This is my grandmother’s delicious chicken spaghetti recipe and is made with chicken, olives, mushrooms, onions, garlic, peppers, tomato paste, and more yummy ingredients. This chicken spaghetti is prepared by cooking the spaghetti or pastas in a sauce made with onions, peppers, celery, garlic, tomato paste, chicken broth, olives, mushrooms and spices. In Ecuador, we use the word “tallarines” or “tallarin” to refer to any dish that has spaghetti or linguini pastas, and tallarines de pollo have always been one of my favorites. We also use the word “fideos” to describe very thin noodles or any other shape of pastas.
My grandmother’s chicken spaghetti is one of my favorite comfort food dishes. I lived with my grandma for a few years when I first moved to the US, and was so happy when she would prepare this. Later when I would visit, she would prepare this spaghetti dish for me since she knew it was one of my favorites. Of course, these days, she cooks less than before, I live farther away and can’t visit as often, so when crave her chicken spaghetti I prepare it myself.
My grandma contributed this recipe, and a few others, to a recipe booklet for a church fundraiser, and she gave me a copy of it so that I would have some of her recipes. That booklet is a treasure, not just because it has some of my grandmother’s recipes, but it also has some classic Southern Texas recipes – including a recipe for baked squirrel, but don’t worry I don’t plan to try that one anytime soon. Though I think baked squirrel might go great with some chimichurri sauce or roasted a la Ecuadorian cuy style.