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One-Pot Fiesta Chicken Pasta


All you need is one pot to make this easy weeknight pasta dish!

Nothing drives me battier than sitting at a four-way stop sign with people not knowing what to do. Seriously, do people not go to driving school anymore? If you get there first, you go. If you get there at the same time, it’s the person immediately to your right that gets to go. But then there are these asshats who think they’re better than the law and don’t even stop and blow through the stop sign. Oh yes, I’ve almost gotten t-boned more than a handful of times at this four-way stop sign near my house where people just DON’T SEE the stop sign. If you can’t see a stop sign, you need to go re-take your driver’s test or get your eyes checked. What about the ones that piggyback off the person in front of them at a four-way stop? Oh my god. Just cause the person in front of you stopped like the law-abiding citizen that he or she is doesn’t mean you can piggyback off that. You’re still an a-hole if you do that, cheater! My favorite is when everyone comes to the stop sign and you decide to be nice ’cause you’re having a good day (until now) and telling the other person to go and they take their sweet ass time and you’re like ‘ok guess not’ and start going and they start going and then you both slam on your brakes. For the love. Can we just get rid of the four-way stops? It’s clear that America doesn’t know how to use them. Oh, and don’t get me started on round-abouts. We just need stop lights cause I think that’s the only way people get it. Green, go, red, stop, four-way stop, WHAT?! Haha

All you need is one pot to make this easy weeknight pasta dish!

This super easy one-pot fiesta chicken pasta is well, a fiesta for dinner! I’m in love with one-pot pastas because who likes to do dishes? Definitely not me. I wish we lived in HP world where they had house elves. I would totally use a house elf for dishes. When I was doing recipe development for my cookbook – goodness gracious, definitely could’ve used a stand-in human dish washer, haha….SO as you can see, one-pot meals are my bff’s these days. They can be yours too. Recipe below!

All you need is one pot to make this easy weeknight pasta dish!

One-Pot Fiesta Chicken Pasta

All you need is one pot to make this easy weeknight pasta dish!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Servings: 4

Servings are adjustable but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings.

Calories: 298kcal
Author: Julie Chiou


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 medium red, green, yellow, or orange bell peppers, diced
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups curly pasta
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1: 10 ounce can red enchilada sauce, mild or spicy
  • 1: 15 ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Freshly grated colby jack cheese, for topping
  • Green scallions, optional


  • In a large skillet or heavy-bottom pan such as a dutch oven, heat up olive oil over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, add bell peppers, onion, and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes, or until fragrant.
  • Add in the pasta, water, enchilada sauce, and diced tomatoes. Stir to incorporate. Bring the mixture to a boil then lower the heat to medium-low. Cover the skillet or pan and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until pasta has thoroughly cooked through and liquid is absorbed.
  • Stir in the shredded chicken and season pasta with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. This gives the liquid, if any left, time to fully absorb.
  • If desired, top with green scallions and a handful of freshly grated colby jack cheese.
  • Serve warm.


Nutrition Facts
One-Pot Fiesta Chicken Pasta
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 298 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 9g36%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 11g22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 
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Recipe Rating


Wednesday 13th of February 2019

This looks sooooo yummy! Do you have any brands to recommend for the enchilada sauce? My partner’s family makes theirs from scratch so I have a difficult bar to reach!

Julie Wampler

Friday 15th of February 2019

I usually get the brand Hatch; we like it but I don't know how it compares to your partner's!!


Sunday 5th of November 2017

Just made this last night! It was so easy and cooked up in 30 min. I even cooked up the chicken first because I didn't have any already cooked. As written, this is great for families with kids as it's very mild. Next time I make this for myself, I would add a lot more spices. I'd probably mix the chicken with some taco flavored spices, and add some cayenne/smoked paprika/garlic to the sauce because I like heat! But I loved it as is, because it was easy for everyone to enjoy out of the bowl, or customize with hot sauce if they wanted! Thank you!


Monday 6th of November 2017

Wonderful! Thanks for the feedback!


Sunday 5th of June 2016

Do you think I could cut up raw chicken breasts and just cook them in the same pot with the pasta? I don't usually have cooked chicken laying around.


Monday 6th of June 2016

Yup, totally would work just fine!


Thursday 28th of April 2016

Just made this for dinner. So easy.It was so good! Thanks.


Monday 20th of April 2015

We had this last night, though I cut the recipe in half since it's just two of us (there were leftovers anyway-yay!) Only trouble was that I forgot to use just half a can of hot enchilada sauce. Used the whole...enchilada!! Well, I was worried, but it was delicious and we can't wait to split the leftovers for lunch today. Thanks so much for your great ideas.