Cajun Chicken Pasta

I am completely head-over-heels in love with this one pan Cajun Chicken Pasta dish!

It’s creamy, it’s spicy, and it’s bursting full of flavors that will warm you to the bone.

Oh and did I mention it’s a ONE PAN dish??

I was craving Chili’s Cajun Chicken Pasta, so I decided to make my own version. I used rigatoni for my noodles, because that creamy sauce gets stuck inside of those giant noodles and it’s just magical when you take a big bite.

Since this is a ONE PAN meal, you’ll want to make sure you start with a nice big pan. Teflon Brand recently sent me a 5 quart Farberware Jumbo Cooker that is coated with Teflon. It’s the perfect size for creating simple meals for your family.

Start by cutting up 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts into 1 inch pieces.

Sprinkle them generously with some Cajun Seasoning.

Then heat up a tablespoon of oil in your large pan, swirling it around to coat the bottom.

Toss in the chicken (you’ll probably have to do this in two batches since it’s a lot of chicken and you don’t want to crowd the pan). Cook on one side for 2-3 minutes then flip, and cook for 2-3 minutes on the other side.

Once the chicken is cooked remove it with a slotted spoon to a clean plate.

Now it’s time for the veggies. Chop up an onion and red bell pepper into small pieces.

Then grab a few cloves of garlic and give them a good mincing.

Add a tablespoon of oil to the pan and get it back up to a high heat. Toss in the onion, red bell pepper and garlic. Let the veggies cook at a high heat and try not to push them around too much. You’re trying to caramelize, and blacken the veggies a bit.

 Sprinkle with a little more Cajun Seasoning and salt if desired.

After the veggies have cooked for about 4-5 minutes add some chopped mushrooms and cook for another 2 minutes.

Then remove the veggies to the same plate as the chicken. Take a taste and be amazed.

Back to the pan…

Add some white cooking wine, a little water and a reduced sodium homestyle chicken stock concentrate by Knorr. (or you can just omit the water and stock concentrate for just chicken broth). Let the mixture bubble, then use a spatula to scrap any browned bits off the bottom of the pan.

Add some heavy cream and a little cream cheese to the mixture. Season with a little salt and pepper and a dash more Cajun Spices according to your taste preference.

Stir until the mixture starts to thicken, and becomes nice and creamy.

Add the chicken and vegetable mixture back to the pan (including any drippings from the chicken and veggies that found it’s way to the bottom of the plate). Add your cooked pasta and toss to coat, cooking for an additional 2 minutes to reheat the chicken and veggies.

Top with some diced tomatoes and sliced green onions. Then sprinkle on some fresh Parmesan cheese.

You can serve this with some garlic bread and a salad.

Or just eat it by itself.

And then eat the leftovers for breakfast because you’re an adult, and adults can do these things.

recipe inspired by: Pioneer Woman

Cajun Chicken Pasta

Ingredients

  • 6 cups Rigatoni (or Penne) Pasta, cooked
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • Cajun Seasoning
  • 2 tbsp olive oil; divided
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, diced
  • 1/2 cup White Cooking Wine
  • 1 Knorr Homestyle Reduced Sodium Chicken Stock Concentrate
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1 large Roma tomato, diced
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • Parmesan Cheese

Instructions

  1. Prepare pasta according to package instructions.
  2. In a large pan heat 1 tbsp oil over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with enough Cajun seasoning to coat lightly. Place half the chicken in the pan (making sure not to crowd the chicken), let the chicken brown on one side for 2-3 minutes then flip over and finish browning on the other side for 2-3 minutes. Remove chicken with a slotted spoon to a clean plate. Repeat with remaining chicken.
  3. Turn heat up to high and add the remaining tbsp of oil. Toss in the onion, red bell pepper and garlic. Sprinkle with a little more Cajun seasoning and salt and pepper. Try not to stir the mixture too much, let it caramelize and blacken slightly. After about 4-5 minutes add the mushrooms and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Remove the veggies to the plate with the chicken.
  4. Back in the pan add 1/2 cup white cooking wine, chicken stock concentrate and water (or substitute the concentrate and water for 1 1/2 cups chicken broth). Bring to a boil and scrap any browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Let the mixture cook for a bit and reduce in size by half.
  5. Turn the heat down to medium and add the heavy cream and cream cheese. Stir with a whisk until mixture is smooth and creamy.
  6. Add the chicken and veggies back to the pan and stir to coat, cooking until mixture thickens (about 2-3 minutes). Add in the cooked pasta and toss to coat.
  7. Serve topped with the diced tomatoes and sliced green onions and a little Parmesan cheese on top.
  8. Enjoy.
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Comments

  1. It would be quesadillas.

  2. This dish sounds amazing – all of the flavors I love!!

  3. Kellie Kluger says:

    beef stroganoff

  4. Love the one pan dishes like chili mac :) easy , fast, and Yummy! :)

  5. Dana Rodriguez says:

    I love any one pan dinners.It makes clean up so easy and fast! :)

  6. tacos thanks :)

  7. Deborah Rosen says:

    My favorite go-to dinner is pasta anything. If it has pasta, it has to be good, right?

  8. I make a “cheater” blackened chicken pasta with rotissierre chicken and alfredo sauce from a jar.

  9. Grilled cheese sandwiches that I put various items in – turkey, portobello mushrooms, various types of cheeses to make them different!

  10. Looks so good. Too bad dad won’t eat it. It has everything in it he doesn’t like.

  11. Tacos or mexican pasta is our go-to meal!

  12. My hubby loves hamburger helper, quick and easy!

  13. Kellie Rose Wilson says:

    Love Chicken Piccata!

  14. Judith Greenberg says:

    Perhaps macaroni or cheese or meat loaf. Both are always comfort food for me.

  15. Some sort of pasta, for sure!

  16. Quesadillas or eggs are our favorite go to dinners.

  17. We always go to “chicken voila” garlic chicken. It’s in the frozen food isle. My kids love it and they just pick around the veggies that they don’t like, and they even eat some of them too! It’s a very similar idea to this recipe, I can’t wait to try this!

  18. Autumn Smith says:

    My go time dinner is usually some breakfast for dinner. (French toast, pancakes, or crepes.)

  19. barbara n says:

    My favorite go-to dinner is spaghetti and meatballs

  20. Tacos!

  21. Going to have to try this one, thanks!

  22. Meghan Finley says:

    It would have to be stir fry

  23. I cook up some pasta. Then I add a combination of storebought pesto, chopped tomato, salt, and pepper.

  24. I love one pan meals and this pasta!!

  25. pasta!

  26. My favorite go-to dinner is rice pilaf! :) And let me just say, far before I realized the giveaway was the jumbo cooker, I was already drooling over that pan. It’s awesome! The size! The teflon! The SIZE!! :) Great giveaway.

  27. Chicken quesadillas!

  28. Quesadillas!

  29. Grilled Cheese

  30. Orzo with truffle oil! Sounds fancy, but simple two great ingredients, specially after a long day working in the restaurant!

  31. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    Chicken Stir Fry !:)

  32. Kristen M. says:

    Breakfast for dinner. A favorite is Dutch Apple Pancake.

  33. Super easy chicken broccoli casserole. 1-2 cans cream of chicken soup, 1/2 cup mayo, some curry powder and fresh lemon juice. Add Cooked chicken. Pour this over cooked broccoli in a casserole dish = top with shredded cheddar and bread crumbs. Bake til bubbly – Yum!

  34. My favorite “go to” meal is probably burritos! Breakfast, lunch, or dinner … so easy to throw together & so many different varieties!

  35. Spaghetti

  36. hayley acton says:

    cheesy pasta

  37. Chicken noodle soup for me.

  38. We love pasta, normally made by using up whatever leftovers we have!

  39. Mac and cheese – homemade of course

  40. tamalyn roberts says:

    chicken fajitas

  41. Kathy Hanley says:

    My go to meal is pasta! I cook big vats of sauce and freeze them so I always have sauce in the freezer!

  42. Spaghetti and meatballs

  43. a marie hj saver says:

    Probably homemade pita pizzas or pasta with lots of veggies.

  44. Tacos or Spaghetti

  45. Judy Bradley says:

    I love quesadillas with many of the same ingredients you have above!

  46. stir fry tofu!

  47. Nicola White says:

    cheese and ham pasta with a dash of herb xx

  48. Sloppy Joe

  49. Chili!

  50. Ashley Hughes says:

    Our go to family dish is chicken fajitas! :)

  51. Wez Stuart says:

    macaroni and cheese with ham and mushrooms

  52. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    Tacos come together pretty quickly and everyone enjoys them. Thanks for the giveaway!

  53. Linda Landes says:

    Tuna Casserole.

  54. anything stir-fry or pork chops and mashed ;potatoes. yum

  55. Grilled chicken salad. My family loves salads.

  56. spaghetti :)

  57. josh parker says:

    Ramen noodles!

  58. Chili

  59. Stroganoff

  60. michelle rosborough says:

    tacos

  61. My fave goto dinner is veg tacos – love making them and trying new fillings! Gauc, rice, beans, salsa and sour cream our my all time faves! :)

    Thanks for the great giveaway, this pan looks amazing!

  62. Hey! This looks delicious. I’m confused by the pasta instructions, though. In the ingredients the pasta is listed as “6 cups Rigatoni (or Penne) Pasta, cooked” but the first instruction in the recipe is “Prepare pasta according to package instructions.”

    How much uncooked pasta should I use or should I have 6 cups of pasta after cooking?

    Thanks!

    • Hi Gwen! Rigatoni is a large noodled pasta, so I used 6 cups of uncooked pasta. If you use Penne, you can probably use a little less. Hope that helps! :)

  63. I love chicken!! it looks so delicious, glad you found some good recipes!! i’m gonna try it tonight :-)

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