Mexi-Chicken Campanelle Dinner

This Mexi-Chicken Campanelle Dinner is made with pasta and perfectly seasoned chicken breasts. It’s a hearty recipe for weeknights or Cinco de Mayo celebrations!

A Serving of Mexi-Chicken Campanelle

Mexi-Chicken Campanelle Dinner

It’s about time we talk dinner around here! I’ve been baking so much I think cookies are coming out of my ears! Who am I kidding, I’ll probably be baking something else very soon, but until then….

I am thrilled to share this simple weeknight dinner that the entire family is going to love. Campanelle pasta is nestled in a creamy salsa sauce topped with gorgeous roasted chicken breast slices that have been rubbed with just the right McCormick Gourmet Seasonings 🙂

No doubt, y’all are going to love this one. Enjoy.

Ingredients for Mexi-Chicken Campanelle Dinner

Here’s your line up of ingredients.

McCormick Chile Pepper, Garlic Powder, Sea Salt, Smoked Paprika & Black Pepper Containers

How to Make This Tasty Chicken Dinner

These spices are the stars of the rub for your chicken breast.

McCormick Spices in a Small Bowl

Wait until you smell this….smoky and delicious!

Stirred Spices in a Small Bowl

Give it a good stir and you are ready.

Sprinkling Seasoning on Chicken Breast

Sprinkle then rub over your chicken breast.

Chicken Breasts on the Stove

Brown both sides of your chicken in a large Dutch oven or pot, about 6 minutes per side 🙂

Chicken Breasts in the Oven

Finish cooking for about 25 minutes in a 350 degree F. oven.

Collage of Steps to Make Creamy Salsa Sauce

Time to prepare your creamy salsa sauce 🙂

A Box of Campanelle Pasta

I love this pasta, but feel free to use whatever you have in the pantry.

Campanelle Pasta and Salsa Sauce

Give a good stir.

Cooked Mexi-Chicken Being Cut

Just wait until you sink your teeth into this chicken. Slice it up and top over nice bowls of creamy pasta.

A Bowl of Mexi-Chicken Campanelle

You’ll have a little something like this 🙂  Enjoy!

A Bowl Filled with Campanelle Pasta & Mexi-Chicken

A Bowl of Campanelle Pasta & Mexi-Chicken

Mexi-Chicken Campanelle Dinner

This Mexi-Chicken Campanelle Dinner is made with pasta and perfectly seasoned chicken breasts. It's a hearty recipe for weeknights or Cinco de Mayo celebrations!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings: 5
Calories: 748kcal
Author: Jenny
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  • Stove
  • Oven


  • 1 lb campanelle pasta
  • 1/4 tsp McCormick Gourmet Ancho Chile Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp McCormick Gourmet Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp McCormick Gourmet Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp McCormick Gourmet Sicilian Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp McCormick Gourmet Coarse Grind Black Pepper
  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken breast with rib meat fryer
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup finely chopped sweet peppers
  • 1 1/2 cups salsa verde mild
  • 1 cup diced petite tomatoes from can
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro


  • Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and run under cold water to stop cooking.
  • Place ancho pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper into a small bowl, stirring to combine. Sprinkle over both sides of chicken, then rub. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in Dutch oven or large pot over medium heat.
  • Add chicken cooking until browned on both sides, about 6 minutes each side. Place pot in oven and continue cooking for 25 minutes.
  • While chicken is cooking heat 2 tablespoons oil in another Dutch oven or medium pot over medium heat. Add onions, garlic and sweet peppers, cooking and stirring until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Add salsa, tomatoes, cream and cilantro, stirring to combine. Add cooled pasta back to original large pot and pour sauce over top, stirring to combine. Reduce heat to low, stirring often.
  • When chicken is cooked through, remove and let rest for 5 minutes. Cut into slices. Spoon pasta in serving bowls and top with slices of chicken breast. Garnish with a sprig of cilantro if desired.


Recipe makes 4-6 servings


Calories: 748kcal | Carbohydrates: 82g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 845mg | Potassium: 1125mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1984IU | Vitamin C: 50mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 3mg
Keywords: chicken dinner, chicken dinner idea, chicken pasta, chicken pasta recipe, easy chicken dinner, mexican dinner idea, mexican dinner recipe


*Disclaimer: I am part of the McCormick Real Gourmet Blogger Program and am being
compensated however the thoughts and recipe are my very own.

Have a great rest of your week and weekend, see you soon!

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69 Responses
  1. Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry

    I have to admit that I have a slight obsession with McCormick spices… they are so yummy! This chicken looks great and those noodles looks so fun, like little lasagna noodles! YUM!

  2. Sara

    Where did you find the pasta? I’ve been looking everywhere for it with no luck… 🙁 I usually shop at publix but I didn’t see it there.
    Thanks! 🙂

  3. Merut

    Creamy pasta is always delicious! I love your pictures – very detailed and colorful. This definitely looks like a recipe I could be making soon. Thanks!

  4. Camber @ Food Snots

    This looks amazing! I’ve been needing a new chicken recipe so this is great!!

  5. I Amy at TheSceneFromMe

    This sounds really good, but I can’t bring myself to cook chicken on a bone!

  6. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy

    My first thought when I saw this was “What?! No dessert?!” This looks scrumptious! Thanks!

  7. Kelli

    1/4 tsp Paprika too? It isn’t listed in the recipe, but it’ in the pictures 🙂 This looks GREAT!!!

    1. Jenny

      Thanks for catching that Kelli! Yes, 1/4 tsp smoked paprika too, just went and edited the recipe 🙂

  8. Lisa {Smart Food and Fit}

    Oh yeah, skin on and bone…that’s where all the important vitamins and minerals are! Mmmmm, looks good!

  9. Nicole

    This recipe looks heavenly! Thanks for all the great tips & recipes. I thoroughly enjoy your blog.

  10. Tracy

    I bet this would be really good if you were to substitute some cream cheese for the heavy cream. I think I’m going to have to try it!

  11. EatLiveRun

    my mouth is watering–the chicken looks great, but that pasta and creamy sauce is calling my name! What a fun dinner!

  12. Briana

    What I love about this recipe (other than the fact it looks delicious!) is that I have all ingredients on hand! Thanks for sharing; I can’t wait to try it!

  13. Debi (Table Talk)

    You have proven chicken doesn’t have to be boring—a dish the whole family will be happy to see arrive at the dinner table!

  14. Kathy - Panini Happy

    This looks wonderful, Jenny! Your chicken is cooked just perfectly. This is going on next week’s menu!

  15. Kim

    Oh man, just when I have the menu all planned for next week, I see this! It looks amazing! I’m going to have to make this next week. LOVE your recipes! Thanks!

  16. Jen @

    This looks SCRUMPTIOUS! My mouth is watering! Definitely adding this one to the “must try” list! 🙂

  17. marla {family fresh cooking}

    Jenny, this is the perfect family meal! Love all those spices in this pasta dish 🙂 Such tempting photos too.

  18. brandi@BranAppetit

    skin-on, bone-in chicken breasts are the BEST! So delicious.

    And we are addicted to smoked paprika and ancho chile powder – we both get antsy if the bottles are getting low 🙂

    My husband would love this!

  19. Heather (Heather's Dish)

    i never make chicken with the skin on, and after this post i think that needs to change. there’s SO much flavor when the skin gets invited to the party!

  20. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)

    Jenny, it looks perfect. And I don’t even eat meat 🙂

    And congrats on your Babble award/mention. You are always Top 100 in my book!! 🙂

  21. Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish)

    This combines so many of my favorite things!
    Smokey flavors, fun pasta shapes, salsa verde, and using my dutch oven!

  22. Misty

    This reminds me of something I would see at Noodles & Company. So yummy looking, I know my three boys would love this!

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