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Queso Chicken Pasta

For the last few weeks I have been terribly busy.

 Queso Chicken Pasta

When life starts to pile up on me, and lately that happens a lot, I crave easy meals that offer a lot of comfort.  Comfort, for me, comes in the form of cheesy pasta with a Tex-Mex kick.  I know I have mentioned before my love of all things Tex-Mex, and I am sure we have discussed my love of macaroni and cheese.  This takes those two loves, adds some juicy roast chicken, and merges them into a satisfying meal.

Queso Chicken Pasta 

I used a roast chicken from the grocery store deli for this pasta, but any chicken you have should be fine.  Spiced ground beef or left over fajita meat would also be good here, I think.  You could also add other peppers or maybe some other veggies, too.  Bell peppers and  mushrooms come instantly to mind.   Next time you need some quick comfort, give this a try!

Queso Chicken Pasta   Serves 4-6

8 ounces penne pasta
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 cup diced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, minced
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon coriander
1 tablespoon flour
1 1/3 cup milk, 2% or higher
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons cream cheese
6 ounces colby-jack cheese, divided
1/2 cup drained Ro*Tel tomatoes
2 cups cooked shredded chicken

Heat the oven to 350 F and spray a medium casserole dish with non-stick spray.

Cook the pasta according to the package directions, but reduce the cooking time by two minutes.

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In a medium pot heat the oil over medium heat.  Once it begins to shimmer add the onion, garlic and peppers.  Cook until they begin to soften, about three minutes.  Add the cumin, coriander and salt and cook for an additional two minutes, or until the spices become fragrant.

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Add the flour and cook for three minutes, stirring constantly, until all the flour is moist.  Gradually whisk in the milk and stir until smooth.  Bring the mixture to a simmer and allow to thicken.

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Turn off the heat and add the cream cheese and 4 ounces of the shredded cheese and whisk until melted.  Stir in the Ro*Tel tomatoes.

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Pour the pasta into the prepared casserole dish, stir in the shredded chicken and sauce.   Top with the remaining shredded cheese.

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Bake 20 to 30 minutes, or until the pasta is bubbly and the cheese has melted.  Let stand five minutes before serving.

Queso Chicken Pasta


Queso Chicken Pasta

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33 Responses to “Queso Chicken Pasta”

  1. This looks incredible… Now you’re making me re-think my meal plan for this week. :)

  2. Doreen says:

    this looks delicious – I’m going to have to try it soon!

  3. Crystal says:

    Yum with a capital Y!! I have some leftover grilled chicken…I might need to make this tonight or tomorrow night…

  4. I have to start a plan; a plan to NOT look at stuff like this at 2:30pm when I’ve not had lunch. Dying here…looks soooo good!

  5. I was just thinking this morning that it’ s been a while since you’ve done a new post. Hopefully the busy has been the good kind and not the super stressful kind!

    This pasta looks wonderful – like a baked ziti and mac and cheese gave birth to a tex-mex love child.

  6. Chef Dennis says:

    wow…that looks sooo good! I love pasta and adding all that cheese and chicken just makes it irresistible!
    thanks for sharing!

  7. Claudia says:

    Oh comfort me with that dish, do! It’s packed with grand ingredients.

  8. YUM!!! Looks so delicious.

  9. Cherine says:

    Oh this looks so tempting and so good!

  10. Tressab says:

    I made this last night and it was a hit! Thanks.

  11. Katherine says:

    Yum yum yum!! Great recipe :)

  12. Perfect to feed a whole crowd!

  13. I must say that looks AMAZING and definitely on my list of things to make. Great photos!

  14. Okay. I want this right now! LOL :) Looks fabulous and so yummy – I cannot wait to try it with our favorite healthy pasta made from Kamut Wheat! I love to cook and love Mexican dishes so much – this will be awesome! Bookmarking!!!!

  15. ashley says:

    this looks so good!! reminds me of chicken spaghetti! looks good!

  16. Chris says:

    Fantastic looking dish! I sure hope you entered this in that RoTel contest going on because this could be a winner, IMO. If not, ignore the last sentence, the entry deadline has passed last week, lol.

    Great post!

  17. Oh yeah, that’s what I’m talking about right there ;).
    Dayumn, why did I have to commit to eating “cleaner” right before I saw this?

    ~Kurious Kitteh

  18. Jill says:

    I made this recipe this week and it was amazing!! Will go on our meal planning calendar for sure!!

  19. Beth says:

    Made this with a few substitutions, and it was very good! I used about half a packet of taco seasoning instead of the cumin and coriander, and once the sauce was done, dumped in the chicken and pasta, mixed, then poured the whole works into the baking dish. Topped with cheese and crushed tortilla chips. So good! Will be making this again for sure.

  20. Robyn DeSaeer says:

    This was easy and quick from start to finish. Great meal!

  21. Baby Jesus says:

    Just got done eating this. My girlfriend made it and it was freaking amazzzing.

  22. bubbles2012 says:

    I made this tonight and was very disappointed. Very dry when it came out of the oven. It didn’t taste like I had hoped. Next time I will mix everything together as the recipes says but I will not bake it, I think baking it ruined it, sucked all the moisture out of it.

  23. danielle says:

    I made this tonight and it was delicious! Had to substitute some things bc this is not my grocery shopping week and pickings are slim, LOL. I did not havea jalapeno so I omitted that. I used half a packet of taco seasoning in lieu of the seasonings recipe. I used 2 1/2 cups milk and about 1/2 cup heavy cream bc all I had was skim milk. I used pepper jack in the cheese sauce and 3/4 can undrained rotel. The chix I used was the pre breaded Perdue breast patties sliced into cubes and put on top of the pasta. Covered that with 3/4 bag sharp cheddar. This is soooo good. Seriously. Make it!


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