One-Pot Fiesta Chicken Pasta

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    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 (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 4
    Calories: 298kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 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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  • marla says:

    My family would LOVE this fiesta for dinner!!!

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    What a nice, tasty, quick and easy pasta!

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    Oooooohhh….totally giving this recipe a try! You can’t beat anything with fiesta flavors!

  • Jenny Flake says:

    Perfect weeknight dinner idea!! Adding it to our menu soon!

  • Pam says:

    One pot dishes are the best. This one looks terrific.

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says:

    This would be a huge hit in our house! We love one-pot pasta dinners!

  • Allison says:

    Oh my goodness this looks delicious!! I’m definitely going to give it a go this week! Thank you :)

    • Julie says:

      Yay! Hope you enjoy!

  • Heather Christo says:

    In Seattle the overly-polite 4 way stop is a running joke. everyone sits there and goes “you go!”, “no, you go!” for 30 minutes. The pasta looks awesome!

  • Gaby says:

    Wow, this pasta looks delicious!!!

  • Maria says:

    Josh would love these for dinner! They look amazing!!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    Don’t get me started on four way stops. People are dumb. But, one pot meals are totally amazing. I need this one asap, especially since you know how I feel about enchilada sauce ;)

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says:

    One-pot meals are total life savers in the kitchen and your Fiesta Chicken Pasta is so ideal! We have Southwest meals at our house weekly and I can’t wait to try your recipe, Julie! It looks scrumptious. Thanks for sharing!

  • Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg says:

    Your story about the polite drivers reminds me of the Portlandia episode. The two drivers continue “No, You Go.” for a solid day. Too funny. This looks delicious. I’m always down for Mexican style chicken and pasta.

  • Rachel @ My Urban Oven says:

    Quick and Easy dinner, totally love! Fiesta Time!

  • Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel says:

    This looks so cheesy and delicious!

  • Lauren says:

    We tried this last week and it was great! My husband typically doesn’t care for Mexican style meals, but he really enjoyed this. It tasted even better the second night! This will definitely be added to our meal rotation.

    • Julie says:

      Yay! Awesome!! :)

  • Erin says:

    Perfect timing for this recipe. I had some shredded chicken in my freezer that I’ve been meaning to use up. I used a can of Rotel since I had it in my pantry. What an easy and delicious meal!

    • Julie says:

      Yay! So glad you enjoyed this! :)

  • Uneku |Kaunakitchen says:

    Very simple directions..and really looks easy to make.Thanks for sharing.

  • SherryB says:

    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.

  • carol says:

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

  • Misty says:

    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.

    • Julie says:

      Yup, totally would work just fine!

      • Misty says:

        So I made the recipe as we talked about. Not having cooked chicken on hand, I cut up a pound of raw boneless chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces and threw them in the pot during the last 5-8 minutes of the pasta and sauce. As the sauce was bubbling, the chicken cooked completely but remained tender. Delicious! I think next time I will add more enchilada sauce. Also, it took more than 20 minutes for all the liquid to boil away — more like 30+. Thanks for a great recipe. My husband and I loved it and I will be making it again soon.

        • Julie says:

          So happy to hear this!! :)

  • Lauren says:

    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!

    • Julie says:

      Wonderful! Thanks for the feedback!

  • Jenn says:

    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 says:

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

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