This Chicken Taco Pasta dish takes less than 30 minutes to make and is packed full of flavors that the whole family will love!
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October is the month of changing leaves and pumpkin spice everything, but did you also know that it is National Pasta Month? Dreamfields Pasta is taking it a step further and dubbing it #HealthyPastaMonth! For the entire month of October they will be celebrating with 31 days of recipes, prizes and other goodies – in fact, I am going to be giving away a case of FREE pasta (scroll to the bottom of this post to enter)! I’m also contributing with this Chicken Taco Pasta, an easy and fun way to spice up dinner.
Pasta is such an easy option for dinner, and I like that Dreamfields is a little healthier with 5 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein per 1 cup of cooked pasta. Plus it tastes just as great as regular pasta. I did something a little different with this Chicken Taco Pasta dish. Chicken, peppers, salsa, pepper jack cheese, taco seasoning, corn and beans – not things you will normally find in a pasta dish! Giving the dish a little Southwest flair transforms a boring weeknight dinner. I made my own taco seasoning, both because I think it tastes better and it also reduces sodium. And to really cut down on the prep time for this, I took a little shortcut and bought a rotisserie chicken! Of course, you can prepare your own chicken and it is a great way to use leftovers if you made chicken earlier in the week (such as my simple roasted chicken). I liked the spice that the pepper jack cheese gave the dish, but if you don’t want it to be spicy you can also use regular Monterey Jack cheese.
Want to win a case of Dreamfields Pasta to try for yourself? It’s easy! All you need to do is click over to the Dreamfields Healthy Pasta Month website, then come back here and leave a comment telling me what the recipe of the day is. Plus there are 8 more “bonus” entries you can do if you really want to increase your chances! You have until October 31st to enter, and at the end of the month a winner will be randomly selected to win a FREE case of Dreamfields pasta! And be sure to keep checking the Dreamfields #HealthyPastaMonth calendar for new recipes and surprises! **GIVEAWAY CLOSED**
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Chicken Taco Pasta
- 1 box Dreamfields Pasta 13.25 ounces
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium onion diced (about 2 cups or 12 ounces)
- 1 red bell pepper diced (1 cup)
- 1 green bell pepper diced (1 cup)
- 4 cloves of garlic pressed or finely minced
- 1 cup corn frozen or canned is fine
- 1 cup black beans drained (canned is fine)
- 3 tablespoons taco seasoning store bought or homemade*
- 2 cups cooked chicken breast diced (about 12 ounces**)
- 1 cup restaurant style salsa
- 6 ounces pepper jack cheese*** shredded ( about 1 and 1/2 cups, can use reduced fat or regular)
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- chopped fresh cilantro for garnish (optional)
- Cook pasta according to package instructions, until al dente. Drain pasta but reserve about 1/4 cup of pasta water. Return drained pasta to pot and set aside.
- While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a large sauce pan over medium high heat. When hot, add the diced onion and bell peppers. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until soft and golden, about 8 minutes.
- Add the garlic and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Add the beans and corn, cook until heated through, about 1 minute.
- Add the cooked chicken and the taco seasoning. Stir until everything is combined and coated with the taco seasoning. Pour in salsa and stir to combine. If the mixture is too dry, add a tablespoon or two of the reserved pasta water.
- Pour the entire chicken mixture into the pot containing the pasta. Add the shredded cheese and stir to combine, until cheese is melted and fully mixed in.
- Taste and season with salt and pepper if desired.
- Garnish with chopped cilantro if desired and serve.
* If using store bought taco seasoning, be aware that it might be higher sodium, so be careful about how much salt you add to the dish, if any.
** To save time, I used a store bought rotisserie chicken
***You can also use monterey jack cheese if you prefer the dish to be less spicy.