One Pot Pasta Chicken

Chipotle Chicken Spinach Pasta
Another Flavorful, Healthy, Filling
Quick and Easy Dinner Recipe

A one pot pasta chicken can be a very easy, delicious and healthy meal for you and your family.  Best of all, there is a lot of store-bought help in this recipe.  Very little cooking and you get all the credit.

Chipotle Chicken Spinach Pasta

Total Time:
30-35 Minutes
Prep Time
: 10-15 Minutes  

Active Cook Time: 20 Minutes  
Serving: 4

When I first cooked this chipotle chicken spinach pasta, I used regular spaghetti.  Because it is so flavorful, I started to wonder if I can use whole grain or whole wheat pasta instead.  The flavor will be strong enough to balance everything. It turned out pretty good after the first trial.

This time, I used the combination of tri-color penne and vegetable penne.  It is even better.  If you want to have a dinner filled with fiber, flavors and filling at the same time, this pasta recipe is definitely for you.


In this recipe, you need to buy 1 Can (7oz) Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce.  You can’t buy any less than this amount.  However, it will take you a long time to use up the whole can.  Throw the rest away?  NO….. Seeing the food in the garbage is the last thing I want to do and see.

Do you have any clean mason jar?  If not, any air-tight container would work.  But glass jar works best.  Even it is a jar that was used for jam or fruit preserves would work, too.  As long as it is clean.  Store the rest of the chipotle peppers and adobo sauce in it. 

  1. Put the jar at the back of the fridge. 
  2. Every time when you take a piece of pepper and/or some adobo sauce out, use a clean spoon. 

It is good for at least 6 months.  However, the longer it stays in the fridge, the less heat and spiciness from the peppers and the sauce.  The flavor will fade slowly.

Adjust the quantity of chipotle peppers and adobo sauce to your preference in this one pot pasta chicken recipe.

Feel free to add one more box of frozen spinach.  It never hurts to have more vegetables, right?

One Pot Pasta Chicken Recipe and Instructions


1 Rotisserie Chicken, make your own or 4 cups of cooked chicken (skinned, deboned and shredded)
1 Box Frozen Chopped Spinach (thawed and squeeze out all the liquid)
1 Chipotle Pepper (finely chopped)
1 tablespoon Adobo Sauce
2 Boxes (12 ounces each) Tri-Color Penne (any pasta will do)
2 Cloves Garlic (finely chopped)


1 Pot of Water
1 ½ teaspoon Salt (divided)
1 tablespoon Canola Oil
3 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
1 pinch of Sugar (optional)

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil
  2. Add 1 teaspoon salt, canola oil and pasta
  3. Quick stir and let it cook until al dente and drain
  4. Use the same pasta pot, add Extra Virgin Olive Oil at medium high heat
  5. Add Chipotle, Adobo Sauce and Garlic to infuse the oil; about 1 minutes
  6. Add spinach and stir; about 2 minutes
  7. Add chicken, ½ teaspoon salt, black pepper and cook until warm; 3-5 minutes
  8. Stir in pasta and toss to combine
  9. Add sugar, optional, if it is too hot for you and serve

Serve This With: 

Cucumber Nectarine Salad

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