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.

    alfredo pasta

    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.

    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 (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting 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
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp pepper
    • 4 chicken tenderloins, sliced diagonally into 1.5" pieces
    • 1/2 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

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  • Megan {Country Cleaver} says:

    I’m digging the spicy cajun twist here girl! If I could mainline alfredo I totally would. And a spicy kicked up version? HELLO!!

  • Cathy @ Noble Pig says:

    We had alfredo last night, every bite I was thinking, “How many calories is this?”. I like the cajun twist for some spice.

  • Rachel Cooks (formerly Not Rachael Ray) says:

    This looks terrific!

  • Jenny Flake says:

    Not kidding, I would eat this for breakfast right now :) Looks terrific!

  • Lauren says:

    This looks soooooo creamy and delicious!!

  • Bev Weidner says:

    I want to make a dress out of this and then eat it until I was naked.

  • elizabeth @ chronic venture says:

    mmm this looks extra creamy!! yumm

  • cassie says:

    Oh Olive Garden! I used to eat there all the time. I love everything there, but love to recreate their dishes at home too. And this sounds fabulous. I’m such a fool for alfredo! Hope you get some good light soon, I had some this weekend but it was dreadful all week last week!

  • Tracey says:

    This sounds amazing Julie!! I’m on a big alfredo kick right now – pure comfort food :)

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says:

    Oh YES. This is my kind of indulgent meal. Looks so delicious, Julie! Love the simple flavors you used to make this yummy dinner!

  • Carrie @ Kiss My Whisk says:

    This looks so creamy and delicious! Absolutely decadent, love it!

  • Baker Street says:

    What a gorgeous post! Creamy and delicious.

  • Nicole {Sweet Peony} says:

    Daaaaaang girl! This looks awesome! I looooove me some cajun chicken and alfredo sauce? I.love.it. but I don’t let myself eat it haha. I would change that for this. Make me dinner? :)

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    I love this unique take on alfredo!!

  • DessertForTwo says:

    Don’t apologize for full-fat recipes! I love ’em! :)

  • Bryan & YiRan says:

    You know this is so strange but I actually had a dream about this very dish last night! No joke. Cajun chicken and everything, except that in my dream, it was chargrilled and a little crusty on the outside.

  • Villy @ For the love of Feeding says:

    Ohhh! At the moment I cannot eat half of the ingredients in this, and you have me drooling in front of my screen! Argh!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    It really is a pain in the ass when it rains. I made soup last night and it was about 4:30 PM and the natural light was just done for the day. Ugh.

    And I’m totally not judging you about the Olive Garden thing. Why? Because I was the same way. I would never step foot in an Olive Garden now but I used to love that place, and every time I went, I ate way too much food than my body could handle.

  • Kathryn says:

    I think alfredo is definitely one of those dishes that needs to be full fat! Looks so good and creamy.

  • Erica Lea | Cooking for Seven says:

    This looks so good. We love us some Chicken Alfredo. I’ve never made it with Cajun seasoning, but that sounds awesome.

  • Asmita says:

    Really craving this dish. Looks amazing!

  • Danielle says:

    glad you went with the full fat! i don’t think alfredo was made to be “skinny”…i want to make this immediately!

  • Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb says:

    hi I am the first time here, your blog is gorgeous. love your style! I d probably eat all the pasta no matter fatty or not. Its delicious!

    • Julie says:

      Thank you and welcome :) glad to have you!!

  • brandi says:

    this looks incredible! my husband would love it :)

  • Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama says:

    I now know what we will be having for tonight’s dinner! This is making my mouth water. YUM

  • katie says:

    mmmm… I treat myself to Alfredo pasta twice a year, and it just so happens that I just treated myself this past weekend. Now I’m craving this fatty-fat-fat pasta, darn you Julie! LOL… this looks great–I can’t wait to try this in another 6 months!

  • Mai Nguyen says:

    Idk if it’s just the Olive Garden’s in my area, but it’s just not the same anymore. I use to love going tontryntheir new dishes, but lately I have been sadly disappointed. And Im a sucker for Italian food!

    My family loves Alfredo, so I will be trying this soon!!!!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says:

    I’m late to the game on this one (what.a.Monday. yesterday was!) but girl, I can relate to the Olive Garden thing! We used to go after soccer tournaments and looking back I’m shocked, proud and slightly appalled by how much unlimited pasta I could throw back. Alfredo is a classic. Love it! I’ve made a lighter version recently, but sometimes you just need the real thing, in all it’s full fat glory :)

  • Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) says:

    Wow, I never thought to make alfredo spicy! But I suppose it’s a good contrast to how creamy it is… great job :)

  • Kristen M. says:

    Oh my goodness how delicious! I need to make this soon. Oh why isn’t it my lunch today?!?! :)

  • Baking Serendipity says:

    I love alfredo sauces too! My husband orders the Tour of Italy often at Olive Garden, and it’s always what I steal from his plate! Your dish looks so, so good. That cajun seasoning is the perfect pairing!

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets says:

    Oh my this is right up our alley. THanks Julie!!

  • Deanna says:

    I don’t eat alfredo anything very often, so when I do I want the full fat version. Sure it means some extra time in the gym, but I think its worth it.

  • Maria @ Orchard Bloom says:

    I love sneaking cajun spice into lots of things. This looks great!

  • Deborah says:

    My husband’s favorite is alfredo, and I love the Cajun twist. It’s a win/win for us!!

  • kristy lynn @ Gastronomical Sovereignty says:

    Oh honey – i’m so glad you didn’t fat-out on me. I made Alfredo no too long ago and almost died it was so good. i’m proud of you, sister. :)

    PS. also horray re: daylight hours on weekends for taking pictures.

    Happy SRC reveal day (belated) from a group D member!

  • Sally @ sally's baking addiction says:

    what a perfect spring recipe. the cajun makes it even better!

  • Julia {The Roasted Root} says:

    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!

  • Anna @ hiddenponies says:

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

  • Dr. Bj Tellis says:

    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

  • plasterer bristol says:

    Yum love chicken and pasta. Thanks for sharing.

    Simon

  • Anjana says:

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

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