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One Pot Ground Chicken Fajita Pasta

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This one pot ground chicken fajita pasta is the perfect busy weeknight rush dinner. Ground chicken paired with warm spices, onions, peppers, creamy sour cream and of course – CHEESE! You’ll love how easy this dish is to make and it’s only one pot!

one pot ground chicken fajita pasta in a skillet with a spoon

COMFORT FOOD! Aka: pasta.

Growin up comfort food would have NEVER been described as pasta.

It would have been red meat, potatoes and some sort of green vegetables.

Then I moved to New York and I quickly learned I better learn to love pasta STAT! Not that it took a lot of convincing.

It’s pretty damn easy to love on pasta.

It’s creamy, it’s so versatile and it’s cheap. Which I guess is a weird reason to love something but come on – we all love a good deal.

Plus this pasta is PACKED full of flavor and all made in one pot. That also means fewer dishes which I’m always on board with. 

Trust me, if you 

one pot ground chicken fajita pasta spooned onto a plate

What pan work best for one pot meals?

As far as a pan goes, when you’re making one pot pasta you want something that has nice high sides so you can add all your ingredients without worrying about anything spilling over the side.

Cleaning up a dirty stove can simply be the worst. Especially if you have a flat top stove as I do.

So, for this one pot ground chicken fajita pasta, I busted out my trust my Le Creuset braiser pan.

This pan is so amazing. You need one if you don’t already own one. TRUST ME!

If you’re looking for a pan a little less heavy than a Le Creuset you should try my other favorite pan from American Kitchen.

one pot ground chicken fajita pasta with a spoon in a yellow dish

Can I substitute ground beef?

Of course! 

You can easily substitute ground turkey, ground beef, or even ground pork. 

I just really happen to love the taste of ground chicken. It can really take on the flavor of the spices you bring in this recipe. 

Can I use Greek yogurt instead? 

Yes, but you’ll want to use Greek yogurt with a little fat. 

If you use non-fat it can have the tendency to break when you’re stirring it into the hot pasta dish. 

What other changes can I make to this recipe?

If you’re looking for ways to change the flavor but keep the method the same here are a few ideas. 

  1. Switch up the ground meat to bring in a different flavor. 
  2. Instead of using canned tomato sauce, you could easily use 15 ounces of store-bought enchilada sauce to bring in even more flavor. 
  3. Double up the vegetables, use vegetable broth, use non-dairy cheese, and vegan meat crumbles for a vegetarian experience. 

 

one pot ground chicken fajita pasta spooned onto a plate

 

Tips for perfecting this recipe

Prep all of your ingredients ahead of time. 

This will allow you to focus on the food as it’s cooking and not become overwhelmed trying to do too much at one time.

Of course, like any good one-pot meal I packed it full of flavor AND topped it with cheese.

Can you ever actually have too much for one meal? Don’t worry. I didn’t go crazy.

In fact, the only cheese I used in the whole recipe for this very top. 

You can also stir in a little sour cream, I did!

If you’re a die-hard ranch fan that would work well here too.

I also decided to use ground chicken for this recipe because simply it’s easier.

one pot ground chicken fajita pasta in a yellow cast iron skillet

Love this one pot ground chicken fajita pasta? 

Try a few of my other easy weeknight dinner recipes!

one pot ground chicken fajita pasta in a yellow cast iron skillet

One Pot Ground Chicken Fajita Pasta

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This one pot ground chicken fajita pasta is the perfect busy weeknight rush dinner. Ground chicken paired with warm spices, onions, peppers, creamy sour cream and of course - CHEESE! You'll love how easy this dish is to make and it's only one pot!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground lean chicken
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1-1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 8 ounces dried pasta
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 minced cilantro
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese

Instructions

  1. In a large high sided skillet add 1 tablespoon olive oil and set over medium heat.
  2. When the oil is hot add in the ground chicken, yellow onion, bell peppers, garlic, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, kosher salt, and black pepper.
  3. Cook until the meat is fully cooked and no longer pink and the vegetables have started to soften.
  4. Pour in the tomato sauce, chicken stock, and the dried pasta. Stir to combine.
  5. Let the mixture simmer for about 10 minutes or until the past is fully cooked. If the mixture cooks down too much before the pasta is fully cooked add a little more stock.
  6. After the pasta is fully cooked the mixture should be creamy but thick. Stir in the sour cream and cilantro.
  7. Top with cheese and let the warmth of the pasta melt the cheese.
  8. Optional - Melt the cheese under an oven broiler if in an oven safe dish.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 337Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 87mgSodium: 647mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 26g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

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Andrea

Thursday 12th of November 2020

Could you tell me how to measure a serving size?

Maria

Wednesday 11th of November 2020

My teenage sons love it, have to double the recipe to have some leftovers. I use fresh garlic paste and onion powder instead of onions.

Carrie E Moses

Wednesday 4th of November 2020

A fave in my family

Louis Bagliere III

Wednesday 4th of November 2020

can i cook this in a dutch oven?

Mikki

Monday 2nd of November 2020

LOVE IT! Made as directed but, added more cheese on top. Entire family loved it. Even my picky eaters ❤️

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