between each time. You could also do it in a Crock Pot. Just either way, remember to stir regularly because it WILL burn on the bottom! You can add spices to your liking...I usually add some garlic powder or garlic salt, a little pepper, and a little cumin to mine. Another also optional addition is cooked and drained hamburger meat or ground sausage.

Ok back to the Chicken Spaghetti/Chickenetti! There are several versions out there (I've had many of them throughout the years and each version has been delicious). I've had some that incorporated Cream of Mushroom soup in them (either in addition to or instead of the Cream of Chicken). In mine, after everything is mixed and Velveeta is melted (key to this is to first, have a huge stock pot to mix it all up in...and the other key is timing...I've done mine so many times it's down to a science!). The way I do mine is I pre-cube Velveeta while I cook the chicken. When the chicken is done, I take it out of the broth to let it cool but I SAVE THE BROTH. I then cook the noodles in the chicken broth and sauté peppers and onions at same time. When both are ready, I start making "layers" in the big empty stock pot...layer of cubed Velveeta pieces, some of the hot spaghetti noodles (still save the broth though), some of the hot sauteed onions and peppers, the spices I add, and a little of the broth (plus whatever else you will be using like a little of the Cream of Chicken soup, etc)...then repeat (I have learned that this makes it much easier to stir and get it all mixed together faster). Once it is all mixed together (which goes a lot faster if you do it this way because most ingredients are piping hot which melts the Velveeta fairly easily), I cubed the cooled chicken and mix it into the mixture. One time saver if you are in a rush is to use a rotisserie chicken from the grocery (don't use that gross canned chicken though...it ruins it). Once it all is mixed, I lastly gently mix in a can of peas (drained) and a jar of pimentos (also drained). Also, when I make this, I put some extra time into it because I think it pays off. I double or even at times triple the recipe (I wait until the split chicken breasts go on sale at the grocery go on sale for .99/lb or less)....then I freeze some (I use different freezer Tupperware...put a little in a single size for when it's just me and put some in larger ones for when I will have company) because it freezes beautifully.

As for topping, I usually never add anything on top. If you wanted to, I would advise Parmesean cheese. I don't think I would add shredded cheese because the dish is already so cheesey and doesn't need it.

Anyways, hope this helps those of you who have never heard of Chicken Spaghetti/Chickenetti or even Rotel! Enjoy! You'll love it!!

Lily and Ellie said...

Thanks for the information about Chicken Etti/Chicken Spaghetti; it is great to hear different variations! And thanks for telling us what Rotel really is! Looks like Anna Duggar's recipe is a favorite among newbies and pros alike.

Anonymous said...

Anna uses Rotel tomatoes but you can use another brand. They are diced tomotoes with Jalapeno peppers. Not real hot, especially when used with cheese etc. They make thier "Caso" with it too..one lb velveta one can of rotel...nice for a dip, but it like it over pasta as a side dish.

Carly said...

Thanks for posting this recipe. I made it on Sunday night and everyone liked it! Please post more Duggar-related recipes - Thanks

Lily and Ellie said...

Glad you enjoyed it! I will for sure post more Duggar recipes. Look for one later this week; thanks for reading the blog! I strive to post what my readers want to read, and your feedback helps!

Michelle said...

Thank you so much for posting this!! I was looking for it during last weeks episode!

Lily and Ellie said...

You are very welcome! Thanks for reading!

Tammy said...

i have been looking for this recipie since last week i even tried to catch it tonight when the show was reran lol but never caught it all.
I noticed that it never said how much of spaghetti other than a package but was wondering if this is a 1 LB package or 2 LB package

April said...

Caso?? Do you mean Queso?

Lily and Ellie said...

Most people use a 1-lb package, but it all depends on how you want it to turn out. Some people prefer to add more noodles than the recipe calls for. I would suggest trying it out to see how you like it. =]

Anonymous said...

I just cooked the chickenetti tonight. It was delicious.

Anonymous said...

I am glad she liked it but I could not eat this. They seem to enjoy lots of casseroles and convenience foods there. Seriously, 1 lb of Velveeta? She could have made a much healthier meal for the two of them (and their family). They are packing on the pounds by the looks of it.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know how many servings this recipe will make? I am planning on making it for my SIL's birthday lunch (and serving it with a salad on the side) and will have about 10 people to feed.

Rhonda said...

We love this recipe!
Only thing I did different was I Cooked chicken breast in chicken broth, I added 1 chopped onion. Cooked the chicken breast until done. Then I shredded the chicken. Then followed Ana's recipe from there. My 4 yr.old loves this and asked for seconds! She never has seconds!

Mrs.C said...

Thank you for chicken-etti.
I am in charge of our churches dinner and my husband will be cooking the dish for everyone.
Blessings to you and your family, especially to precious baby Josie.
Your sister in Christ
Mrs. C

Lily and Ellie said...

This recipe should feed 8 to 10 people. How about serving some garlic bread or biscuits along with the salad. That way, if your guests have healthy appetites, you will have enough for everyone.

Anonymous said...

Made this for dinner and the kids LOVED it! I made a fresh salad and fresh fruit along side, and when served in a normal portion-size, I feel it is not too unhealthy. I poached the chicken in the crock pot, used Rotel, and subsitiuted whole grain spaghetti. Yes, there is a lot of velveeta and cream of chicken soup, but our family of 4 barely ate 1/2 the 9X13 pan since I served salad and fresh fruit with it. My Mom and Dad even tried the leftovers and were asking for more! I have read a lot of criticism about the Duggar cooking, but would like to point out that their children are not obese nor are they eating lots of fast food (like lots of americans). I applaud their family meals together. God Bless you!

Anonymous said...

Do you know how she made the 'cheese biscuits'??

Lily and Ellie said...

I don't have Anna's specific recipe for cheese biscuits, but I posted a tasty one from All Recipes in March. Here is the link to the post, which includes not only the recipe, but dozens of critiques and comments by our readers. http://duggarsblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/anna-duggars-chicken-etti-recipe.html
Enjoy!

Lily and Ellie said...

I'm very sorry, but I gave you the wrong link. Here is the link for the Cheese Biscuits Recipe:

http://duggarsblog.blogspot.com/2010/04/cheese-biscuits-recipe.html

Thanks for understanding!

The Kelley Family said...

on Josh and Anna's website she posted the actual recipe that she used-
www.ja20.com

Recipe for The Famous "CHICKEN-ETTI"

1 can of Rotel

1 can of Cream of Chicken Soup

1 cup of Milk

1/2 block of Velveeta Cheese

1 package of Spaghetti Noodles

3 Chicken Breasts

2 cups Mozzarella Cheese

Cook Chicken Breasts thoroughly, then slice into strips. Combine first four ingredients in bowl. Heat in microwave and stir until desired consistency is reached, milk may be more/less depending on whether you want sticky or runny sauce. Boil Spaghetti noodles and drain. Pour noodles in 9x13" pan, add cheese sauce and mix thoroughly. Top with Mozzarella cheese and Chicken Strips. Place in oven at 350 until cheese melts. Serve and Enjoy!!!

Let us know how it goes! (if you like it)

Wendy said...

I'm so glad that the recipe was shared here. It looked really good on TV. It's too bad that there will always be people that cannot resist posting their negative comments. Kudos to the Duggars for sharing their lives so intimately.

Ashley said...

I made this last night, and I topped it with bread crumbs. The next time I make it (and I will because we liked it) I will add more green pepper and tomatoes, and I will also try adding some spices because it was a little bland for us but we like food that is a little on the spicy side! - Ashley :)

Sara said...

I made this for dinner last night and it was soooo good ! It reminded me of queso dip with spaghetti and chicken. Wonderful dish, thanks for posting !

Anonymous said...

Made this for dinner tonight! YUM! Everyone loved it! Also made the cheddar biscuits to go along with it...
I had the shows all DVRed and just watched this episode last night and had to write the recipe down..sure glad I did!

Angelica1674 said...

My grandma has a version of this and I made it last night. Hers uses sharp or mild cheddar cheese. I used sharp and it was wonderful!!! I think the velveeta would be great too just more calories than the shredded sharp cheese. I also used whole wheat(I try to squeeze healthy stuff anywhere I can) rotini noodles and they were a huge hit. Easier to eat for the little ones(and mom too ,lol)!! :) Thanks for sharing and love your family!!

Rhonwyyn said...

Here in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, we make this without tomatoes, so this surprised me. Our recipe
is wonderfully cheesy, so I'm not sure I'd like this one.

For those concerned whether it's healthy, you can also use whole wheat pasta. Served with peas fresh from the garden or a green salad, this is an inexpensive, filling, yummy dish.

For time saving, cook a bunch of chicken and shred it, then freeze it. Freeze the chicken broth in quart or pint containers. Just thaw before using

Amber said...

I made this for my family but we aren't big on velveta so i used a 1 lb. block of cheddar and it was really good.

Anonymous said...

I think this recipe is one popular in the south. It's really good, and I have seen several variations on it. When I make it for my family I use 3 whole chicken breasts, boil them with some garlic and black pepper, and dice the meat when done and cooled. Save 1 cup of the chicken broth to use instead of the milk. Also the spaghetti is cooked in the hot chicken broth. I use 1 cup of reduced fat cheddar and 1 cup of monetery jack cheese instead of the velveeta along with a can of rotel tomatoes and a can of fat-free cream of chicken soup. It's mixed all up and baked. The version I make does not have the bread crumbs. It makes a lot, and we have a couple days of leftovers with it. As other posters have said, serve it with some steamed peas, a salad, or/and some fruit to balance it out. To me this is really good comfort food.

Delirious said...

Thanks for posting this! I was just trying to decide what to make for Sunday dinner and I thought about this dish that you made. :)

Pauleywog said...

Love love love this dish! I only have three daughters, but finding something my whole family likes is REALLY HARD! :) All 5 of us love this dish -- and it's my pickiest daughter's favorite dish. :)

Anonymous said...

I make a similar dish- always with rave reviews!! I like to add green chillies to spice it up

Anonymous said...

Made the Actual Duggers one tonight But added Red Onion to the chicken as i cooked it.

Also used a can of mushroom soup with the can of chicken ..... Awesome recipe.

Made this with cheese bisquits and topped those with some melted butter with garlic salt


YUMMO !!!

Jill Halpin said...

Not surprised to see there were a lot of people looking for this recipe. My family thought it looked good so we're going to try it tonight. Thanks Anna

Lynsey said...

i made this last night! it was delicous! i mixed the recipe of the one posted on the blog and the one the kelley family posted (i didnt have rotel and used 1/2 velveeta). so yummy! i made 2 pans of it and i am going to try and freeze the 2nd pan (is spaghetti freezable?)

Cate said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe. I made it for dinner tonight. It was great. I added the recipe to my cookbook. I will use it again! Thanks again.
-Cate from Random Crafty Georgia Girl

Pam said...

When Anna prepared the Chicken Etti recipe, it looked like large pasta shells. Am I wrong? Can't wait to try it! Yum!

M Valcourt said...

thanks for the recipe I will be trying it this week!!

SmokeyKitty said...

Can anyone say calorie bomb?
I am nauseated. What is truly gross is that they recommend serving it with cheese biscuits? A single biscuit has hundreds of calories!

I'm honestly surprised Josh hasn't gotten even fatter than he is already. I hurt for those children if they are eating this way. They will start out life as morbidly obese.

Lily and Ellie said...

Hi SmokeyKitty,

Portion control and exercise are the key. (I adore cheese biscuits but try to eat only one, or maybe two; for sure not three, but maybe four.)

~Lily

Anonymous said...

none of their recipes contain real food. i live in europe and couldnt find half these processed junk foods if i wanted.

Anonymous said...

I made chicken Etti and the first few bites are good but after that you start to feel sick it's like eating junk food for dinner. I was truly disappointed i will not be making anymore of their food recipes.

Stacey said...

So many people are judging them based on what they eat. Don't we all have to learn somehow? We haven't all arrived when it comes to healthy eating!

That being said, there are some easy ways to make this healthier. Make your own cream of chicken soup and use homemade cheese sauce instead of the Velveeta. I don't think I've ever bought Velveeta, but that doesn't stop me from making a yummy cheese sauce :)

You can even dice your own tomatoes and hot peppers if you want to. Make your own pasta if you feel that's better!

Seriously people. Time to stop judging, and live your own life.

Here are my recipes for Cream of Chicken Soup and Cheddar Cheese Sauce:

Cheddar Cheese Sauce:
3 Tbsp butter
3 Tbsp flour
1 cup milk
1 cup medium cheddar (sharp)
salt to taste (about 1/2 tsp)

Melt butter, stir in flour. Let bubble for a minute or two. Whisk in milk and heat until bubbling and thick. Stir in cheese and salt.


Cream of Chicken Soup
3 Tbsp butter
3 Tbsp flour
1/2 cup strong chicken broth (I make my own)
1/2 cup milk
a small amount of the following spices: onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, pepper, salt, poultry seasoning

It was like less than 1/8 of a tsp for all except for salt and poultry seasoning. I did about 1/8 tsp for those.

Please don't judge others said...

The Dugger family appears to be just fine to me! If more families could only began to share the bond, health , and love these folks have as "one" this world would be a much better place.

Anonymous said...

Blaaah! The Duggar children all appear healthy and most importantly none of them are obese! As a child growing up in a large family myself all of us kids fended for ourselves, eating (ugh) hamburger helper, canned beans n cheap hot dogs, canned ravioli and chili...I was an adult before I ever tasted fresh veggies and real home cooked meals. Hats off to Grandma Duggar, Jim Bob & Michelle for the wonderful job they are doing raising future fine, productive children with high moral standards, integrity and character. God Bless America and all the wonderful families such as the Duggars!

Anonymous said...

I tried this recipe n tweaked it to make it healthier. I poached the chicken breasts in water to cover until done reserving the poaching liquid. In a large pot, I brought water to a boil, salted the water & added a pkg of fettachini pasta and cooked 1/2 the time specified on pkg (since we like are pasta al dente and baking further cooks the pasta), I drained the pasta n rinsed with cold water an set aside in a collander. In the pasta pot I made a rue from butter and a splash of olive oil with about 2 T flour until flour was golden, I added onions, bell peppers and slice mushrooms and sauteed until they softened with a little more olive oil. I then added 2 cups low fat milk, about 3 T sherry and stirred until rue mixture was thickened, added a can of diced tomatoes, a bay leaf, italian seasoning salt n pepper, the chicken (chopped into bite size pieces) the pasta and 1/2 cup Kraft parmesean cheese & mixed well with my pasta spoon (haha we call it the pasta comb), some of the chicken broth to thin it out a bit; I added a cup frozen peas for color. I had a baking dish presprayed with spray oil then added half of the casserole and 1/2 cup shredded Italian style shredded cheese, another layer of casserole and the rest of the pkg of italian style cheese (8oz pkg in total). I then topped it with seasoned bread crumbs a few pats of butter and about 1/4 cup parm. cheese and baked in 350 degree oven for about 30 mins. I took it out the oven & let it set while I put my homemade garlic bread in oven (whole loaf of french bread, finely minced garlic, salt, paprika and butter and finely chopped parsely combined and spred on the bread which I cut into serving sized pieces and placed on foil lined cookie sheet, turned up oven to 400 n baked until crispy about 10 minutes. I also pqrepared a simple green salad with olive oil vinegarette and well la! A restaurant quality, lower in fat and sodium. And for just a few dollars! My picky family ate every morsel of the chicken pasta n I only had 2 pots and the collander n baking dish to rinse & put into the dishwasher! I love easy one or 2 pot comfort meals. Only wish I had leftovers to take for lunch.

Hint: I always buy meat n poultry in family size pkgs on sale and divide into freezer bags sealed and put name n quanity of product along with the date & price per pound...it makes me smile to see say chicken breasts @ .99 lb, chuck beef and pork roasts @ $1.99 lb. I also keep a well stocked pantry of dried pasta, canned tomato products, dry beans, rice (white, brown, jasmine), barley, canned summer crisp corn, pickles, olives, beef, veggie n chicken stocks in boxes, whole oats, flour, cormeal things I use every week n always buy on sale, rotating my stock. I also have a large easy to access collection of seasonings and spices always purchased on sale buy 1 get one free. Since I live in the South, I buy frozen veggies and trinity/southern seasoning as fresh veggies aren't as economical even in season besides potatoes, onions, celery, garlic, greens, brocolli, cauliflower, parsley n cilantro, tomatoes esp in summer. By keeping my cupboards and freezers filled with sale items, I not only save money but I can whip u a meal without running to town :) I'm not an avid couponer but I do use them but only for things we use or for buy one get one free or free items. Once I saved $32.00 with coupons and I was thrilled bc I came out of the store with real foods, cleanimg products and paper towels :)

God Bless n eat well & remember portion control...u can maintain a healthy weight just by eating foods u love as long as u portion control...we eat on our 7" salad plates...our dinner plates r 12" n I use them as platters :)

Twin Life said...

That would be great you started adding pictures to all of your recipes!!

Mama Jenn said...

Thanks for posting this recipe! My daughter asked for it as soon as we saw the episode, and I've never heard of such a dish before.
Stacey- thanks for the cream of recipes. I was worried about using the velvetta and canned stuff. I haven't bought that sort of food in a while, and I wanted to try it, but was afraid substiuting cheese and thickened chicken broth would make it turn it out funky.
I'll try to comment when we have it! My kids are excited it's on the menu :)

Barbara King said...

I admire your family so much. You are at a point where the older children must be so much help. The show can go on forever with new grandchildren and marriages. Thank you for the recipes. God Bless.

Penelope Penderhausen said...

@Film Spew

Totally agree, Velveeta? is it even real food? Canned cream of whatever soup...the sodium content is atrocious. This is a heart attack on a plate, I think the only real ingredients are the green peppers and chicken.

Anonymous said...

Rotel is tomatoes and diced green chillies.

Anonymous said...

If you eat fast food you're already eating much worse than this. I must've missed the memo where they claimed it was healthy. Or where they were responsible for the choices others have in choosing to also eat this way or not.

Paula said...

Get real everyone! Look around! Half of the people I see on the street are obese and if you look at the photos of the Duggars, they are the picture of health! One person isn't eating the whole dish and I am sure they, like all of us, serve their main dish with sides of vegetables and fruits. Let's face it, they are doing something right and if you don't want to read this blog and enjoy it, then don't. Who is packing on the pounds? Are we looking at the same family? Jim Bob and Josh are pretty much normal size in this world we live in and the rest of the family members are down right skinny. Eat up Duggars! From your favorite fan, Paula

Aleshia Lane said...

Are there specific measurements? I know that with a large family you'd use more, but what if you're only cooking for two people? What size cans do we need? How big a box of spaghetti noodles? etc. How much does one recipe make?

Aleshia Lane said...

@Aleshia Lane

I'd like to make this for my family sometime, but I need some form of measurements. Can anyone help me out?

Anonymous said...

I think I try this sometime. It sounds good.

Robert said...

I just made this and it was delicious.

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