Thursday, October 20, 2011

Chicken Enchilada Spaghetti

Chicken Enchiladas are a huge family favorite in my house.  Now that I think about it, we don't eat them enough for how popular they are.  My husband has always had a love for flour tortillas, but me on the other hand have always had a love for pasta, go figure right.  Don't get me wrong though, I love enchiladas, but this new Chicken Enchilada Spaghetti was amazing, and a new take on the old classic, and call me crazy but I do love changing things up. This dish has great flavors, WITH pasta! YUM!! If you like enchiladas, you should try this!  It actually seemed easier to me, because you just add everything to the pan, rather then filling each tortilla.  Give it a try! :)

Chicken Enchilada Spaghetti

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time:  20-30 minutes
Servings: 4-6
Difficulty:  Easy
  • about 10oz whole grain spaghetti noodles, or regular noodles(I had a 13oz pkg, and almost used it all.  I need to get better at measuring these types of things! ;))
  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked, and shredded
  • 1/2 of an onion, chopped
  • 1/2 of a red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 Tbls of olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • a pinch of cayenne
  • 15oz La Victoria Green Chile enchilada sauce (I had the 19oz can and used more than 3/4 of it, and decided the left over sauce is perfect to add in the leftovers!)
  • 3/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup black olives, sliced

Bring salted water to a boil, add pasta, and prepare pasta according to directions.  Cook chicken(I boiled mine) and shred, set aside.
Chop up red bell pepper, onion, and mince garlic.
Add olive oil, red peppers, onion, salt, and pepper to a large saucepan.  Cook until soft. Add in minced garlic and cook for two minutes more.

Turn stove to medium low and add in the shredded chicken, cumin, cayenne, and enchilada sauce.  Stir to combine.

Add in cooked pasta, and top with grated cheese.  Stir together, and cook for a few minutes on low until cheese is melted and it's heated through.

Add olives, stir to combine, and dish up! So good! Tastes just like regular enchiladas!

I found the original recipe by the very talented How Sweet It Is

Question of the Day:

Which enchilada sauce do you like more, red, or green??

I LOVE the green, it is by far my favorite!  

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