Chicken Fajita Pasta

Creamy Fajita Sauce, chicken and bow-tie pasta, a homemade fusion Chicken and Pasta dinner that will make you fall in love. Only 10 minutes to prep.

Chicken Fajita Pasta

Chicken Fajita Pasta, a delicious marriage of spicy Mexican Chicken Fajitas and creamy Italian Pasta Sauce. With only 10 minutes of prep, this Chicken and Pasta recipe is a perfect weeknight dinner. I specially love how bow-tie pasta and creamy sauce burst with flavor of fajita spices and chicken turns out moist and delicious. I bet it's more flavorful than Pasta dinner. Far better from my favorite Italian restaurant. Give it a try! 

Today's recipe is special because it's two-dinner-recipes-in-one. You can serve Chicken Fajita Skillet or Creamy Chicken Fajita Pasta following the same recipe. (read on to know more)

Oh, shout out for the Fajita Veggies - bell peppers and onions which sneak good serving of veggies into this dinner for nutrition. 

Creamy Chicken Fajita Pasta Bowl

CHICKEN FAJITAS

Chicken Fajitas is Mexican Chicken dish which is prepared by cooking chicken with aromatic fajita spices, bell peppers and onions. Served with splash of lime juice and fresh warm corn tortillas to scoop the spiced chicken and veggies. It is traditionally served in hot sizzling cast-iron skillet. 

CHICKEN FAJITA PASTA

Today's recipe is all of delicious spicy Chicken Fajita flavors with creamy sauce and pasta instead of corn tortillas. This recipe is our favorite fusion pasta dinner when I'm craving pasta but also craving Mexican bold flavor and spices. Inspiration credit goes to Cheese Cake Factory's Cajun Chicken Pasta. (my all time favorite)

Here's what you need to make Chicken Fajita Pasta at home. The main ingredients of chicken fajita pasta are:

  1. Creamy Fajitas Sauce with fajita seasoning (heart of this dish is Fajita Seasoning)
  2. Fajita Veggies.
  3. Chicken
  4. Pasta

Ingredients Chicken Fajita Pasta

FAJITA SEASONING 

Fajita Seasoning is packed with flavorful spices. This is what makes sauce The Fajita Sauce. As soon as spices hit the pan, the flavor and aroma will ask you to dig in.

I often blend fresh seasonings at home for freshest possible flavor and save cost of buying various seasonings. But you can by all means use a good quality store-bought Fajita Seasoning. To make Fajita Seasoning from scratch at home, try my homemade fajita spice mix recipe. Also adding the list of ingredients to make fajita seasoning below: 

  1. Oregano 
  2. Garlic Powder
  3. Chili Powder 
  4. Paprika 
  5. Black Pepper
  6. Onion Powder
  7. Parsley 
  8. Mustard Powder 
  9. Cumin Powder

Mix all dry ingredients in a clean jar.  Cover and shake well. Use as desired. Keep the leftovers in airtight container in a cool dry place. 

Note: If using homemade fajita seasoning, skip adding the additional Oregano in the fajita sauce recipe.

Fajita Seasoning for Chicken Fajita Pasta

Tip: When buying instead of mixing own seasoning, go for a smaller jar of seasoning that you can finish in 2-3 times. This way open box of spices won't sit in pantry and loose freshness. Flavor of fresh seasoning makes exceptional Chicken Fajitas.

FAJITA VEGGIES

There are two usual vegetable suspects in homemade fajitas:

  1. Sweet bell peppers – I love to use a mix of colors. Red, yellow, green, and orange peppers (even though they’re not pictured) would be great.
  2. Onions – Although, I prefer white onion. You can use red onion for more sharp and yellow for more sweetness. 
  3. Don't stop at these veggies. If you like mushroom or summer squash? Go for it! These make great addition to Fajita Sauce. I only recommend to use less quantity so that flavor of sauce and pasta can shine through.

Cook these veggies in skillet and add minced garlic, oregano, onion. These veggies are ready in minutes to brighten up any summer weeknight dinner!  You can even serve Vegetarian Fajitas with these.

FAJITA SAUCE

Fajita Sauce is the heart of this Creamy Chicken Pasta. Making Fajita Sauce is super easy and quick. You need only 7 ingredients.

  1. Fajita Seasoning 
  2. Oregano
  3. Garlic
  4. Heavy Cream or Cream Half and Half.
  5. Lime juice
  6. Roasted Diced Tomatoes (my secret weapon. Not so secret now. :-))
  7. Chicken Bouillon - I used one cube to give delicious depth of flavor to the sauce without any chicken stock. If you have good quality homemade Chicken Stock, use that. Please don't use any other stock or broth. As per my experience, I tried and did not like the strong flavored stocks in this sauce. In-fact, choose plain water if you don't have bouillon or good quality stock.

Make Ahead: Make Chicken Fajita Sauce ahead of time and refrigerate. When ready to eat, cook pasta, warm the sauce, add pasta. That's it. Ready to serve.

CHICKEN

To enhance the flavor of Pasta, I first cook diced chicken with the half of fajita seasoning. It takes few minutes but makes a lot of difference in overall flavor of pasta sauce. I love this for two reasons:

  1. Chicken turned out bursting with fajita flavors. 
  2. Fajita seasoning coated juices of chicken helps make fajita sauce extra special.

I used chicken breast tenders for this recipe. However, diced chicken breast or thigh will work perfectly for this recipe. (Thigh meat is more worked-out meat. So it will be even more moist and juicy.)

How To Make Creamy Chicken Fajita

PASTA

Whether you like penne, farfalle, spaghetti, or tagliatelle. All these pasta shapes work with cream fajita sauce.  The options are endless! My personal favorites for this recipe are Penne and Farfalle (commonly known as bow tie pasta or butterfly pasta). It works well with creamy fajita sauce. Pasta holds the sauce into nooks and crannies making every bite so so delicious. (pure yum)

No matter which pasta you choose, always cook pasta al dente, according to package directions. 

Creamy Chicken Fajita with Bow Tie Pasta

HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN FAJITA PASTA

Chicken Fajita Pasta comes together in 30 minutes (only 10 minutes to prep.). I start boiling the water for pasta after I prep the ingredients. Start cooking sauce and pasta at the same time. This way sauce comes together about the same time the pasta is boiled and al dente.

Here's how I make the Chicken Fajita Pasta; 

  1. Cook Pasta: Bring a pot of water to boil. Season with salt. Add pasta until al dente according to package directions. 
  2. Cook Chicken: Season diced chicken (or chicken tenders) with fajita seasoning and sauté until chicken starts to develop some color. 
  3. Cook Fajita: Add garlic, bell peppers, onions with remaining seasoning. Sauté with chicken for 2 minutes. This step blends flavor of spices in both; chicken and veggies.
  4. Make Sauce: A add remaining ingredients and simmer to make cream sauce. 
  5. Assemble: Mix in cooked pasta and you have it - the delicious and spiced Chicken Fajita Pasta!

Chicken Fajita Skillet: Cook Step 2 and 3 above and you have the Chicken Fajita Skillet. Mix in some lime juice and little butter. Make sure chicken is cooked through. Serve as Chicken Fajita Skillet with side of warm corn Tortillas and Sour Cream. (Picture 1 above)

Chicken Fajita Pasta

MAKE IT YOUR OWN

You can also easily fix this Pasta Recipe as per your family' preference. For example:

  1. Replace chicken with lean protein such as shrimp.
  2. Go vegetarian and use tofu or mushrooms instead of chicken.
  3. Make lite sauce - replace cream with half and half.

Cook any protein the same way as Recipe Directions describe to cook chicken. I mean, with seasonings for full flavor. Only make sure to not overcook. Specially, shrimp will need very less time compared to chicken.

Spicy Chicken Fajita Pasta

This Chicken Fajita Pasta recipe has amazingly flavorful chicken, crisp-tender bell peppers with onions, coated in zesty spicy fajita sauce with hint of lime. This will become your new favorite weeknight dinner. Flavors speak for itself. Try some tonight.  

Happy Cooking! Savita x

Serve Fajita Pasta with:

Grilled Romaine Wedge Salad Emerald Kale Broccoli Salad Soft No-Knead Dinner Rolls

Chicken Fajita Pasta

5 (2 reviews)
Chicken Fajita Pasta
Total Time: Prep Time: Cook Time: Cuisine: Mexican () Difficulty: Easy
Yields: family meal - Serves: 4
Nutrition: 552 calories per serving

Ingredients

  • Chicken Fajita Pasta
  • 1 lbs Chicken (tender or boneless breast, diced. See Note 2)
  • 1/2 lbs Pasta (I use Barilla Penne, or Farfalle)
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1.5 tbsp Garlic (4-5 cloves, minced)
  • 1 Cup White Onion (medium size, thin sliced. Can use red onion.)
  • 1.5 tbsp Fajita Seasoning (See Note 4)
  • 2 Bell Pepper (red and green)
  • 14.5 Oz Tomatoes (roasted diced tomatoes)
  • 1 Bouillon Cube (good quality chicken bouillon mixed with 1 cup water)
  • 2/3 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Lime (juice, adjust per taste)
  • Garnish
  • Fresh Herbs (such as parsley or cilantro)

Directions

  • 1. Prepare Ingredients for Chicken Fajita Pasta Slice chicken into bite size pieces. Thin slice bell peppers and onion. Also mince garlic and set aside. Additional Notes: (See Note 2)
  • 2. Cook Pasta per Package Directions Bring a pot of water to boil. Season with salt. Add pasta until al dente according to package directions. Additional Notes: Skip this step if using fresh pasta; as fresh pasta can be cooked into the sauce. See Note 3 for details.
  • 3. Cook Chicken Heat a wide large sauté pan on medium heat. Add oil. Season diced chicken with half of fajita seasoning and generous two pinch of the salt. Add seasoned chicken into the pan. Cook stirring few times until chicken is no longer pink and starts to develop some color (3-4 minutes) Additional Notes: If the fajita seasoning you are using has salt. Please See Note 4.
  • 4. Cook Fajita Add minced garlic, oregano, onion, and bell peppers. Sprinkle a pinch of salt on veggies and remaining fajita seasoning. Sauté with chicken and seasonings for 2 minutes. Stir often and don't let garlic burn.
  • 5. Make Fajita Sauce Add drained roasted tomatoes, lime juice, and chicken stock. Simmer until liquid thickens and chicken is fully cooked. (about 3-4 minutes) Now, mix in cream. simmer until cream starts to thicken slightly (1-2 minutes), then take off heat. Add butter. Stir to combine.
  • 6. Assemble and Serve Add drained cooked pasta into the pan with Fajita Sauce. Mix well. Taste and adjust salt/lime juice. Garnish with fresh herbs. Serve while hot. Enjoy!
Savita's Notes:
  1. Chicken Fajita Skillet: Follow Step 1, 3 and 4 above only and you have Chicken Fajita Skillet. Mix in some lime juice and little butter. Make sure chicken is cooked through. Serve as Chicken Fajita Skillet with side of warm corn Tortillas and Sour Cream.
  2. Chicken: Chicken Tender or use sliced chicken breast/thigh meat, sliced against the grain. Slicing against the grain cooks chicken moist and tender. See details in Video and Pictures above the Recipe Card.
  3. Cook Fresh Pasta in Sauce: You can also cook fresh pasta right into the Sauce in Step - 5. After adding chicken stock (Increase quantity of stock by 1/2 cup), add fresh pasta and simmer until pasta is al dente. (3-4 minutes) Adjust salt in sauce as per taste. 
  4. Fajita Seasoning: Please note that Fajita Seasoning I use does not have salt. If you are using a Fajita Seasoning which has salt. Please adjust salt in rest of the recipe. For example, is seasoning has salt;
    a. You don't need additional salt to season chicken in Step - 3.
    b. You don't need to add salt to season veggies in Step - 4.
    c. Adjust salt in sauce at the end before adding pasta.
  5. If using homemade fajita seasoning, skip adding the additional Oregano in the recipe.
  6. Chicken Bouillon - I used one cube to give delicious depth of flavor to the sauce without any chicken stock. If you have good quality homemade Chicken Stock, use that. Please don't use any other stock or broth. As per my experience, I tried and did not like the strong flavored stocks in this sauce. In-fact, choose plain water if you don't have bouillon or good quality stock.
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8 Responses

  1. Love this recipe! Full of flavour, has a nice kick and it is easy to prepare. Thank you for sharing!
  2. What a nice idea! Great fusion of flavors. So easy and amazing. Loved the tips and extra information.
    Thanks, Roxana.
  3. This is easily one of my new favourite recipes.
    Thanks Alisa. I hope you get chance to try it soon!
  4. With garden fresh peppers, its such a great weeknight meal. Easy and delicious!
    Thanks Gina. I love how peppers also provide a serving of daily veggies. I'm glad you like my idea.
  5. All my favourite flavours in a pasta dish. This looks delicious.