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Green Chile Chicken Pasta

30 minute Green Chile Chicken Pasta gets covered in a cheesy sauce made with sautéed onion, garlic, cumin, green chiles and rotisserie chicken pieces.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American, Tex Mex
Keyword: chicken and pasta, green chile chicken
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 494kcal
Author: Kevin Is Cooking


  • 1 lb roasted chicken breast meat, shredded
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed and chopped
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 14 oz Hatch green chiles (two 7 oz cans, See Note 1)
  • 8 oz small pasta shells


  • Using rotisserie chicken, shred to have at least 2 cups, save remaining for other use (depending on size of rotisserie chicken).
  • In a large Dutch oven over medium low heat melt the butter and sauté the onion and garlic with the cumin for several minutes.
  • Add the flour and stir to combine. We are making a roux, it should cook and turn a golden color on medium heat. Add the chicken stock and stir to make a thick paste. Next turn the heat to low and add the milk. Stir to incorporate completely. By adding the milk to the basic roux and chicken stock we have made a béchamel sauce.
  • Meanwhile in another large pot cook the pasta per package instructions. Drain and set aside, saving 1/4 cup of the pasta water.
  • Add the pasta water and cheese to the béchamel sauce and whisk to melt in. Next add the roasted green chilies.
  • Add the cooked pasta and chicken to the Dutch oven that has the green chili cheese sauce. Toss to coat evenly and serve.


  1. Substitute canned chiles with 4 fresh seeded, roasted and chopped green chiles like Hatch, Anaheim or other mild green chile. Feel free to add a diced jalapeño for heat  too, if you prefer.


Calories: 494kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 539mg | Potassium: 431mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 512IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 215mg | Iron: 2mg