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Chicken Fajita Pasta Bake

Sharon M

"I created this with ingredients I had in the pantry, and it turned into a family favorite!"
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Ingredients

1 h 7 m servings 836 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings

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Directions

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  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil. Stir in ziti and return to a boil. Cook pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 10 minutes. Drain.
  2. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat; add onion and green pepper. Cook and stir until soft, 5 to 7 minutes; remove from skillet. Place chicken into the skillet; cook and stir until no longer pink, 7 to 10 minutes.
  3. Combine salsa, cream cheese, and taco seasoning in a saucepan over low heat: cook until cream cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  5. Combine ziti, chicken, salsa mixture, black beans, corn, and onion mixture in a large bowl. Add 8 ounces Cheddar cheese; mix until combined. Pour into a baking pan.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven; top with remaining Cheddar cheese. Bake until cheese is melted, about 10 minutes.

Footnotes

  • Cook's Note:
  • Mexican cheese blend can be substituted for the Cheddar cheese.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 836 calories; 42.8 g fat; 71.1 g carbohydrates; 43.1 g protein; 153 mg cholesterol; 1501 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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Been a member for years and while I've made alot of fantastic recipes from this site...this is the first I've reviewed. I normally only try recipes with hundreds of reviews but decided to give t...

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Followed some other suggestions. It was ok. Probably won't make again.

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Been a member for years and while I've made alot of fantastic recipes from this site...this is the first I've reviewed. I normally only try recipes with hundreds of reviews but decided to give t...

I switched out half of the cream cheese for sour cream and left the salsa out as well. It was delicious!

We loved this dish. Even my picky husband :) Made exactly as written with one addition: I added 1 1/2 - 2 cups of the pasta water to avoid it becoming to pasty. This worked perfectly. I'll def....

I typically don't give 5 stars to recipes that I tweak a bit but this was incredible. I followed a few suggestions and changed the following: used whole wheat penne (store didn't have ziti), ...

Quick and easy recipe! The required ingredients resulted in a large meal, which I appreciated as well. Plus, it was really good.

Excellent. I stirred in about a cup of chicken broth before baking.

yes.the whole family loved this recipe. I think chopping the pepper and onion would be better. Will make again.

Whole family loved this dish! Definitely will make it again!

This was a HIT!! I added green onions and 86'd the corn. I also used coconut oil in place of the regular oil. I added a variety of seasonings including thyme, seasoning salt, cumin, and oregano ...