Chicken Fajita Pasta

Chicken Fajita Pasta is smothered in cheesy, creamy salsa infused sauce bursting with your favorite fajita spiced chicken, onions and peppers AND it all cooks in one pot! 

Add this One Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta to your EASY DINNER rotation because the pasta cooks right IN the sauce for simple prep, minimal cleanup, and extra flavooooor.  Pull out a chair because this one pot dinner is about to become a regular at your kitchen table!

This Chicken Fajita Pasta post is sponsored by Nuts.com  All opinions are my own.

Chicken Fajita Pasta Recipe Video

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About Chicken Fajita Pasta

Cheesy pasta is my ultimate comfort food.  But wait, Mexican is my ultimate comfort food.  Let’s just mash them together and create THE ultimate comfort foods like Taco Pasta, Taco Spaghetti and now this Chicken Fajita Pasta!  You will want to stuff your face with this chicken fajita pasta because its wonderfully creamy, SO flavorful!

I did a test run of this Chicken Fajita Pasta a couple Sundays ago when we invited a friend over for dinner whose wife was out of town.  So there sat just three of us and one pot of pasta.  We almost ate the entire pot to a chorus of “wow,” “this is amazing,” “this is seriously so good,” “I can’t wait to tell my wife about this,” “did I say how good this is?”

Thank goodness this One Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta is lightened up.

What Ingredients do you need for Chicken Fajita Pasta?

  • 4 cups cellentani pasta (may sub rigatoni or penne etc.)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound chicken breasts sliced thinly (1/4”) then cut into 2-3” pieces
  • 3 bell peppers (any color combo) thinly sliced, cut in half
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced then cut in half
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tsp EACH chili powder, ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon EACH smoked paprika, dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1/4-1/2 cup Nuts.com Feisty Fiesta Salsa*
  • 1 10 oz. can mild enchilada sauce
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup Mexican cheese blend or sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup sour cream (I use light)v

This Chicken Fajita Pasta is extra rave-worthy because the pasta cooks right in the sauce consisting of milk, enchilada sauce and  Nuts.com Feisty Fiesta Salsa.  If you are a salsa connoisseur, then look no further than this salsa. If you aren’t a connoisseur, this Feisty Fiesta Salsa will make you one.

showing how to make chicken Fajita Salsa by holding a jar of salsa

It is hands down my favorite salsa made exclusively for Nuts.com in Texas from poblano, jalapeno and serrano peppers, feisty spices, bell peppers, cilantro, and lemon juice.  Its a triumphant symphony of flavor that you will want to put on everything!

This Nuts.com Feisty Fiesta Salsa is on the medium/hot side, so I only used ½ cup but if you want to make this Chicken Fajita Pasta extra kid friendly or you are sensitive to heat, then I would start with ¼ cup because you can always add more to taste at the end of cooking.

How to Make Chicken Fajita Pasta

This Chicken Fajita Pasta comes together SUPER  quickly.  Prepping your chicken/veggies will take the longest, so if you prep those beforehand, then this dinner comes together in a flash.

  • First, saute chicken and onions then add our bell peppers, garlic and homemade fajita seasonings.
showing how to make chicken fajita pasta by adding chicken, bell peppers, onions and fajita seasonings to a large pot
showing how to make best fajita chicken pasta by adding salsa to pot with chicken and bell peppers
showing how to make easy chicken fajita pasta by adding black beans to chicken, bell peppers and onions
  • Bring to a simmer until the pasta is al dente.
showing how to make healthy Chicken Fajita Pasta by adding pasta to pot with milk, salsa and enchilada sauce.
  • Next, add cheese followed by sour cream.
showing how to make chicken fajita pasta by adding cheese and sour cream to the pot.
  • Garnish with fresh tomatoes, avocado, cilantro etc. and dig in to all that feisty fiesta deliciousness!
showing how to make chicken fajita pasta by garnishing with tomatoes, avocados and cilantro

Tip and Tricks to Make Chicken Fajita Pasta

  • Pasta:  You can substitute the cellentani pasta for other medium pasta such as rigatoni.
  • Chicken:  Chicken is easier to thinly slice if partially frozen.  It will thaw quickly once sliced.
  • Bell peppers:  You can use an color combo of peppers.
  • Veggies:  You can add other vegetables if you would like such as zucchini, corn, etc.
  • Salsa:  Use less salsa to make this extra kid friendly or if you are sensitive to heat.  Add more to taste at the end of cooking if desired.
  • Cheese:  You can substitute the Mexican cheese blend with cheddar cheese or half cheddar and half Monterrey Jack.
  • Garnishes.  Just like fajitas are loaded with toppings, this Chicken Fajita Pasta is even better loaded with toppings!  Top your Chicken Fajita Pasta with tomatoes, avocadoes, cilantro and sour cream.

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Lighter ONE POT Chicken Fajita Pasta has only minutes of hands-on cooking time!  Its smothered in cheesy, creamy salsa infused sauce bursting with your favorite fajita spiced chicken, onions and peppers!   The pasta cooks right IN the sauce for simple prep, minimal cleanup, and extra flavooooor!  

ONE POT Chicken Fajita Pasta

Lighter ONE POT Chicken Fajita Pasta has only minutes of hands-on cooking time!  It’s smothered in cheesy, creamy salsa infused sauce bursting with your favorite fajita spiced chicken, onions and peppers.   The Fajita Pasta cooks right IN the sauce for simple prep, minimal cleanup, and extra flavooooor.  Pull out a chair because this one pot dinner is about to become a regular at your kitchen table!
Servings: 6 -8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cellentani pasta (may sub rigatoni or penne etc.)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound chicken breasts sliced thinly (1/4”) then cut into 2-3” pieces
  • 3 bell peppers (any color combo) thinly sliced, cut in half
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced then cut in half
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tsp EACH chili powder, ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon EACH smoked paprika, dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1/4-1/2 cup Nuts.com Feisty Fiesta Salsa*
  • 1 10 oz. can mild enchilada sauce
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup Mexican cheese blend or sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup sour cream (I use light)

Garnish

  • Tomatoes
  • avocado
  • cilantro
  • sour cream

Instructions

  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a Dutch oven or soup pot. Add chicken and onions and sauté for 3 minutes.
  • Add bell peppers, garlic, and all seasonings/spices. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in black beans, salsa, enchilada sauce, milk and pasta. Bring pasta to a boil and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, just until pasta is al dente, being careful not to overcook.
  • Turn off heat and stir in cheese until melted followed by sour cream. Taste and season with salt/pepper and hot sauce/salsa to taste.
  • Garnish with fresh tomatoes, avocado, cilantro etc. if desired.

Video

Notes

Don’t miss the “how to make” recipe video at the top of the post!
*Nuts.com Feisty Fiesta Salsa is medium/hot spice level. If you are sensitive to spice or want to make the pasta kid friendly, then start with ¼ cup and add more to taste at the end of cooking if desired.

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22 Comments

  1. Pat Choy says

    Can the sour cream be removed or subbed for something else?

    • Jen says

      Hi Pat! It adds a nice silky creaminess but isn’t required. You could sub plain yogurt or cream cheese. Enjoy!

    • Amy says

      I sub plain Greek yogurt in EVERYTHING! No one can tell.

  2. Darice says

    Hi Jen, thanks for the recipe.

    I am lactose intolerant so I try to cut down on dairy whenever possible without affecting the overall goodness of a recipe.

    Any guesses on how this recipe would be if I used chicken broth in place of the milk.

    Of course, I would still use the cheese and take a dairy relief tablet just cuz a girl has got to have SOME cheesey goodness!

    • Jen says

      Hi Darice, I think this recipe would still be fabulous if you used chicken broth instead :). I would start with less salt and add more to taste as chicken broth has more salt. It might be slightly less creamy but nothing too noticeable I imagine. I’m so glad you can still make this recipe work – yay for diary relief tablets!

    • Debb says

      You could use unsweetened, plain almond milk (Kikkoman brand is the one I use).

    • Jen says

      Yes, your husband will devour this! Two of my brother-in-laws were over another time I made this and inhaled it 🙂 And you will love Nuts.com salsa – seriously the best!

  3. Lindsay says

    If I wanted to use a different more mild salsa, would I just start with 1/2 cup? I already have some on hand that my husband and I like a lot.

    • Jen says

      Hi Lindsay, yes start with 1/2 cup 🙂 Enjoy!

  4. Callen says

    We had this last night and it was delicious! The only thing we will change the next time is to use two cans of black beans instead of only one. Thank you for the recipe!

    • Jen says

      Hi Callen, I am so happy you tried it already and enjoyed it! Thank you so much!

  5. Debbie says

    Hi Jen, Received this recipe yesterday and made it today. My husbands comments were wow, so many flavors, delicious, wow again. Thank you so much for sharing, it was so delicious.

    • Jen says

      You are so welcome Debbie! I’m thrilled it received rave reviews, thank you!

  6. Gayle says

    We LOVED this recipe! Will definitely make again and again!

    • Jen says

      Awesome, thanks Gayle! I am thrilled this is a new fav!

  7. Donna says

    I have never heard of nuts.com salsa before. But I will use a brand we have here, I hope it doesn’t change the taste to much ! Thank you for sharing all of your recipes !!

    • Jen says

      You’re so welcome Donna, I’m excited for you to try it!

  8. Marci says

    Hi Jen, the feisty salsa is no longer available
    , would you have a suggested alternative since you are a rockstar with flavors?

    • Jen says

      You’re so sweet Marci! I also love Mateo’s!

      • Marci says

        Perfect, I have seen that brand at local stores, thank you Jen I appreciate your time and response.