One Pan Creamy Chicken Enchilada Pasta is cheesy, slightly spicy and super easy to make. Best of all, it's ready in only 30 minutes!
Yes -- It's another one dish wonder here on the blog. I know I just posted one yesterday, but this easy chicken pasta dish turned out so well that I couldn't resist sharing it right away.
I truly hope you're not tired of the one dish meals, because they really do make life a lot easier, especially with our crazy schedules.
Anyway, I've been seeing so many enchilada pasta recipes, and I've been wanting to try my own version for a long time. We absolutely love enchiladas, but they do take some time to prepare. There's nothing wrong with that, but I don't always have the extra time or energy on busy weeknights. So, this shortcut method sounded perfect to me.
The first time I made this enchilada skillet, it was still a little too spicy for the kids, even though I used a mild sauce. So this time, I added a little bit of cream to the sauce, and everyone liked it much better. It's still got a nice kick to it, but the cream helps tone the heat down a notch. It also gives the pasta a smoother consistency, which everyone loved.
If want to make this dish lighter or spicier, just leave out the cream and add a little extra water. And if you make your own enchilada sauce, definitely use that!
You can also use just about any pasta. I personally love mini penne, so that's what I usually use. But any thick pasta would work here.
To add a little more texture and crunch to the enchilada pasta, I crushed up some tortilla chips and added them over the melted cheese layer. I also topped the pasta off with homemade guacamole, a dollop of sour cream and a few fresh tomatoes.
So there you have it -- skillet chicken enchilada pasta that tastes like the real deal without all of the work! It's perfect for busy weeknights, and you only have one pan to wash.
It's also a nice change from the usual tomato-based pasta dishes.
How to Make One Pan Creamy Chicken Enchilada Pasta
One Pan Creamy Chicken Enchilada Pasta
- 1 pound chicken tenders cut into small pieces
- ½ cup chopped yellow or white onion
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 cups mini penne pasta uncooked
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup cream
- 2 cups mild enchilada sauce
- 2 ½ cups shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
- Sour cream guacamole, tomatoes and cilantro for garnish (optional)
- ½ cup crushed tortilla chips
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- In a large skillet brown the chicken and onions in olive oil
- Add the salt, pepper, cumin and garlic powder
- Stir in pasta, water and enchilada sauce, cover and cook over over high heat until pasta is almost tender
- Reduce heat to medium, stir in cream and cook until pasta is tender
- Top with cheese, tortilla chips and optional ingredients
- Serve immediately
Nutrition information is estimated. Please do your own calculation to fit special diets.
This one pan creamy chicken enchilada pasta dinner was a big hit with my family. I served it with a simple green side salad, and that's really all you need to make this easy meal complete.
If you try it, let me know what you think!
Have a super day, friends!
Is this heavy cream?
Yes -- heavy cream or whipping cream.
We love anything Mexican in our house, and I especially love one-pan meals. I will have to try out this recipe!
Thanks! I hope you like it as much as we did. 🙂
Charlene Asay says
This looks so yummy. We love enchiladas at my house, so I am sure this would be a hit. I hope to see you link up at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party this week.
Susan @ Culinary Envy says
Yum! Wish I was digging into this lovely skillet dish today when football is on. Yum and pinned!
That sounds like a plan -- thanks so much! 🙂
Miz Helen says
This is a delicious recipe and I love the one pan meal! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
Michelle | A Latte Food says
OMG this looks amazing!! One pan meals are staples around here and I love the flavors in this!
Jen @ The Weary Chef says
I'm obsessed with one pan dinners! So easy to make!
Justine | Cooking and Beer says
Love one pan deliciousness like this one! Looks perfect for a weeknight!
Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen says
I have been craving this ever since I saw your photo on Facebook yesterday. I am putting the ingredients on my grocery list today to make it. I can't wait!
Thanks, Ashlyn! We just loved it. 🙂
Katerina @ diethood .com says
Its a perfect weeknight meal that my whole family will love!! YUM!!!
Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet says
I'm totally drooling over this - pass the plate!!
Thanks, Kimberly! I definitely have to make this again soon!
I love one dish wonders like this. Looks delicious.
Thanks, Sandi. One pan wonders are sanity savers!
Amy @ Little Dairy on the Prairie says
One dish wonders save my life! I can't resist Mexican food or past. And all that cheese, love!
Thanks so much, Amy. This is one of our favorites!