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Creamy One Pot Salsa Verde Chicken Pasta is ready in only 30 minutes. Your family will love this quick and easy chicken dinner!

one pot salsa verde chicken pasta on wooden spoon

Have you ever made a recipe that was an instant hit with everyone? Sometimes, I have to tweak a recipe once or twice before declaring it a win, but not this time. Not this recipe. Friends, this easy chicken dinner is definitely a winner!

During the school year, we live on one pot meals — in summer, not so much. Still, there are times when I need to get dinner on the table in a hurry. Sometimes, we’ve got something planned, and some days, I’m just being lazy. And really, you can never go wrong with a one pot dinner, especially if you hate doing dishes as much as we do.

You only need a few ingredients to make this one pot salsa verde chicken pasta. It’s creamy, cheesy and absolutely loaded with flavor. It’s also perfect when you can’t decide between Mexican and Italian food. You’ve got your salsa verde and pasta together in one delicious dinner!

If you enjoy fusion dinners like this, check out these Mexican-inspired pasta dinners:

one pot salsa verde chicken pasta in skillet

We go through chips and salsa like crazy in the summer, and lately, my favorite tortilla chip dip has been salsa verde.  It’s different from the usual tomato salsas, and even though I love my pico de gallo and homemade salsa, we’ve been using salsa verde more than anything lately.

So, that’s what inspired this dish. It’s similar to the taco pasta I mentioned earlier, only it’s made with green chile salsa. It’s also not heavy at all, so it’s perfect for summer or any day of the year!

If you want a spicier version, try using pepper jack instead of Monterey. Personally, I like the pepper jack version, but the family prefers the milder Monterey Jack cheese.

creamy one pot salsa verde chicken pasta with tomatoes and cilantro

How to Make One Pot Salsa Verde Chicken Pasta

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One Pot Salsa Verde Chicken Pasta

By: Dee
Seasoned chicken, penne pasta and Monterey Jack cheese cooked in a creamy green chile sauce. It's a delicious quick and easy one pot dinner that's ready in 30 minutes!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups mini penne pasta
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup salsa verde
  • ½ cup cream
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese
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  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil, add the chicken, and season with cumin, sea salt, pepper and garlic
  • Cook chicken over medium high heat until slightly brown
  • Add the pasta, water and salsa verde, cover and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes or until penne is al dente
  • Reduce heat to medium low, and stir in the cream and monterey jack cheese
  • Top with additional cheese and tomatoes and chopped cilantro, if desired


For a spicier dinner, use pepper jack cheese or a combination of pepper and monterey jack cheeses


Calories: 321kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 87mg, Sodium: 679mg, Potassium: 466mg, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 530IU, Vitamin C: 2.1mg, Calcium: 129mg, Iron: 1mg

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

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
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 One Pot Salsa Verde Chicken Pasta - A quick and easy 30 minute dinner made with chicken, pasta and cheese in a creamy green chile sauce. Super easy clean up, too!

I can’t believe how much my whole family loves this one pot salsa verde chicken pasta. We’ve had it three times already without any complaints, which is always a good sign. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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  1. Lana says:

    Wow! This is absolutely delicious! Best new recipe of the year at our house!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks so much, Lana. I’m glad you liked it! 🙂

  2. Miz Helen says:

    I love the flavor of your One Pot recipe. These are great for the summer months, I pinned this one. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and you have a great weekend!
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    Miz Helen5 stars

  3. Catherine says:

    Yum! I’m always looking for new, easy and yummy dinner ideas. My kids love salsa verde so I think this will be a hit. Adding it to my menu for next week and pinning for later. Thanks!

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Catherine. I hope you guys enjoy it! 🙂

  4. Cathy @ Lemon Tree Dwelling says:

    This looks soooo cheesy & delicious!

  5. katerina @ says:

    I am loving the flavors in this!! Its incredible!!

  6. Michelle @ The Complete Savorist says:

    Love when Mexican and Italian crash together in my skillet! This looks outstanding.

  7. Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet says:

    That sounds scrumptious and such perfect comfort food!

  8. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious says:

    I love the fact that you can make something so tasty in such a short amount of time! Perfection!

  9. Amanda | The Chunky Chef says:

    I LOVE salsa verde and chicken… so this pasta is right up my alley!

  10. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says:

    I have a recipe for one pot salsa verde chicken pasta that I love too! I make it often and need to make it again soon after looking at this delicious meal.

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Ashley. I’ll be making this again soon, too!