Spicy Chicken Enchilada Skillet

Spicy Chicken Enchilada Skillet – super easy one-pot meal that is ready in 20 minutes! Chicken, onion, garlic, enchilada sauce, black beans, broth, salsa, heavy cream, and pasta. Everything cooks in the same pot – even the pasta! This makes a GREAT weeknight meal! Serve with a salad and some bread and dinner is done! #onepot #chicken #enchilada #blackbeans #salsa #pasta #mexicanfood

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One Pan Mexican Chicken Pasta

This Spicy Chicken Enchilada Skillet is awesome! OMG! SO yummy! I wolfed down my serving, and I was sad that I didn’t have room for a second helping. I ate this for lunch the next day and it was just as good. When you reheat it, add a little chicken broth to keep it from drying out. The best part about this recipe is that everything cooks in one pan AND you don’t have to boil the pasta. It cooks with everything else in the skillet. Woohoo!

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How to Make Spicy Chicken Enchilada Skillet

This chicken pasta is super easy to make. Start with sautéing some chicken in a skillet. Add onion, garlic, enchilada sauce, black beans, broth, salsa, heavy cream, and pasta. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the pasta is tender. Top the pasta with cheese and sprinkle with parsley or cilantro. Pop the skillet under the oven broiler until cheese is melted and bubbly.

  • Is this pasta super spicy? I didn’t think this dish was super spicy, but the heat will all depend on the type of salsa you use. If you are worried about the heat, use a mild salsa or substitute some diced tomatoes for the salsa.
  • My favorite jarred salsas are Maeto’s and Kylito’s. I find both at Walmart.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Salsa: https://www.plainchicken.com/superior-grill-salsa/
  • Can I use pre-cooked chicken? Yes! Feel free to skip the step of cooking the chicken and toss in some cooked chopped chicken instead.
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What to Serve with Chicken Pasta

This pasta is a new favorite at our house. We’ve made it several times and absolutely love it. This is a very filling dish, so you don’t need very many sides to go with it. We usually just have a salad and some bread. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this 20-minute one-pot meal:

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skillet of chicken enchilada pasta

Spicy Chicken Enchilada Skillet

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Spicy Chicken Enchilada Skillet – super easy one-pot meal that is ready in 20 minutes! Chicken, onion, garlic, enchilada sauce, black beans, broth, salsa, heavy cream, and pasta. Everything cooks in the same pot – even the pasta! This makes a GREAT weeknight meal! Serve with a salad and some bread and dinner is done! #onepot #chicken #enchilada #blackbeans #salsa #pasta #mexicanfood

Ingredients:

  • 1- lb boneless chicken cut into small bite-sized pieces
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp dried minced onion flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 (10-oz) can enchilada sauce
  • 1 (15-oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup salsa
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 8- oz campanelle pasta or penne, uncooked
  • 1 cup shredded Pepper Jack cheese
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley or cilantro

Instructions:

  • Heat olive oil over medium hight heat in a 12-inch oven safe skillet until hot. Add chicken and cook until browned. (It doesn’t need to be completely cooked because it will continue to cook with the pasta)
  • Add onion flakes, garlic powder, enchilada sauce, black beans, broth, salsa, cream, and pasta. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover skillet. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, until pasta is tender.
  • Remove skillet from heat. Top with cheese and sprinkle with parsley or cilantro. Broil until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Notes:

  • Is this pasta super spicy? I didn’t think this dish was super spicy, but the heat will all depend on the type of salsa you use. If you are worried about the heat, use a mild salsa or substitute some diced tomatoes for the salsa.
  • My favorite jarred salsas are Maeto’s and Kylito’s. I find both at Walmart.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Salsa: https://www.plainchicken.com/superior-grill-salsa/
  • Can I use pre-cooked chicken? Yes! Feel free to skip the step of cooking the chicken and toss in some cooked chopped chicken instead.

Steph

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  1. That is just perfect for the smoked pulled chicken that I have in the freezer plus it is so quick I can make it after football practice.

  2. Yes, hubby and I both loved it! Used ground beef instead of chicken since that's what I had on hand. Very yummy!

  3. Made it today. Super yummy and easy. I used black bean and corn salsa from Kroger and cheddar jack cheese. Loved it.

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