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 cups: 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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Rosemary Swope User ID: 1654672 228714
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2015

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

carold501 User ID: 6960806 140445
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."

SplitRaindrop User ID: 1812967 141053
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."

SisWva User ID: 142780 80363
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."

td92777 User ID: 5389693 91680
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.

skymom747 User ID: 1717371 110706
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2009

"I made this recipe and my husband and I loved it. The spicy flavors were wonderful. It is definitely a keeper in our house!


cookinkylee User ID: 996023 157244
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2008

"My husband and I love pasta and mexican, so we were really excited to try this dish. Unfortunately I think it looks better than it tastes. We try to cook healthy. Considering the some what high calorie content and lack of flavor, I won't be making it again. Perhaps if you used Ragu Cheese Sauce mixed with enchilada sauce it might taste better and be a bit healthier."

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