Whole30 Rotel Chicken Spaghetti Squash Casserole


My new Whole30 Rotel Chicken Spaghetti Squash Casserole will easily become a staple on you weekly menu. It is filled with dairy free cream cheese, chicken, spaghetti squash, rotel, coconut milk, and nutritional yeast. It is creamy, filling and out of this world delicious. But wait, there is more good news! It’s Keto, Paleo and Whole30 complaint.

Whole30 Rotel Chicken Spaghetti

Growing up, my momma would always make Rotel Chicken Spaghetti Casserole with crushed Doritos on the top. It was honestly one of my favorite recipes from my childhood and I crave it on occasion. Although the original recipe will always hold a special place in my heart, I wanted to create a healthier version for my family. This one come pretty darn close to tasting the same as my mother’s recipe. I did have to omit the Doritos from my new recipe, but it really didn’t really make a big impact to the taste.

Whole30 Rotel Chicken Spaghetti
chicken Rotel Spaghetti

Are Nut Cheeses Whole30 Compliant?

This is a question that is asked a lot by the Whole30 community. Below is Whole30 creator, Melissa Urban’s answer:

“Nut cheeses and dips ARE compliant on the program, with a strong caveat that these should be used with caution, especially if you know you rely on cheese as a comfort or stress-relieving food, OR if cheese is a trigger for other food cravings (like wine or crackers). As with Larabars or almond butter, Whole30 HQ and our Coaches all recommend that program participants use with caution, and think critically about whether including these foods in their Whole30 is a healthy choice, given their contexts and goals.”

Chicken Rotel Spaghetti

Whole30 Compliant Brands of Dairy Free Cream Cheese:

  • Kitehill
  • Nush Cheese Natural
  • Pamela Creamery Creamy Nutcheese Original
Whole30 Rotel Chicken Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Ingredients for this Whole30 Rotel Chicken Spaghetti Squash Casserole

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Rotel Chicken Spaghetti Squash Casserole (Whole30 + Keto)

  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


My new Whole30 Rotel Chicken Spaghetti Squash Casserole is filled with dairy free cream cheese, chicken, spaghetti squash, rotel, coconut milk, and nutritional yeast. It is creamy, filling and out of this world delicious. Keto, Paleo and Whole30 compliant.



  • 1 medium spaghetti squash (about 2 pounds)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 chicken breast, cooked and diced
  • 1 1/2 cans rotel, drained
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 container of Kite Hill cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk, canned unsweetened 
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast


  1. Preheat oven to 400F and coat a casserole dish with cooking spray. 
  2. Slice the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and ribbing.
  3. Drizzle the inside of the squash with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Place the spaghetti squash cut side down on the baking sheet and use a fork to poke holes.
  5. Roast for 30 to 40 minutes or until lightly browned on the outside, and fork tender (Time will vary based on the size of the squash).
  6. Remove from the oven and flip the squash so that it’s cut side up. When cool to the touch, use a fork to scrape and fluff the strands from the sides of the squash.
  7. Place these spaghetti squash strands into a large mixing bowl.
  8. Reduce oven heat to 350F.
  9. Cut the cooked chicken breast into bite size pieces. Add to a large skillet over medium heat.
  10. Drain the cans of rotel and transfer to the chicken in the skillet along with the dairy free cream cheese, nutritional yeast, coconut milk, salt, pepper, ghee and garlic/onion powder. Heat for 5 minutes or until everything is combined.
  11. Transfer the chicken mixture to the spaghetti squash and mix together.  
  12. Pour into a lightly greased 8×11 casserole dish.
  13. Bake on 350F for 30-40 minutes until bubbling and heated through. 


  • This will last in the fridge for up to 5 days in an air tight container. 
  • Freeze up to 2 months. 
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Whole30, Keto, American


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 237
  • Sugar: 4
  • Sodium: 439
  • Fat: 13
  • Carbohydrates: 9.5
  • Fiber: 3
  • Protein: 15

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Comments (33)

  • Made this on recipe and it was a hit. My husband took it to work and everyone that walked by asked about it and said it smelled delicious. I also added a little cumin.

    • I love the idea of adding cumin. Thank you so much for trying.

  • What would be a good sub for the coconut milk? I have a coconut allergy. Please and thank you!

    • You can do unsweetened almond milk.

  • This was delicious!! I used the chive cream cheese from Kite Hill, didn’t have Rotel so I used diced tomatoes and a can of green chilies and almond milk. I did try adding 1/2tsp of cumin as well! We will be adding this to the rotation!

    • Yay. This is AMAZING to hear. Thank you

  • This is the most deliciously unhealthy tasting healthy recipe ever!!! Oh my goodness, Mac, you outdid yourself on this one!

    • YAY! This is so exciting to hear! Thank you

  • Made this recipe last night. OMGosh. Sooooo good!!

    • So happy to hear this! Thank you

  • This recipe was soooooo delicious; husband didn’t know it was Paleo! I didn’t use the coconut milk or nutritional yeast at all and it was still cheesy, creamy good! I didn’t have Kite Hill cream cheese, so I used Miyokos Vegan cream cheese. This will be added to our favorites!

    • Hi to ya Cindy. So thrilled you loved the recipe and it has made your favorite list. You adding ingredients to the recipe to personalize the casserole for you and your husband is so what cooking is meant to be. Tweak away Cindy;-) Thank you so much for sharing.

  • I have made this recipe twice now and its becoming a weekly favorite. The hubs is not usually a spaghetti squash fan but said he really likes it in this dish, even got our 5 year old to try it!

    • Well there ya go Mackenzie……thrilled this recipe worked to please all your precious loved ones. Thank you for the kind feedback. Have a blessed weekend.

  • I made this exactly as written. It was very tasty and my husband liked it as well….I was a little surprised! Now ….what to do with the rest of that coconut milk!

    • Lisa, I use a little bit of the extra coconut milk in my cold brew coffee for a few days!

      • Yes! I am with you. It make a delicious creamy coffee creamer.

  • I never post comments… but I HAD to come back and post about this amazing recipe. I LOVED it. Thank you so much! It’s on the meal plan again this week.

    • YAY! This seriously made my night. Happy to hear you loved it.

  • I can’t wait to make this! Do you have a guess as to how much spaghetti squash is used? I want to try it with the Hearts of Palm Noodles you’ve recommended…unless you know right off the bat they wouldn’t sub well?

    • Yes. In the recipe I said 2 pounds. You could use 2 or 3 packages of Hearts of Palm

  • OMGosh, thank you for this! I’ve never had the original, but this is by far one of the best Paleo recipes I’ve made in the last few years. I’m not normally a huge spaghetti squash fan, but I think it has the perfect texture in this casserole. I can’t wait to try some of your other recipes!

    • So happy to hear you liked this recipe, Megan! Your comment means so much. Thank you

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  • FABULOUS! I used hearts of palm (after hearing about it from you) and it was DELICIOUS!

  • This was delicious! It makes a lot which is perfect for meal prep!

    • Thank you!

  • This was so easy to make and so delicious! This will definitely be on rotation at our house!

    • So happy to hear. Thank you

  • This casserole is sooo good! The chicken breast I bought was firecracker marinated chicken from Hyvee which added the slightest kick. This meal tastes like I’m totally cheating. #comfortfood

    • Love that touch. I bet that was super yummy! Thank you and so happy you loved it

  • Made this for dinner, it was delicious! My family loved it! Thank you! All of your recipes I’ve made are amazing!!

  • I’ve made so many of your recipes, and they’re all amazing, but this may be my new favorite. It’s SO so good. You would never know that it’s healthy and dairy free.

    I’ve already sent the recipe to friends and family and told them to make it ASAP.


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