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One Pot Creamy Chicken Fajita Pasta

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This One Pot Creamy Chicken Fajita Pasta is bursting at the seams with classic sizzlin’ chicken fajita flavor. Combining pasta, cheese, chicken, peppers and onions all in one pot make this wonderful for any night of the week!

About two months ago, I asked y’all on good ol’ Instagram what they’d like to see more of here on the skinnyish dish. So many of you requested more one pot recipes! I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t super excited about that response because they are a serious lifesaver around here! Everything in one pot? Yes, please. Even cooking for a living as I do… dinner time some nights can be so tough! We try to keep things healthy, hearty, and family friendly around here and I love gettin’ it all done in one pot because that means less dishes and more flavor! Chicken Fajitas happen to be one of my favorite foods and I realized I didn’t actually have a recipe relating to them whatsoever on here yet so I decided to test out this One Pot Creamy Chicken Fajita Pasta! It’s super flavorful, super delicious, and super easy to prepare. I know you’ll love it! I do add a bit of heat in it with cayenne pepper which I reduce if I think Pepper will eat it. (That kinda sounds weird, huh? Pepper won’t eat pepper.) By the way, she actually will eat peppers, but not spicy ones much like most toddlers no matter how hard I try. Anyway, yeah just leave it out if you’re not sure what do with it.

This One Pot Creamy Chicken Fajita Pasta also happens to be one’a those “gets better every day” type of recipes. The flavors mingle in the fridge over night and the next day it’s to die for, folks! I like to serve this one next to a big chopped salad all dressed up in my Chipotle Southwest Ranch or easy peasy Roasted Corn!

How to roast corn? Just throw some fresh or frozen corn on a cookie sheet, spray it with a bit of cooking spray, add seasoning (salt n’ pepper, etc), and broil until they get a bit brown and crispy. Delicious!

How to make One Pot Creamy Chicken Fajita Pasta:


The most important part. The seasoning mixture! Grab a small bowl and add 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, 2 teaspoons chili powder, 2 teaspoons cumin, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon oregano, 1 teaspoon kosher salt (reduce by half if not using kosher salt), and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Remember you can leave out the cayenne pepper if your unsure of your heat preference. You can always add hot sauce to your portion!

Also, you can use pre-made fajita seasoning, but I personally haven’t had any so I’m not sure how much flavor there is in those and if you’ve had my recipes before you know that I don’t skimp in the seasoning department so just don’t be shy with it if you choose that route!

Next grab three bell peppers (orange, yellow, red… whatever ya fancy) and a large onion. Slice’m all up into thin strips.

Chicken time! Grab some raw chicken breast. I had a pack of thinly sliced ones on hand so I just cut those up into thin strips. If you only have whole chicken breasts just cut in half and then cut into thin strips.

Grab the seasoning mixture and rub HALF of it into the sliced chicken real well. I know you’re all like, “ewwww raw chicken.” Same, friend, same. Just suck it up, buttercup! Or use a pair of food safe gloves! Rubbing the chicken kinda creates a “crust”. I just really like that method.

Heat up a large nonstick deep skillet with two teaspoons of olive oil and throw the chicken in. Continue to cook and stir the chicken occasionally for about 5 minutes over medium heat. When the chicken is done remove from heat and set aside.

Add 2 more teaspoons of olive oil and then those diced peppers and onions to the same skillet. Season the pepper n’ onions with a bit’a salt and pepper. Continue to cook for another 5-6 minutes over medium heat until they’re softened. Remove half of’m and set aside with the chicken.

Now add in the other half of the seasoning mixture you made up a lil bit ago along with a can of diced tomatoes, 2-1/2 cups chicken broth, 8 oz of dry pasta. I’m using bow tie, but something like this will work just fine. Stir it all together. Bring it a boil.

Listen cause this is important! You’ll need a skillet that has a cover that fits well. I personally use this skillet all of the time for my one pot recipes! My favorite dutch oven also totally works!

Now, cover the skillet and leave it alone for bout 12ish minutes. If you’re using a thicker pasta it could take a minute or two longer. Just pop the lid off and test a noodle. If it’s not done, just put the cover back on a cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Now that we’ve got the pasta cooked.. add in 1/2 cup of half n’ half, 3/4 cup reduced fat colby jack or mexican shredded cheese, sliced chicken, peppers, and onions. Stir together over medium-high heat for a few minutes. The sauce will thicken a bit after it sits for a few minutes. Salt & Pepper to taste!

And here we go! All done, in the bowl, and ready to shove in yer mouth!

So creamy. so dreamy. so flavorful! It’s all I want for Christmas. (because It’s March and I haven’t made my Christmas list yet.)

Hot dang! Make this now. I just *puffy heart* one pot wonders.

and carbs.

and spicy food.

Gimme this daily and I’ll be happy as a clam.

Ready for my close up!

okay, I’m done now.

Happy Cooking! Don’t forget to let me know how it goes. Leave me a comment below (extra credit if you remember to rate the recipe!) or tag me on social media with a photo- y’all know I love to see that!

With love from my kitchen to yours,

Star

Psst. Remember you can grab the printer friendly recipe for this One Pot Creamy Chicken Fajita Pasta below!

One Pot Creamy Chicken Fajita Pasta

One Pot Creamy Chicken Fajita Pasta is a delicious, easy, and flavor packed meal filled with chicken, peppers, tomatoes, onions, and a creamy southwest sauce. 
Print Recipe
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:25 mins
Total Time:35 mins

Ingredients

Chicken Fajita Pasta

  • 4 tsp olive oil divided
  • 3 medium bell peppers (red, yellow, green, orange) sliced evenly into thin strips
  • 1 large onion sliced evenly into thin strips
  • 1-1/2 lb chicken breast, raw sliced evenly into thin strips
  • 8 oz bowtie pasta, dry
  • 1 14.5 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2-1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 3/4 cup reduced fat shredded Colby Jack or mexican blend

Fajita Seasoning

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper less if you want less heat
  • 1 tsp kosher salt reduce by half if using regular table salt/sea salt

Instructions

  • Stir together spices to make fajita seasoning mix.
  • Rub half of the fajita seasoning mix onto the thinly sliced chicken breast really well. 
  • In a large non stick deep skillet heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add seasoned chicken breast and cook for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally. When the chicken is golden brown and cooked remove from skillet and set aside. 
    In the same skillet add 2 more teaspoons of olive oil followed by the onions and peppers. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes or until there soft and a little golden brown. Remove half of the pepper and onion mixture from the pan and set aside with the cooked chicken.
  • Add the dry pasta, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, and the rest of the fajita seasoning mix. Stir well. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for about 12 minutes or until the  pasta is cooked. 
  • When the pasta is cooked, turn the heat to medium high and add in half and half, cheese, cooked chicken, peppers, and onions. Stir all  together constantly for a few minutes to let the sauce thicken up a bit. Salt and Pepper to taste and chow! 

Notes

Serving size: 1-1/2 cup
Calories: 386 Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Carbohydrates: 34g, Fiber: 4g, Sugars: 4g, Protein: 37g
WeightWatchers Points: 7 Points
Servings: 6
Author: Star @ the skinny-ish dish
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103 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Another winner! I used the Barilla Protein Plus bow tie pasta which reduced the points a little. So full of flavor. Will definitely be making this again.

  2. Great recipe, very flavorful pasta, not your average red sauce recipe, like a change

  3. 5 stars
    I decided to make this again tonight as I haven’t made it in a long time. I forgot how amazing it is! So yummy and flavorful! I just love this recipe! Can’t get enough. Sent it to my bestie so she can make it too!

  4. 5 stars
    I’ve made this several times. My husband loves it and requests it! I love that it’s a quick clean-up! #top2021

  5. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorite’s because it uses ingredients I usually have in my fridge/pantry and it tastes great!
    A quick, week-night meal when pressed for time.
    #top21

  6. 5 stars
    Love that this recipe so is so versatile – I’ve made it a few times and have added different things such as green chiles, jalapeños, corn. Also, using the fajita recipe is a game changer! #top2021

  7. 5 stars
    This was so good!! Made this tonight for the first time. I’ve already recommended it to a friend and will be making it again soon!

  8. 5 stars
    I made this tonight for dinner. I omitted the half and half and cheese because I have a lactose intolerant person living in my house. And it was still so delicious! I love the spice. It’s just the perfect amount! Such a good twist on the boring chicken fajitas I normally make.

  9. 5 stars
    I waited too long to try this. I loved the flavors and this one will definitely be on repeat in my house!

  10. 5 stars
    I’m unbelievably obsessed with this dish.
    Using frozen peppers and onions makes it even easier and quicker to put together. Sometimes I don’t have fire roasted tomatoes so I’ll dump canned tomatoes + a can of green chilies in. I’m not sure you can mess this up at all. It’s destined to be delicious every time you make it.
    The only downside is that it’s supposed to get you 6 servings…we’re lucky if our family of 2 puts away 1-2 extra servings each time I make it. Whoops! 🙂

  11. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and it was delicious!! I am not a huge pasta fan but I absolutely loved this. My husband is a pasta lover than thinks this is restaurant quality for sure!

    Thanks for sharing!!

  12. 5 stars
    This recipe is beyond delicious! I’ve made it many times. I love that Star’s recipes allow you to lose weight while you also feel like you’re eating at Chili’s

    – Bobbi (@harvest.art)

  13. 5 stars
    This was delicious! So much flavor and had our entire family fighting over leftovers, even the pickiest eaters. Can’t wait to make it again, yum!

  14. 5 stars
    This dish is delish. Thanks for posting. I use whole wheat pasta and fat free cheese for lower WW points. @janae_mya

  15. 4 stars
    I’m dying to try this!! I love one pot recipes I’m working on getting the ingredients and will update on just how delicious it is!
    I also would love extra entries to win your pan you use to cook this in my instagram handle is @faithfulcay
    I’m trying to learn how to cook and the recipes from here are always amazing!

  16. 5 stars
    Made this for the first time tonight and it was a crowd pleaser! My teenage son really loved it, which is always a win! Wouldn’t change a thing about this recipe! Love love love it!!!!

  17. 5 stars
    I have to spice this one up just a little bit more but I love how quickly this dish comes together and how filling it is! Another home run Star!!

  18. 5 stars
    LOVE this! This is my go to recipe since starting weight watchers. Perfect for lunch meal prep for the week too! Gets a little thin when we make it so we add a little cornstarch to thicken it up. AMAZING! Instagram: agavin6553

  19. 5 stars
    Love this recipe. The seasoning mix is the perfect blend and it reheats really well. I often meal prep it for lunches during the week. @ww.tlc.3

  20. 5 stars
    Just made this a few nights ago and have enjoyed the leftovers for lunch as much as I did the when I first had it. I omitted the cayenne since I don’t like spicy food. But the flavors and easiness of the recipe are so perfect! I will definitely be making this often!
    IG: ww.with.brooke

  21. 5 stars
    One of the best recipes I have made while on WW since December! I omitted the cayenne since I don’t do spicy foods. The flavor of this dish are amazing, definitely a new staple in my household IG:ww.with.brooke

  22. 5 stars
    This is so easy to make and so delicious! It is a family favorite. Making this dish this weekend!

    Ig:karlabee93

  23. 5 stars
    This recipe was bomb! I loved that the pasta was such easy clean up and packed with just the right amount of spice and flavor. I have made with peppers and onions that I have cut up and I have made with frozen. Definitely take the time to follow the recipe and use all fresh ingredients. You won’t regret it! Thanks again star for the awesome recipe! @kellzzg

  24. 4 stars
    It was good…it just had more of a “taco” flavor than the “fajita” flavor I was looking for. I think maybe if I made it again I would use the pre-made fajita seasoning and see how that fared. But overall it was an easy dish to make and appreciated that it was lower in calories and could work it into my WW points for dinner so easily!

  25. 5 stars
    LOVE! So easy and delicious. I also appreciate that you put calories on your recipe. I’m sure it takes extra time but it’s been very helpful for me! I make your recipes all the time and I’m never disappointed! Thank you for all you do, including making a cook out of a girl who used to live off boxed Mac and cheese!

  26. 5 stars
    I made this for the first time last weekend, and it was SO good! This will definitely become a regular for me!

  27. 5 stars
    Love this recipe so much. I’m a huge fan of fajitas and a huge sucker for pasta. This dish is so easy and delicious. Only problem is it’s hard to limit myself to one serving bc I love it so much!

  28. 5 stars
    Delicious! I love this meal because it tasted so great – and the one pot makes it so convenient. So creamy and flavorful & pretty quick to put together!

  29. 5 stars
    This was amazing!! My husband is always leery when I try new recipes, especially ones with any kind of cream, and he cleared his bowl in less than 5 min! Perfect amount of seasoning, our 1 year old also loved it!!

  30. 5 stars
    Has anyone froze this? I’m gonna try it cause I’ve made too much food this week. We loved this meal!! Used fat free half and half cause we splurged on breakfast this morning so was feeling guilty, and it was thick and perfect! Thanks so much!

  31. I haven’t made this yet, but I did some quick substitutions and hope they taste good! Came up with 3sp per serving on the WW blue calculator.

    Used ff half and half, ff shredded cheddar, and used whole wheat penne.

  32. 5 stars
    Fixed this tonite. It was wonderfully creamy!! Husband liked it. Will definitely be doing it again!

    1. I’m so happy you and your husband enjoyed, Patti! Thanks for stopping back to let me know!

  33. 5 stars
    I followed this recipe exactly as written, made it at the beginning of October. My sister happened to be over the night I made it and everyone LOVED this dish. I personally do not really eat pasta, I know I am a freak of nature, but I tasted it and it was great. I love anything that my whole household truly enjoys, I know this was one of those meals because it was immediately request again the next week. Also, this makes a lot, My Fiance, sister, my mother, and my toddler ate several helpings and we had leftovers. So good!

  34. 4 stars
    We really enjoyed this recipe. I used what I had…frozen onions and peppers, fajita sauce packet. It was as a good option for a healthy supper. Thank you!

  35. 5 stars
    I made this last night for the first time and it was FANTASTIC. The only change I had to make for myself is to use gluten free penne (can’t seem to find GF bowties!) as I have Celiac disease. It was REALLY good. Spice level was perfect for us. My husband is not a fan of creamy pasta sauce at all and when he saw the recipe, he was skeptical but once he tasted it, it grabbed a piece of bread and cleaned his plate and then mine and then the pot too!! LOL I think he might have liked it, just a little!!

    1. Hey Jen! I’m so happy you were able to make it work with the gluten free pasta. Thanks so much for letting me know that so I can tell others that it will work well. I’m also so happy to hear you and your husband loved it!

    1. I haven’t I’m sorry! Let me know if you give it a go though, I’d love to know the outcome.

  36. Made this tonight and it’s fantastic. I used fat free half and half and it was very creamy. On the rotation

    1. So happy to hear it worked well with the fat free half and half too. Thank you for letting me know, Marlene!

    1. I accidently bought FF half and half, the taste was fine but it did not thicken as I would hope. Still delicious~

      1. Yeah it works with the fat free stuff, but it’s definitely not as creamy and delish in my opinion. I’m happy it still worked out though. Thanks for stopping by to let me know!

  37. Made this tonight for dinner, I’m thinking it may be one of our favorites, and I have many favorites of yours!!

  38. 5 stars
    This was great! My husband actually said it was “insanely good” and deemed it the best new recipe I had ever made! High praise from him! It will definitely be going into our rotation, and I’ve already shared the link with a few other people!

    1. What a compliment! I’m so happy y’all enjoyed. Thank you for letting me know and sharing it!

  39. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe! Easy to put together and very tasty. I only added a dash or cayenne and it has the perfect amount of spice for my husband and I. My daughter thought it was too spicy but she can’t handle spice at all. Leftovers the next day were even better.

  40. 5 stars
    This is SO darn good! It tastes as good as something you’d find in a restaurant. And my husband loved it too so this will definitely be in the rotation. Makes a lot so very excited for leftovers tomorrow night. Love your recipes and love your creativity!

  41. 5 stars
    Made this tonight and it was so good. My husband normally doesn’t eat leftovers, but he asked to take this for lunch tomorrow!

  42. 5 stars
    I love everything I have made from you!! Any tips for how to cook this one in an instapot??

  43. 5 stars
    Made this last night & wow, so good!! My hubby and I agreed that this recipe is a 10/10. I’m gunna make this one again for sure. Thank you!

  44. YUM!! Fixed this for dinner the other night and it was delish! My hubby took the leftovers to work the next day for lunch (what???…NO!!!! They were supposed to be for dinner later in the week…oh well). He shared it with his coworkers who loved it and asked him what it was…he had no clue other than it was delish! LOL. I had a couple of his coworkers message me asking what it was and where they could find the recipe. Happy to share!

  45. 5 stars
    So good!! We skipped the tomatoes because we all hate them and it didn’t seem to impact it. Took extra time for my pasta to cook enough. Thanks for another awesome family friendly recipe!!

    1. So happy you and the family enjoyed the recipe, Darlene! Thanks so much for taking time to stop back, leave a comment, and rating the recipe to let me know!

  46. 4 stars
    Made this, and it came out amazing! Really delicious and made my whole apartment smell incredible. My only issue is my sauce never thickened up and i followed it exactly besides switching half and half for almond milk. After letting the pasta cook, most of the liquid was gone but still enough where it was very watery still… Maybe i needed to strain the tomatoes or use less chicken broth?

    1. Hey Stephani! It could definitely be the Almond milk. I haven’t used almond milk in any of my one pot pasta recipes, so it might not work too well. While you can get almond milk to thicken it does need a little more help than something like half & half. When doing the one pot pastas the noodles do absorb 90% of the liquid and leave JUST enough to help the sauce along. A little pasta water is a way help thicken sauces. If you need to use almond milk because of dairy restrictions- you can try adding a quick slurry along to the sauce (1 tbsp cornstarch or flour + enough water to make into paste) Stir into everything very well! I hope that helps!

  47. I’m new to your blog and this is the first recipe I’ve tried. Absolutely delicious!! I was hoping for enough to have leftovers but the family cleaned the pot! I’ll be adding this to the rotation for sure and hanging around to find more recipes to try! Thank you!

    1. It’s always a good feeling when the fam cleans the pot, but I hear ya, gimme those leftovers! haha!

  48. I really, really, really wanna make this!! BUT…I have a serious texture issue with cooked, diced tomatoes. Can I use just the “juice” from the can and leave the actual tomatoes out? It looks so amazing!

    1. Hey Michelle! I totally hear this. I used to be the same way! I truly think you can just leave them out and everything should be just fine. I hope you love it. Let me know how it goes!

  49. 5 stars
    I made this tonight. It is SO good and the portion is definitely “hearty.” Now – I’m looking forward to leftovers tomorrow 🙂 Thanks SO much for this recipe.

  50. 4 stars
    Made this last night and it was pretty good! The only thing I thought it needed was some “crunch” (maybe a handful of tortilla chips or something like that).

    1. Are you calculating the nutritional info? If so, the nutritional information contains all ingredients including all zero point food items on WW. The points are calculated using the WW recipe builder on the app/website! hope that helps!

      1. Would 8 freestyle be the same as smart points? I’m calculating 10 as well.

      2. Hi Erica, Freestyle points is the newest “Point System” that WW is doing. If you’re still doing the older smart points system through a third party app then the points might be higher since chicken isn’t zero points.

  51. 5 stars
    Follow you on insta for years and recently signed up for your newletter and blog. This is the first time I have followed one of your recipes even though I have been saving them for a while. I just wanted to say love how you explained every step with pictures along the way! You are great!

    1. Hi Alessandra! I’m so happy you made this and loved it! Thanks so much for stopping by to let me know!

  52. I’m so excited to try this recipe! Why do you take out only half of the peppers and onions before cooking the pasta? Just curious.

    1. It’s mostly a personal preference. I want the pepper and onions to infuse the pasta with bonus flavor, but I also want some of them to keep a bit of a freshly cooked crunch. =)

  53. I have added all the ingredients I need to my grocery list so I can make this next week. I am SO looking forward to next week’s dinner 🙂

  54. 5 stars
    OMG! I just whipped this up! It’s the most delicious thing I have ever made myself! You could order this in a restaurant!!! It’s going in the rotation for sure!

      1. Hey Marianne! Sorry about that it’s supposed to read 1 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes. I’ll fix that so it’s clear. Thank you!

  55. Is there anything you can substitute the half and half with? I’m guessing probably not but just wondering! Looks amazing.

    1. You can try some regular milk! You could also just leave it out. It won’t have much of a sauce, but i bet it’d still be good!

  56. Looking forward to making this! I love all your photos, but the spice bowl photos are my favorite.

    1. I’m sure you can, but I haven’t tried it yet! I’ll update the recipe with the info if I give it a go.

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