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All the flavors of a classic enchilada, in a family friendly, easy to make pasta dinner! Make Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Pasta YOUR weeknight winner!
Step by step photos and instructions below!
This is GREAT for making on the weekend and then reheating during the week, the flavors of the enchilada sauce blended with the chicken and chilies intensifies and is super tasty. I’ve been known to hide the leftovers, so I can take some for lunch!
A big bowl of comfort, this quick and easy Chicken Enchilada Pasta will stick to your ribs and have everyone fight over leftovers!Love this? Tweet it!
This Chicken Enchilada Pasta is NOT diet food. Yep, it contains “processed cheese” that rhymes with mel-wheat-a, but this is an indulgence, and … well, it’s delicious (please don’t judge me!)
This is great for when you want the Mexican food flavors, but don’t feel like rolling filling into tortillas. Also, the kids will actually eat this! Score!
If you want real Enchiladas – try these EPIC Chicken Enchiladas!
Why you’ll love this recipe:
- It’s full of flavor.
- Quick and easy to make. This is a great recipe to make ahead too!
- Uses pantry ingredients.
I have included step by step photos and instructions, as well as tips and tricks in the post. If you’d rather skip all that, scoot right on down to the full recipe card located at the bottom of the post.
The full list of ingredients and quantities is found in the printable recipe card below.
- Dry pasta. Any shape you like is fine. Macaroni, rotini, ziti, penne – small pasta shapes work best.
- American Cheese. This is a processed cheese found in the grocery store or Amazon. It helps make the pasta creamy.
- Cheese. We use shredded cheese here, any kind you love will be fine. I like the Mexican blend cheeses, but also cheddar, pepper jack cheese or any combination is great. We use a 1/2 cup in the sauce and the remaining cheese over the top.
- Chicken. This is already cooked chicken. Use leftovers from a rotisserie chicken (made in a slow cooker) or poach a couple of chicken breasts and use here.
- Enchilada Sauce. Grab a can or make red enchilada sauce from scratch.
- Green Chilies. These are canned, but you can use some diced fresh jalapenos if you prefer.
- Butter. Salted or unsalted is fine.
- Taco seasoning. Grab it at the store, or make your own!
- Garlic Powder. Totally optional. Totally add it.
How to make this recipe
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The full list of ingredients, quantities and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
Cook the pasta until JUST cooked (use minimum recommended cooking time on package). Drain and set aside.
Make the Sauce
In a large microwave safe bowl add cubed processed cheese, 1/2 cup of shredded cheese and the milk.
Melt the cheese: cook on high in 30-second increments, mixing at each increment, until cheese melts and mixture is smooth and well blended.
Add the cheese mixture to the pasta and stir until combined.
In a large bowl, mix chicken, enchilada sauce, green chilies, butter, taco seasoning and garlic powder.
Add the cheesed up pasta and mix well.
Pour everything into a 9 x13 baking dish, and top with remaining 2 cups of cheese.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until bubbling on the sides.
Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly, then serve with the cilantro, limes, and sour cream.
Try layering the pasta mixture and the chicken mixture – kind of like how you’d do lasagna.
What to do with leftovers
Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat until it is piping hot!
Use different kinds of pasta, penne, rotini, bow ties, shells – all work fine.
Any kind of cheese works for this. Pick your favorite! Cheddar cheese and pepper jack are my favorites.
Add some black beans to the pasta for another boost of protein and flavor.
Instead of shredded chicken, cooked ground turkey can also be used.
Want more Easy Pasta Dishes?
Chili Mac with Turkey. We’re bringing childhood back! Lightened-up with turkey vs beef, and made in one pan – this one is a family favorite!
Skillet Mac & Cheese. Comfort food at its finest, this skillet mac & cheese is so easy! Just the skillet and a pasta pot, the and a quick broil, and this is ready FAST!
Ham Tetrazzini. A super-fast weeknight dinner, this Ham Tetrazzini is a spin on the traditional version and is sure to please the whole family.
Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Pasta
- 1 lb dry pasta I used rotini
- 10 oz processed American cheese cut into cubes
- 2 ½ cups shredded cheese divided
- 1 cup milk
- 3 cups cooked chicken shredded or diced finely
- 19 oz enchilada sauce make your own!
- 4.5 oz chopped green chiles
- 3 tablespoons butter melted
- 1 tablespoons taco seasoning
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- Cilantro, limes, sour cream for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
- Cook the pasta until JUST cooked (use minimum recommended cooking time on package). Drain and set aside.
- In a large microwave safe bowl add cubed processed cheese, 1/2 cup of shredded cheese and the milk.
- Cook on high in 30-second increments, mixing at each increment, until cheese melts and mixture is smooth and well blended.
- Add the cheese mixture to the pasta stir pasta into cheese sauce.
- In a large bowl, mix chicken, enchilada sauce, green chiles, butter taco seasoning and garlic powder.
- Mix into the pasta, and top with remaining 2 cups of cheese.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until bubbling on the sides.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly, then serve with the cilantro, limes, and sour cream.
Tips & Notes:
Recipes written and produced on Kylee Cooks are for informational purposes only. Kylee is not a certified nutritionist. Nutritional data provided on Kylee Cooks has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration.
Update: This recipe was originally published in May of 2017. It was republished with updated photos in June of 2022.