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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 9 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

    • Liyah
    • April 13, 2022
    Reply

    5 stars
    This tastes fantastic! My entire family loved it.

    I cooked about twice the required chicken and saved half of it for another day. However, the flavor in the pan from frying the chicken will be lost if you cook the chicken separately. What do you recommend?

    • Chinmai
    • April 18, 2022
    Reply

    5 stars
    So good! I made a lot to meal prep for the week and it tasted just as good, if not better, reheated even after a couple of days

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