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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Southwestern Chicken Pasta

The picture is terrible but the recipe rocks!

This started as a copycat version of Red Robin's southwestern pasta, but as it evolved over time it has turned into a completely different recipe! Several of my friends and I make this regularly, and whoever gets to try it always loves the flavors. Just like everything else on this blog: its deceptively easy!!!

For a vegetarian version replace the chicken with 1 1/2 cups frozen spinach. It tastes great!

-2 tablespoons olive oil
-1 pound chicken breast, diced into small chunks
-1 large red onion, chopped into strips
-1 each: red, yellow and green bell peppers, julienned. OR use 1 pound bag of frozen bell pepper mix.
-1 tablespoon paprika
-1 tablespoon coriander
-1 tablespoon cumin
-1 package taco seasoning 
-3 cups half and half
-1 pound tri-colored pasta
-salt to taste

-Boil water in a pot and add pasta. Cook al-dente according to package instructions.
-Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pot and add chicken. Once it is cooked halfway, add the paprika, coriander, cumin and some salt. Once chicken is fully cooked, remove from pot and place in a bowl.
-Add 1 tablespoon oil to the pot and add onions and bell peppers. Cook until slightly blackened.
-Return chicken to pot and toss with cooked pasta.
-Heat a small saucepan and add the half and half. Stir in taco seasoning. Cook until well heated and just about to start bubbling. Toss the sauce with pasta and serve immediately.


  1. i cant wait to try this! ive tried copy cat versions that never turn out right so i hope this one works out, i'll let you know when i make it :)

  2. 3njad kteeer taybeh!my new favorite kind of pasta!

  3. Amira, I'm SURE this one will be a hit...its too easy to go wrong!

    Mai, I'm glad you guys enjoyed it! Thanks for trying out the recipes!

  4. I've made this weekly for the past month and I just had to comment on how delicious it is! and EASY! Followed the instructions to a T and I just vary the type of pasta depending on what I have. I also use a bag of mixed frozen bell peppers to make my life easier, hehe