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Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Pasta

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Pasta combines the flavor of enchiladas with pasta. It is spicy, cheesy, flavorful, and so easy to make. The perfect weeknight meal the whole family will love.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: enchilada pasta
Servings: 8
Calories: 377kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken breast
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 pound pasta, penne or shells
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 28 ounces enchilada sauce, mild or hot
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 6 green onions, chopped
  • 1 ½ cups Mexican blend shredded cheese

Instructions

  • 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.
  • In 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.
  • Add the cream cheese and stir until fully incorporated.
  • Add the red pepper, green onions, chicken and pasta into the pan.  Stir until everything is coated with the sauce.
  • Pour into a 9×13-inch baking 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.
  • Top with additional red pepper, green onions and a dash of hot sauce. Enjoy!
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 1158mg | Potassium: 328mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1694IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 167mg | Iron: 2mg