8-ounce angel hair pasta (half of a 16-ounce box)
2 cups chopped, cooked chicken
2 (10 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
1 cup salsa
1 cup sour cream
2 cups Mexican cheese blend, divided use
1 Tablespoon taco seasoning
dried parsley, for topping (optional)
Preheat oven to 350f degrees. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Cook pasta according to package directions (remember, you are only using half a box of angel hair pasta here.) Once pasta is cooked, drain well.
Place pasta back into the pot and add diced chicken, cream of chicken soups, salsa, sour cream, 1 cup of Mexican cheese blend, and taco seasoning.
Stir well to combine (this will take a few minutes.)
Pour the combined mixture into your prepared baking dish.
Top with remaining cheese and a sprinkling of dried parsley.
Cover with nonstick aluminum foil.
Cook in the oven for about 25 minutes (until hot and bubbly.)

Q: Can I use a different type of pasta for this recipe? A: While angel hair pasta works well for this recipe, you can experiment with other pasta types like penne, rotini, or fettuccine based on your preferences.

Q: Can I make this recipe ahead of time? A: Yes, you can prepare the Cheesy Chicken Fiesta Bake ahead of time and refrigerate it before baking. When ready to serve, simply follow the baking instructions in the recipe.

Q: Can I freeze leftovers? A: Yes, you can freeze leftovers in an airtight container. Ensure it’s properly sealed to prevent freezer burn. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

Q: Is there a substitute for cream of chicken soup? A: If you prefer, you can use cream of mushroom soup or cream of celery soup as substitutes. It will impart a slightly different flavor but will still be delicious.

Q: What can I serve as a side dish with this bake? A: This dish pairs well with a side of crisp green salad, steamed vegetables, or even a side of rice. Choose your favorite to complement the Cheesy Chicken Fiesta Bake.

Q: Can I add extra vegetables to the recipe? A: Absolutely! Feel free to add diced bell peppers, onions, or any other vegetables you enjoy. SautΓ© them before combining with the other ingredients for added flavor.

Q: How spicy is the dish with salsa and taco seasoning? A: The spiciness level depends on the salsa and taco seasoning you use. You can adjust the heat by choosing mild or hot salsa and adjusting the amount of taco seasoning to your liking.

Q: Can I use a different type of cheese? A: Yes, you can experiment with different cheese blends or use a single type of cheese. Cheddar, Monterey Jack, or a blend of Mexican cheeses work well.

Q: What makes this dish “fiesta” style? A: The combination of salsa and taco seasoning gives this dish a vibrant and flavorful profile, reminiscent of Mexican or Tex-Mex cuisine, hence the “fiesta” in the name. The cheesy goodness adds to the celebration of flavors.

Q: Can I make this recipe vegetarian? A: Yes, you can make a vegetarian version by omitting the chicken and using vegetable broth or a combination of your favorite vegetables. Ensure the cream of chicken soup is replaced with a vegetarian alternative.

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