Sunday, June 10, 2018

Jalapeno Popper Chicken One Pot Pasta + Video

Jalapeno popper chicken pasta has loads of flavor and your entire family will love it! Make this recipe all in the same pot for easy cleanup.

one pot pasta dinner with chicken
Spicy chicken recipes are a great way to add an extra kick to otherwise bland meat. Plus, it’s easy to adjust the level of heat to suit your taste.

For a make-ahead option, try Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad. It’s easy to throw together and makes enough to feed a crowd or have leftovers for the week.

Spicy Buffalo Chicken Burgers combine the flavor of buffalo wings with juicy hamburgers. Served on a pretzel bun with blue cheese crumbles, they’re sure to become a new favorite.

Or, keep it simple with my Southwestern Chicken Salad with Spicy Ranch Dressing. It’s made with just a handful of ingredients but packs a big punch!

cooking diced chicken breasts in a skillet

How to Make Jalapeno Popper Chicken Pasta

This one pot pasta recipe comes together quickly and is so easy to make.

First, the onions and chicken are browned in the pan. Then, the pasta cooks with the chicken and broth so both are infused with flavor.

Once the pasta is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, stir in the cheeses to make the sauce. It’s that simple!

skillet dinner with penne pasta, chicken, and jalapeno peppers

Recipe Tips
  • Prep in advance: Chop the veggies, shred the cheese, and cook the bacon up to a day in advance. Store covered in the refrigerator until you’re ready to throw this easy chicken pasta recipe together.
  • Shred cheese yourself: Pre-bagged shreds have a preservative that gives them a waxy texture and prevents them from melting fully. Fresh cheese is the key to a creamy sauce.
  • Adjusting the heat: You can add more chili powder and jalapenos if you like spicy flavor. For milder flavor, make sure to remove the seeds and ribs from the peppers when chopping.
  • Safe Pepper Handling: Be sure to wear gloves when chopping hot peppers, especially when seeding. The oils can irritate your skin and eyes, and it’s easy to miss some spots when washing your hands.

close up of penne pasta and chicken breast eat in a skillet

Easy Chicken Pasta Recipe Video

To see us make the recipe from start to finish, watch the video at the top of this post.

One-Pot Jalapeno Popper Chicken Pasta
closeup photo: chicken bacon and pasta dinner

Adapt the recipe to fit your taste by adding more chili powder or jalapeños if you like spicy flavor. 

Add an additional 1/2 cup of cheese if you like it cheesier.

This pasta tastes great (if not better) as leftovers. So, save some for later and reheat just prior to serving.
One-Pot Jalapeno Popper Chicken Pasta

Kitchen tools you’ll need:

  • Skillet-The entire meal cooks in one skillet to make prep and clean up easy. 
  • Cutting board - A high quality cutting board comes in handy when prepping this meal.
  • Garlic press – A garlic press is a necessary tool in any kitchen to add fresh minced garlic flavor.


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One-Pot Jalapeno Popper Chicken Pasta


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one pot pasta dinner with chicken, cheese, and jalapenos

Jalapeno Popper Chicken Pasta

This chicken pasta is packed with flavor and it's a family favorite dinner. Make this recipe all in the same pot for easy cleanup!

prep time: 5 mins     cook time: 35 mins     total time: 40 mins


  • 1 pound chicken breast, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 1/2 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2-3 jalapeño peppers, minced
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack or Colby Jack cheese
  • 4 slices cooked bacon
  • Sliced jalapeño, for garnish
  • Freshly chopped Italian flat leaf parsley, for garnish


  1. Season chicken with chili powder; set aside.
  2. In a 12” pan or skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and stir until soft, about 3 minutes. Add chicken to pan and cook until brown on both sides. Stir in garlic and cook one additional minute.
  3. Add uncooked pasta, chicken broth, water and sliced peppers. Stir then bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 22 minutes.
  4. Uncover and cook until almost all of the liquid is absorbed, about 5 additional minutes. Remove from heat, stir in cream cheese and shredded cheese. Stir until cheese is melted.
  5. Garnish with bacon, sliced jalapeños and fresh parsley. Enjoy!

titled photo for Pinterest - Cheesy One Pot Jalapeno Popper Chicken Pasta

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1 comment:

  1. My lovely wife made this tonight...It was absolutely amazing!!! A breakdown of the nutritional info would be helpful


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