Easy Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Baked Pasta



This Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Baked Pasta combines the flavor of enchiladas with pasta. It's spicy, cheesy, flavorful, and so easy to make. The perfect weeknight meal the whole family will love for busy summer evenings!


– 1 tablespoon olive oil – 1 pound chicken breast, diced – ½ teaspoon salt – ½ teaspoon ground black pepper – 1 pound pasta, penne or shells – 3 tablespoons butter – ¼ cup all-purpose flour (continued)


– 28 ounces enchilada sauce, mild or hot – 4 ounces cream cheese – 1 medium red bell pepper, diced (about ¾ cup) – ¼ cup green onion, chopped – 1 ½ cups shredded cheese (colby jack)

Begin the recipe by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F. Using a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the 1 tablespoon olive oil and allow it to heat thoroughly.

Step #1

Add the 1 pound chicken, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon ground black pepper. Allow the chicken to cook until it is no longer pink, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove and cut into bite sized pieces.

Step #2

Cook pasta until al dente in salted water. Strain and set aside.

Step #3

In that same skillet that you cooked the chicken, add the 3 tablespoon butter and allow it to melt and become foamy. Then add the flour & stir for 2-3 minutes.

Step #4

Slowly pour in the 28 ounces enchilada sauce and continue whisking until the sauce is heated and bubbly. Add the 4 ounces cream cheese and stir until fully combined.

Step #5

Add the 1 medium diced red bell pepper, ¼ cup green onion, cut-up chicken, and cooked pasta to the skillet. Stir until everything is coated with the sauce.

Step #6

Pour the mixture into a 9x13-inch baking dish lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Spread the pasta in an even layer in the baking dish. Mix and top with cheese.

Step #7

Place into the oven to bake for about 15 to 20 minutes, until the cheese is melted and slightly golden.

Step #8

Carefully remove the pasta from the oven. Feel free to top it with some additional green onions and a dollop of sour cream before serving warm. Enjoy!

Step #9

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