Mexican Chicken Pasta


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I absolutely LOVE this recipe for Mexican Chicken Pasta. It’s creamy, cheesy, and has a very unique flavor that is wonderful.

a collage of chicken pasta on a red plate and on a fork with title text reading Chicken Mexican pasta

Part of what makes this such a fun recipe is that it’s so simple and unique. I don’t normally combine bell pepper and cream cheese.

Other than cheese balls we make around the holidays, I generally don’t get a chance to bring those two things together and I honestly don’t even think about it.

But then there’s this recipe.

Epic coming together of cream cheese and bell pepper. Delicious.

Mexican Chicken Pasta and a fork on a red plate

What You Need to Make Mexican Chicken Pasta

I adore making Mexican chicken pasta. And I’ll confess, sometimes, I even double the recipe so I can have the leftovers for lunch the next day.

Plus, it’s such a simple chicken recipe that it definitely falls in my no-fail category of favorites. Basically, if you can follow basic directions, you can make this recipe.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken breast or thighs, boneless
  • 4 cups cooked rotini pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups cream cheese
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1 bell pepper (I used half of a red and half of a green for fun)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
red and green bell pepper sliced on a wooden cutting board next to bowls and a pot of the ingredients needed to make Mexican Chicken Pasta

How to Make Mexican Chicken Pasta

Step 1

Place chicken in a pot, covered by water and bring to a boil, cooking the chicken throughout. While that’s cooking, chop the bell pepper finely and place it in a skillet with the olive oil over high heat.

diced red and green bell pepper cooking in a skillet

Step 2

Remove the chicken from the pot and shred it. Add shredded chicken and seasoning to the bell pepper mixture, immediately followed by the cream cheese. Cover and allow the cheese to melt completely, stirring periodically.

shredded chicken, seasoning, bell peppers, cream cheese and a spoon in a pot

Step 3

Add the cooked pasta and stir to combine. Serve immediately!

a forkful of Mexican Chicken Pasta above more pasta on a red plate

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If you love this easy chicken recipe, but you’re not quite ready to bust out your cutting board, just pin this to your favorite easy weeknight dinner ideas board on Pinterest so you can find it quick later!

Yield: 6 Servings Mexican Chicken Pasta

Mexican Chicken Pasta

Mexican Chicken Pasta

This Mexican chicken pasta is one of the easiest meals you can make. I love having a great plan to make pasta night so flavorful!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs shredded chicken, cooked
  • 4 cups cooked rotini pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups cream cheese
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1 bell pepper (I used half of a red and half of a green for fun)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Place chicken in a pot, covered by water and bring to a boil, cooking the chicken throughout.
  2. While that's cooking, chop the bell pepper finely and place it in a skillet with the olive oil over high heat.
  3. Remove the chicken from the pot and shred it.
  4. Add shredded chicken and seasoning to the bell pepper mixture, immediately followed by the cream cheese. Cover and allow the cheese to melt completely, stirring periodically.
  5. Add the cooked pasta and stir to combine. Serve immediately!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 603Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 144mgSodium: 851mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 38g

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