Southwest Chicken Chili Mac

This delicious Southwest Chicken Chili Mac is easy to make in a skillet and perfect for picky eaters! It’s a healthy chicken pasta dish for the whole family!Image of Southwest Chicken Chili Mac

Southwest Chicken Chili Mac

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!

Ingredients for Chicken Chili Mac

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

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

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How to Make This Chicken Pasta Dish

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

Image of Wagon Wheel Pasta in a Strainer

Run your pasta under cool water to stop cooking.

Image of Chicken for Southwest Chicken Chili Mac

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

Image of Fresh Cilantro

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

Image of Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning

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

Image of Onions & Sweet Peppers in a Skillet

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.

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

Image of Shredded Chicken for Southwest Chicken Chili Mac

Add your shredded chicken.

Image of Tomatoes, Broth and Corn for Southwest Chicken Chili Mac

Add your diced tomatoes, chicken broth and corn.

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Then add your white beans and wagon wheel noodles.

Image of Noodles Being Added to Southwest Chicken Chili Mac

This will be the kids favorite part 🙂

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

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

Image of Southwest Chicken Chili Mac in a Skillet

Image of Southwest Chicken Chili Mac

Southwest Chicken Chili Mac

This delicious Southwest Chicken Chili Mac is easy to make in a skillet and perfect for picky eaters! It's a healthy chicken pasta dish for the whole family!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Southwestern
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 261kcal
Author: Jenny
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Equipment

  • Skillet
  • Stove

Ingredients

  • 8 oz wagon wheel pasta noodles
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped sweet peppers or bell peppers
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken breast
  • 10 oz 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 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dry ranch seasoning from packet
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro finely chopped

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 127mg | Potassium: 455mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 931IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 3mg
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71 Responses
  1. Anna

    I’ve made this several times and the measurements just seem off. The recipe says 8 oz of pasta but doesn’t say if it should be cooked or not. Then in the general instructions it says 1 cup. Also the directions omit when to add the corn. The Rotel Tomatoes are what makes the soup very spicy. I love spice but I cook a whole box of pasta and still 1 can is spicy. I just think a quick recheck of ingredients and portions would be good to do.

  2. Julie Thomas

    This is a hit! I used macaroni pasta and we add cheese and sour cream to the bowl and everyone is happy! Great leftovers too which is a bonus for making midweek life that much better!

  3. Julie

    This meal was not only very easy to make, but it was well received by even the PICKIEST eater in our family. Granted she picked out the corn and the bell peppers, but with some cheese mixed in, my little gal was very pleased. Others in the family added a little sour cream in addition to the shredded cheese that topped off our bowls. Great and easy one-pot meal.
    A true review from my littlest gal that she would like to add is: “Yum, yum, yum. I love this meal” – from Sally

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  5. Diana

    Want to make this but is it supposed to be the whole 8 oz. box of pasta like it says in the ingredients or the one cup of pasta after it is cooked like in the directions where is says to add it? Confused. Thank you for your help

  6. Charise

    Made this for my family and they loved it, though I used sausage instead of chicken cuz that’s all i had on hand lol and i’ll probably use a bit less of the cumin next time but its definitely a keeper recipe

  7. Rachel

    I have loved all of your recipes that I have made, but this one was a total miss. When a recipe calls for 8oz of pasta, that generally means 8oz of DRY pasta, not ONE CUP. I made it exactly as the recipe called for and it was bland and soupy. Really not thrilled with this. Thanks for posting though!

  8. Emily M.

    This was great. Are you sure about the Tablespoon of cumin though? I used a teaspoon and a half or so and it was plenty cumin-y and I’m a cumin lover. Just curious! Thanks, it was GREAT! I added jalapeno peppers. Super yum.

  9. Tannis

    I made this last night and it is was so good. I put chicken in the crockpot to cook while I was at work. Actually had my daugther shred it in the afteroon then came home from work and threw it all together. This is a keeper!! Loved the flavors.

  10. Lilah

    I am a kid and my mom has been doing bad on the dinner menu so I love your website!!!!!!! Thanks for being awesome!

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