Cajun Chicken Pasta

This Cajun Chicken Pasta is full of flavor. Spicy Cajun chicken (by using my homemade Cajun seasoning!) with sweet bell peppers, mushrooms and tomatoes tossed with fettuccine in a wine cream sauce! SO delicious.

This spicy Cajun chicken pasta is my jam.

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I first posted this recipe back in 2012. That’s almost 5 years ago! Where has the time gone?

Recently I was digging around in the archives of this blog, looking for something “new” to make for dinner, when my eyes landed on this recipe. I remember making this all the time and then noticed how horrible the photos were and thought– Ummmm, no one would ever  want make this just by looking at these photos!

So I made this for dinner tonight and gave my old recipe an update. Not only by updating the photography (so you actually might want to make it) but also the recipe itself. The whole thing got simplified, so less dishes are dirtied and it’s more home-cook friendly.

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I love making this Cajun chicken pasta as much as I love to eat it. This slightly spicy and creamy pasta dish is absolutely my idea of comfort food.

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Start prepping all of your ingredients. If you work during the day, this can be done in advance. It will help speed things along and dinner will run smoother.

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Generously season 1-1/4 pounds of cubed chicken breasts with the 1-1/2 tablespoons of Cajun seasoning. I like making my own Cajun seasoning so I can control the spice.

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Heat up a few tablespoons of olive oil in your skillet over medium-high heat. When the pan is nice and hot; add in the seasoned chicken in an even layer and cook for 3 to 4 minutes before turning. Cook for about 8 to 10 minutes
total. Once cooked transfer the chicken to a clean plate.

Now that the chicken is cooked, it would be a good time to drop in 3/4 of a pound of fettuccine. Follow the package directions, most take 8 o 12 minutes so make sure you have enough time to make the sauce. My rule of thumb is that the sauce can always wait for the pasta, the pasta should never wait for the sauce.

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Add a little more olive oil if needed to the skillet and toss in the thinly sliced onions, peppers and the quartered mushrooms.

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Once the vegetables start to soften but are still a little firm, add in the minced garlic and cook 1 minute.

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Next, pour in the wine and use a wooden spoon to scrape up any delicious browned bits on the bottom of the pan and reduce for a minute or two.

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Next, reduce the heat to medium-low and add in the diced tomatoes, whole milk and heavy cream.

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Stir to combine and season with 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper. Then bring the sauce up to a bubble and cook, stirring often until thick.

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Once the pasta is cooked, drain and add it along with the cooked Cajun chicken to the vegetable cream sauce.

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Give it all a toss, taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed. Lastly, sprinkle with a little chopped parsley before serving.

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The flavors in this pasta dish are wonderful! It has some heat, but it’s a delicious addictive heat and the luscious creamy sauce is just lovely. And it’s so close to being classified as a one-pan meal, making this recipe simple for any night of the week.

I serve it with a fresh garden salad and maybe a glass of white wine to wash it all down.

Enjoy!

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Skillet Cajun Chicken Pasta

This skillet Cajun chicken pasta is full of flavor! Cajun seasoned chicken, bell peppers, mushrooms and tomatoes tossed with fettuccine in a cream sauce!

Yield: serves 4 to 6

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: about 25 minutes

Total Time: about 40-45 minutes

Ingredients:

1-1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts

1-1/2 tablespoons of Homemade Cajun Seasoning

1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil, as needed

1 small yellow onion, sliced vertically into thin strips

1 (8 ounce) container of mushrooms, halved or quartered if large

1/2 a yellow bell pepper, sliced (about 1/2 cup)

1/2 an orange bell pepper, sliced (about 1/2 cup)

3 garlic cloves, minced

1/3 cup dry white wine (I use Sauvignon Blanc) or chicken broth may be substituted

2 medium Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced

3/4 cup heavy cream

3/4 cup whole milk

3/4 pound fettuccine noodles

kosher salt and black pepper, to taste

fresh parsley, roughly chopped for garnish

Directions:

Bring a large pot of water to boil.

Season the chicken pieces with 1-1/2 tablespoons of the Cajun seasoning.

Heat a large 12-inch skillet with a few tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat. Once hot, place the seasoned chicken in an even layer in the pan. Cook for 4-5 minutes before turning. Repeat for another 4-5 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked. Remove the chicken to a clean plate.

Drop the pasta into the waiting boiling water and add in a tablespoon of sea salt. Follow package directions to cook the pasta al dente.

Add a teaspoon more of olive oil to the pan if needed and add in the onions, mushrooms and bell pepper. Cook for 5-6 minutes or until they are soft yet still a bit firm.

Add in the in the garlic and cook for 1 minute before pouring in the wine. Use a wooden spoon to scrape up the browned bits on the bottom of the pan and cook for 1 minute.

Next add in the tomatoes, heavy cream and whole milk. Stir, bringing this to a bubble until it has thickened a bit. Drain and add in the cooked pasta and also the Cajun chicken. Toss together and taste, seasoning with more salt and pepper as needed.

Serve with a little chopped parsley on top and enjoy!

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34 Responses to “Cajun Chicken Pasta”

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    Blog is the New Black — April 5, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Wow… need to make this ASAP!

    Annnnnd, I think you need to do a photography post. 🙂

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    Julie @ Table for Two — April 5, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    oh man, this looks so creamy delicious! love cajun pastas!

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    Shelley — April 5, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    This looks delicious Laurie! I can't wait to try it! We had your Beef Satay last night, & the boyfriend kept asking if there were any more skewers left in the kitchen. 🙂

    What brand is your cast iron skillet? We have a very old one that's been in the family for years, but it's small, & we'd like to get a bigger one. Plus, yours also has one of my favorite

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    Aarthi — April 5, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    awesome pasta recipe…will try it soon

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    Keeley — April 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    This looks great! I need to purchase a cast iron skillet.

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    Cassie/Bake Your Day — April 5, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Would you believe that I don't have a cast-iron skillet? It's been on my list forever. This sounds and looks so amazing, Laurie! I have something similar that I'm posting tomorrow, I love seeing others' versions of Cajun chicken pasta!

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    Bev Weidner (Bev Cooks) — April 5, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    OH. MY. GOSH. I love meals like this. I want to LICK it, seriously.

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    jillyヅ — April 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Just the title alone had me wanting to make, but then the creme!!! This is dinner tonight, thank you.

    blessings, jilly

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    SkinnyMommy — April 5, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Sounds delicious!

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    Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin — April 5, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I'm reading this just at lunch time and starving now! This pasta dish looks so, so tasty 🙂

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    lisa — April 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    well, this solves the what to have for dinner tonight dilemma!

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    Jennifurla — April 5, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    This looks delightful and full of flavor, would love it to appear in front of me..hint hint..hehe

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    Julia @The Roasted Root — April 5, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    The cast iron skillet is one of my favorites, too! That and the dutch oven….it's a huge plus to make a whole meal in one pot or pan – less clean up for sure. As always, your recipe looks like it is sure to please and keep you satisfied!

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    Rosie'sCountryBaking — April 6, 2012 at 12:19 am

    This looks delicious!!!!

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    Kiri W. — April 6, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Oh wow, this looks fantastic! I love cajun flavors, this would be a perfect comfort dinner for me 🙂

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    Richard — April 6, 2012 at 1:25 am

    This looks awesome! Love me some cajun cookin'!!

    I will have to lighten it up some for my needs, but it is easily done without losing to much in the process. (It always loses some)

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    mjskit — April 6, 2012 at 1:44 am

    I really love one pot meal especially when they are as easy and tasty as this one! Great list of ingredients and then that little touch of cream – Yum!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — April 6, 2012 at 2:05 am

    can i just say that i 100% agree with you on the cast iron skillet thing? seriously…what else could one really need 🙂

    and in that same line, there's really nothing better than a really great piece of perfectly seared chicken!

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    fromcupcakestocaviar@gmail.com — April 6, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Well, I know what MY dinner is going to be tomorrow night. I don't have to share with my husband and kids, do I?

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    Emmanuelle — April 6, 2012 at 9:28 am

    I'm a great skillet fan too, many thanks for this recipe, it looks delicious! Will have to try it ASAP!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — April 6, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Yum, this looks and sounds delicious. I make a dish similar to this and it's super flavorful.

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    Kristina — April 6, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    The colors in the dish are gorgeous! I'm always fan of one-pot meals…especially when I'm trying to throw something together last minute, this dinner looks awesome! Yumm!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — April 6, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Love spicy cajun seasoning. Pasta looks like one amazing dinner!

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    giwhiz — April 8, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I love your blog. You have renewed my interest in cooking and I love your photos! I will definitely be trying this recipe. My family loves all things Cajun. I seriously need to bite the bullet and buy a cast iron skillet.

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    Anonymous — April 9, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Whew! Made this tonight for my fiance and myself and WOW spicy. I think I may have over done it on your suggestion to add a little more cayenne pepper to the cajun spice if you want it spicier. But creamy and delicious otherwise, it just left both of us sweating a little 😉

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — April 9, 2012 at 1:59 am

    So glad you still enjoyed it even if though you were sweating and all 🙂

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    Christy Wheeler — April 11, 2012 at 4:28 am

    This was amazing! It is mine and my husband's new favorite! Thanks for sharing!

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    Stacey — December 13, 2016 at 8:42 am

    This is a staple in our house! The update is GREAT!!!!!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — December 13th, 2016 @ 10:30 am

      I’m so glad, Stacey! Thank you 🙂 <3

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    Janet — December 13, 2016 at 9:49 am

    This looks delicious! Only problem is my husband & kids don’t like cream sauce! Can I make this in a red Italian sauce instead? Thank you!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — December 13th, 2016 @ 10:32 am

      Hi Janet! I would think so! Maybe do 1 (15 ounce) can diced or crushed tomatoes and a little chicken broth? Let me know if you try it and what worked for you! 🙂

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    E — December 13, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Love that ribbon of milk in photo number 9!!!

    Maybe you should have a post on how you manage to take these amazing shots!

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    Mom22 — December 16, 2016 at 10:27 am

    This was a hit in our home, replaced linguine with penne, leftovers are also gone in lunch bags. Yummm x 1000034243…

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