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creamy southwest chicken alfredo

Southwest Chicken Alfredo

Amanda Cooks & Styles
Creamy and delicious southwest style chicken alfredo pasta is the perfect easy dinner recipe. Made with seasoned pan seared chicken, onions, garlic and penne pasta tossed in a mouthwatering southwest style cream sauce.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 lb. Penne Pasta
  • 1 lb. Chicken Breasts cut into 1" strips
  • 1 (15 oz.) can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 1/2 cups Cheddar Cheese shredded
  • 1 cup Onion chopped
  • 4 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro chopped

Southwest Seasoning:

  • 1 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, mix the southwest seasoning blend together.
  • Add cut chicken to a large bowl and drizzle in honey and half of the seasonings. Toss to combine.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook penne pasta according to package instructions for al dente. When done, drain and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add seasoned chicken and cook for a few minutes on each side until cooked through. When nice and golden, transfer chicken to a plate.
  • Add diced onion and butter to the same skillet you cooked the chicken in over medium heat. Cook for a few minutes until tender. Add garlic and cook another minute. Add diced tomatoes and the remaining seasoning and bring to a low simmer.
  • Slowly pour in heavy cream while stirring until fully incorporated. Bring to a nice simmer. Add chicken back to the skillet. Sprinkle in cheddar cheese and stir to combine. Add penne pasta to the sauce and toss to combine. Remove pasta from heat and let sit a few minutes.
  • When done, stir pasta again to fully coat in sauce and sprinkle with chopped cilantro. Enjoy!
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