Southwestern Chicken-Pasta Bake

Southwestern Chicken-Pasta Bake Recipe
Southwestern Chicken-Pasta Bake incorporates all the flavors from that region. This hearty baked dish is an excellent way to use leftover chicken, and it freezes well for future meals.


Serves: 10

Cost per Serving:


Recipe Time

Prep: 25 Minutes
Cook: 45 Minutes
Stand: 15 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 576
Fat 32 g
Satfat 19 g
Protein 31 g
Carbohydrate 41 g
Fiber 2 g
Cholesterol 130 mg
Sodium 449 mg


12 ounces linguine
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 6-oz. can tomato paste
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups milk
1 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes with green chiles, drained
2 cups four-cheese Mexican blend
4 cups diced cooked chicken (from a rotisserie bird)
Chopped cilantro, optional


1. Preheat oven to 350°F; mist a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta until al dente, about 10 minutes or as package directs. Drain.

2. Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper, onion, garlic, cumin, chili powder and 2 tsp. salt; sauté until onion is tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Add tomato paste and cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes longer.

3. Whisk in flour until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk. Cook, whisking, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Add diced tomatoes and 1 cup cheese. Cook, whisking, for 1 minute or until cheese melts.

4. Remove from heat. Stir in chicken and pasta. Scrape into baking dish; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake until bubbly, 20 to 25 minutes. (Preheat broiler to high and broil casserole for a minute to brown, if desired.) Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro, if desired; serve.

July 2013