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Southwest Chicken Chili Mac….Skillet Style

It’s time for chili night!  Break out your old cast iron skillet, dinner is about to be served 🙂  This is a flavorful chicken chili seasoned with beautiful southwest ingredients along with some fun wagon wheel pasta.  My boys went nuts for this dish.  Top with a little sour cream and enjoy!

To speed up the process, purchase a rotisserie chicken and shred about 2 cups.  Save the rest for another dinner.

Here’s your line up, nice and easy.  Forgot to add a can of white beans.

Boil your pasta 🙂  How fun is wagon wheel pasta?!

Run your pasta under cool water to stop cooking.

I used a rotisserie chicken and shredded it, about 2 cups.  Use whatever chicken you’d like.

I like to finish my chili mac with some fresh cilantro.  However, if you are not a fan, this could be left out.

A nice teaspoon of this Ranch seasoning adds nice flavor to your chili.  Give it a try 🙂

Saute your onions and sweet peppers.  I get a nice big bag of sweet peppers from Costco.  They are really mild and great in about everything.

Saute for a good 5 minutes then add your minced garlic and stir.

Add your shredded chicken.

Add your diced tomatoes, chicken broth and corn.

Then add your white beans and wagon wheel noodles.

This will be the kids favorite part 🙂

Time for the seasonings.  Here you have chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper and Ranch seasoning.

Add those seasonings and cilantro, simmer for 15 minutes and enjoy!


Southwest Chicken Chili Mac…Skillet Style

8 ounces wagon wheel pasta noodles
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 cup finely chopped white onion

1/2 cup finely chopped sweet peppers (or bell peppers)

1 tablespoon minced garlic

2 cups cooked shredded chicken breast

1o ounce can Rotel diced tomatoes, mild

1 1/2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth

1/2 cup corn, fresh or canned

1/2 cup white beans, drained and rinsed

1 Tablespoon chili powder

1 Tablespoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon dry Ranch seasoning from packet

1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and run under cool water to stop cooking. Heat oil in 9 inch deep cast iron skillet. Add onions and peppers, cook stirring until softened about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook stirring for 1 minute. Add chicken, tomatoes, broth, corn, beans, 1 cup wagon wheel pasta, chili powder, cumin, Ranch seasoning and cilantro. Stir until well combined. Reduce heat to low and simmer until ready to serve.

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  1. 1

    YES PLEASE! Want want want! Can’t wait to make this!

  2. 2

    the wagon wheel pasta is so adorable! i want to make this over the weekend 🙂

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    Sues says:

    This looks awesome! And pretty simple if you get a rotisserie chicken, which is one of the BEST tricks in the book 🙂

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    cindy says:

    Love your recipes AND your pictures! 🙂

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    Jenny says:

    Hi everyone, sorry for the website hiccups lately. We just went through a hosting change. Thanks for bearing with us!!

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    Wagon wheels remind me of my childhood….LOVE em 🙂 Great recipe.

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    Will says:

    This has all the things we like in it. Wife loves the wagon wheels pasta.

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    Bev says:

    I made this for our supper tonight and it is delicious, my husband is delighted that there is some leftover for his lunch tomorrow. Thank you Jenny for another wonderful recipe.

  11. 11

    Great recipe! We tried it last night–changed up a few things. It was definitely a winner.

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    Mindy says:

    This was AWESOME! My little barely-2-year-old keeps asking for more! He is such a picky eater when it comes to trying new things. I thought it was a little spicy (maybe cut back a little on the chili powder if you are sensitive), but my little boy didn’t seem to care – he just wanted a drink of water after his first bowl (he’s working on his 2nd!). Thank you for the great recipe!

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    Christan says:

    Love your site! This recipe is amazing. I am a fan of mexican, southwest, and tex-mex recipes. I followed your recipe, except I made this vegetarian by using vegetable broth with one can white beans and one can black beans.

    Thanks for the ideas!!

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    Debbie says:

    I have a question….you say to use 8 oz. of wagon wheels pasta, but then you say to use 1 cup of the boiled pasta. What do you do with the rest of the pasta you boiled? If you boil 8 oz. of dry pasta, you get a lot more boiled pasta than 1 cup. ???

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    Thanks Jenny! Just added the link to todays upcoming post 🙂

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    Sarah says:

    Made this last night and it was a hit! Love that it makes a ton so there is is plenty for leftovers–thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    Sara says:

    This was really good! I did brown rice instead of the pasta (because I was out of pasta). I cooked the rice in the chicken broth then added all the other ingredients. Really good flavor and seasoning was perfect! I think I’ll use black beans next time for a bit more color!

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    Made this for dinner last night, doubled the recipe for everyone to have leftovers today, and it was GREAT!
    The only changes I made was since 2 cans of Rotel made it a tad spicy, I stirred in a half block of cream cheese to “cool” the spice, plus I added cornstarch to thicken it up a bit into a more “stewy” consistency.
    SO GOOD.
    Thanks for sharing. Love your blog and am sharing it with friends who are looking for good recipes as well 🙂

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    Erin says:

    I made this tonight, and my husband and I loved it. Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes 🙂

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    Great recipe! Someone had included a link to this post with their Plan It, Don’t Panic menu plan at Keeper of the Home last week, and I put it on my plan for tonight! My family loved it! Definitely a winner!

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    Lauren says:

    Made tonight and my family loved it! Easy recipe!

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    The chicken chili looks great, but with wagon wheel pasta there’s a lot of difference between 8 oz (all of a small box) and a cup. Which is it? I assume it goes in raw.

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    This looks amazing! Can you tell me how many portions this recipe is? I have a family of 8…three of which are teenage boys. I just wasn’t sure if I needed to double or triple!?!

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    Kimmy says:

    this was most excellent and super easy!!! I used spicy ranch and also a tex mex rotel, and it gave it an extra kick!! So YUMMY!! Thanks for this great recipe!!

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    This was super yummy! Thanks for sharing a great twist on familiar flavors.

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    sweetpumpkin says:

    What an adventure this recipe was! Right after I began preparing a storm swept in and kept the electricity flickering in and out about 5 times. In the end I had a wonderful result of very yummy chili and a happy husband. I did add more broth since my husband loves broth.

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    Anna says:

    I did not have any sour cream so I decided to throw some heavy cream in at the end and it is delicious. I also tried it with a little parmesan cheese on it and it is oh so good! Thanks for the recipe!

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    Katie says:

    I think i’m going to make this tonight. Going ot use one of the readers advice and add some cream cheese to “tone down the spice” since I have a 3yo. Can’t wait!

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      Katie says:

      Well my 3yo wanted mac-n-cheese so…. there was more for my husband and I to eat. Loved it–had 2nds and will add to our rotation!

      A chicken tip–i’ve been buying a package of bone-in chicken breasts each week (they are like $5 for 2 huge pieces). I bake them on Monday (with some poultry seasoning etc.) while im preparing another dinner. Then I shred it after it cools. I can usually get 2 meals out of all that chicken!

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