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Baja Chicken Pasta

Baja Chicken Pasta ~ A Mexican twist on your favorite cheesy pasta with salsa, black beans, mushrooms, onions, peppers, and spices in a two cheese sauce.Baja Chicken Pasta ~ A Mexican twist on your favorite cheesy pasta with salsa, black beans, mushrooms, onions, peppers, and spices in a two cheese sauce ~ The Complete Savorist This is my attempt at recreating a favorite dish from a local favorite restaurant, coincidentally titled Baja Chicken Pasta too. This is my third attempt.  It is still not exactly like the restaurant’s, but OH MY GOSH, this is truly delicious. I’ve decided this is the recipe I had to share and I will simply go to the restaurant when I want their version.

This is, by no means, a healthy eating entree. Sure there’s some chicken and some black beans, a few mushrooms, but an entire package of cream cheese and a hearty handful or two of shredded cheese pretty much cancel out the nutrition. Every now and again though, that’s exactly what the doctor orders.Baja Chicken Pasta ~ A Mexican twist on your favorite cheesy pasta with salsa, black beans, mushrooms, onions, peppers, and spices in a two cheese sauce ~ The Complete Savorist Ok, the doctor metaphor might be a bit much, but I think even Mr. or Ms. Doctor M.D. would enjoy this decadent dish every now and again. It’s hearty and utterly satisfying.

The sauce itself is so good, I could have just drank it. Quality assurance or um, taste-testing was at an all time high with this dish. It’s a good thing I have a 36-pack of tasting spoons in a jar next to my stove for such purposes. Baja Chicken Pasta ~ A Mexican twist on your favorite cheesy pasta with salsa, black beans, mushrooms, onions, peppers, and spices in a two cheese sauce ~ The Complete Savorist This will serve 6 people, but I promise you’ll want some for leftovers. I’ve been known to snag a bite straight out of the fridge and this Baja Chicken Pasta dish passed my good-when-cold-test. If the sauce is too thick for your liking, thin it out with a bit of broth or milk. This is the best way to reheat it as well. It will solidify when cold–hello cheese, so when I rewarm it, usually on the stove in a pan, I add a bit of broth or milk to thin it back down and help it heat thoroughly. Baja Chicken Pasta ~ A Mexican twist on your favorite cheesy pasta with salsa, black beans, mushrooms, onions, peppers, and spices in a two cheese sauce ~ The Complete Savorist

Baja Chicken Pasta

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican Fusion
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Michelle De La Cerda
Baja Chicken Pasta ~ A Mexican twist on your favorite cheesy pasta with salsa, black beans, mushrooms, onions, peppers, and spices in a two cheese sauce ~ The Complete Savorist
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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken breast; cubed
  • Salt/Pepper to taste
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 large bell pepper; chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic; minced/grated
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 2 1/2 cups broth
  • 8 oz pkg cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup salsa
  • 3/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chile powder
  • 1/2 tsp taco seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup diced green onions; some reserved for garnish
  • 1-15 oz can black beans; drained and rinsed
  • 1 lb pasta; cooked

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil, salt it and cook pasta one minute short of package directions.
  2. Once hot, add the oil to a large skillet or pot over medium high heat.
  3. Add the chicken and get a nice sear on each side, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add salt and pepper, stir well.
  5. Stir in the onions, bell peppers, and garlic; cook for 3-4 minutes
  6. Stir in the mushrooms, cook an additional 3-4 minutes
  7. Add the broth and cream cheese, stirring often to help dissolve the cheese into the liquid.
  8. Sprinkle in the seasonings, including a bit more salt and pepper while stirring, and the salsa. Make sure it is fully combined.
  9. Slowly incorporate the shredded cheese, stirring constantly.
  10. Add the green onions and pasta, stir well and allow it to get to a medium simmer/bubbling, and reduce the heat to medium and maintain a low simmer.
  11. Allow to cook together for 5 or so minutes, until the pasta has finished cooking, then add the black beans, gently folding them in to the dish.
  12. Taste for seasoning, add any salt and pepper as needed.
  13. Once the beans are heated through, remove from heat.
  14. Serve and enjoy, garnishing with the reserved green onions.

Baja Chicken Pasta ~ A Mexican twist on your favorite cheesy pasta with salsa, black beans, mushrooms, onions, peppers, and spices in a two cheese sauce ~ The Complete Savorist Baja Chicken Pasta ~ A Mexican twist on your favorite cheesy pasta with salsa, black beans, mushrooms, onions, peppers, and spices in a two cheese sauce ~ The Complete Savorist

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Patricia @ Grab a Plate
    September 28, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    This really does look decadent (and delicious)! I love the combo of Mexican & Italian, and I really love those mushrooms 🙂

  • Reply
    Dee
    September 28, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    I’ve been craving something with Mexican flavors, and this sounds perfect! Love it!

  • Reply
    carrie @ frugal foodie mama
    September 29, 2016 at 6:11 am

    Please pass me a big plate of this cheesy goodness! 🙂 Looks amazing!

  • Reply
    Brandy | Nutmeg Nanny
    September 29, 2016 at 7:21 am

    This is something that we’d love to have! Can’t wait to make this!

  • Reply
    Rosie | OfRecipes
    September 30, 2016 at 3:33 am

    This looks incredibly good! I think I’m going to make it tonight for dinner!

  • Reply
    Laura at I Heart Naptime
    September 30, 2016 at 6:04 am

    This looks amazing! (And my teenager looking over my shoulder is begging to have it for dinner!)

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    Amy @ Little Dairy on the Prairie
    September 30, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    I love pasta and Mexican so I can only imagine how yummy this is! Can’t wait to try it!

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    Amee
    October 23, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    One of my favorite meals at any restaurant is also called Baja chicken pasta….however it seems to be hit and miss of tasting amazing!! I am not a cook and have googled multiple times to find a Mexican pasta!!! I’m so excited to try this. I’ll let you know is week how it goes. But I have a very good feeling about this!!!

    Thanks!

    Amee D.

    • Reply
      Michelle De La Cerda
      October 24, 2016 at 10:57 am

      I feel so much pressure now! Mine was inspired by a restaurant dish too; it’s not an exact replica of theirs, but I love this one.

      • Reply
        Amee
        October 25, 2016 at 9:49 pm

        Sitting at the dinner table with my 5 year old….
        “Mom why do you keep making those noises?”
        “What noises.”
        “You keep going MMMMMM MMMMM MMMM”
        “I do?!?”

        I think that is a good sign. Seriously this was fantastic!!! Thanks so much. I’ll dream about this for days. Good thing I have some left overs!

        • Reply
          Michelle De La Cerda
          October 26, 2016 at 3:55 pm

          Ha, your son and my daughter would get along well. I am so happy you like it. I’ve been doing this a long time now, but I still get nervous when I know some is about to make a recipe.

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