Spicy Chicken Pasta with Peppers & Onions

Inspired by the flavors of fajitas, this healthy chicken pasta is packed with color and spice. We use a mix of chili powder, cumin and chipotle powder to add heat and flavor.

Spicy Chicken Pasta with Peppers & Onions
Photo: Kelsey Hansen
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed

  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon ground chipotle

  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced then halved crosswise

  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced then halved crosswise

  • 1 medium onion, halved and sliced

  • 8 ounces whole-wheat penne

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • Pico de gallo and/or sour cream for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

  2. Slice chicken crosswise into strips. Combine 2 tablespoons oil, chili powder, cumin, chipotle and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Add the chicken and stir to coat with the spice mixture. Add bell peppers and onion; stir to combine. Spread the chicken and vegetables in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet.

  3. Roast on the middle rack for 15 minutes. Leave the pan there and turn the broiler to high. Broil until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are browning in spots, about 5 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add penne and cook according to package directions; drain. Combine the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, lime juice and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in the saucepan. Add the chicken mixture and the pasta; stir to coat. Sprinkle with cilantro and stir again to combine. Serve with pico de gallo and sour cream, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

500 Calories
21g Fat
51g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size about 2 cups
Calories 500
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 51g 19%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 32g 64%
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Vitamin A 1728IU 35%
Sodium 621mg 27%
Potassium 776mg 17%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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