TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
  • 2 tablespoons fajita seasoning mix, divided
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 8 ounces uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 each medium green, sweet red and yellow pepper, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) salsa
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
  • Sour cream, optional

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups: 251 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 519mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 17g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.


  1. Sprinkle chicken with 1 tablespoon fajita seasoning. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook chicken in 1 tablespoon oil for 6-8 minutes or until juices run clear. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Remove chicken and keep warm. In the same skillet, saute peppers and onion in remaining oil. Sprinkle with remaining fajita seasoning; stir until blended. Add the salsa, water and chicken; heat through.
  3. Drain pasta; toss with chicken mixture. Sprinkle with cheese and cilantro. Serve with sour cream if desired. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Chicken Fajita Pasta in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2009, p59

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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spero5 User ID: 3193249 260037
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2017 Edited Jan. 23, 2017

"Great make ahead meal, easy, simple to change to one's personal taste. I spotted several recipes for this dish and one suggested adding cream cheese. So, I did just that and what a great additional flavor. I used maybe 1/4th of an 8oz size. Add more or less, depending on your preference. Rotel also works well in place of salsa. Everyone loves this, nice dish to take to a party too."

jdkamerer User ID: 8245022 219645
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2015

"Simple and delicious. Used Mexican Rotel (lime & cilantro) instead of salsa and mixed the leftover Rotel with corn for the perfect side."

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