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Chipotle Chicken Pasta Casserole

Chipotle Chicken Pasta Casserole

Cazuela de Pasta con Pollo y Chipotle

Recipe Yield

6 to 8 servings

Cooking time

1 hour 5 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.78 from 9 votes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds ripe tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped white onion
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt divided, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper plus more to taste to season chicken
  • 2 tablespoons sauce from chipotles in adobo or to taste
  • 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce seeded, or to taste, optional
  • 1 1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil divided
  • 1 pound penne or elbow pasta
  • 3 cups chicken broth homemade or store bought
  • 2 cups grated melty cheese such as Oaxaca, Monterey Jack or mozzarella, 8 ounces
  • 1 ripe Mexican avocado halved, pitted, meat scooped out and cut into slices (optional for garnish)
  • Mexican crema Latin-style cream, crème fraiche or sour cream (optional for garnish)

To Prepare

  • Place the tomatoes and garlic in a medium (3-quart) saucepan and cover with water. Set over medium-high heat and simmer until the tomatoes are thoroughly cooked and the skins have started to come off, about 10 minutes. Transfer the tomatoes and garlic, along with 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid, to a blender or food processor. Once it has cooled slightly, add the onion, 3/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, adobo sauce, and chipotle chile if using, and puree until smooth.
  • Sprinkle chicken with oregano, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and pepper to taste. Heat 4 tablespoons oil in a large, deep and thick casserole or skillet set over medium-high heat. Once hot, sear the chicken thighs about 2 to 3 minutes per side until browned. Remove from skillet, reserve in a bowl.
  • Pour the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil into the casserole, set over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the pasta. Fry the pasta for a few minutes, stirring constantly, until browned, but not burnt, and it smells toasty. Pour the tomato puree over the pasta. It will jump all over the casserole, so you may want to use the lid as a shield over the casserole. Stir, cover partially and let the sauce cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it darkens and cooks into a thick puree consistency.
  • Nest the browned chicken thighs in the pasta, pour the chicken broth on top, stir gently, cover tightly, reduce heat to low and cook for 25 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Remove the lid, sprinkle the cheese all over the pasta and place the casserole uncovered in the oven. Bake anywhere from 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cheese has completely melted and begun to lightly brown. Serve hot. You may garnish with avocado slices and Mexican crema. Cut into thick slices and serve as you would a cake, since there will be a light crust on the bottom and sides and top.

Comments

104comments inChipotle Chicken Pasta Casserole

  1. David

    May 19

    I’ve made this soooo many times. Sometimes I cheat and use a jarred sauce but even then it’s awesome. I love Patti and her food.

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 23

      So glad you liked this casserole David, cheating sometimes is fine, enjoy!

  2. Shelley

    Aug 13

    I made this today and it is really amazing!! I only added 1 1/2 adobe peppers, it was a bit much for us but it gave it such good flavor–I will add that again when I make it! I used shredded chicken this time cuz that’s all I had, can only imagine that it will be even better with the chicken thighs! I think I used more than the recommended tomatoes- right now I have so many that I wanted to use the bowlful on my counter – fresh from my garden – so I used only 2 cups of the chicken broth. Okay and I will never make any type of pasta without frying it in oil first!!! OMG – that made this dish go over the top even with my shredded chicken! LOVE LOVE that idea & way of cooking pasta, the nutty smell and taste it brought to this dish – so good! Pati I love watching your tv shows and using your recipes, so easy to follow and so delicious! Thank you!!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 23

      Awesome Shelley! So glad to read you really felt the difference in the dish by frying the pasta, it really gives it a ton a flavor. Gracias!

  3. debraleestacy@gmail.com

    Aug 09

    What a fabulous chef you are..glad you’re not being ignored anymore… I am your fan…

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 11

      Thanks so much Debra!

  4. Leila H.

    Mar 05

    This recipe is a keeper! It came together really quickly and I love how Pati has taught me to use my blender for more than just smoothies. Toasting dry pasta is new to me, but my mexican husband was happy to see it! It’s just like toasting other grains before you cook them. We eat spicy and I think I might add another chipotle next time..is that crazy?
    Thanks Pati for another great recipe!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 08

      There is no such a thing as “too much chiplotle” Leila! Go for it, especially if you like it spicy.

  5. Patty S

    Nov 23

    I finally made this dish, and it was a huge success. I made a few substitutions, based on what I had on hand. I used a 28 oz. can of San Marzano tomatoes in lieu of the fresh tomatoes. I also added quartered mushrooms. It all went together beautifully and my kids were humming as they ate (a good sign)!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 25

      That’s great that it got your kids humming, Patty.

  6. Cheryl Eddy

    Jul 24

    My Grand Daughter, who is 10, and I watched this episode and went right to the store for ingredients. It was such a success that everyone had 2 helpings. This is a Make Again Recipe. But we were wondering…what was the desert you took to the viewers house? I know it was a marble dessert but was out of the room when you said the name of it.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 25

      My marbled tres leches cake: https://patijinich.com/pati_2020/marbled-tres-leches-cake/ And I’m so happy to hear everyone loved the casserole, Cheryl.

  7. Mr. Kim L. Kingsbury

    Jul 21

    Hi Pati –

    I love the taste of Chipotle and this was a good recipe. Chicken perfect – but did not get the crust even though I held back on the chicken stock. I made this for my husband who is from Mexico City and had restaurants and flauteria’s ithere and he enjoyed the pasta very much. By the way, he becomes a US Citizen this Wednesday, 24JUL19. I enjoy your shows and hope someday, if you come to Houston, we can meet!

    Best Regards
    Mr. Kim L. Kingsbury

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 22

      Congratulations to your husband! And I hope to meet you guys in Houston too.

  8. Rebekah

    Apr 13

    I made this last weekend. What a treat! I used gluten-free pasta. The chipotle peppers give it just the right amount of kick, and the flavors work together perfectly. The chicken thighs are so tender. I didn’t have a casserole big enough for a whole pound of pasta, plus I’m single and don’t need to cook that much pasta for me, so I used 8 ounces of pasta and cut the chicken stock down to 1.5 cups. I used a 12″ iron skillet. Pati, your recipes never let me down. You expand my palate, and stretch my Mexican culinary skills!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 13

      Aww thank you so much for such a lovely comment, Rebekah!!

  9. CC

    Feb 24

    I just made this tonight! This was delicious! I’m definately making it again!

    1. Pati

      Feb 25

      So happy to hear this, CC.

  10. Carrie Anne

    Feb 21

    This was delicious but I am wondering what we might have done wrong. After cooking on the stovetop, our pan was still very wet. There was no way it was going to form any type of light crust with only 10-12 minutes in the oven, so we simmered it longer on the stovetop to remove more liquid. Even after simmering longer and then adding the cheese and baking, it wasn’t possible to cut into slices. Has anyone else experienced this? I liked the flavor, but I would like to have it be closer to the consistency of when we watched this episode. Maybe use less chicken broth? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

    1. Pati

      Mar 05

      Hmm it sounds like you should use a little less broth next time. But I’m glad you enjoyed it Carrie Anne.

  11. jesse

    Feb 07

    wheres the light crust coming from ?

    1. Pati

      Feb 07

      That’s from cooking it in the pan…the bottom and edges will get a bit hard.

  12. Carlos Ayala

    Dec 13

    This looks so delicious! It’s interesting because the tomato sauce really reminds me of a similar version my stepmom makes with fresh tomatoes whenever she makes meat sauce for pasta (which is one of my favorites, too 😉 ). I had a question, though. So none of the pans I have in my kitchen are oven-safe. Would it still work if I do all the stove methods first (Sautéing the chicken, pasta, then simmering in the sauce until everything’s cooked) and then transferring to a baking sheet to put in the oven?

    1. Pati

      Dec 19

      Sure, Carlos! Or you can also put it in any oven safe pan, like a casserole dish. Enjoy.

  13. Stephanie Blaine

    Nov 06

    I wish the recipes said which episode they are from.

    1. Pati

      Nov 07

      Thank you for the suggestion Stephanie. I’ve passed it on to my tech team.

    2. Sylvia

      Jul 22

      Stephanie, it is on season 4 episode 7 “Cooking With Fans”.

  14. Jo

    Oct 19

    My kids get so excited whenever they find out I’m making this for dinner. Thank you so much for sharing this as it has become one of our family’s favorite recipes.

    1. Pati

      Oct 19

      So happy to hear that it is now a family favorite, Jo!

  15. Bonni Bailey

    Sep 07

    This is a yummy dish as it is but I also like to make it with ground beef. I brown the beef with Pati’s seasonings and then drain off the fat. It is then added to the casserole before it goes in the oven stirred into the pasta. Wonderful flavor!

    1. Pati

      Sep 11

      I’m so glad you make it your own, Bonni.

  16. Tresa Ames

    Aug 04

    Delicious and easy. Don’t think ill bother boiling pasta or use jar sauce again. Pati, you’re awesome!

    1. Pati

      Aug 06

      Yay! I hope you have lots more fun making more pasta dishes, Tresa.

  17. John from Bread of Angels in Brea CA

    Apr 25

    Patti,
    I don’t know if you remember me but I contacted you after seeing you make this recipe on TV. I made it for my church ministry to feed the poor in our area and it was an amazing success. We fed over 120 needy people in our community with your recipe. I am making it again after almost a year and just wanted you to know how much our guest and we volunteers loved it.

    1. Pati

      Apr 26

      Oh thank you for letting me know, John! I’m so happy to hear that everyone loved it…and I hope you have another successful year.

  18. Gaby

    Jan 25

    Hello Pati 😁

    Anoche cocine está delicia y estuvo fabulosa. Thomas mi esposo está feliz que me este incursionando en la cocina con tus recetas. He tenido que modificar los tiempos y temperaturas de cocimiento ya que tengo estufa eléctrica, se lleva un poquito más de tiempo. Pero el sabor de tus recetas es fenomenal.
    Ahorita ando medio mal por the allergies y mi paladar is a little bit off. Así que puse chipotle de más. Thomas me dijo, mi amor está medio picoso no crees? Y pues yo no lo sentía hasta minutos después que los labios me comenzaron a arder 😰. Pero aún así fue una cena deleitable¡¡¡¡
    Thomas que es americano y no acostumbrado al picante se lo comió todo¡¡¡¡ tomé y tomé agua pero se lo acabo 😄

    Gracias por tus recetas, ahora que tienes tu página en español mi mamá va a comenzar a preparar tus platillos. Ella vive en México así que puede encontrar sin problema todos los ingredientes 👍

    Saludos desde San Antonio, Tx
    Gaby

    1. Pati

      Jan 31

      Jajaja :). Dices hola a tu mamá y Thomas!

  19. Michelle

    Oct 29

    Hey pati! I’m 16 and I made this dish twice and it is as you would say phenomenal !! Making it for my mothers birthday and I really hope she enjoys it.

    1. Pati

      Oct 30

      That is fantastic Michelle! Please say happy birthday to your mom.

  20. Matt

    Oct 27

    I had a neighbor give me many tomatoes and decided to put this method to the test. I kept my recipe Italian using only garlic and basil and used an imersion blender. I also cooked some chicken sausage with feta and spinach and used small shells, cooking them how you describe. I used mozzarella to top. I’m about to take the dish out the oven and have a very good feeling! Thank you for the inspiration, Pati. My wife and I just discovered your show and have added it to the DVR! ¡Que pase un buen dia!

    1. Pati

      Nov 08

      I’m so happy you were inspired, Matt!

  21. Michele LeBlanc

    Oct 24

    Do you cook the pasta first, Pati – before “toasting” in the pan? Or use dry pasta?

    1. Pati

      Nov 02

      You toast the raw pasta…it will then cook in the tomato puree after frying.

  22. MollyM

    Oct 18

    Can this be made ahead, frozen, and reheated? If so, at what point should I stop with the recipe and finish later?
    Just saw this episode and cannot wait to try it.

    1. Pati

      Nov 14

      Yes, absolutely. You can make it up to the point before you bake it in the oven – or before you add the cheese – let it cool, cover, freeze, and pick it up from there once you take it out of the freezer.

  23. Ross

    Jan 18

    This was a tremendous meal. My wife made it in her new large size French made enameled cast iron braiser. It was great. The thighs could be cut with a fork. She used Monterey Jack cheese – good choice. Our history with canned chipotles in adobo were too spicy for our taste. Instead she used 1/2 teaspoon of chipotle powder. She used penne pasta, which I like to spear with a fork – playing with my food 🙂

    There was no crust, but we prefer it not to have a crust. Since she used chipotle powder, maybe next time she will add 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar.

    Thanks for the great recipe. It is definitely a keeper!

    1. Pati

      Jan 23

      What a great adaptation, Ross! For me, there is no substitute for Chipotles in Adobo… I am so wild about them. If you find the chiles too spicy… you can always only use the adobo sauce. So happy to hear you found a keeper!

  24. Paola Gee

    Oct 26

    On your fan favorites episode you used 2 chiles chipotle but your recipes calls for 1 so which one is it ? (I like spicy)

    1. Pati

      Nov 01

      2 if you like spicy! It’s up to you! Just remember… you can also add more heat but you can never take it out, so I like to taste as I go. 😉

  25. Ross

    Oct 26

    Thank you for including the weight of cheese! It is easier to weigh out shredded cheese and get a consistent amount rather than putting shredded into a cup measure and hoping it is not too loose or tightly packed.

    1. Pati

      Nov 01

      So glad it helps! =)

  26. Mary from Terry

    Oct 23

    I made this with left over pork loin which I sliced to the size of chicken thighs. I warmed up the pork in the skillet before I cooked the pasta and it was delicious!!! Thank you, Chef Pati!

    1. Pati

      Oct 25

      YUMMMMM!

  27. Ash Mula

    Sep 18

    Turned out more like a goulash. No crust formed after baking it for 15 minutes. Used chicken breasts instead of thighs. The spice left a weird, bitter after taste.

    1. Pati

      Oct 11

      ​Sorry to hear! Since you used chicken breasts, which are juicier, it may have needed at least another 10 minutes in the oven to dry up. In terms of the bitter taste, please check your spices, are they old? Did you use a brand of chipotles which flavor you like on its own?​ Let me know!! I want to help make this right! =)

  28. Betty

    Aug 05

    What other meat can you use instead of chicken?

    1. Pati

      Sep 03

      You can really play here Betty! You can use shrimp (just sear for a few seconds per side), chorizo (cook until lightly browned), any cut of diced meat (sear a couple minutes per side). You can always add vegetables as well!

  29. Marie

    Jul 27

    Could I use rice in place of the pasta? If so, how much rice would you recommend?

    1. Pati

      Aug 01

      Absolutely! I’d use 2 cups of extra long or jasmine rice.

  30. LeAnne

    Jul 21

    Thank you. My question concerns the liquid that already is in the canned tomatoes. Will that extra liquid in the can make a difference in the ratio to pasta? Do I use the same amount of chicken stock that the recipe calls for?

    1. Pati

      Jul 25

      You can use the same! =)

  31. Joe Fischer

    Jul 21

    That is what I did, and when my wife comes home work she will love it and me too! Thank you Pati Jinich you ROCK!

    1. Pati

      Jul 25

      WOOHOO!! Thanks, Joe!

  32. LeAnne

    Jul 21

    I love the whole concept of this receipt. BUT, How can I convert this recipe using canned tomatoes?

    1. Pati

      Jul 21

      Just replace one for the other!

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    Jul 12

    […] her long-time viewers and cooked a meal with her.  Together, they made a chicken, chile, and pasta dish that reminded me of one of my old standbys from way back – pasta […]

  34. Robyn Wright

    May 24

    Just made this for dinner tonight! YUM! I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts (they were on sale), but big ones, and cooked for same amount of time you suggested. Perfect bite when you get a bit of chicken, pasta, sour cream and fresh avocado! Family says this goes on the “make again” list!

    1. Pati

      May 25

      YAY! Thank you for trying my recipe, Robyn!

      1. Robyn Wright

        May 25

        You’re welcome and thank you for sharing it! I actually shared about your show on my blog yesterday http://robyns.world/2016/05/24/television-for-foodies/

  35. Deanna Flahart

    May 21

    Pati, i love the sound of this recipe however i cant eat spicy foods. My stomach cant take the spice any sugestions. I want to make this chipotle chicken pasta casserole today

    1. Pati

      May 23

      You can make it without the chipotle in adobo sauce, it will be just as delicious!

  36. Sherry L Rook

    Jan 26

    Hi Pati,
    Tonight I made this dish tonight for supper. I had to half the recipe. If I had made the whole recipe would have way to much for just my husband and I. I only used 1 tsp of Chipotle sauce and no chipotle’s at all. However I must tell you this was the best ever pasta recipe todate! I thank you for sharing and I posted my picture of my supper tonight along with your recipe on my facebook page for all to copy..
    Thank you again,
    Sherry

    1. Pati

      Jan 30

      Yay! Next time make it all and you will have the MOST wonderful leftovers.

  37. Ebony

    Nov 02

    P.S. Your show aires via PBS’ CreateTV in Gainesville, FL on WUFT, good luck Joe

    Thanks again Mrs Pati for giving us such easy to follow recipes. Love Mexican food but never knew how to cook it.

    1. Pati

      Nov 02

      Thank you so much for tuning in! I’m thrilled you like the recipes!

  38. Ebony

    Nov 02

    Love, love, love your show Pati. Learned a new method of cooking pasta and making this recipe for dinner guests tomorrow. Looks scrumptious — Can’t wait to taste it!!

    Joe, I’m in metro Atlanta and watch the show on “Create TV (createtv.com)” via PBS. You can try searching for CreateTV in your area — hope this helps.

  39. joe

    Oct 19

    I discovered your site and I will be using quite a few of your recipes. I already make Tamales, enchiladas, my own sauces out of Cascabels, or Habaneros, or Trinidad Scorpions and will be looking forward to cooking your dishes. I would like some help from you in finding your show or making it available around Gainesville, Fl. I am a 36 year restaurant mgr involved in varied styles and a Texan to boot. I have eaten Mexican/Tex Mex since I was a child and love it. I also grow many kinds of peppers to use which helps a lot. Keep at it, your cooking motivates and inspires me to keep cooking different items and trying on the wife!!!
    Again many thanks in advance for the info and ongoing show

    Joe

    1. Pati

      Oct 20

      Hola! You can find local TV listings by typing in your ZIP code here: http://patijinich.com/pati_2020/tvshow/stations/ So happy you love my recipes! Thank you for writing to me!

  40. Erica Baca

    Oct 13

    We tried this recipe tonight and it was wonderful! So easy and so tasty. I always brown my rice but I had never browned pasta, wow! What a difference. Love your show, you are so delightful.

    1. Pati

      Oct 15

      Thank you so much for your kind words! I am so happy you like the recipe! =)

  41. Grace Ramirez

    Oct 12

    I made the Chicken Chipotle Pasta for dinner last night and it was a big hit with my family… Love it!

    1. Pati

      Oct 15

      Yay! So happy everyone loved it!

  42. Paula Walters

    Aug 27

    I love this show. I must say this makes cooking Mexican food so much easier
    Thank you Mrs.Pati

    1. Pati

      Aug 31

      Thank you!!

  43. glenn

    Aug 25

    Hi Pati,

    Saw your show earlier this month with the chipolte chicken pasta, as always, looks awesome! Coincidentally, we’ve been looking to add a nice cast iron enameled brassier. Quick question, was the brassier you used on the show 2.5, 3 or 4 quart???

    1. Pati

      Sep 07

      Hi! It was actually a 6 quart…

  44. Kelly

    Aug 05

    Hi Pati,

    My husband and I just started watching your show and decided to try this recipe. It turned out really bland and the pasta was WAY overcooked. What did we do wrong? The heat from the chipotle pepper kept it edible but I’m not sure how we messed this up so badly. 🙁

    1. Pati

      Aug 12

      Many things could have happened
      -Under seasoned chicken: add salt, oregano and black pepper to taste, don’t be shy with spices
      -Tomatoes have to be ripe, also season that tomato broth as well.
      -Use good and well seasoned chicken broth or stock.
      – Did you taste the cheese that you used? Many cheeses in stores these days are way too mild. Choose a brand that gives you a cheese that tastes!
      Hope this helps… should turn out phenomenal!

  45. Mary Pifer

    Aug 04

    Hi pati, I saw your show this weekend and you made Chipotle chicken pasta casserole. It looked so good I had to try it, I am allergic to tomatoes,so used roasted red peppers instead and it is awesome! Thanks for sharing your Mexican table!

    1. Pati

      Aug 18

      Sounds delicious with red peppers! Thank you so much for trying it!!

  46. Tiffany Hupp

    Aug 03

    I watch your show all the time. This last Saturday your show was on all day.. YUM!!! I made the chicken and pasta cassarole. I love your recipes because you layer flavors instead using tons of cumin like most Mexican recipes I find on the internet. I like to cook and use recipes as more of a guide with suggestions. But because I wanted a real Mexican meal I followed your recipe except I did not use chipolte in adobo. I used a sauce I made with dried Pasilla peppers. It was kind of bland and I know it is because my sauce was bland. Do you have any suggestions to flavor my bland pepper sauce. The chicken was amazing even by itself. Thank you.
    Tiffany

    1. Pati

      Aug 18

      Hola Tiffany, Thank you for watching! Next time, try quickly toasting your chiles on a hot comal or skillet to bring out more flavor.

  47. Robyn

    Aug 03

    Pati, after watching this episode, my husband ran right out to buy the ingredients to make this recipe for guests that were visiting the next day. It was devoured by adults and children alike! Thanks for the inspiration and the fantastic recipe. Can’t wait to try out more 🙂

    1. Pati

      Aug 03

      YAY!!!

  48. Erendira leyva Haus

    Aug 01

    Pati .. I just love your program and everything about you.. I am a Mexican American woman just married an Americano who loves Mexico City and everything about our culture .. The cuisine is amazing he says and loves learning how to cook with you .. Gracias Pati

    1. Pati

      Aug 01

      So happy to hear, Erendira. Send my best to you and your Americano husband 🙂

  49. Will

    Jun 05

    You’re welcome, and thanks for making it. Manuel and I marvel at how refreshing it is- he sees places he remembers fondly and we enjoy seeing your love and respect for the people featured on your show. Our baseball caps off to you! 😀

  50. Will

    May 29

    Hi Pati, thanks again for the recipe. We made it as written and our guests enjoyed it, but I feel like adding a couple of charred peeled poblanos to the vegetable blend and a couple TB of tomato paste would have amped up the flavor even more. We love your show!

    1. Pati

      Jun 04

      YUM, go for it. Thanks for watching my show 🙂

  51. Will

    May 22

    Great to see the series going strong, looking better than ever! We’re trying the pasta this weekend for guests. Thank you, Pati, for highlighting beautiful Mexico locations and respecting the good people and traditions there, always in a positive and dignified way. You rock 🙂

  52. Sherley Crutchfield

    May 16

    Hi Patie: I am 791/2 yrs young. I still cook for myself. I love your show,I want to try to figure out smaller sizes for your recipes. I live alone and need smaller recipes. Would you some time do recipes that fee 2. I would have just enough for two meals. So glad you are back on PBS. Thank you and God Bless you and your Family. Sherley

    1. Pati

      May 22

      Hola Sherley, Thank you for writing and for watching! You may always halve my recipes.

  53. Laura Thrall

    May 10

    For this chicken and pasta casserole; should the dry pasta be cooked first before frying in the oil?

    1. Pati

      May 10

      Nope! It fries and then cooks in the tomato broth.

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