Chicken Enchilada Pasta

We eat a lot of Mexican food around here, so I thought this would make a delicious alternative from our usual enchiladas or tacos.  We LOVED this!  The sauce is so flavorful!  It also makes some fabulous leftovers!
Chicken Enchilada Pasta
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  • 2-3 chicken breasts, cooked & shredded {or shredded rotisserie chicken?I used the breasts}
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 {4 oz.} can diced green chiles
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 2 {10 oz.} cans green chili enchilada sauce
  • 2/3 cups red enchilada sauce
  • 2 cups shredded cheese {I used colby & monterrey jack}
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 cups Penne pasta
  • Optional toppings:
  • Avocado
  • Green Onions
  • Black Olives
  • Tomatoes
  • Sour Cream


  1. Cook chicken, drain, and shred {or shred your rotisserie}.  Meanwhile boil pasta according to package and chop the veggies.  The most time consuming part of this recipe is the time spent chopping the veggies.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a deep skillet and cook onions for about 3-5 minutes.  Add garlic & red pepper and cook for another 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add cooked chicken, green chiles, cumin, chili powder, salt, & enchilada sauces.  Let sauce simmer for about 8-10 minutes.
  4. Add cheese and stir until the cheese is melted and heated through.  Now toss in the sour cream, but whatever you do, DO NOT bring to a boil!  Cook on low heat or the sour cream will curdle. Stir until sour cream is well mixed and heated through.
  5. Drain pasta & return to pot.  Pour sauce over pasta and mix well.  Serve and garnish with avocado, tomato, green onion, and a dollop of sour cream.
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12 Responses to “Chicken Enchilada Pasta”

    • Hi Stephanie!

      I have never tried it without sour cream. I couldn't really taste it in the sauce, but if you were to take it out I would replace it with some sort of cream so you end up with the right texture. You could even use a little milk so your sauce turns nice and creamy. Let us know how it goes!

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