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Fried Chicken Spaghetti

Spaghetti is a popular local side dish in Arkansas, thanks to a small group of Italian immigrants who settled there long ago. That explains why in Arkansas, fried chicken is traditionally served with a side of spaghetti. Today, restaurants throughout the state include “fried chicken spaghetti” on their menus.

Recipe Servings: 4

Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Total Time
1 hour
Gluten Free
Dairy Free



  1. Place chicken in a large bowl and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. Add lemon juice and stir until mixed. Cover and refrigerate.
  3. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and cook until onions are translucent, 5-7 minutes.
  4. Add the bacon and garlic, and cook for another 2–3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Stir in chopped tomatoes, cover, and let simmer.
  6. Chop sun dried tomatoes roughly, and add to the sauce.
  7. Season with salt, ground black pepper, and sugar to taste.
  8. Cover and let simmer 20 minutes.
  9. In large saucepan add cooking oil and heat to 350°F-375°F.
  10. Fry the chicken in hot oil while sauce is simmering, in batches if necessary, until browned and crisp.
  11. Add cream to the sauce.
  12. Adjust seasonings as needed while the sauce simmers, then remove from heat.
  13. Add cooked spaghetti and toss until evenly coated.
  14. Divide noodles evenly among four bowls.
  15. Cut chicken into strips and arrange on top of pasta.
  16. Garnish with basil leaves and serve immediately.

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