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One Pot Chicken Enchilada Pasta

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One Pot Chicken Enchilada Pasta takes your favorite enchiladas recipe and turns it into a quick and easy pasta dish. Tender chicken, cheese, enchilada sauce, cilantro and green onion create an easy one pot dinner recipe that is not to be missed!

One Pot Chicken Enchilada Pasta - dinner

One Pot Chicken Enchilada Pasta

My love for enchiladas runs deep.

When I have to pick a meal at a Mexican restaurant it is a tie between enchiladas and crispy tacos. Well that is if you don’t count chips and salsa as a meal? 😉  Enchiladas usually win. There is something about those warm tortillas filled with delicious ingredients, smothered in cheese and topped with a flavorful enchilada sauce.

For me I really think my love stems for that sauce. A few months ago I shared this Homemade Blender Enchilada Sauce which is so easy and great to have on hand or put in the freezer for later and was reminded how much enchiladas rock my world.

One Pot Chicken Enchilada Pasta - so good

You can use enchilada sauce for so many things from soups, to traditional enchiladas, to today’s One Pot Chicken Enchilada Pasta. When I saw this recipe on Pinterest a while back I knew that I had to eventually make it and I was not disappointed.

One Pot Chicken Enchilada Pasta - pasta

Today’s One Pot Chicken Enchilada Pasta is an easy meal I make for my friends and they love it. My family agrees, giving it a big thumbs up. The flavors mix so well together when paired with pasta and chicken.

If you want to create a healthier dish, try whole wheat pasta.  This recipe is customizable to your tastes. I also think some diced tomatoes would go great in this.

One Pot Chicken Enchilada Pasta - the best

Remember when I mentioned that the overwhelming consensus from the reader survey was more easy weeknight meals? Well today’s fits into that category. You do have to do a little bit of prep work as far as dicing the chicken and chopping onion, but other than that everything cooks in one nice little pot. Less clean up too! And that is music to my ears….

And if taking the time to dice chicken isn’t your thing I think you could easily make this whole dish and add rotisserie chicken in at the end and heat it through. That really saves you some prep time!

 

One Pot Chicken Enchilada Pasta - dinner

One Pot Chicken Enchilada Pasta

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

One Pot Chicken Enchilada Pasta takes your favorite enchiladas and turns it into a quick and easy pasta dish. Tender chicken, cheese, enchilada sauce, cilantro and green onion create a dinner that is not to be missed!

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 small sweet onion, chopped {about 1/4 cup}
  • 2 large chicken breasts, diced
  • 1 Tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 2 - 10oz red enchilada sauce or 2 1/2 cups of homemade enchilada sauce
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 8 oz. penne noodles (or noodle of your choice}
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided

Garnishes:

  • Freshly chopped cilantro
  • Chopped green onions
  • Jalapeños
  • Sour Cream

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the onion and cook for one minute. Add the garlic and continue to cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring often, until the onion is soft.
  2. Add in the diced chicken and the taco seasoning and continue to sauté until the chicken is cooked through.
  3. Add in the enchilada sauce, chicken broth, and noodles and bring to a boil. Reduce to low, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the lid and cook for another 10 minutes, or until the noodles are soft and the sauce is reduced by about half.
  4. Remove the pasta from the heat and stir in the 1 cup of cheese and let sit until melted. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese and the garnishes of your choice {cilantro and green onions is what we like}.

Notes

This pasta dish makes 9 cups total.

Adapted from Like Mother Like Daughter

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Judine Boebel

Tuesday 20th of October 2020

I made this tonight for dinner. Your recipe is a winner in our house and have made it a few times. I decided to add to the recipe 1/4 cup each red and yellow peppers and 1/4cup of Apicot preserves. We liked this addition. Thanks love the recipe.

Julia

Tuesday 20th of October 2020

Interesting to add the apricots! I bet that tasted good. Glad you liked it!

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Judi Boebel

Thursday 7th of April 2016

I made this again tonight for dinner. I made some additions to the recipe. I added a 1/4 cup of salsa and cannelloni beans. It was delicious . Such an easy recipe.

Julia

Thursday 7th of April 2016

Oh I love those idea Mom! The cannelloni beans are a great idea--I will have to try that out. Thanks for letting me know.

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