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Cajun Chicken Pasta

cajun chicken pasta

This Cajun Chicken pasta has just the right amount of spice and the tender chicken combined with the creamy sauce make it a perfect dinner for any night of the week.

When you are five weeks into recovery from jaw surgery, and stuck on a soft chew diet, you start trying every different possible pasta combination known to man, and some that aren’t, just to keep things interesting. These days I find myself trying to come up with all kinds of new pasta recipes in hopes that I don’t get sick of the stuff before my soft chew days are over. This recipe for Cajun Chicken Pasta came to life after raiding my pantry and refrigerator, identifying things that needed to be used up before they went bad. On the list? A jar of roasted red peppers, a package of green onions, and half a carton of heavy cream that I used for a recipe earlier in the week.

Despite being hesitant about the combination of ingredients available to work with, I got to work putting together what turned out to be one of the most delicious cajun pastas I’ve had. Even my pasta hating husband deemed this recipe a success! And the awesome thing about this dish is that you can make it as spicy as you’d like, you just have to adjust the seasonings a bit. You can eliminate the spice altogether and it’ll be more like a chicken alfredo pasta.

This Cajun Chicken pasta has just the right amount of spice and the tender chicken combined with the creamy sauce make it a perfect dinner for any night of the week. Serve this with some fresh garlic bread (like this one), and a side salad, and you’ve got yourself a fantastic meal that’s good enough for entertaining.

*Note: If you’ve never cooked with roasted red peppers, and you’re not sure where to find them, I found them in the condiments aisle at my grocery store, near the olives. They come in a jar. You could also roast your own, but the jarred peppers definitely come in handy for quick recipes like this!

Cajun Chicken Pasta

cajun chicken pasta

Prep Time: 7mn
Cook Time: 22mn
Total Time: 29mn

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-2 inch chunks
  • 1 box penne pasta cooked al dente cooked according to directions on box
  • 3 teaspoons cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2-3 green onions sliced thin
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped roasted red peppers
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese + 2 tablespoons for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flake *eliminate if you don’t want heat
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Melt two tablespoons butter in a large skillet on medium high heat
  2. While butter is melting, combine cajun seasoning, paprika, salt and pepper in a ziplock bag or a bowl. Coat the chicken with the seasonings.
  3. Cook chicken in skillet until cooked through which should take around 7-8 minutes. Use a meat thermometer if needed to check for doneness. Chicken should be cooked to 165 degrees.
  4. Remove chicken from pan and add sliced green onions and roasted red peppers. Sauté veggies for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Add in heavy whipping cream, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper and bring to a simmer. Cook until the whipping cream reduces by about half. Mix the chicken back in to the cream/onion and roasted red pepper mixture.
  6. Once cream has reduced, add in a heaping 1/3 cup of shredded parmesan cheese and stir until it has melted.
  7. Serve over pasta and top with a little parmesan cheese for garnish. Enjoy!

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  1. We thought it was yummy, so I hope you like it too. :)

  2. Made this tonight… A little spicy for me, but Brian loved it!!! Thanks again!

  3. You’re welcome! You can always cut back on the cajun seasoning and omit the red pepper flake to cut back on the spice. :)

  4. I made this tonight, exactly as written here, and it is AMAZING. I seriously think this the best meal I have ever made. Even my kids, who are just-turned-6 and almost-4, liked it. My little one actually LOVED it. I was afraid it might be a little hot for them, so I didn’t put a lot of the sauce on their pasta, but there was plenty of sauce on their chicken and I mixed it up with the pasta. Thank you so much for sharing this fabulous recipe. I want to invite company over just so I can wow them with it!

    • Hi Jan, thank you so much for taking the time to come back and comment on this! I am so happy to hear that your family loved it! I’m impressed that the kids liked it too! Have a great weekend. :)

  5. I have just started on a low salt, low fat diet. I was told to avoid foods with cream sauce, but it seems most recipes have something we aren’t supposed to have. Wondering how to fix this so it fits the low salt, low fat rule

    • Hey Janet, you can try substituting some of the whipping cream for Greek yogurt. I’m not sure the proportions, but I know a lot of cream sauces for pastas have a low-fat alternative by using Greek yogurt instead of milk/cream.

  6. This recipe was incredible! Doubled the sauce to feed a family of six – everyone was licking their plates clean.

  7. OMG! I made this tonight and my Husband asked if I could make this weekly! I love your site! Thank you!

  8. I made this tonight and my husband loved it!!!!

  9. By far the best pasta reciepe out there.. My family loves this dish> Thank you.

  10. Did I ever tell you I Love you? THIS is my fave dish! :D ^_^ <3

  11. I’ve tried several recipes on the internet in the past. Some were okay and some were complete failures. I followed this recipe (tweaked it a little by also adding shrimp, fresh green peppers and a little cream cheese like you do in your Alfredo sauce) and it was amazing! Best dish we’ve ever had at home! Needless to say I will be retrieving my recipes from your sight from now on. We’re trying the sweet and sour chicken tomorrow night! Thanks so much for the wonderful recipe.

  12. My husband used to get the chicken Cajun pasta dish at RedLobster. This is just like it but better!
    I used Slap Ya Mama Cajun seasoning, two teaspoons of the regular and one teaspoon of the hot. I also dumped the pasta when it was done in the sauce mixture to coat it all. We will definitely be having this again and again!
    Thanks!

    • I used to LOVE the cajun chicken pasta from Red Lobster when I worked there in college. I haven’t tried Slap Ya Mama Cajun seasoning but I imagine it’s amazing. Thanks for the feedback!

  13. Looks awesome. I am on pasta overload right now! Lol. Been on a Italian roll. Gonna make sloppy joes, greens, and roasted baby turnips!

  14. Robin Richardson Gilbert

    I have the recipe from Fridays from years ago! One of my favorite dishes ever!

  15. Just wondering but is it degrees Celsius or faranhight?
    Looks delicious will be trying it tonight.

  16. My very picky boyfriend declared this the best meal he has ever had. It is now in regular rotation at my house. Thanks

  17. Thank you,i like your delicios foods

  18. Mariza Medellin I think you should make this for your dad since he like Cajun food. .. your mom would love it too…

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