Lipstick on a Pig Texas Chicken Spaghetti

9 Jan
Lipstick on a Pig Texas Chicken Spaghetti

Lipstick on a Pig Texas Chicken Spaghetti

Some dishes are just not photogenic. I made this dish last week and the family just gobbled it up and it got raves all the way around. So when I went to take a final “plating shot” I scattered some cilantro over the top of it and thought, “you know, this is just like putting lipstick on a pig.” HA! But mind you, this slow cooker dish is just the ticket for a bowl full of creamy, cheesy, chicken-noodley goodness. You will be licking that bowl clean! (And even better, this recipe is completely versatile!)

WARNING: Unpleasant food photos ahead. Really, there is nothing very appetizing to look at while making this dish. But the taste…! And yes, I am making fun of my photography, because sometimes it just works out that way. πŸ˜‰

Lipstick on a Pig Texas Chicken Spaghetti

1 large boneless, skinless chicken breast (mine was 12 ounces, and frozen!)
Salt or Mrs. Dash and ground pepper, to taste
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup diced tomatoes (canned or otherwise, with liquid)
1 roasted Hatch chile, peeled, seeded, and diced (or sub with 2 tablespoons of canned diced green chiles)
2 1/2 cups homemade chicken stock (or sub low-sodium store-bought broth)
4 ounces spaghetti noodles, uncooked
2 ounces cream cheese
1 1/2 cups grated cheese, any kind (I used half Gruyere and half sharp cheddar)
1 teaspoon New Mexico chile powder (or regular)
1 teaspoon lime juice
Cilantro, for garnish (the lipstick on the pig!)

Season the chicken breast with salt or Mrs. Dash and pepper, to taste, then add to the crockpot. I actually added mine in frozen, no need to defrost β€” really!

Peeled and Seeded Roasted Hatch Chile Pepper

Peeled and Seeded Roasted Hatch Chile Pepper ~ Hmmm, how exciting.

Chop up the onion and peel and dice that roasted pepper. Wait, you don’t have a roasted Hatch chile pepper sitting around? Canned is fine.

Veggies and Chicken

Veggies and Chicken ~ Can’t see the raw chicken? You don’t want to. Trust me.

Toss in the onions, tomatoes, chiles and chicken stock/broth. (And I used turkey stock, see how I am?) Cover and cook on high for 4 hours.

Remove chicken breast and cover with foil until cool enough to handle. Shred the chicken with a fork and add back to the crockpot.

Shredding the Chicken

Shredding the Chicken ~ Hey, let’s take a really close up shot of the shredded chicken so you can even see the tomato bits stuck to it!

Grate your cheeses. No, don’t grate the cream cheese.

Grated Cheeses

Grated Cheeses ~ Finally, something tolerable to view. But it’s just cheese.

Break the uncooked noodles in half and add to the pot along with with the cheeses, chile powder and lime juice.

Adding the Dried Spaghetti

Adding the Dried Spaghetti ~ Really Kathryn? That’s just ick.

Stir around as best you can, then cover and cook for another half hour to an hour until the noodles are done. Give it one final stir to incorporate well, then serve in bowls garnished with lipstick, um, cilantro. πŸ˜€

Texas Chicken Spaghetti

Texas Chicken Spaghetti ~ Because putting a really old crockpot in the background with half-spent cilantro makes it look better, right?

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50 Responses to “Lipstick on a Pig Texas Chicken Spaghetti”

  1. teagan geneviene January 9, 2016 at 12:21 pm #

    Well no wonder I couldn’t find the pig or the lipstick. πŸ˜‰ I actually think it looks pretty darned tasty! Mega hugs!

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  2. D. Wallace Peach January 9, 2016 at 12:21 pm #

    Unphotogenic food. Ha ha LOL. That’s how all mine looks. But the taste is what counts, right?. Sounds good and easy to make, Kathryn. πŸ™‚

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  3. Cheryl "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser January 9, 2016 at 12:52 pm #

    KR too funny…I will admit I have not tried to make chicken spaghetti in the slow cooker only baked in the oven. You can’t go wrong with chicken and cheeses no way…

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  4. Freda @ Aromatic essence January 9, 2016 at 1:13 pm #

    hehehehe…this looks good:) some dishes are just hard to shoot, really challenging! I think you did an amazing job on this one:)

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  5. Gerlinde January 9, 2016 at 1:35 pm #

    Now, that I have a crockpot I can make your spaghetti . YeahπŸ˜„
    It is hard making good photos of food, I often struggle!

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  6. apuginthekitchen January 9, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

    I think it looks great and I’m partial to lipstick on pigs. Love this dish, it sounds and looks delicious. It’s a must try!!

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  7. all-TIM-ate January 9, 2016 at 3:03 pm #

    I think it looks really good πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
    Definitely one to try in winter


  8. Lynz Real Cooking January 9, 2016 at 4:39 pm #

    I am still smiling as I think on this recipe! Love love love the title! I find it is so hard on many dishes to make them look all gorgeous! Love this post and recipe!! xoxo

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  9. Love Served Daily January 9, 2016 at 6:04 pm #

    Looks delicious

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  10. Lina January 10, 2016 at 5:48 am #

    Wow! Wow! Wow! I still feel this looks very appetising! Great recipe! Would love to try it soon

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  11. Michelle Williams January 10, 2016 at 11:27 am #

    This dish sounds so good! I get what you mean about food photos. If the food is too white it does not usually photograph very well. However, that does not affect the taste! YUM. Thank you.

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    • anotherfoodieblogger January 10, 2016 at 11:30 am #

      Thank you Michelle! Any type of casserole is my bane, specifically one made in a crockpot! Yes, the taste was VERY good! πŸ™‚

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  12. Karen January 10, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

    Some dishes just don’t photograph well but that is no pig, my dear. πŸ˜€ It looks and sounds delicious.

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  13. Smiling Notes January 11, 2016 at 11:42 am #

    Hahha I loved the name of this dish πŸ˜€ Btw… I think the photo is really good!

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  14. Movin' it with Michelle January 11, 2016 at 12:56 pm #

    WOW that looks amazing!

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  15. Cecilia January 12, 2016 at 1:07 pm #

    I would say your pictures are awesome! They made me think of trying this delicious recipe, so it worked πŸ™‚

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  16. Stacy January 13, 2016 at 7:45 am #

    Well, now I will never sprinkle on some cilantro without thinking “Lipstick!” It’s the taste that matters, Kathryn, and this dish has got it in spades!

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  17. ChgoJohn January 17, 2016 at 7:07 am #

    This recipe sounds great and I don’t think the photos are bad. I know. I’ve taken some pretty awful photos of pasta and, I’m sure, will continue to do so. I would be proudly include your shots in a post — I’d ditch the lipstick, though. Not a fan of cilantro. πŸ™‚

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    • anotherfoodieblogger January 17, 2016 at 10:25 am #

      HA! Thank you John. There are a lot of people who don’t like cilantro. It’s one of those love or hate herbs. πŸ™‚

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  18. circadianreflections January 29, 2016 at 10:53 am #

    Love the title …so funny! I also like using the crock-pot. It makes cooking so much easier.
    I’m putting this in my recipe folder to find and make this winter.
    I think you did a great job on the images.

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    • anotherfoodieblogger January 29, 2016 at 10:57 am #

      Thank you so much for your kind comments! I do love my crockpot too, but I’ve never thought the photos ever come out elegant, lol! I hope you enjoy it this winter. πŸ™‚

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      • circadianreflections January 29, 2016 at 11:00 am #

        I know there’s a lot to food photography! Color choices, serving dishes, lighting, and plating the food! It’s fun, but not always easy.

        I just printed the recipe to take to the market with me. πŸ™‚

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      • anotherfoodieblogger January 29, 2016 at 11:11 am #

        You have some beautiful photos on your website! And thank you!

        Liked by 1 person

      • circadianreflections January 29, 2016 at 11:38 am #

        Oh wow, thank you so much for that lovely compliment!

        Your welcome! πŸ™‚

        Liked by 1 person


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