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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

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One Pan Creamy Chicken Enchilada Pasta

By: Dee
An easy one pan pasta dish that tastes just like chicken enchiladas, without all of the work
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 to 8 servings


  • 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
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  • 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


Calories: 607kcal, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 35g, Saturated Fat: 19g, Cholesterol: 152mg, Sodium: 1483mg, Potassium: 445mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 1610IU, Vitamin C: 2.7mg, Calcium: 383mg, Iron: 1.8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
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One Pan Creamy Chicken Enchilada Pasta

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!

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  1. Susan @ Culinary Envy says:

    Yum! Wish I was digging into this lovely skillet dish today when football is on. Yum and pinned!

    1. Dee says:

      That sounds like a plan — thanks so much! 🙂

  2. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Dee,
    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!
    Miz Helen5 stars

  3. Michelle | A Latte Food says:

    OMG this looks amazing!! One pan meals are staples around here and I love the flavors in this!

  4. Jen @ The Weary Chef says:

    I’m obsessed with one pan dinners! So easy to make!

  5. Justine | Cooking and Beer says:

    Love one pan deliciousness like this one! Looks perfect for a weeknight!

  6. 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!

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Ashlyn! We just loved it. 🙂

  7. Katerina @ diethood .com says:

    Its a perfect weeknight meal that my whole family will love!! YUM!!!

  8. Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet says:

    I’m totally drooling over this – pass the plate!!

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Kimberly! I definitely have to make this again soon!

  9. Sandi says:

    I love one dish wonders like this. Looks delicious.

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Sandi. One pan wonders are sanity savers!

  10. 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!

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks so much, Amy. This is one of our favorites!