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Chile and Lime Chicken Enchilada Pasta

Chile and Lime Chicken Enchilada Pasta features penne pasta coated in a creamy enchilada sauce. It’s the skillet version of my popular sour cream enchiladas!

Black skillet full of chicken enchilada pasta garnished with lime wedges and diced avocado.

I saw a video on social media the other week for an enchilada pasta and I knew I had to transform my reader favorite Sour Cream Chicken Enchilada recipe into a pasta dish.

I love how it turned out and how easy it was to make!

This recipe works because it’s

  • Flavorful and fun! All of the spices, the enchilada sauce, and the lime make this a flavorful dish that’s different from the everyday pasta recipe.
  • Easier than traditional enchiladas. There’s no assembly required for this dinner. Just throw everything into the skillet and it will be done in less than 30 minutes.
  • A One Pot Meal (almost). If you don’t count the pot you’ll need to cook the pasta (and I don’t because it’s so easy to wash), then you’ll only have one pan to clean up after the meal!

Step-by-Step Instructions

Chicken enchilada pasta ingredients in bowls on white table including green chiles, cheese, and pasta.

Cook 16 ounces of penne pasta according to package directions.

While the pasta is cooking, add 2 cups of rotisserie chicken, 10 ounces of canned green enchilada sauce, 10 ounces of cream of chicken soup, 4 ounces of canned diced green chiles, 2 teaspoons chili powder, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, and ½ teaspoon salt to a large skillet. Stir to combine.

Rotisserie chicken, enchilada sauce, and spices in large black skillet.

Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat for 5-7 minutes until the flavors combine.

Add 1 cup of shredded Colby Jack cheese to the skillet and stir until melted.

Shredded Colby Jack cheese on enchilada sauce in large black skillet.

Reduce heat to low and stir 1 cup of sour cream into the chicken mixture.

Sour cream in chicken enchilada sauce all in large black skillet.

Add drained pasta to the skillet and stir to coat the pasta.

Cooked penne in large black skillet with spoon.

Serve with lime wedges and diced avocado.

Recipe Tips and Substitutions

Green chicken enchilada pasta garnished with lime wedge and diced avocado on green plate.

The lime juice really gives this pasta a good flavor, so if you don’t have fresh limes on hand, you can add a few shakes of bottled lime juice.

I wanted to keep a green color on the pasta, but you could also top it with:

  • Diced tomatoes
  • Sliced olives
  • Sliced green onion
  • Cilantro leaves
  • Additional sour cream

If you don’t have penne pasta on hand, you can use any medium-length pasta.

You can add a can of drained black beans for additional protein or to replace the chicken if you’re a vegetarian.

Try these substitutes if you’re out of certain ingredients or can’t have them for dietary reasons:

I chose to go the easy route with leftover rotisserie chicken, but you could definitely cook and shredded some chicken breasts or even use cubed steak or sweet pork barbacoa.

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FAQs

Chicken enchilada past on green plate with gold fork; kitchen towel and limes nearby.
I don’t like the flavor of green enchilada sauce. What can I use instead?


If you’re not a fan of green enchilada sauce, you can substitute red enchilada sauce, but the color of the pasta sauce won’t be as light.

What can I use instead of sour cream?


If you’re out of sour cream, try these substitutes:

-Greek yogurt
-Cottage cheese
-Cream cheese
-Milk
-Mayonnaise
-Heavy cream

I hope your family loves this chicken enchilada pasta! If you make it, be sure to take a picture and tag me on Instagram with @ashcroftfamilytable and use the hashtag #ashcroftfamilytable!

 

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Black skillet full of chicken enchilada pasta garnished with lime wedges and diced avocado.

Chile and Lime Chicken Enchilada Pasta

The Ashcroft Family Table
Chile and Lime Chicken Enchilada Pasta features penne pasta coated in a creamy enchilada sauce. It's the skillet version of my popular sour cream enchiladas!
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 8 servings
Calories 437 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 16 ounces penne pasta
  • 2 cups rotisserie chicken
  • 10 ounces green enchilada sauce
  • 10.5 ounces cream of chicken soup
  • 4 ounces diced green chiles
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • lime wedges
  • diced avocado

Instructions
 

  • Cook penne pasta according to package directions.
  • While the pasta is cooking, add rotisserie chicken, green enchilada sauce, cream of chicken soup, diced green chiles, chili powder, ground cumin, and salt to a large skillet. Stir to combine.
  • Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat for 5-7 minutes until the flavors combine.
  • Add 1 cup of shredded Colby Jack cheese to the skillet and stir until melted.
  • Reduce heat to low and stir sour cream into the chicken mixture.
  • Add drained pasta to the skillet and stir to coat the pasta.
  • Serve with lime wedges and diced avocados.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 437kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 24gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 1010mgPotassium: 335mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 823IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 173mgIron: 2mg
Keyword chicken enchilada pasta, creamy chicken enchilada pasta, green chicken enchilada pasta
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