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Alfredo Pasta with Cajun Spiced Chicken

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Alfredo Pasta with Cajun Spiced Chicken a wonderful creamy pasta and chicken dish with a spicy kick.  Quick enough for weeknight dinners or the perfect comfort food for weekends.

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I think the sun should be out every weekend. No if’s, and’s, or but’s about it.

I feel like I’ve been jipped of a weekend whenever it’s rainy or cloudy all weekend. I always wish there was a redo, like taking off Monday and Tuesday to makeup for it. It always seems like during the work week when I’m stuck indoors, it’s always sunny. I long for that sunlight! It makes taking pictures of food so much easier! Weekends for me, are my only times to cook all day and take pictures. Whenever it’s cloudy, it also puts me in a bad mood and I just want to be all frumpy and sit on the couch and watch trashy tv all day.

Anyway, I mustered up enough energy and dragged myself away from some episode of Real Housewives of Orange County on my DVR to make dinner Saturday night.

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Ever since I was young, I remember pasta alfredo was my most favorite pasta in the world. Still is.

Whenever my parents took us to Olive Garden (I know, so authentic), this girl (who probably should weigh well over 200 pounds for ordering this) would always order the Tour of Italy. YES. I DID. It was probably  7000 calories but I didn’t care. I loved that tour. On a massive plate you got lasagna, fettuccine alfredo, and chicken parmigiana. And I would eat the entire plate. HAHA, I’m so healthy. Cut me some slack, this was in high school — I obviously wouldn’t eat all of that now. Maybe 3/4 of the plate, but not all of it.

I know there are skinny alfredo recipes out there, but I didn’t go skinny. I went for the mother load of fatty. I know, I’m sorry, but I couldn’t help it. I had to keep my eating bad alfredo streak going. At least I’m saving money by eating this at home. I also threw in some Cajun spice in there because I felt it needed a bit of flare. That kick to wake you up from your trashy tv induced coma.

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Alfredo Pasta with Cajun Spiced Chicken

A wonderful creamy pasta and chicken dish with a spicy kick. Quick enough for weeknight dinners or the perfect comfort food for weekends
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 4
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Ingredients 

  • 1 lb fettuccine or spaghetti pasta
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened, and cut into 1" cubes
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 4 chicken tenderloins, sliced diagonally into 1.5" pieces
  • ½ tbsp Cajun seasoning

Instructions

  • In a large pot, bring water to a boil, season with salt, and add in your pasta. Cook it according to the instructions on the package and drain well when finished cooking. Set aside.
  • In a medium skillet, over medium-high heat, brown your chicken on both sides and season with Cajun seasoning. Cook chicken through, about 5-7 minutes on both sides. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat and then add in the garlic. Cook the garlic with the butter for about 2 minutes, until it's nice a fragrant, then whisk in the cream cheese. Continue whisking for 2 minutes then gradually add in the milk while whisking. Then whisk in the Parmesan cheese until a nice, smooth sauce forms. Add salt and pepper, more to taste.
  • Put the cooked chicken in the sauce and then add in your pasta.
  • Gently fold the pasta and chicken into the sauce, making sure to cover every bit of pasta.
  • Serve hot with a side of garlic bread or side salad, if you wish.

Notes

Source: adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe

NUTRITION FACTS

Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 745 kcal | Carbohydrates: 88 g | Protein: 40 g | Fat: 26 g | Saturated Fat: 13 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 187 mg | Sodium: 881 mg | Potassium: 655 mg | Fiber: 4 g | Sugar: 7 g | Vitamin A: 1226 IU | Vitamin C: 1 mg | Calcium: 432 mg | Iron: 3 mg

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Course: Pasta
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy pasta recipe

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Recipe Rating




Anjana

Wednesday 1st of March 2017

Thank you for this simple yet delicious recipe. I added green peas.

plasterer bristol

Sunday 18th of October 2015

Yum love chicken and pasta. Thanks for sharing.

Simon

Dr. Bj Tellis

Wednesday 22nd of October 2014

Celebratiing 50yrs as a private chef. Cooking is my passion. I've had the pleasure of cooking for 5 ministers.. I have a Doctorate degree in Christian ministry and. my #1 love is Christian ministry,and preaching is my ultimate passion but enough about me your recipes and photography are so awesome! They are easy to read and follow..Thanx for sharing

Anna @ hiddenponies

Friday 30th of March 2012

This looks so delicious - perfect comfort food for any day! Love your photos, as usual!

Julia {The Roasted Root}

Thursday 29th of March 2012

I love watching Rachel Ray, and yeah, she can be a bit irritating sometimes, especially when she uses made up words like "juuj" or whatever that thing is. Your recipe looks fantastic, comforting and satisfying. Nice work, woman!