Today: Get My No Fail, Easy Cookbook Series for 60% OFF
Buy Now

Jalapeño Popper Chicken Pasta Casserole

Pin RecipeReview Recipe
close up shot of Jalapeño Popper Chicken Pasta Casserole in a baking dish with a spoon grabbing a piece
This jalapeño popper chicken pasta casserole is the ultimate comfort food, combining all of your favorite flavors into one amazing meal.
Jump to Recipe
Table of Contents
  1. Jalapeño Popper Chicken Pasta Casserole Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Jalapeño Popper Chicken Pasta Casserole Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
  5. More Recipes You’ll Love
  6. JUMP TO RECIPE

If you’re in the mood for something cheesy, creamy, and spicy, look no further than this jalapeño popper chicken pasta casserole. The decadent dish is an irresistible combination of tender pasta mixed with chicken, crisp bacon, melted cheese, and so much flavor.

close up shot of Jalapeño Popper Chicken Pasta Casserole in a baking dish with a spoon grabbing a piece

Jalapeño Popper Chicken Pasta Casserole Ingredients

Jalapeño Popper Chicken Pasta Casserole raw ingredients that are labeled

You’ll need:

  • 2 (8-ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 7.4-ounce jar diced, pickled jalapeño peppers, drained
  • 2 cups grated jack cheese, divided
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese, divided
  • 3 cups chopped rotisserie chicken meat
  • 1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 pound rotini pasta, cooked and drained
  • Fresh jalapeños for garnish (I used 1 whole)
  • 3 green onions, green parts only, sliced

PRO TIP:

Be sure NOT to use pre-shredded cheeses. They have additives added in the bags to prevent clumping, and they do not melt as well as a block of cheese that you shred yourself.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

SOUR CREAM: Using a combination of sour cream and mayonnaise in the filling gives a nice balance of richness and light creaminess. You can substitute all sour cream if preferred in this easy casserole.

JALAPEÑOS: Using diced, pickled jalapeños is both extremely convenient and also infuses more of that delicious jalapeño flavor into the dish. You can substitute 3 freshly diced jalapeño peppers. Remove the seeds and ribbing for a milder dish.

CHICKEN: Rotisserie chicken makes this dish easy to make, but if you have leftover cooked chicken breasts or chicken thighs, you could chop them up and use them instead.

How to Make This Jalapeño Popper Chicken Pasta Casserole Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

Cook the pasta to al dente in boiling, salted water to season the pasta before it goes into the casserole. We will not add additional salt to the casserole itself.

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 350°F.

STEP TWO: In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, onion powder, garlic powder, and diced jalapeños. Use a hand mixer for quick blending.

PRO TIP:

Use gloves when handling the jalapeños. Otherwise, heat from the oils will be left on your skin and can irritate your skin, not to mention if you touch your face or eyes. 

cream cheese, mayo, sour cream, onion powder, garlic powder, and diced jalapeno blended together in a bowl

STEP THREE: Add 1 cup each of cheddar and jack cheeses and stir to combine.

cheddar and jack cheese stirred in a bowl

STEP FOUR: In a large bowl, toss together pasta, chicken, and most of the chopped bacon, reserving about ½ cup of bacon to sprinkle over the top.

pasta, chicken, and bacon tossed in a bowl

STEP FIVE: Add the cream cheese mixture to the pasta mixture and stir gently until the mixture is evenly combined.

pasta mixture and cheddar cheese mixture mixed together in a bowl

STEP SIX: Spread the casserole filling into a 9×13-inch casserole dish.

STEP SEVEN: Top with remaining shredded cheese. Sprinkle the reserved bacon and fresh jalapeño slices over the cheese.

sprinkle cheese and place bacon and Jalapeño slices on top in a baking dish

STEP EIGHT: Bake for 20 minutes until the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and top with freshly sliced green onion. Serve hot.

PRO TIP:

Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your casserole as the suggested baking time approaches.

Jalapeño Popper Chicken Pasta Casserole baked in a baking dish until cheese is melted and sprinkle green inions

How To Serve

This casserole is a delicious meal to make for a busy weeknight dinner. Add a side salad such as our tomato cucumber salad or cucumber salad and our dinner rolls to mop up all that gooey and cheesy sauce.

Spicy jalapeños provide a nice spicy kick to any recipe. Make sure to check out our jalapeño popper grilled cheese and our bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers for an added kick to your menu.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store the jalapeno popper chicken casserole recipe in an airtight container or covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.

IN THE FREEZER: Store the leftover chicken casserole in the freezer for up to three months.

close up shot of Jalapeño Popper Chicken Pasta Casserole in a baking dish with a spoon grabbing a piece and a piece taken out

This jalapeño popper chicken casserole recipe is oozing with cheesy goodness, a creamy sauce, and jalapeño peppers which add a deliciously spicy kick. It will be a huge hit with the entire family for a quick weeknight dinner.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I freeze this easy jalapeño chicken casserole?

This delicious casserole can be frozen, well-covered, for up to 3 months.

Is this dish really spicy?

This dish does have spice from the jalapeños. You can adjust the spice level of this pasta recipe by removing the seeds and ribbing from the inside of the jalapeños before adding them as well as adjusting how many peppers you add to the casserole.

Can I use a different pasta shape for this jalapeño popper pasta bake?

Any bite-size pasta shapes would work well in this creamy chicken casserole.

More Recipes You’ll Love

Get Recipes on Pinterest

get recipes on pinterest
get digital lazy cookbooks
close up shot of Jalapeño Popper Chicken Pasta Casserole in a baking dish with a spoon grabbing a piece

Jalapeño Popper Chicken Pasta Casserole

No ratings yet
This jalapeño popper chicken pasta casserole is the ultimate comfort food, combining all of your favorite flavors into one amazing meal.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 7.4 ounce pickled jalapenos, diced and drained
  • 3 cups chopped rotisserie chicken meat
  • 1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 cups grated jack cheese, divided
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 pound rotini pasta, cooked and drained
  • Fresh jalapeños, for garnish (I used 1 whole)
  • 3 green onions, green parts only, sliced

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, onion powder, garlic powder, and diced jalapeños. Use a hand mixer for quick blending.
  • Add 1 cup each of cheddar and jack cheeses and stir to combine.
  • In a large mixing bowl, toss together pasta, chicken, and most of the bacon, reserving about ½ cup to sprinkle over the top.
  • Add the cream cheese mixture to the pasta mixture and stir gently until the mixture is evenly combined.
  • Spread filling into a 9×13-inch casserole dish.
  • Top with remaining cheeses. Sprinkle reserved bacon and fresh jalapeño slices over the cheese.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, until the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and top with freshly sliced green onion. Serve hot.

Notes

  • Be sure NOT to use pre-shredded cheeses. They have additives added in the bags to prevent clumping, and they do not melt as well as a block of cheese that you shred yourself.
  • Cook the pasta to al dente in boiling, salted water to season the pasta before it goes into the casserole. We will not add additional salt to the casserole itself.
  • Use gloves when handling the jalapeños. Otherwise, heat from the oils will be left on your skin and can irritate your skin, not to mention if you touch your face or eyes.
  • Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your casserole as the suggested baking time approaches.

Nutrition

Calories: 1010kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 69g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Monounsaturated Fat: 22g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 187mg | Sodium: 1611mg | Potassium: 598mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1657IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 431mg | Iron: 2mg
Have You Tried This Recipe?Follow me on Pinterest @spaceshipslb

Get Recipes on Facebook

get recipes on facebook

Proudly Prepared by the Spaceships Kitchen

You May Also Like

get digital lazy cookbooks

Reader Interactions

Leave a Comment

Recipe Rating




Comments