450g(1 pound) skinless chicken breasts or skinless chicken thighs
4tspFajita seasoningor Taco Seasoning
3garlic cloves, minced
1mild red chillifinely diced
1red bell peppersliced
1green bell peppersliced
1yellow bell peppersliced
400g(14oz) tinned chopped tomatoes(canned chopped / crushed tomatoes) in their juice
225g(½ pound) dried penne pasta or similar pasta shapes
620ml(2 ½ cups) chicken stock(broth) using a stock cube or canned
1tbsplime juiceor to taste
3tbspgrated cheddar cheeseplus extra to serve
2tbspfresh coriander (cilantro), chopped
Salt and pepper to seasonto taste
Prep your chicken and vegetables – cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces so that it cooks quickly. Slice the onions and peppers.
Mist a deep lidded pan (I use this Chef’s pan) or Dutch Oven with low calorie cooking spray or add a little olive oil.
Heat the pan and add the chicken, salt and seasonings and quickly stir to combine.
Throw in the sliced onions and minced garlic (or garlic paste from a tube if you're in a hurry) and cook, stirring for 5 minutes until the onions have slightly softened.
Add the chopped chilli and sliced peppers and stir to combine.
Stir in the tomato paste, chopped tomatoes and chicken stock and bring to a simmer.
Add the pasta, stirring so that it is mostly submerged in the water and other ingredients.
Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until that pasta is cooked through and most of the liquid has been absorbed.
At this point you can stir in the sour cream if you prefer a creamier sauce. Do this off the heat so that it doesn’t split.
A little bit of lime juice, to taste, adds a lovely contrast to the mildly spicy flavours.
Add the grated cheese and stir so it melts into the sauce (can we say yum!). Stir in the chopped coriander (cilantro) and season with salt and pepper.
Serve with a little extra cheese if you like.
Replace the Fajita Seasoning in this recipe with two teaspoons smoked paprika, one teaspoon chili powder and half a teaspoon ground cumin
Cooking pasta in one pot with the sauce takes a little longer than it would if you boiled it on its own. Make sure to give the pot the occasional stir while this dish is cooking.
Chicken Fajita Pasta variations - replace the chicken with raw prawns (shrimp) adding them to the sauce about 4 minutes before the end of the cooking time.
This recipe is SYN FREE on Slimming World, using some of your cheese allowance. One portion is under 500 calories and 13 SmartPoints on WeightWatchers.
Please note I am not affiliated in any way with Slimming World or Weight Watchers. Those plans are often updated in line with latest nutritional guidance and may change so for accurate information it is best to join as a member.Nutritional information is always approximate, and will depend on quality of ingredients and serving sizes.