Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

creamy cajun chicken pasta ~ cajun seasoned chicken bites, penne pasta, mushrooms, bell peppers in a creamy spicy alfredo sauce.

Dinner | September 27, 2018 | By

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta ~ bites of spicy Cajun chicken, pasta, sliced mushrooms and bell pepper in a creamy Cajun alfredo sauce.

There’s just two of at the dinner table most of the time these days so I try to create dishes we both like. Some days are more challenging than others.

That’s not to say my husband is a picky eater ~ he’s not. But in his world, food should be (a) spicy, (b) fried (c) smothered in gravy or (d) some combination.

This Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta falls into the spicy category but it was definitely not a hit with him. That’s okay. Just as he prefers a cold beer to my glass of wine, we don’t have to agree on everything we eat.

That said, I loved it. LOVED. It.  I ate it for dinner and leftovers for lunch the following day. I even found myself grabbing a couple of pieces of cold pasta right from the fridge.  I was happy to polish it off myself. Every last bite.

creamy cajun chicken pasta ~ cajun seasoned chicken bites, penne pasta, mushrooms, bell peppers in a creamy spicy alfredo sauce.

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta cooks in a single skillet or pot, including the pasta and this dish has it all: bites of spicy Cajun chicken, sliced mushrooms, bell pepper and onion plus perfectly cooked pasta all blended together in a creamy spicy Cajun alfredo sauce.

So pour a glass of your favorite beverage (I went with pinot grigio) while you whip up this tasty dish. You won’t be sorry. Like me, you may find you’re craving it as soon as it’s gone.

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta Ingredients:

  • olive oil
  • Cajun seasoning 
  • boneless chicken breasts 
  • Salt and pepper to taste  
  • onion
  • bell pepper
  • fresh mushrooms
  • chicken stock
  • milk
  • Cajun seasoning
  • lemon juice
  • parmesan cheese
  • heavy cream
  • fresh Italian parsley
  • Optional garnishes: tomato and extra grated parmesan cheese 

creamy cajun chicken pasta ~ cajun seasoned chicken bites, penne pasta, mushrooms, bell peppers in a creamy spicy alfredo sauce.

Instructions:

Combine the olive oil and 1 ½ tablespoons of Cajun seasoning in a bowl then add the bite size pieces of chicken and gently toss to completely coat them.

In a large skillet or pot over medium to medium high heat add the chicken cooking about 2 minutes per side until they’re browned and cooked through then remove them from the skillet.

Over medium heat add a drizzle of olive oil to the pot then drop in the onions, bell pepper and mushrooms to the skillet, season with salt and pepper and cook just one minute.

Pour in the stock and milk, bring to a boil over medium high heat then add the uncooked pasta and reduce the heat to medium/medium low and simmer 8-10 minutes stirring frequently or until the pasta is almost tender. There will be a small amount of liquid left in the skillet.

Add the lemon juice and zest then fold in the heavy cream, parmesan cheese, remaining Cajun seasoning, chicken and parsley and cook over a low boil 2 minutes until the sauce thickens. Taste and adjust salt and pepper then serve right away.

Tip: if the sauce is too thick add a tablespoon or 2 of hot tap water.

Optional garnish: Since our garden was in the midst of tomatogeddon I added some diced tomatoes to as a garnish. It was equally delicious with and without them. 

creamy cajun chicken pasta ~ cajun seasoned chicken bites, penne pasta, mushrooms, bell peppers in a creamy spicy alfredo sauce garnished with diced tomatoes.

The inspiration for this dish was all the spicy Cajun food we ate when were in New Orleans last month for a food blog conference. We found that authentic Cajun cuisine usually means rice, but with cooler temps here in Michigan we needed dish that said comfort like my favorite fuzzy slippers.

Next year’s conference will be in Juneau, Alaska and we’re planning to go! Can’t wait to taste all the delicious food coming from there. 

In the meantime, enjoy!

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creamy cajun chicken pasta ~ cajun seasoned chicken, penne pasta, bell peppers and mushrooms in a cajun alfredo sauce garnished with basil leaves
Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta ~ bites of spicy Cajun chicken, sliced mushrooms, bell pepper and onion blended with penne pasta in a creamy spicy Cajun alfredo sauce.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Cajun
Keyword: easy cajun chicken pasta
Servings: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 ½ tablespoon Cajun seasoning + 1 teaspoon divided
  • 2 chicken breasts cut in bite size pieces about ¾ pound
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 cup bell pepper chopped
  • 1 ½ cups fresh mushrooms sliced
  • 1 ½ cups chicken stock
  • 1 ½ cups milk any %
  • 8 ounces uncooked Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ¾ cup parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional garnishes: tomato and extra grated parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Combine the olive oil and 1 ½ tablespoons of Cajun seasoning in a bowl then add the bite size pieces of chicken and gently toss to completely coat them.
  2. In a large skillet or pot over medium to medium high heat add the chicken cooking about 2 minutes per side until they’re browned and cooked through then remove them from the skillet.
  3. Over medium heat add about a drizzle (about 1 tablespoon) of olive oil to the pot then drop in the onions, bell pepper and mushrooms to the skillet, season with salt and pepper and cook one minute.
  4. Pour in the stock and milk, bring to a boil over medium high heat then add the uncooked pasta and reduce the heat to medium/medium low and simmer 8-10 minutes stirring frequently or until the pasta is almost tender. There will be a small amount of liquid left in the skillet.
  5. Add the lemon juice and zest then fold in the heavy cream, parmesan cheese, remaining Cajun seasoning, chicken and parsley and cook over a low boil 2 minutes until the sauce thickens. Taste and adjust salt and pepper; serve right away.

  6. Optional garnish: diced tomatoes and/or extra parmesan cheese

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