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Monterey Chicken Casserole – Weight Watchers Freestyle

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Casseroles are the BEST during these cold months. They are comforting and delicious!

As good as casseroles are, sometimes they can be high in points. This Monterey Chicken Casserole is a recipe I’ve been making for years, but it needed to be lightened up.

Just a few simple changes made this recipe more Weight Watchers friendly.

The original recipe used 1 cup of regular sour cream. I changed it to reduced fat sour cream which saved 4 points.

The monterey jack cheese was another thing I made an adjustment to. The original recipe called for two cups which is 32 Freestyle points. I reduced it to 1 1/2 cups which saved 8 points.

The recipe is so cheesy and good I couldn’t even tell a difference.

This Monterey Chicken Casserole is also perfect for using a rotisserie chicken. Those are my favorite kinds of recipes. Less work that I need to do!

This recipe is one that the whole family likes. A night without complaining about dinner is always a good night.

It’s funny because my younger daughter claims she doesn’t like chicken, yet she likes this recipe. She’s more so “picky” about chicken. She will only eat it in certain recipes.

She also gobbles up the chicken legs on the rotisserie chicken, but she doesn’t like chicken.

Another thing I like about this recipe is that it has spinach in it. I just use frozen chopped spinach because it’s easy. There’s just enough spinach so that the kids will eat it without complaining.

This recipe is 8 Freestyle points per serving so I usually serve a low point salad with it. It’s a fabulous and filling dinner.

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Monterey Chicken Casserole Weight Watchers Freestyle2
Monterey Chicken Casserole
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Yield: 8 servings

Points per serving:

Green – 9

Blue – 8

Purple – 8

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Course: Main Course
Ingredients
  • 6 oz. spaghetti
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cooked and shredded
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 1/2 cups monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • 5 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained well
  • 1/2 cup French's fried onions
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Cook spaghetti according to the directions on the package, then drain.

  3. In a large mixing bowl add the sour cream, egg, garlic and onion powder. Whisk together.

  4. Add the spaghetti, chicken, cheese and spinach and stir together.

  5. Spray a casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray and add the ingredients to it. Sprinkle with the onions and cover tightly with foil.

  6. Bake for 20 minutes, then remove the foil and cook an additional 5 minutes.

 If you’re looking for some zero point recipes, check out my post 20 Zero Point Recipes or my post 20 (More) Zero Point Recipes. Both are filled with delicious recipes that won’t cost you a single point! They’re perfect for days when you’re running low on points, or trying to save up points for a night out.

If you’re looking for dessert recipes you can visit 50 Weight Watchers Freestyle Desserts. It’s filled with delicious desserts perfect for Weight Watchers! 

Recipe Rating




Amosannette

Saturday 13th of February 2021

Made it last night. Wasn’t crazy about it. Thought it was bland. Also it was kind of dry. It needed more sauce or something. I might try making a low calorie Alfredo sauce to pour over the top so we can finish the leftovers because there’s a lot left over and it will be even more dry today. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Emily

Thursday 14th of January 2021

Can I use fresh spinach instead of frozen?

GinaJ

Sunday 1st of November 2020

Do you think you could use Greek yogurt instead of reduced fat sour cream to save even more points?

Ann

Monday 9th of November 2020

Yes, Gina. I use greek yogurt as a replacement for sour cream in all my recipes. I think I like it even better.

Amy

Sunday 27th of September 2020

May I ask, what is the serving size?

keepingonpoint

Sunday 27th of September 2020

I'm not sure the exact amount, I'd say about 1 cup.

Deborah

Saturday 26th of September 2020

How much is a serving?

keepingonpoint

Sunday 27th of September 2020

I'm not sure the exact amount, I'd say about 1 cup.

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