I’m a big fan of many different types of food and something I’m always drawn to in cooking is fusion of different cuisines. Chicken fajita pasta is a recipe that I absolutely love because it’s so comforting. It’s got that gorgeous Mexican fajita flavour but is shaken up a bit with pasta as the carb instead. You can view the original recipe from Kevin & Amanda here.
***Please note: This is a recipe review and not a recipe created by myself. The link to the original recipe is below!***
Serves: 4 (however we made it stretch to 6 with ease)
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Suitable for: Omnivores and non-allergy only, but you can use soya cream to make it dairy-free
Ingredients & Cost
The ingredients, taken directly from the website, are as follows:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 envelope (3 tablespoons) taco or fajita seasoning (I use this Homemade Taco Seasoning)
- 2 cups diced onion (about 1 whole onion)
- 2 cups diced bell peppers (2–3 bell peppers)
- 3–4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 (10-oz) can Ro-Tel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles
- 8 oz (about 3 cups) penne pasta
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
There aren’t too many ingredients in this Chicken Fajita Pasta recipe and they’re all easy to buy which is exactly how I like it. You’ll notice that the recipe calls for a homemade taco seasoning, and I think this is what sets the flavour apart from other fajita-inspired recipes.
Kevin and Amanda use a recipe from Picky Palate which can be found here – we use this seasoning for loads of other Mexican-inspired recipes too. If you’re struggling to find garlic salt then you can make your own using 3 parts garlic powder to 1 part salt. We made one swap in this recipe, choosing a regular can of tomatoes instead of ones with added chilies as I’m allergic to them! If you use regular tomatoes then you can add chili powder or cayenne to get that extra kick, but if I’m honest it doesn’t need it.
We bought all of our ingredients from Aldi, and we already had the spices and garlic in the cupboard. The total price of the meal came to £6.12, which works out at £1.53 per person if you’re assuming it serves four. As we managed to get six meals out of it, and it worked out at just £1.02 per portion!
The Cooking Experience
The recipe isn’t hard however the first time we made wasn’t good – it ended up very starchy. I couldn’t work it out at first, but then my partner pointed out that this particular recipe had a very American way of cooking pasta – boiling it in the broth and then adding in everything once the liquid is absorbed. It made us wonder if British pasta is starchier than American as it really didn’t work as intended!
If you are British like me (or you know that your pasta is particularly starchy) then I’d suggest cooking the pasta separately in a saucepan and then adding it to the frying pan with the tomatoes and cream once the chicken and vegetables are cooked. I also fried the seasoning with the chicken and vegetables rather than adding it straight into the sauce to release the flavours over the heat.
One thing to note – you’re going to need a big frying pan for this one! Even with our large wok it was hard not to spill pasta over the sides once we’d added everything together. If you don’t have a large frying pan then I’d suggested halving the recipe to make it easier. Plus it also makes it far less messier!
The End Result
We’ve made this multiple times so I knew it would turn out well, and this time was no different. The balance of cream and seasoning is perfect and by changing the cooking method it didn’t come out starchy. It’s one of those lovely, moreish recipes where you can’t help but gorge on it, and it leaves you feeling really satisfied as it’s definitely filling. We’ve never had any sides with it but I imagine garlic bread would work well.
I love this Chicken Fajita Pasta recipe and it will always be one of our go-to meals. It’s great for shaking up our Mexican-inspired cooking a bit. It’s easy enough to make on a weeknight with little stress and one of those recipes that the whole family will love. Although it may not be the healthiest recipe ever due to the cream it’s hearty and flavoursome, which sometimes is what you really need.
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