Creamy Chicken Fajita Pasta

$6.29 recipe / $1.57 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.59 from 39 votes
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Remember that Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta that we all love because it’s so easy and delicious? Well, the other day when I was craving a creamy-pasta-comfort-food dinner, I decided to morph that recipe with another recipe that we all love so much, Easy Oven Fajitas. When the two recipes come together, a real winner is born: Creamy Chicken Fajita Pasta.

Overhead view of a cast iron skillet full of Creamy Chicken Fajita Pasta on a zig zag black napkin

Use Store Bought or Homemade Fajita Seasoning

This Creamy Chicken Fajita Pasta is a fast fix that really doesn’t require a lot of ingredients. If you don’t have a well stocked spice cabinet yet, you can simply purchase a pre-mixed packet of fajita spices and use that in place of the individual spices listed below.

Make it EXTRA Cheesy!

If you want to take this recipe one step further and make it EXTRA indulgent, I suggest sprinkling pepper jack (or Monterrey jack) cheese on top.

Can I Use Chicken Thighs?

I was lucky enough to get boneless, skinless chicken breast on a super good sale again, but if you can’t get the same amazing price that I did, chicken thighs would be my next choice. They’re usually quite a bit less expensive and are great because they stay nice and tender when cooked.

What Size Skillet Should I Use?

I used my 10-inch Lodge cast iron skillet for this, but it was really full and difficult to stir without spillage. A 12-inch skillet would probably be a better fit.

Close up of a wooden spoon scooping some Creamy Chicken Fajita Pasta out of the skillet

Love creamy chicken pasta recipes? Check out my One Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta!

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Creamy Chicken Fajita Pasta

4.59 from 39 votes
Creamy Chicken Fajita Pasta is a fast and delicious weeknight meal with savory southwest flavors that the whole family will love. 
Servings 4
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Total 30 minutes




  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil ($0.04)
  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast (about 0.75 lb.) ($1.30)
  • 1 bell pepper ($0.88)
  • 1 yellow onion ($0.34)
  • 15 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes ($1.29)
  • 4 oz cream cheese ($1.00)
  • 8 oz pasta (any shape) ($0.83)
  • 2 green onions, sliced ($0.17)


  • Combine the spices for the fajita spice mix in a bowl and set aside. Dice the onion and bell pepper, and cut the chicken breast into 1/2-inch cubes.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Once boiling, add the pasta and continue to boil until tender (7-10 minutes, or according to the package directions). Drain the pasta in a colander and set it aside until ready to use.
  • While waiting for the pasta to cook, heat 1 Tbsp cooking oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the cubed chicken and the fajita spice mix. Sauté the chicken and spices until the chicken is cooked through and slightly browned. Remove the chicken from the skillet to a clean bowl.
  • Add the onion and bell pepper to the skillet and continue to sauté over medium heat just until they begin to soften slightly on the edges and have a little brown color. Add the canned tomatoes (with juices) and the cream cheese. Stir the mixture over medium heat until the cream cheese melts in and forms a creamy sauce with the tomatoes.
  • Finally, add the cooked and drained pasta and cooked chicken back to the skillet. Stir until everything is evenly combined and coated in creamy sauce. Top with sliced green onions and serve.

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*The chili powder used is a mild blend of red chiles and other spices.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 292.33kcalCarbohydrates: 14.21gProtein: 22.73gFat: 15.9gSodium: 709.7mgFiber: 2.9g
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Overhead view of a skillet full of Creamy Chicken Fajita Pasta with a wooden spoon in the top

How to Make Chicken Fajita Pasta – Step by Step Photos

Fajita Spices in a small white bowl

Begin by preparing the fajita spice mix. In a small bowl, stir together 2 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp smoked paprika, 1/4 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp cumin, 1/8 tsp cayenne, 1/2 tsp sugar, and 1/2 tsp salt.

Chili Powder bottle

This is the “chili powder” I use. It’s a mild blend of spices with NO heat to it. The heat in the fajita spice mix comes from the cayenne, so if you want it more spicy add more cayenne, or if you want the pasta to be 100% mild, just leave the cayenne out. :) With the 1/8 tsp cayenne that I used the pasta just has a slight kick, but nothing too spicy.

Diced Onion and Bell Pepper

Next, dice one yellow onion and one bell pepper.

Diced Chicken Breast

And cut one boneless, skinless chicken breast into 1/2-inch cubes. This was a fairly large chicken breast, at about 3/4 lb. You can also use boneless, skinless chicken thighs if that’s what you have available.

Pasta package

Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Once boiling, add 8oz. pasta and cook according to the package directions. I wanted to include a photo of this package because every time I use these “flowers” someone asks what the name of the shape is. This brand is the only one that I’ve seen that makes these cute little pasta flowers.

Cooked Pasta in Colander

Once the pasta is cooked through, drain it in a colander and set it aside until ready to use. But while the pasta is cooking you can start the rest of the dish…

Browned Chicken and Spices in the skillet

While the pasta is cooking, heat 1 Tbsp cooking oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the diced chicken and the prepared fajita spice mix. Sauté the chicken and spices until the chicken is slightly browned and cooked through. Remove the cooked chicken from the skillet and place it in a clean bowl.

Sautéed Onion and Bell Peppers

Add the onion and bell pepper to the skillet and sauté for about 5 minutes, or just until the edges soften and begin to turn brown.

Add Tomatoes and Cream Cheese in skillet

Add one 15oz. can of fire roasted diced tomatoes (with the juices) and 4oz. of cream cheese (cut into chunks) to the skillet.

Creamy Sauce

Stir and cook over medium heat until the cream cheese melts in and creates a creamy sauce with the tomatoes.

Add Cooked Pasta and Chicken

Finally, add drained pasta and cooked chicken back to the skillet and stir until everything is coated in the creamy sauce. Top with sliced green onions, then serve.

Creamy Chicken Fajita Pasta finished in the cast iron skillet

That’s one big skillet of goodness…. I mean Creamy Chicken Fajita Pasta.

Close up overhead view of Creamy Chicken Fajita Pasta in the skillet with a wooden spoon

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  1. Hi Beth, Recipe is really good and fast. I made it just as per your recipe except I used half red and half green peppers for color.

    I’m not sure where you live or shop, but the prices you quote are 2 to 3 times higher where I live for things like chicken breasts and cream cheese.

    1. This recipe is from 2016, so the prices are definitely a bit different. Unfortunately, because food prices change on a day to day basis, it’s impossible to have all of the recipes reflect current prices. Rather than looking at the total or individual prices, it can be helpful to look at the ratio of the prices. Which ingredients add the most to the total cost and which are the least costly (but most bulky). That helps you recognize which ingredients you can cut back on or increase in your recipes to adjust the volume and price to make them more budget-friendly, no matter what the current prices are. :)

  2. This was great! I’d love to try and do it all in one pan like the cream Cajun chicken pasta – any tips for that? I’d worry about the onions and peppers getting too mushy but maybe I’d do those first, take them out, add everything else (and broth for cooking noodles) and put the peppers and onions back in with the cream cheese?

    1. I think your intuition is spot on! Take the peppers and onions out and add them back in toward the end. :)

  3. This was good. Used leftover chicken fajita; didn’t have cream cheese or roasted tomatoes (google said I could use sour cream and any canned tomatoes with smoke paprika…). Added more spices in this recipe and siracha cuz the pasta and tomatoes dulled the flavour.

  4. My husband and I love this pasta and it’s a regular in our meal rotation. Today I turned it into a soup…left out the pasta, added black beans and frozen corn, then added 32oz of chicken broth and doubled the cream cheese. It’s everything you could dream of and more. Oh and I added some cilantro and lime when serving. 

  5. The first time I made this, the cayenne made it a bit spicy for my kids. I made it tonight without the cayenne, using boneless chicken thighs and regular diced tomatoes. The kids and I loved it. I’m doing keto, so I put the pasta in last, and put my portion of the chicken on a bed of lettuce and mixed it up, rather than on pasta. Excellent that way.