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Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Pasta

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Pasta combines the flavor of enchiladas with pasta. Spicy, cheesy, flavorful, and so easy to make. The perfect weeknight meal.

This recipe is so simple, so hearty, and so perfect for a quick dinner that the whole family will enjoy. I love recipes that are one-pot wonders because they require less fuss and less mess to clean up. So please be sure to give this recipe a try and let me know your experience in the comment section below.

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Pasta Ingredients:

3 chicken breasts,
Salt and Pepper for seasoning
1 lb penne pasta
1 red pepper, chopped
6 green onions, chopped
3 Tablespoons butter
1/4 cup flour
28 oz enchilada sauce, mild or hot
4 oz cream cheese
1 1/2 cups Mexican Blend Cheese

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Pasta combines the flavor of enchiladas with pasta. Spicy, cheesy, flavorful, and so easy to make. The perfect weeknight meal. simplylakita.com

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Start by heating the largest skillet you have on medium heat.  Spray with a bit of cooking spray and place the chicken breasts in the skillet.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Cook until the chicken is fully cooked and no longer pink in the middle.  Once cooked, remove the chicken from the pan and cut into bite-sized pieces.  Set aside.

While the chicken is cooking bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta for about 6 minutes or just a little over half of the suggested cooking time.  You want the pasta al dente because it will finish cooking in the oven.  Once cooked, strain the water and set aside.

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Pasta combines the flavor of enchiladas with pasta. Spicy, cheesy, flavorful, and so easy to make. The perfect weeknight meal. simplylakita.comIn the pan you cooked the chicken, add the butter scraping the bottom of the pan.  Once the butter has melted, add the flour and cook for about 2-3 minutes to fully cook the raw flour.

Pour the enchilada sauce into the pan and whisk until thick and bubbly.

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Pasta combines the flavor of enchiladas with pasta. Spicy, cheesy, flavorful, and so easy to make. The perfect weeknight meal. simplylakita.com

Add the cream cheese and stir until fully incorporated.

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Pasta combines the flavor of enchiladas with pasta. Spicy, cheesy, flavorful, and so easy to make. The perfect weeknight meal. simplylakita.comAdd the red pepper, green onions, chicken and pasta into the pan.  Stir until everything is coated with the sauce.

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Pasta combines the flavor of enchiladas with pasta. Spicy, cheesy, flavorful, and so easy to make. The perfect weeknight meal. simplylakita.com Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Pasta combines the flavor of enchiladas with pasta. Spicy, cheesy, flavorful, and so easy to make. The perfect weeknight meal. simplylakita.com

Pour into a 9×13 pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray.  Pour the pasta into the pan and spread evenly.  Sprinkle with the cheese and bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese melted.

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Pasta combines the flavor of enchiladas with pasta. Spicy, cheesy, flavorful, and so easy to make. The perfect weeknight meal. simplylakita.com Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Pasta combines the flavor of enchiladas with pasta. Spicy, cheesy, flavorful, and so easy to make. The perfect weeknight meal. simplylakita.com

Top with additional red pepper, green onions and a dash of hot sauce.

Enjoy!

*Original Recipe from Mrs. Schwartz’s Kitchen

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Lisa K.
    May 26, 2014 at 2:18 AM

    Delicious! Great recipe–will be making it again.

    • Reply
      admin
      May 26, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      Great–Thank you!

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