Mexican Chicken Penne Recipe
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Mexican Chicken Penne Recipe

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This hearty pasta meal from Marti Gutwein of Rensselaer, Indiana is packed with flavor, chicken, veggies and cheese. It's also creamy, colorful and quick!
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1-1/4 cups salsa con queso dip
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cup: 519 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 782mg sodium, 76g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 8g fiber), 31g protein


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the chicken, dip, milk and salt.
  2. Drain pasta; return to pan. Stir in chicken mixture and toss to coat. Top with black beans, tomato, onions and cheese; heat through. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Mexican Chicken Penne in Simple & Delicious May/June 2008, p58

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Jun. 29, 2015

"Easy, and yummy! Thank you for sharing this recipe."

Reviewed Aug. 13, 2013

"Delicious except for the black beans in it. Will make it again omitting the beans and it will be awesome then."

Reviewed Jul. 31, 2011

"I made this recipe as is and there was not enough sauce. A friend made it with less pasta and it was excellent. For a box of pasta I would double the sauce."

Reviewed Jul. 5, 2011

"My husband and I both enjoyed the recipe but when making it again I plan to add 1/2 to 1 cup of mild salsa to give it a little more kick."

Reviewed Apr. 25, 2011

"This was very blah... I did omit the black beans so maybe that hurt it. This reminded me of tuna casserole except with chicken. Certainly edible, but don't think I would make again.

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