This creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta is a simple but incredibly flavorful homemade dinner that can be on the table in under 30 minutes.
Made with chicken breast, pasta, and plenty of fresh, colorful veggies with Cajun Seasoning is an easy meal!
Pasta for Cajun Chicken: 8 oz of your favorite medium pasta is perfect in this recipe, I like to make mine using Penne pasta (like Chili’s Cajun Chicken Pasta penne dish).
Linguine is another a popular option to make this Cajun Chicken Pasta tasty! You can also substitute whole grain or whole wheat pasta for added nutritional value!
How to Make Cajun Chicken Pasta
- 8 oz penne pasta cooked according to package instructions and drained
- 3 Tablespoons butter divided
- 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast cut into 1″ pieces
- 4 teaspoons Cajun seasoning divided
- 1/2 teaspoon salt divided
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper divided
- 1/2 yellow onion diced
- 1 red pepper sliced
- 1 green pepper sliced
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/3 cup fresh parmesan cheese
Place 2 Tablespoons of butter in a large pan over medium-high heat until melted.
Meanwhile, combine 3 teaspoons Cajun seasoning, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a Ziploc bag. Add chopped chicken, zip closed, and shake until chicken is coated.
Transfer chicken to heated pan and cook until chicken is browned and just cooked through. Remove to a plate and set aside.
Add remaining Tablespoon of butter to the pan and allow it to melt.
Add peppers and onion and cook until beginning to soften (about 3-5 minutes).
Add heavy cream, smoked paprika, basil, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon cajun seasoning, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, cooking until sauce is thickened.
Add parmesan cheese and stir until melted. Return cooked chicken and add cooked pasta, stir well and serve.
To Prep Chicken: I prefer to cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces before cooking so the chicken has a lot of great flavor (as more surface area is covered with seasoning than if you seasoned/cooked the whole breast).
You could alternatively season and cook the chicken breasts whole, keep them removed from the pan after cooking, and then mix all of the other ingredients together and serve the chicken over your cooked pasta.
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