Chicken Fajita Pasta

  • 10MINS
  • 20MINS
  • 351KCAL

This Chicken Fajita Pasta is a great alternative to using wraps – and a proper tasty, slimming friendly meal for the whole family!

NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories351
  • Carbs42g
  • Protein21g
  • Fat3g
  • Saturates1g
  • Sugars6g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

Nothing beats pasta on the comfort food front, and when coupled with a few spices and some tasty chicken and peppers, you’ve got the perfect dinner.

This dish is nicely finished off with a splodge of fat free yoghurt and a sprinkle of chilli. You could also top with some fresh herbs – coriander or chives would work really well!

We’ve got a few dishes you will enjoy if you like this Chicken Fajita Pasta recipe!

What diets is this Chicken Fajita Pasta suitable for?

This recipe could be made gluten free by switching the pasta for a gluten free variety.

You could also enjoy this dish if you’re dairy free, just leave out the dollop of natural yogurt we suggested for serving.

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

Vegetarians could switch the chicken breast for a  substitute like Quorn, or leave it out all together.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Chicken Fajita Pasta?

  • You need to count 11 Points per portion of this Beef Stew recipe if you’re on WW Green. 
  • You need to count 10 Points per portion of this Beef Stew recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 10 Points per portion of this Beef Stew recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need anything special to make Chicken Fajita Pasta?

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You’ll probably already have most of the ingredients in your cupboard already. So not really, no!

We like to mix our spices up in a pestle and mortar, a great addition to your kitchen if you don’t already have one.

It’s not a necessity though – you can always grind up the spices in a food processor or bash them up in a sandwich bag with the end of a rolling pin!

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How many calories is this Chicken Fajita Pasta?

Each portion of this Chicken Fajita Pasta is only 351 calories! This means it falls into our Everyday Light recipe category. You can find all of our other Everyday Light recipes here.

This dish is great for anyone, including those counting calories or following diet plans like Weight Watchers and similar.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Cook the pasta as per the instructions on the packet. In a pestle and mortar, mix the cumin, coriander, chilli flakes, garlic salt and chilli powder until thoroughly combined.

Step 2

The chicken should be sliced into strips. Spray a pan with low calorie cooking spray and cook the chicken for 5 minutes. Add the spice mix and tomato puree and cook out for 3 minutes.

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Step 3

Add the sliced peppers and onions, along with 200mls of water and mix well. Leave to cook for 10 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the peppers and onions have just started to soften.

Step 4

Drain the pasta and combine with the chicken fajita mix. Serve with an optional dollop of fat free yoghurt, or your topping of choice!

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Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values.

How do you know when this Chicken Fajita Pasta is cooked?

The meat will be white all the way through and the pasta and vegetables will be soft but not soggy.

This dish takes around 20 minutes over a medium heat on the hob.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Chicken Fajita Pasta in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any left overs to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Chicken Fajita Pasta in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze Chicken Fajita Pasta?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat Chicken Fajita Pasta?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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Chicken Fajita Pasta

This Chicken Fajita Pasta is a great alternative to using wraps – and a proper tasty, slimming friendly meal for the whole family!
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    20 MINS
  • KCals 351
  • Carbs 42G
WW Points
  • 11 Green
  • 10 Blue
  • 10 Purple

Ingredients

  • 2 Chicken Breasts Sliced into strips
  • 400 grams Dried Pasta
  • 1 Onion Sliced
  • 2 Peppers Sliced
  • 1 tbsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsbp Ground Coriander
  • 1-2 tsp Chilli Powder To taste
  • 0.5 tsp Chilli Flakes
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 1 tsp Garlic Salt
  • 200 mls Water
  • Low Calorie Cooking Spray

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Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta as per the instructions on the packet. In a pestle and mortar, mix the cumin, coriander, chilli flakes, garlic salt and chilli powder until thoroughly combined.
  2. The chicken should be sliced into strips. Spray a pan with Frylight and cook the chicken for 5 minutes. Add the spice mix and tomato puree and cook out for 3 minutes. 
  3. Add the sliced peppers and onions, along with 200mls of water and mix well. Leave to cook for 10 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the peppers and onions have just started to soften.
  4. Drain the pasta and combine with the chicken fajita mix. Serve with a dollop of fat free yoghurt, or your topping of choice!

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Katy GreenSaturday 7th September 2019

Hey!

Can you replace the chicken in this dish with tofu?

If so, how! What steps do I need to take to ensure I get the same great taste?

Many thanks,
Katy

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    Emma TThursday 19th September 2019

    Hi Katy,

    I’m not a tofu expert but I would suggest using a firm tofu which you could gently stir through the sauce and heat through carefully, before adding the pasta!

    Hope that helps!

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VickiTuesday 19th February 2019

Can this be frozen please?

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BethThursday 17th January 2019

I have made this twice and found it quite dry. Could you add a tin of chopped tomatoes to the sauce?

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