CHEESY CHICKEN ROTINI

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Super cheesy and creamy, Cheesy Chicken Rotini will become your new favorite, go-to weeknight recipe! Made with common, pantry staples, you can have this on the table in a flash!

This recipe is definitely comforting food to the max.

  Cheesy Chicken Rotini

TIPS AND SUBSTITUTIONS

I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts, but you can also use thighs.

As well, if you don’t like cheddar cheese, Pepper Jack, Monterrey, and Colby would all make lovely substitutions.

All pasta taste the same regardless of the shape so use what you have in the pantry. However, this recipe will be good with gluten-free pasta. I’ve recently started using vegetable pasta and chickpea pasta if you want to give them a try. (Click the link for the recommended brand.)

  Cheesy Chicken Rotini

HOW TO MAKE CHEESY CHICKEN ROTINI

  1. I don’t like canned chicken. Therefore, start by cubing your boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
  2. Next, boil your noodles.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, season the chicken and start cooking it in a large pan.
  4. When the chicken is cooked, add the cooked pasta, cream of mushroom, chicken broth, sour cream, and 1.5 cups cheese to the pan with the chicken.
  5. All that is left is to stir it together, top it with the remaining cheese, and replace the lid until the cheese melts.

  Cheesy Chicken Rotini

CREAM OF MUSHROOM SUBSTITUTE

You can make a roux with the recipe and ingredients below OR you can use two cans Cream of Mushroom

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. When the butter is melted, reduce the heat to medium and add the flour. Whisk, stirring frequently, until the mixture is thick and foamy, about 1 minute.
 
Slowly whisk in the chicken broth and milk. Bring to a gentle boil, whisking constantly, until the soup thickens. Add salt and pepper. Remove the pan from the stove. You’ll use all of this in the recipe instead of the cream of chicken and cream of mushroom soup.

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Cheesy Chicken Rotini

Cheesy Chicken Rotini

Made with standard pantry staples, this cheesy, creamy chicken meal can be on your table in 30 minutes.
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
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Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 large chicken breast boneless & skinless (chicken thighs can be used, or cooked, shredded rotisserie chicken)
  • 2 (10.5 ounce) cans cream of mushroom soup OR see substitution in post
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 16 ounces rotini pasta or any shape

Instructions

  • Cut chicken into 1-inch cubes. Cook pasta according to package directions and drain.
  • Use a large skillet, saucepan, or Dutch oven that's large enough to hold the pasta too. Spray your pan with non-stick spray. Season chicken with pepper, garlic, onion, salt, and cayenne pepper. Add the seasoned chicken to your large pan and cook, stirring often 5 to 6 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
  • Add cooked pasta, cream of mushroom, chicken broth, sour cream, and 1.5 cups cheese to the pan with the chicken and stir to combine. Top with remaining ½ cup cheese.
  • Cover pan and simmer 5 to 8 minutes or until everything is heated through and cheese on top is melted.

Nutrition

Calories: 447kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 449mg | Potassium: 427mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 492IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 252mg | Iron: 1mg
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9 Comments

  1. I only have 1 can of cream of mushroom soup but I do have a can of cream of chicken. Would it be ok to do those

  2. Question: if I use the substitute for cream of mushroom soup, would I still use the cup of chicken broth as well? Or is the chicken broth that I use in the substitute the same one? Thanks!!

    1. 1/2 cup butter
      1/2 cup all-purpose flour
      1 cup chicken broth
      1 cup milk
      1/2 teaspoon salt
      1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
      This replaces the 2 cans of cream of mushroom. Everything else is the same

  3. 5 stars
    We really enjoyed this recipe. I had to make a change, only because I was missing sour cream. I used fat free Greek Yogurt. It worked. I added a bag of frozen broccoli–I cooked it first in the microwave and stirred in at the last minute. I’ll definitely make it again.

    1. 5 stars
      An excellent recipe! 3 of my kids don’t like mushrooms though, so may try this with the HEB cream of jalapeño soup. Well done!

  4. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe, but with a few minor changes:
    -used chicken bouillon
    cubes(didn’t have broth)
    (beware, a little salty)
    -used real onions and
    garlic(prefer the real stuff)
    -used chickpea rotini
    -used 4 cheese blend(all I had)
    -topped with sliced provolone
    cheese
    -baked then broiled in oven
    until cheese was melted and
    brown

    It was delicious
    -I think I prefer the cheese
    blend vs the strong cheddar
    cheese flavor

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