Easy Southwest Chicken One Pot Pasta Recipe

This Southwest Chicken One Pot Pasta Recipe will help you get dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes – with only one pot to wash afterwards! It’s one of those easy dinner recipes for kids, but I assure you, adults will love it, too! It’s full of flavor, tender chicken, and just the right amount of southwest spice.

Pot of One Pot Pasta Recipe Southwest Chicken
Let’s make this easy one pot pasta recipe!

Let’s make easy chicken one pot Pasta Recipe

One pot wonder recipes are recipes that can be cooked and assembled all in one pot. Not only is it convenient and fast, it produces meals with extraordinary flavor. This  recipe eliminates the need to cook the pasta separately, since the right amount of liquid is added into the pot during cooking.

This chicken pasta recipe makes a big batch! It’s perfect for a large family, or you can have the luxury of leftovers or freezing some to use at a later date.

This article contains affiliate links.

Southwest chicken one pot pasta Ingredients

To save you a trip to the grocery store, I found all of the items, on Amazon Fresh! All of the product links are our affiliated links.

You can try Amazon Fresh for free, with this FREE TRIAL of Amazon Prime!

directions to Make this Southwest Chicken One Pot Pasta Recipe

This easy chicken pasta recipe starts with sauteing ingredients together in a large pot.

Step 1

On a big pot, begin by heating a tablespoon of olive oil and  sauteing the onion until nearly translucent (about 3-5 minutes).

Step 2

Add minced garlic and saute for an additional minute.

Step 3

Add chicken and chili powder, continue to cook until chicken is done and no longer pink in center.

Step 4

Add black beans, corn, and Rotel. Stir to combine.

Adding dry pasta to the one pot pasta recipe.
Add the pasta in the bowl.

Step 5

Add pasta and broth. Bring to a boil and continue to cook, stirring frequently for 10-12 minutes or until pasta is done and most of the liquid has reduced. Remove from heat.

Finished pot of Southwest Chicken one pot pasta recipe
Stir in cheese and other toppings you prefer.

Step 6

Stir in cheese and other toppings you prefer until well combined.

Top this One Pot Southwest Pasta dish with your favorite toppings.

You can use whatever toppings you and your family enjoy. They could include fresh avocado cubes, chopped cilantro, crumbled queso fresco, or fresh diced tomatoes.

Fork full of Southwest Chicken Pasta
This Southwest Chicken Pasta recipe is so full of great flavor. You’re going to love every bite!

Tips for making Southwest Chicken Pasta

Start with a large pot, as this makes a big batch! I started mine in my cast iron skillet and had to change pans half-way through since it wouldn’t fit!

You can adjust the spice level of this recipe by adding more or less chili powder. You can also substitute cajun seasoning for the chili powder if you’d like a slightly hotter flavor.

What to do with One Pot Pasta Leftovers

This recipe easily feeds a family of 6 – with even some leftovers!

Pasta dish leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container for 3- 5 days.

To freeze leftover one pot pasta, let it cool completely. Then place in a tightly sealed container or covered baking dish. It can be frozen for up to 2 months.

Reheat the frozen pasta in either the microwave or in the oven in a foil covered pan.

Yield: 10 servings

Southwest Chicken One Pot Pasta Recipe

Finished pot of Southwest Chicken one pot pasta recipe

This Southwest Chicken One Pot Pasta Recipe will help you get dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes – with only one pot to wash afterwards!

It’s one of those easy dinner recipes for kids, but I assure you, adults will love it, too! It’s full of flavor, tender chicken, and just the right amount of southwest spice.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 oz penne pasta (or 4 cups dried penne pasta)
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups raw chicken, cut into cubes or small pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 oz can whole kernel corn, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small can Rotel
  • 4 cups fiesta blend cheese, shredded
  • 1 avocado, cubed (optional)
  • 1/4 cup queso fresco, crumbled (for garnish, optional)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large pot and saute the onion until nearly translucent (about 3-5 minutes). Add minced garlic and saute for an additional minute. Add chicken and chili powder, continue to cook until chicken is done and no longer pink in center.
  2. Add black beans, corn, and Rotel. Stir to combine.
  3. Add pasta and broth. Bring to a boil and continue to cook, stirring frequently for 10-12 minutes or until pasta is done and most of the liquid has reduced. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in cheese until well combined.
  5. Top with your favorite toppings before serving.

Notes

You can use whatever toppings you and your family enjoy. They could include fresh avocado cubes, chopped cilantro, crumbled queso fresco, or fresh diced tomatoes.

More Pasta Recipes You Might Like:

Did you make this yummy southwest chicken one pot pasta? What did your family think?