Cheesy Southwest Chicken Skillet Recipe -
Cheesy Southwest Chicken Skillet Recipe
  • READY IN 30 mins

Cheesy Southwest Chicken Skillet

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"Make this 30-minute skillet dinner featuring pasta, chicken, Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ creamy three cheese cooking sauce and Old El Paso® diced green chiles--perfect for southwestern meals."

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  • PREP

    30 mins

    30 mins


  1. In 12-inch skillet, heat 3 cups water to boiling; add pasta. Cook 8 to 9 minutes or until pasta is tender; drain and return to skillet.
  2. Add chicken, cooking sauce and chiles; heat to boiling, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover; let stand 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with bell pepper, olives and tortilla chips.
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  • For on-hand convenience, purchase a rotisserie chicken, and remove all the meat. Chop and place 2-cup portions in resealable freezer plastic bags. Keep frozen until you need them.
  • Change it up with a different pasta shape like penne or ziti.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 28, 2012

This ended up being very good but it needed some help. I cooked two chicken breasts instead of using a rotisserie chicken. I seasoned the chicken with McCormick Southwest Seasoning (a new blend from the gourmet collection). I followed the recipe as indicated but found the dish to be bland. I loved the seasoning that I used in the chicken so I went ahead and added that same seasoning to the pasta dish until it tasted right, probably about 2 teaspoons. I garnished with avocado, tomatoes, chives, red onions and strips of baked corn tortillas.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 07, 2013

It was ok - but really bland, and I think it needs a bit of a healthy improvement. I added in a bag of frozen spinach, and spiced it up with some Hot Shot (a black and red pepper blend). I think hot sauce, tomatoes, broccoli...all could be added to make this more interesting.


12 Ratings

Sep 24, 2012

Good, easy and quick. Used hot diced green chiles in place of regular diced green chiles. Garnished with diced tomatoes.

Sep 30, 2012

My family really liked this, it was simple and quick. Didn't change one thing. And didn't have any left at all. I guess this made my family super happy!

Sep 17, 2012

This was a good, quick and easy meal that would be great on a weeknight. I used penne pasta because that is what I had on hand. Since I didn't have taco flavored cheese I used shredded cheddar and about a tablespoon of taco seasoning.

Aug 24, 2013

The cheese sauce made the pasta taste sour.

Jul 15, 2013

Very easy to make. I ended up using ground turkey instead, because when I went to the store the rotisserie chickens had another hour to cook so I said forget that. I browned the turkey in a skillet and cooked the pasta in a pot according to the directions on the box. I added several spices to the ground turkey: onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, ground red pepper, and red pepper flakes. I have never tried any of the Progresso starters before so not sure if this recipe would be too bland. I drained the pasta and added it to the skillet and followed the rest of the recipe. I think overall it was good, but needs more spice. Maybe some hot sauce would help at the end. I will try again when I have a rotisserie chicken and maybe the flavors from the chicken will make it perfect.

Oct 07, 2012

DELICIOUS and so easy to make, especially for a weeknight dinner. Will definitely be making this one again!!


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  • Calories
  • 405 kcal
  • 20%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 34.6 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 72 mg
  • 24%
  • Fat
  • 18 g
  • 28%
  • Fiber
  • 2.5 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 25.5 g
  • 51%
  • Sodium
  • 634 mg
  • 25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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