This Cajun Chicken Pasta recipe has to be one of my all time favorite meals. Tender chicken breast is perfectly cooked in a creamy cajun alfredo sauce and mixed with your favorite pasta. It’s a simple recipe that comes together quickly to make the perfect weeknight dinner meal!
CAJUN CHICKEN PASTA INGREDIENTS
Chicken Breast - Boneless, skinless chicken breast
Pasta - I love using linguine pasta for this recipe but almost any pasta would work
Heavy Cream - to help make that creamy alfredo sauce
Cajun seasoning - grab your favorite cajun spice seasoning mix
Onion, Bell Pepper, Garlic - the combination of these 3 ingredients sauteed in a little bit of butter gives this cajun chicken pasta lots of extra flavor!
Parmesan Cheese - helps finish the delicious sauce. I like grabbing the freshly grated parmesan cheese. It tastes better than the other prepackaged cheese and it melts smoother over the stove.
HOW TO MAKE CAJUN CHICKEN PASTA
Full instructions are included in the recipe below, but here’s a quick overview:
Step One: Add the pasta to a large pot of salted boiling water and cook according to the box instructions. Reserve a little bit of the pasta water, drain and set aside once done.
Step Two: In a large saute pan on medium heat, add avocado or olive oil and cook seasoned chicken breast until fully done. Remove chicken from skillet and transfer to a plate.
Step Three: In the same skillet or pan, melt butter and saute onion, bell pepper & garlic. Cook until onion is translucent and garlic is fragrant. Next add heavy cream, parmesan cheese and the rest of the cajun seasoning. Simmer on low heat. Stir well until cheese is fully melted. Add salt & pepper to taste.
Step Four: Add the pasta to the sauce. Mix well. Stir in chopped chicken breast or slice your chicken breasts and lay them on top of the pasta. Garnish with fresh parsley or green onions and enjoy!
LET’S TALK PASTA!
I’ve tried several different pasta types with this recipe. My favorites are linguine pasta and bowtie pasta. Whichever brand you choose, make sure to cook according to the package instructions and salt your boiling water well. Once your pasta is done, reserve about ½ a cup of pasta water before draining the rest. The reserved pasta water helps to thin the sauce if it becomes too thick.
WANT TO MAKE YOUR PASTA SAUCE MORE CREAMY?
If you’re looking for a creamier pasta sauce then add in a little bit of cream cheese. Just 2-4oz is all you need. Make sure to set your cream cheese out for about 20 minutes before you start cooking so the cream cheese has a chance to soften. Then break the cream cheese up into smaller pieces before adding it to your sauce so it melts quicker.
CAN I USE MILK INSTEAD OF HEAVY CREAM?
Short answer is yes. You can use a combination of 1 1/2 cup regular milk, 2-4 oz cream cheese and ½ cup of parmesan cheese to give you a creamy sauce. However, you have to be careful when heating up regular milk. If your temperature is too high your milk may curdle. This is why heavy cream or half-n-half is often a better option because the higher amount of fat in heavy cream helps eliminate the risk of it curdling.
WHAT TO EAT WITH CAJUN CHICKEN PASTA?
The great thing about pasta dishes is that they really are a complete meal all in one. Toss in a few extra vegetables like frozen green peas towards the end of the cooking time and this recipe gets even better.
Most of the time I like to keep it simple and just add some garlic bread with this dish!
MORE EASY DINNER IDEAS!
- Chicken Sausage Stir-Fry
- Chicken Fajitas
- Sheet Pan Sausage, Potatoes & Brussels Sprouts
- Creamy Italian Sausage Pasta