• 6 chicken tenders (boneless, skinless, or 2-3 breasts)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 16 ounces penne pasta (uncooked)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 onion (chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 4 ounces cream cheese (cubed)
  • 2 tomatoes (diced)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh parsley (minced)
  • grated parmesan cheese (optional)
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NutritionView more



Calories860Calories from Fat330
Total Fat37g57%
Saturated Fat14g70%
Trans Fat
Calories from Fat330
Total Carbohydrate83g28%
Dietary Fiber5g20%
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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Tiffany 15 Jul
Delicious! Even my picky eaters loved it!
This recipe is awesome! I give it five stars! >w<
Alana 29 Jun
Family went crazy for it!
cassie 18 Jun
The chicken was really good but the whole family found the pasta kinda bland. Would make again but would jazz up the pasta a little.
David L. 14 Jun
this is fabulous!!! Added zucchini, wonderful
Nikki D. 12 Jun
This was amazing! Didn't have fresh tomatoes so I used 1/2 can of diced Italian tomatoes (my Husband isn't a tomato lover) also, we didn't have any charcoal so I cooked it in the skillet and it was still great. Thank you for this recipe, it's a keeper!
Made this tonight and it was great. My wife loved it. Cheers
Morgan S. 10 Jun
Really yummy! I don’t normally make such heavy dishes but this hit the spot. Maybe more lime and chili for an extra punch next time but my man and I loved it!!
Perez 5 Jun
Very tasty. The whole family loved it. Wasn’t that hard either.
Adina G. 4 Jun
Really easy to make, yummy
The pasta was DELICIOUS as well as the chicken. The two didn't go perfectly together, but the recipe was easy and definitely worth it.
Genevieve 4 Jun
it turned out great, tweaked it a bit, everybody even the kids loved it! definitely ☆☆☆☆☆!
Carla M. 4 Jun
It turned out quite well.
Delicious! My family loved it. I will definitely make again.
Great! Fun recipe, will definitely make again
It’s delicious But I made the mentioned amount of sauce for half the amount of pasta.. and I used half the amount of cream cheese.. it turns out yummy 😋
Hannah J. 5 Jan
This was amazing. The directions didn’t indicate when to add the flour but I assume that you were supposed to add it after or during the garlic was sautéed and before the broth and milk. I didn’t do this unfortunately, but it still turned out delicious. I added a whole 8 oz of cream cheese though and it was delic. The chicken was moist too. I didn’t grill it outside, it’s winter, so I grilled it on a grilling pan and it was just as amazing.
Eli Stoermer 31 Dec 2017
instead of grilling (it's too cold out) I fried the chicken in a pan. worked just fine!
Michelle Schaub 4 Dec 2017
This is amazing the chicken is perfectly seasoned and came out moist and delicious. I used chicken breasts and pounded them out evenly so they cooked very well on the grill. Definitely will make again, even my 9yr old loved it!
Michael 14 Nov 2017
Really really good will make again
Hello Michele 26 Oct 2017
Yummy😋 Delicious says mY 10 yr old daughter Makenna!!😜😋🤗 My 11 yr old daughter says “Fabulous & Fantastic food!!!”🤗😋😍😊 We’ll def make it again:)
Teresa M. 24 Oct 2017
It was very good. It did make a lot of dishes though. Make only on the weekend when you have plenty of time
Betsy D. 10 Oct 2017
This recipe turned out great. The three boneless chicken breast was the perfect amount. Will definitely make this again!
Julie B. 24 Jul 2017
So yummy! I had to leave the tomatoes out because of a picky eater, but I added spinach. It was a big hit! Edited to note: I made the sauce for the pasta in the same pan after the chicken, and I think that helped flavor the pasta.
Danielle 23 Jul 2017
I loved the marinated chicken, but the family didn't. The pasta and sauce was a hit though. I probably will make it again with plain grilled chicken.
Brittany S. 10 Apr 2017
I decided to try this recipe myself since the reviews are pretty mixed. The chicken had a lot of flavor. I let it marinate for about 40 minutes and cooked it on the stovetop. For tomatoes I used the small grape ones. I definitely would recommend not skipping out on the tomatoes and parsley. Those ingredients really brought the dish together and added a freshness to it.
nicole h. 20 Nov 2016
It was pretty good, but it tasted like putting teo separate meals together: one Mexican and one Italian.
Ashley 17 Sep 2016
Everything about is was great. My sauce wasn't flavorless at all and I followed step by step. It was a major hit for my family.
Valerie S. 18 Apr 2016
Let me start by saying the chicken is AMAZING. 5 stars for the chicken. The pasta and cream sauce BLAND. It was flavorless and I let it simmer, followed the recipe exactly with the exception of the cream cheese which I swapped for Greek yogurt. I really had to doctor it up to get some flavor and there was definitely no garlic flavor that was noticeable until I added a good deal of garlic salt. I'll keep this just for the chicken.
Katie M. 26 Feb 2016
I just cooked the chicken and it was amazing. Great marinade! I would make it again. The extra sauce was great on my mashed cauliflower.