Creamy Southwest Chicken Pasta

My “go-to” dish when I just need to whip something together on a busy night is usually some form of pasta. This dish is loosely inspired by the Southwestern Mac and Cheese at Surly Girl Saloon, made with a bunch of things I already had in my pantry and fridge. I’m submitting it to be part of this week’s Presto Pasta Nights roundup, hosted by Katie of One Little Corner of the World.

Creamy Southwest Chicken Pasta

Creamy Southwest Chicken Pasta

1 lb. rotini pasta
2 poblano peppers, seeds removed and cut into strips
1 large onion, sliced thinly
2 tbsp. canola oil
1 package chicken strips
1 bottle Heinz chili sauce
1 pint cream
1 can corn, drained
1 can black beans, drained
4 oz. shredded cheddar/monterey jack, plus extra for sprinkling
5 Roma tomatoes, diced
Penzey’s Southwest seasoning, to taste
Penzey’s Fajita seasoning, to taste
Red Pepper Flakes, to taste

Start water for pasta, and prepare the pasta as you are making the sauce.

Heat oil in a non-stick skillet, and then saute peppers and onions until starting to soften. Add chicken. Add corn and beans, and stir. Add chili sauce and cream, and stir. Heat until simmering, and then add cheese, a little bit at a time. and stir though until melted. Season to taste with spices. Set aside.

When pasta is cooked, drain and add to sauce and stir though. Dish out into bowls, top with more cheese and diced tomatoes, and serve.

9 thoughts on “Creamy Southwest Chicken Pasta

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  2. Aarika

    I'm totally going to make this tomorrow night. But I think, if I may be so bold, I will add tortilla chips because I have a texture craving. 🙂

  3. Katie

    Looks so yummy. I ate at the Hai Lai – spelling? when I was a kid. I was fascinated with the bathroom – there was a sitting room in the restroom. Is the restaurant still there? My family is also 5th generation OSU graduates – not me though, St Louis University for me. Anyway, thanks for sharing with PPN this week!!

  4. Dawn Smith

    This pasta sounds so delicious and to think all you have to do is step outside for some of the ingredients….I was wondering about the ingredients….thanks of my friend who introduced me to a great resource and i thought that i pass great along as well. thanks for sharing the recipe.

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