One-Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta


SERVES 4-6  |  PREP TIME 10 Min  |  COOK TIME  25 Min

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 - 1" pieces
2-3 tablespoons fajita seasoning (taco seasoning works as well)
1 large yellow or red onion, diced
2-3 bell peppers (any variety), sliced into thin 1" long strips
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups reduced sodium chicken stock
1/2 cup heavy cream
10 ounce can diced tomatoes and green chiles (I used Rotel brand)
8 ounces uncooked penne pasta (or other short cut pasta)
pinch of salt and black pepper, to taste
Lime wedges, for garnish
Diced green onions, for garnish
Minced fresh parsley or cilantro, for garnish

Add 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil to dutch oven or 12" skillet and heat over MED HIGH heat.  Add chicken, sprinkle with half of the fajita seasoning and cook about 2 minutes.  Turn chicken pieces over (or give it a good stir) and cook the other side for another 1-2 minutes.  Remove chicken to a plate and set aside.

Add remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil to dutch oven and add in onions and peppers and remaining fajita seasoning.  Cook, stirring occasionally, about 4-5 minutes, until softened and slightly charred.  Add garlic, stir, and cook about 30 seconds, then remove vegetable mixture to the plate with the chicken and set aside.

Pour in chicken stock, heavy cream, diced tomatoes and chiles, pasta, and a pinch of salt and black pepper.  Use a wooden spoon to carefully loosen the browned bits from the bottom of the skillet and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, reduce heat to a low boil (usually about a MED LOW heat should work), cover, and cook about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

After 15 minutes, most of the cooking liquid should be absorbed.  If it's not, cook another 3-5 minutes. Return the chicken and vegetables to the pot and stir to heat through.

Serve garnished with diced green onions and minced fresh parsley or cilantro and with a squeeze of a lime wedge.

Recipe developed by Amanda Batcher for The Slow Roasted Italian
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