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Cajun Chicken Pasta

Let’s face it, life can get super hectic sometimes and it feels like there’s no time for anything, much less time to make dinner. Just trust me with this one though, between your crazy life and mine, I know you can find time to make this: my Cajun chicken pasta.

Easy peasy dish and full of flavor. You’ll be begging for more (or will your kids & spouse?) and this will definitely be a dish that is part of your dinner rotation menus.The creamy sauce coats every strand of pasta and the Cajun seasoning gives it the right amount of BAM (ha, see what I did there? Cajun – Louisiana – Emeril, eh eh?).

Oh, did I mention that the sun-dried tomatoes that gave the dish a nice tangy sweetness? My 2 pounds of sun-dried tomatoes I just bought this weekend probably won’t last very long. Anyway, what are you waiting for? Well, right, the recipe. Print this baby out and make it ya’ll! ;)

How To Make The Most Amazing Cajun Chicken Pasta

Cook the pasta according to the box and drain well. In a large skillet, melt butter and add in the chicken strips. Sprinkle a portion of the Cajun seasoning on the chicken.

Cook the chicken halfway through, then more butter and add in the onion, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, and basil. Sprinkle the other tbsp. of Cajun seasoning over the chicken and veggies. Saute until everything is cooked through.

Stir in the heavy cream and Parmesan cheese. Once the cheese has melted, let simmer and thicken for a bit, stirring occasionally. Once thickened to the desired creaminess, turn off the heat and add in your pasta and mix well, coating the pasta with the sauce. Serve with more Parmesan cheese and fresh basil on top.

What is In Cajun Seasoning?

Cajun seasoning is a blend of some pretty common household spices that come together to make that beautiful, rich flavor we find in this classic southern seasoning. Here’s a list of the general ingredient list in most cajun seasonings.

  • Garlic powder
  • Italian seasoning
  • Paprika
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Dried thyme
  • Onion powder

It’s easy to pick up a pre-mixed container, or you can make your own. Check out this recipe for a great Homemade Cajun Seasoning.

Is This Cajun Chicken Pasta Spicy?

Contrary to popular belief, cajun spiced foods aren’t always that spicy. It really depends on the seasoning blend you use that will determine the spice level of this cajun chicken pasta.

Your traditional seasoning blend will have a bit of a spice to it but nothing too crazy, perfect for those who aren’t crazy about too much spice. If you want to kick up the heat you can grab a cajun spice blend that specifically states it is spicy, like Slap Ya Mama’s Hot Cajun Seasoning.

So, to get to the point, this recipe can be as spicy or as mild as you like. It’s all up to what you prefer. Just proceed with caution when trying any new spicy cajun blends, they can get pretty intense.

What Kind of Noodles Do I Need For Cajun Pasta?

I used spaghetti for this recipe because I love how the noodles hold the sauce, but really you can use any noodles you want to. Use whatever you have on hand, or go for your favorite style. Try it out a few ways and let me know which you like best!

Can I Make This With a Different Meat?

If you want to keep with the cajun vibe, you can make this cajun pasta recipe a few different ways. Try it with shrimp, or with smoked sausage, and you’ll feel like you’re eating a dish straight out of a Louisiana kitchen.

For the vegetarians out there, you can also substitute tofu for the chicken as well.

Whatever meat or protein product you choose to use, follow the directions the same as below.

Tips For Serving Cajun Chicken Pasta

Like I said, this is an essential weeknight dinner recipe you’ll want to have ready to go. What I love about pasta meals, especially ones that already include protein and veggies, is that you pretty much have a full meal all in one. So, if you want to serve up just this dish go right ahead!

For those of you who might not be as strapped for time and want a little something extra, try throwing together a Quick Basic Chopped Salad, and this Extra Garlicky and Cheesy Bread and Bon appetit!

Wait Until You Try Even More Easy Dinner Recipes

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Cajun Chicken Pasta

Try this Cajun Chicken Pasta for a simple weeknight dinner packed with flavor!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Cajun
Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 2
Author: Julie Chiou

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken tenderloins cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 box of spaghetti
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Cajun seasoning (like Tony’s)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

Instructions

  • In a medium pot for the pasta, season the water with salt and bring to a boil. Cook the pasta until done. Drain well.
  • In a large skillet, melt a tbsp. of butter on medium high heat and add in the chicken strips. Sprinkle 1 tbsp. of Cajun seasoning on the chicken. Cook the chicken halfway through, it’ll finish cooking with everything else.
  • Melt the other tbsp. of butter and add in the onion, mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes and basil. Sprinkle the other tbsp. of Cajun seasoning over the chicken and veggies. Saute until everything is cooked through, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Turn down the heat and stir in the heavy cream and Parmesan cheese. Once cheese has melted, let simmer and thicken for a bit, about 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Once thickened to the desired creaminess, turn off the heat and add in your pasta and mix well, coating the pasta with the sauce. The starch from the pasta should help thicken this too.
  • Serve with more Parmesan cheese and fresh basil on top.

Notes

Tony’s Cajun seasoning is extremely salty (in my opinion) which is why there is no additional salt added to this dish.

Photography by Jesse Reilly

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Eric White

Friday 21st of August 2020

I am missing some good pasta, thanks for sharing I think I am gonna try this :)

Christeen

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020

What type of sun-dried tomatoes did you use? Packed in oil?

Julie Wampler

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020

no, i used the ones that are dried and come in a zip-top packet.

Brittany

Wednesday 13th of May 2015

How did you make it dairy free? What substitute for heavy cream?

Julie

Thursday 14th of May 2015

I didn't make it dairy free. Someone else above me did and I don't know what they did. Sorry!

Patti

Monday 20th of October 2014

If I were doubling this recipe and using boneless chicken breasts, how many would I need? Or does a tenderloin mean breast?

Julie

Tuesday 21st of October 2014

I would say 2-3 chicken breasts. Tenderloin and breasts are two different parts of the chicken so no, I don't mean breast. Enjoy! :)

Stephanie

Sunday 27th of January 2013

I made this tonight (dairy-free though) and it was so delicious! I'd been planning to make it for over a month now and finally got it done. I made a lot and can't wait to eat it for leftovers! Yum!