Chicken Fajita Pasta

  • 10MINS
  • 20MINS
  • 494KCAL

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

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories494
  • Carbs79g
  • Protein30g
  • Fat3.8g
  • Saturates0.6g
  • 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. We LOVE Mexican flavours, and this Chicken Fajita Pasta is a great way to turn a traditional Fajita dish into a family size, freezer-friendly dinner. It’s also a great way to use up leftovers if you’ve had Fajitas the night before but you’ve ran out of wraps – turn the leftovers into lunch in a pinch!

This dish is nicely finished off with a splodge of fat free yogurt and a sprinkle of chilli. You could also top with some fresh herbs – coriander or chives would work really well; or if you’re feeling really fancy you can try guacamole but watch out for the extra calories!

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 Chicken Fajita Pasta recipe if you’re on WW Green. 
  • You need to count 10 Points per portion of this Chicken Fajita Pasta recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 10 Points per portion of this Chicken Fajita Pasta recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need anything special to make Chicken Fajita Pasta?

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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A good quality non-stick frying pan is a great investment for your kitchen, and ideal for frying onions and peppers in many of our recipes!

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How many calories is this Chicken Fajita Pasta?

Each portion of this Chicken Fajita Pasta is only 494 calories! This means it falls into our Weekly Indulgence recipe category. You can find all of our other Weekly Indulgence 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

Spray a pan with low calorie cooking spray and cook the sliced chicken for 5 minutes. Add the spice mix and tomato puree and cook for 3 minutes.

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Step 3

Add the sliced peppers and onions, along with 200ml 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 a topping of choice!

Chicken Fajita Pasta - Pinch of Nom Slimming RecipesWhat should you should serve with Chicken Fajita Pasta?

This pasta dish is a full meal in itself. If you do fancy serving it with something, why not try one of the options below?

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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
  • WW
    10 Smart
    Points
  • KCals 494
  • Carbs 79G
  • WW Points:
  • 11 Green
  • 10 Blue
  • 10 Purple

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts sliced into strips
  • 400 g dried pasta
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 2 peppers sliced
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 200 ml water
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1-2 tsp chilli powder to taste
  • 0.5 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 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. Spray a pan with low calorie cooking spray and cook the sliced chicken for 5 minutes. Add the spice mix and tomato puree and cook for 3 minutes. 
  3. Add the sliced peppers and onions, along with 200ml 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 a different topping of your choice!

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SianSunday 11th April 2021

I used Quorn pieces instead of chicken as I’m veggie, and used pasatta instead of water for a deeper flavour. When cooked I squeezed 75g of light squeezy cheese on the top and baked in the oven for 15 mins. It tasted delicious with fresh salad!

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    HollyMonday 12th April 2021

    Hey Sian, thanks so much for your recipe tips they sound great!

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NaomiWednesday 7th April 2021

Next time I think I would add a tin of chopped tomatoes instead of water for a bit more depth 👌

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    HollyWednesday 7th April 2021

    Hey Naomi, thanks so much for your recipe tip!

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NicolaFriday 26th March 2021

400g of dried pasta for 4 people? Surely that’s too much seeing as 1 portion of pasta on the packet is 75g of dried. Its probably why the calories are so high with only half a chicken breast each? The rest is all herbs spices and vegetables.

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    HollyMonday 29th March 2021

    Hey Nicola, if you would prefer to use less pasta per person you could adjust the calories accordingly, you may find THIS article helpful!

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EmmaFriday 26th March 2021

If you used wholewheat pasta this would be free on Purple!

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    HollyMonday 29th March 2021

    Hi Emma, thanks so much for your helpful tip!

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