Skillet Chicken Chili Mac

Skillet Chicken Chili Mac

You know when a recipe comes along and it just knocks you on your buns? Yea, well, strap in. I just found a new one for you!

This colorful, spicy and crazy flavorful chicken chili mac is out-ray-JUS! It’s saucy and cheesy and a just a whole lotta love in one big bowl. Taking a twist on the traditional beef chili mac using chicken, whole grain pasta and a chicken broth base, it’s only packing around 300 calories per serving, too.

… In other words, you can have another Christmas cookie. Hooray!

Chicken Chili Pasta

This delicious dish also packs a bunch of basic ingredients that you probably already have!

Chicken Chili Mac Recipe

Heaps of spices, beans, pasta and tomatoes combined with lean chicken breasts makes for one sinless, scrumptious meal! Spoon yourself a bowl full, grab your favorite toppings along with some Sargento Shredded Reduced Fat Mexican Cheese, and dig in!

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Skillet Chicken Chili Mac

Yield: Serves 6


1 Tbsp. vegetable oil

1 Tablespoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

2 teaspoons cumin

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 lb. (2) boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks

1/2 yellow onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 15oz. can diced tomatoes, slightly drained

1 Tbsp. tomato paste

1 15oz. can kidney beans, drained

1 15 oz. can black beans, drained

4 cups (32 oz.) low-sodium chicken broth

2 cups whole grain elbow pasta, or your choice


Shredded cheese (Sargento® Shredded Reduced Fat Mexican Cheese)

Chopped cilantro

Green onions

Sour cream/Plain yogurt

Hot sauce


In a medium bowl, combine oil, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Add raw chicken chunks and toss to coat.

Heat a large skillet to medium-high. Once hot, add chicken and onion. Cook until chicken is no longer pink. Add garlic and cook 1 more minute.

Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, both beans and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Add pasta and cover pot, stirring occasionally. Cook for about 7 minutes, or until pasta is al dente. Serve in bowls and top with desired toppings.


Adapted from Sargento


9 Responses to “Skillet Chicken Chili Mac”

  1. #
    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — December 10, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

    this looks amazing– i’ll take a bowl of this and another cookie :)

  2. #
    brandi — December 10, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

    we love making chili mac, but we normally use beef. i’m going to try mine with chicken next time!

  3. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — December 10, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

    Love all the flavors in this! And it’s only 300 calories?! Amazing.

  4. #
    Katrina Bahl — December 10, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

    This is my kind of dinner!

  5. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — December 10, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

    I’m all for a skillet meal, this looks so good!

  6. #
    SkinnyMommy — December 10, 2012 @ 10:21 pm

    Looks zesty and yummy!

  7. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — December 10, 2012 @ 10:21 pm

    We love skillet meals, this one will definitely be added to the rotation!

  8. #
    amy (fearless homemaker) — December 11, 2012 @ 10:20 pm

    This sounds wonderful – YUM!

  9. #
    Anonymous — December 17, 2012 @ 11:58 am

    I also make something similar only with beef instead of chicken, but agree with the others that this sounds wonderful! I think it would be good with a can of corn or some frozen corn added instead of one of the cans of beans (or in addition if you need to stretch a meal).

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