Chicken Fajita Pasta

  • 10MINS
  • 20MINS
  • Serves 4
  • 494KCAL

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

  • Batch Cook
  • Dairy Free
  • Freezable

NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories494
  • Carbs79g
  • Protein30g
  • Fat3.8g
  • Saturates0.6g
  • Sugars6g

Chicken Fajita Pasta - Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

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.

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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Should be called Chicken Fajita Fasta as it disappeared fast
Added a handful of sliced mushrooms as my family love mushrooms, swapped chilli powder for Fajita seasoning as kids don't do spicy food & added the chilli flakes to the grown ups later… clean plates = happy parents
Chicken Fajita Pasta
Prep the chicken, veg and spices beforehand and this will go from pan to plate in 15 minutes!
Filling and tasty
This recipe provides a generous serving, I actually reduced the pasta to 200g and there was still plenty to go around.

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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!

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.

Step 2

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!

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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
  • KCals 494
  • Carbs 79G


  • 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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  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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See what others have to say

LouMonday 22nd March 2021

Hi I follow a low carb diet, I love this recipe and I swap pasta for a lover carb alternative, usually either a chickpea fusilli or a pea fusilli and it tastes just as nice. A benefit to lower carb pasta is a further reduction in calories!! I Just wanted to share really that low carb pasta especially chickpea fusilli do not take away from the tastiness of this dish, it still works!


    HollyMonday 22nd March 2021

    Hey Lou, thanks so much for your message and your low carb pasta tips!


HWednesday 5th August 2020

My weight watchers app says this recipe is only 7 points per serving on green… have they changed it?


    LisaThursday 6th August 2020

    Hi, we’ve not changed the recipe. I’ve double checked the points and they are 11 on green and 10 on blue and purple. We have included the optional yogurt topping in our calculation. Make sure you put dried pasta into the app and not cooked as this will give you incorrect points. Hope this helps.


SuMonday 24th February 2020

Yummy!!! A firm favourite with the whole family


    LisaWednesday 6th May 2020

    Thank you, Su. So glad you all enjoy it!


NoreenSaturday 1st February 2020

Made this dish tonight. Used passata instead of purée. Everything else the same but I fried the onions and peppers before adding to the rest. It was delicious. Will be making again.


    Holly LevellTuesday 12th May 2020

    Hi Noreen, thanks for your suggestions and I’m glad you enjoyed this recipe!


JoanneWednesday 8th January 2020

We all really enjoyed this! Lovely meal, thank you!


    Holly LevellFriday 15th May 2020

    Hi Joanne, so glad you enjoyed the Chicken Fajita Pasta!


Kerry-louiseSaturday 28th December 2019

What is this type of pasta ? I have been looking for it everywhere!!


    Sharon FitzpatrickWednesday 6th May 2020

    Hi Kerry-Louise, thanks for your question. The pasta in this recipe is called fusilli, but you can use other pasta shapes of a similar size such as penne, farfalle or conchiglie.


Katy GreenSaturday 7th September 2019


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,


    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!


JanetteFriday 5th July 2019

Is it a tbsp or tsp of coriander


    HollyWednesday 6th May 2020

    Hi Janette, it’s 1 tbsp of coriander for this recipe


VickiTuesday 19th February 2019

Can this be frozen please?


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?


IzzySaturday 5th January 2019

Hi! I did like this, but was very thankful that I still had my HEA cheese to use because there just wasn’t much flavour to it. I did follow the recipe to the letter. I am thinking next time I make, I will use 200ml of stock rather than water – has anyone else tried this?


Roberta WixonMonday 12th November 2018

Think there is a little typo on the measurement for coriander. Is it tspn or tbspn please?


HazelFriday 26th October 2018

Can you clarify the measurements of the spices please. Is it teaspoons or tablespoons?


julesThursday 18th October 2018

Hi, Just wondering what other alternatives to put in this? Can’t eat peppers at all.

Thanks in advance 🙂


NicoleThursday 4th October 2018

I made this recipe and tweeted it into a bake, so good!! Definitely one I will use again.x


AliaTuesday 18th September 2018


Could I make this with quorn instead as I am a vegetarian and like the recipe? If so how would I change the chicken fajita mix? If you could please let me know I would appreciate it as I am looking to try this.


    AliaThursday 20th September 2018

    Thank you, will try it and let you know how I get on x


SamSaturday 25th August 2018

Could this recipe be frozen?


MLJTuesday 21st August 2018


Could I use quark as a topping? ( I don’t have any natural yougurt)



Ailsa MackieMonday 20th August 2018

Hi, when you put the water in with the chicken and the peppers what is that for?


TerriSunday 12th August 2018

Made a huge pan of this for family coming around last night ….went down a storm! Only downside was I had hoped there would be leftovers for lunch today …. no chance! :o) They loved it, not a morsel left! Thankyou! :o)


EmmaThursday 2nd August 2018

I am guessing this would work with any pasta?


DeborahWednesday 25th July 2018

This was a great recipe – I had it with rice instead of pasta – yummy!


KarenMonday 2nd April 2018

Made this tonight fir the first time using ground spices. Tasted good but think the flavours could have been stronger do woyld recommend adding a little more if using ground d instead of whole spices. I have some leftover do will see if the flavour improves tomorrow lunchtime . Otherwise love it, fast and easy!


Gemma BrooksTuesday 13th March 2018

I wasn’t sure about fajita style chicken with pasta but now I’m addicted!! So worth a try!


Pauline RaeMonday 12th March 2018

Just made the fajita pasta was amazing my son had some to said it was brilliant????


CarolineThursday 1st February 2018

So quick and simple….loved it. Defintely will make it again. Thank you ????


GraceMonday 22nd January 2018

Hi there – I want to make this dish tonight. Could I use the schwartz fajita spice instead of the other spices mentioned above ? I could still do the water and tomato purée to make it moist.


sandra deaneTuesday 9th January 2018

Used this for the first time – fabulous! Even hubby wants to eat it again! ????


SazzySunday 7th January 2018

Can this be frozen?


KathleenMonday 9th October 2017

If I use ground spices, how much should I use?

Thanks x


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