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Cajun Chicken Pasta

Cajun Chicken Pasta

A million times better than your favorite restaurant's creamy cajun chicken pasta! It's a super easy dinner idea that everyone will love.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 5

Ingredients
  

CAJUN SAUCE

  • 1/2 whole red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1/2 whole green bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cup mushrooms sliced or chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter melted
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 cup parmesan freshly grated
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • salt to taste

CHICKEN

  • 2 large chicken breasts cut in half to 4 thin breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder blend
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • pinch of cayenne powder optional
  • more olive oil for pan

PASTA

  • 10 ounces pasta
  • salt

Instructions
 

CHICKEN

  • In a small bowl, combine olive oil with chili powder, salt, paprika, garlic powder, oregano, and cayenne powder to make your marinade.
  • Pour the marinade over the chicken and make sure it is even.
  • Heat a pan over medium-heat. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the chicken and get a nice sear on one side, about 3 minutes. Flip over and get a sear on the other side. Then drop the heat to low and allow the chicken to cook through, about 2 more minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F. Remove the chicken and save the oil in the pan to saute the veggies in and make your sauce.

SAUCE & PASTA

  • Heat a large pot of water to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, generously salt your water. Then drop the pasta in and cook according to package directions. I used rigatoni and cooked for 12 minutes.
  • While the pasta cooks, heat the same saucepan used to cook the chicken over medium-high heat. Add the bell peppers and mushrooms. Saute for 3 minutes or until they get a nice color. Add the garlic and butter. Mix again and saute for another minute.
  • Pour the heavy cream in along with the cajun seasoning and basil. Mix and bring to a boil. Then drop the heat and simmer for 5 to 6 minutes. Add the parmesan, lemon juice, and salt if needed. Mix again and cook until the sauce thickens.
  • Once the pasta cooks, drain it and toss it into the sauce.
  • Slice the chicken and add it on top of the pasta along with more parmesan. Enjoy!
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
    • Crystal
    • March 23, 2021
    Reply

    5 stars
    I made this on a whim last night and it was sooo good! Thanks!

    • Kayla
    • March 24, 2021
    Reply

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious. Followed the recipe exactly and it’s truly perfect.

      • Kirsty
      • April 13, 2021
      Reply

      5 stars
      Absolutely delicious! We even added some bacon that we needed to use up and it worked well with it too. A new favourite in our house

    • Georgia
    • April 8, 2021
    Reply

    5 stars
    I made this last night and it was sooooo good and really easy to make

    • Rihana
    • April 12, 2021
    Reply

    5 stars
    it was really good i made it for my family and i and they loved it! ?

    • Erin
    • April 26, 2021
    Reply

    5 stars
    I made this for dinner tonight and I was blown away!! It was quick to make, and SO tasty. I’ll definitely be making it again.

      • hajarlarbah@gmail.com
      • May 4, 2021
      Reply

      Hi Erin! So happy to hear that ? thanks for sharing!

    • Abby
    • May 19, 2021
    Reply

    5 stars
    Absolutely Fantastic!!! I CANNOT wait to try your other recipes , everything looks so so good. Thank you.

    • christen
    • August 17, 2021
    Reply

    Thank you for your recipes! what cajun seasoning brand do you use?

      • hajarlarbah@gmail.com
      • September 17, 2021
      Reply

      Hey! I love using the McCormick Gourmet cajun seasoning!

    • Hamnah
    • November 13, 2021
    Reply

    5 stars
    Amazing

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