Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Spicy Mexican Chicken Pasta

Spicy Mexican Chicken Pasta |

I am so completely embarrassed to admit this: last night was the first night in over a month that Paul and I sat down at our dining room table and ate a home-cooked meal together.  This home-cooked meal, Spicy Mexican Chicken Pasta.

Between work travel, evening church activities, band rehearsals, sporting events, half marathon training, we seem to always miss each other when it comes to meal time.  We have enjoyed some meals together – some really great meals at some of our new favorite restaurants.  But nothing beats getting to sit down as a family around an amazingly flavorful and simple pasta dish.

It seems like dining out should be a treat but lately it feels like dining at home has become a “special occasion” of sorts.  I was excited to cook a meal, I took my time in thinking of flavors for this dish.  Paul helped me chop the peppers.  We listened to the Cardinal’s game on the radio while we talked about our day.   A simple, perfect weeknight meal full of our favorite flavors made for the perfect night in!

Spicy Mexican Chicken Pasta |

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Spicy Mexican Chicken Pasta

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 30 min

Total Time: 45 min

Simple, spicy and creamy Mexican Chicken pasta with bell peppers, tomatoes, salsa verde and cream cheese.


16 ounces fusilli pasta (or your choice of short-grain pasta)
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
1 Tbs. olive oil
1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 green onions, chopped (greens & whites) + more for garnish
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped + more for garnish
1 jalapeno, seeded, deveined, and finely chopped
1 cup mini mixed sweet peppers (about 8), sliced into strips
4 ounce can chopped green chiles
12 ounces grape tomatoes, quartered
16 ounce jar mild salsa verde (or homemade)
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese + more for garnish
Salt & pepper to taste


Cook the pasta in salted boiling water, according to directions.

In a small bowl, mix the chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, onion powder, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper until combined. Place the cubed chicken in a glass bowl and sprinkle the spice mixture over the top. Stir well to coat the chicken.
Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the seasoned chicken and cook for about 5 minutes, flipping each piece once, halfway through. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside - some pieces won’t be fully cooked – they will finish cooking later.

In the same pan, add the yellow onion, garlic and green onion and cook for about 3 minutes, until the onion begins to soften. Add the cilantro, jalapeno and sweet peppers and cook for another 4 minutes or so, until the peppers begin to soften. Add the green chiles, tomatoes and salsa and stir well to combine. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the mixture is heated through. Add the chicken back to the mixture, stir. Stir in the cream cheese and cheddar cheese. Allow the mixture to cook for 7-8 minutes until heated through; the chicken should be cooked through and the mixture should thicken slightly.

Serve over the cooked noodles and garnish with additional cheddar cheese, green onions and cilantro.

Spicy Mexican Chicken Pasta |


52 Responses to “Spicy Mexican Chicken Pasta”

  1. #
    Tieghan — September 4, 2013 @ 6:52 am

    Nothing beats a home cooked meal, especially when it is mexican and pasta!! These two together are always going to make a killer meal! This look awesome and right up my families alley!

  2. #
    DessertForTwo — September 4, 2013 @ 7:20 am

    This sounds delicious! I love date-night in 🙂

  3. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — September 4, 2013 @ 7:57 am

    What a lovely night in indeed! I love all the flavors you have here, and there’s nothing like sharing a meal with the person you love. Beautiful Cassie!

  4. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — September 4, 2013 @ 8:06 am

    Oh, girl you know I am awwwwwwwwn this.

  5. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — September 4, 2013 @ 8:14 am

    Gotta love those at-home meals together, especially when they’re few and far between. This looks like the perfect comfort food!

  6. #
    Kathryn — September 4, 2013 @ 8:21 am

    Love the flavous in this Cassie! Such a great & tasty dinner – thinking about making something similar tonight now rather than the fajitas I planned!

  7. #
    Julia — September 4, 2013 @ 8:27 am

    Aaaaaaw! It looks like you two lovebirds make spending every ounce of time together a special occasion. Very sweet! Your spicy Mexican chicken pasta looks phenomenal! Perfect for an evening in with the hubs!

  8. #
    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — September 4, 2013 @ 9:15 am

    Love this, Cassie! Looks delicious!

  9. #
    Cookbook Queen — September 4, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    There have been times we’ve eaten dinner in the living room because I was too lazy to clear off the dining room table…isn’t that awful? It happens.

    Love this pasta. Definitely a sit down and enjoy meal!!

  10. #
    Mercedes — September 4, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    I’m glad you and Paul finally got to sit down for a meal together and this looks like a great pasta to sit down for! You always make such flavorful, yet accessible dishes Cassie!

  11. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — September 4, 2013 @ 10:42 am

    Oh yeah! Totally my kind of mid-week meal, Cassie. This looks so mouthwatering and easy! Love it!

  12. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — September 4, 2013 @ 10:48 am

    I feel like we have so much going on lately that we haven’t sat down together for a nice meal. This meal was definitely a good one to share.

  13. #
    Amy @Very Culinary — September 4, 2013 @ 10:57 am

    It’s so hard to juggle it all. These days (my) Paul and the kids are happy if their food isn’t cold! The pasta looks delish.

  14. #
    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — September 4, 2013 @ 11:24 am

    There really is nothing as good as a home-cooked meal, especially shared with those you love. This pasta looks flavorful and fantastic!

  15. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — September 4, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    I hear ya, Cassie! Dining at home has become a complete luxury these days. Glad Paul and you were able to connect over some delicious pasta!

  16. #
    Ashley — September 4, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

    There is definitely nothing like the feeling of a sit-down homemade meal with your family after lots of eating out or just weird schedules! I couldn’t agree more! This pasta sounds delicious – mexican is one of our favorite flavors!

  17. #
    Jackie {The Beeroness} — September 4, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

    That looks epic! I totally want it for lunch. Right. Now.

  18. #
    Ashley@BakerbyNature — September 4, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

    Nothing like a meal at home with the man you love 😉 This looks 100% perfect, Cassie!

  19. #
    Heather — September 4, 2013 @ 2:30 pm

    Girl, do NOT be embarrassed about the month-long hiatus! We have literally been eating all of our meals in front of the TV for the past few months. OY 🙂

  20. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — September 4, 2013 @ 4:37 pm

    After busy weeks, eating at home is such a nice thing! We were gone all weekend, and it was so nice to just cook and sit around the table last night. This pasta looks amazing, love all the flavors!

  21. #
    Des — September 4, 2013 @ 4:52 pm

    Nights in are always my favorite! This pasta looks fantastic. Spicy and cheesy are always a win!

  22. #
    natalie@thesweetslife — September 4, 2013 @ 6:51 pm

    I love the nights when Ryan and I can prepare a meal together! This sounds great!

  23. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — September 4, 2013 @ 8:12 pm

    Isn’t it crazy how life gets so busy that we don’t have time to share a meal! This looks like a great addition to this weeks menu!!

  24. #
    Joanne — September 4, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

    Aww well I’m glad you guys finally got this meal in! It looks like a winner for your first meal back in the swing of things. 🙂

  25. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — September 4, 2013 @ 9:07 pm

    What a fab pasta, I love these flavors!

  26. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver}} — September 4, 2013 @ 10:11 pm

    With all the chaos of everything going on it’s a miracle Ben and I can even find time to eat together anymore!, But it is one of my favorite parts of the day. I know he would love this – and so would I!!

  27. #
    saly @ sallys baking addiction — September 5, 2013 @ 4:48 am

    It’s once in a blue moon that Kevin and I can make a meal together, sit down and relax. I hate how busy life has been Cassie! But when we do make dinner and enjoy it together, it’s so special. Anyway, this is the perfect meal for a date-night in Cassie. It looks delish!

  28. #
    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — September 5, 2013 @ 8:53 am

    This looks amazing, Cassie! And do NOT be embarrassed about the dining at home hiatus… happens to the best of us 🙂

  29. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — September 5, 2013 @ 9:10 am

    I remember we had a hard time some weeks eating at home when I was younger. So much going on. This sounds like a great meal to enjoy at home!

  30. #
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — September 5, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

    Nights in are some of the best! This looks like a perfect meal to relax over!

  31. #
    Courtney @ Neighborfood — September 5, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

    I know just what you mean when dining in begins to feel more like a treat than going out. I love to eat out, but when we go through seasons where we seem to be doing it all the time, I want nothing more than to get in the kitchen and start chopping. It makes me appreciate the experience so much more–the smells, the sound of the peppers slicing, oil sizzling in the skillet, making the plate pretty. This sounds like the perfect coming back to the table meal!

  32. #
    Gaby — September 5, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

    What a fabulous dinner! Sit down dinners are always the best!!

  33. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 5, 2013 @ 11:37 pm

    Glad you had a chance to cook a homecooked meal again! Jason and I have not enjoyed a homecooked meal in so long – between the move and all, we’ve been eating out constantly!

    Once we settle in our new place, this pasta will be the first thing I make!

  34. #
    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — September 6, 2013 @ 7:54 am

    Friend, life gets so hectic sometimes! I’m glad you two were finally able to share a meal. We’ve been in that spot, too. And it just felt so good to cook a meal at home and share it with my family. I’m adding this one to our menu next week, it looks amazing!

  35. #
    Cookin Canuck — September 6, 2013 @ 12:56 pm

    Life can get crazy, that’s for certain. But it looks as though you knocked it out of the park for your dinner together. My family would love these flavors.

  36. #
    Sandy@ReluctantEntertainer — September 6, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

    Delicious, Cassie! Love the flavors and presentation, too!

  37. #
    Nikki @Seeded at the Table — September 6, 2013 @ 9:29 pm

    Oh yeah! And, the white cheddar totally completed this for me! Glad you had your chance to enjoy a meal together. It’s easy to let those special moments just slip away!

  38. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — September 6, 2013 @ 9:42 pm

    mmmmm nothing beats a night in with your hubs and a big bowl of pasta!

  39. #
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — September 7, 2013 @ 6:12 pm

    We rarely sit down to dinner together either. We both usually eat dinner while working. Which is terrible! So thanks for the reminder. 🙂 This looks delicious!

  40. #
    Shelly (Cookies and Cups) — September 8, 2013 @ 9:02 am

    This looks absolutely amazing!!

  41. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — September 8, 2013 @ 10:10 am

    Oh my gosh, this looks downright tasty! Packed with amazing flavor 🙂 my husband will love this!

  42. #
    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — September 9, 2013 @ 9:15 am

    I LOVE all things Mexican, this pasta is calling to me! The flavors are amazing! Definitely adding this to the dinner menu!

  43. #
    Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily — September 9, 2013 @ 4:46 pm

    Oh I totally understand the whole too busy to make dinner thing. Now that the kids have started school our lives just got crazy busier! This sounds like the perfect choice for a nice sit down dinner together.

  44. #
    Aggie — September 9, 2013 @ 7:58 pm

    I totally get the busy season & not sitting down for meals, that’s been happening a lot here too. This pasta looks fantastic! I love how you prepared it together…makes it even better 🙂

  45. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — September 12, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

    Drooling over this pasta!!! This would be a fab dish to make leftovers for to eat for lunch all week too!!

  46. #
    Jenny @ BAKE — September 14, 2013 @ 3:44 am

    I love the ritual of a home cooked meal together, this pasta looks incredible!


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