Chicken Fajita Pasta Bake Recipe

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


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  • 1 pound ziti pasta
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 pound boneless chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 (16 ounce) jar salsa
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can corn, drained
  • 1 (16 ounce) package shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
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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.


    • 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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