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Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

August 12, 2019 (Last Updated: October 3, 2023) by Chris Collins

This Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta couldn’t be any more delicious if it tried! Better still, it makes the perfect quick and easy family dinner.

As one of my most loved and most popular recipes, I had to include this in my Debut Cookbook ‘Comfy’!

overhead shot of penne chicken pasta in skillet

Cajun Chicken

The heart and soul of this dish is indeed the cajun chicken. Honestly? It couldn’t be easier to make. Here’s what you’ll need:

Cajun Chicken Ingredients

  • Chicken Breast (butterflied)
  • Olive Oil
  • Lime Juice
  • Cajun Seasoning
  • Salt & Pepper

Grab yourself a ziplock bag, mix it up and leave to marinate for as long as you have time for (up to overnight). This will maximise the flavour and tenderness of the chicken. However, if you’re truly pushed for time, just mix it up and fry right away.

How to make Cajun Chicken (quick summary)

  1. Lay out your chicken breast.
  2. Butterfly to make 2 even sized breasts.
  3. Combine with seasoning and leave to marinate.
  4. Fry both sides until nicely charred and white through the centre.
Top Tip #1 – Once the chicken is cooked, leave it to rest until you need to add it to the chicken. This will allow the chicken to retain some of the juices. When you slice the chicken, be sure to slice with the knife at an angle, slice against the natural grain/direction of the meat and slice in thin strips. All of these things will keep the chicken soft and tender.

how to fry cajun chicken breast - 4 step by step photos

Creamy Cajun Sauce

The cajun sauce it’s actually just as simple (and delicious) as the chicken. For this sauce I’ve opted for mushrooms, onions, peppers and garlic in a simple sauce of butter, cream, parmesan and chicken stock. Finished with more cajun seasoning and parsley. Lovely jubbly. Slightly indulgent, totally worth it.

How to make Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta (quick summary)

  1. Fry mushrooms in leftover chicken oil.
  2. Add onions, peppers and garlic, then stir in seasoning.
  3. Melt in butter.
  4. Pour in chicken stock.
  5. Add cream, simmer, then add parmesan and parsley.
  6. Stir in pasta, then add chicken strips.
Top Tip #2 – Make sure you only cook the pasta un al dente. It will soak up the sauce and finish cooking through in the pan. Also, retain a cup of starchy pasta water before draining. Use this to thin out as needed.

How to make creamy cajun chicken pasta - 6 step by step photos

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

Spice Level

Different cajun seasonings with have varying levels of spice. If you’re not too good with spice, I recommend starting off with 1 tsp (as opposed to 1 tbsp) in the sauce and adjusting accordingly.


Most creamy pastas don’t heat up to well in the microwave and end up quite oily. As such, I recommend heating this up in the pan with a splash of milk. Also just make sure the chicken is piping hot before serving.


Feel free to sub any pasta with the penne! It’s usually just what I’ve got on hand.

cajun chicken pasta in a skillet with wooden spoon blurred in background

And there we have it! Easy right?

Hey, whilst you’re here why not check out my other recipes?

Creamy Pasta Recipes

For more cajun recipes check out my Creamy Cajun Salmon and Cajun Chicken Thighs!

Okay, let’s tuck into the full creamy cajun chicken pasta recipe shall we!?

cajun chicken pasta served in white bowl with fork digging in

How to make Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta (Full Recipe & Video)

cajun chicken pasta served in white bowl with fork digging in

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

This Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta couldn't be any more delicious if it tried! Better still, it makes the perfect quick and easy family dinner. Serves 4 big portions, 5 modest.
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Servings (click & slide): 4
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Marinating: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Calories per serving: 657kcal
Cost per serving: £2.50 / $3


  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Large Frying Pan & Wooden Spoon
  • Pot & Colander (for pasta)
  • Zip Lock Bag or large Shallow Dish & Cling Film (for marinade)
  • Jug (for stock & Cream)
  • Fine Grater (for parmesan)

Ingredients (check list):


  • 2x 7-9oz/200-250g Chicken Breasts
  • 1 tbsp EACH: Lime Juice, Olive Oil, Cajun Seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp EACH: Salt, Black Pepper


  • 10.5oz/300g Penne
  • 1 cup / 250ml Double/Heavy Cream, at room temp
  • 1 cup / 250ml Chicken Stock
  • 3.5oz / 100g Button Mushrooms, sliced
  • 1.7oz / 50g Parmesan, plus extra to serve if desired
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1 heaped tbsp Fresh Parsley, finely diced (plus extra to serve if desired)
  • 1 tbsp Cajun Seasoning
  • 2 cloves of Garlic, finely diced
  • 2 small Peppers, cored & finely diced (I use 1 red 1 green)
  • 1 medium Onion, finely diced (white or red)
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste
  • Olive Oil, as needed
  • Lime Juice, to serve (optional)


  • Horizontally slice the chicken breasts right through the centre to make 4 even-sized breasts. In a large shallow dish (or zip-lock bag) whisk together 1 tbsp oil, lime juice & cajun seasoning with 1/4 tsp salt & black pepper. Add the chicken and toss to coat, then cover with cling film and marinate in the fridge for as long as you have time for (up to overnight). If you're pushed for time just rest at room temp as you prep the other ingredients.
  • Bring the chicken to close room temp if you marinated it in the fridge, then add to a large pan over medium-high heat. Fry for a few mins each side, or until lightly charred and just through the centre. Rest to one side until needed, then slice into thin strips just before adding to pasta.
  • Fry mushrooms in the leftover oil until they begin to soften (top up with a dash more oil if you need to). Add peppers & onion and continue frying until golden (again, add a dash of oil if you need it). Add garlic and fry for a minute or so longer. Add 1 tbsp Cajun Seasoning, fry for a minute, then melt in 2 tbsp butter.
  • Pour in the chicken stock and cream, then bring to a gentle simmer. Allow to simmer until it begins to thicken, stirring occasionally (approx 10mins). At this point pop the pasta in salted boiling water and cook until al dente. Save a cup of starchy pasta water before draining.
  • To the sauce add parmesan, parsley and seasoning to taste. Stir through the cooked pasta until coated in the sauce, then stir through the sliced chicken, alongside any resting juices. Continue tossing until the sauce wraps around and clings to the pasta, thinning out with more pasta water if needed. Serve with extra parmesan & parsley and a squeeze of lime juice if desired.

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Marinating - even just 20mins goes a long way, but if you're really pushed for time then just coat in the marinade and fry right away. I recommend bringing the chicken at least close to room temp so it doesn't seize up and go chewy.
b) Spice - different cajun seasonings will have varying spice levels. If you're not too good with spice, I recommend starting with a tsp in the pasta and adjusting accordingly.
c) Pasta - feel free to sub the penne for your pasta of choice!
d) Leftovers - I recommend reheating it in the pan with a splash of milk to help bring the sauce back to life. Microwave will work, but the cream may turn slightly greasy. Either way just make sure the chicken is piping hot.
e) Calories - based on sharing between 4, no extra olive or cheese/parsley.

Your Private Notes:


Nutrition Facts
Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 657 Calories from Fat 317
% Daily Value*
Fat 35.19g54%
Saturated Fat 18.33g92%
Trans Fat 0.002g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.708g
Monounsaturated Fat 11.9g
Cholesterol 189mg63%
Sodium 988mg41%
Potassium 621mg18%
Carbohydrates 36.1g12%
Fiber 2.5g10%
Sugar 5.67g6%
Protein 48.42g97%
Vitamin A 66IU1%
Vitamin C 59.7mg72%
Calcium 176mg18%
Iron 3.54mg20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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  • Reply
    August 26, 2023 at 6:45 pm

    5 stars
    When I came across this recipe a few months ago, I couldn’t have been paid to eat pasta, was totally uninspired by it. I’ve done it at least half a dozen times since along with plenty of other DGBMH pasta recipes.

    A firm family favourite and an absolute pleasure to cook to boot. I’ve cooked it for multiple groups of guests too and they’ve all loved it. I think you’re right about it not being able to be more delicious, Chris. This is an absolutely perfect recipe.

    The only thing I’d like to see is a seasoning recipe. I make my own with

    3 tbsp Paprika
    3 tbsp Smoked Paprika
    4 tbsp Oregano
    4 tbsp Onion Granules
    4 tbsp Cumin
    2 tbsp Coriander
    1 tbsp Garlic Powder
    1 tbsp Salt
    1 tbsp Black Pepper

    And then use what I need. Having done your Chili and Slow Cooker Curry, I know your spice game is properly on point so I’d love to see a definitive mix.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      August 27, 2023 at 3:05 pm

      Cheers Simon! The seasoning mix looks awesome. You’re right – will definitely have to give my own a whirl. C.

  • Reply
    August 26, 2023 at 8:54 am

    5 stars
    Seriously, one of the best chicken & pasta dishes I have ever cooked. I didn’t quite have 2tbl of Cajun spice in my jar. Next time I will cook with the 2tbl as I like spicy. There was enough left over for another meal, which I ate cold
    Thank you for another great recipe

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      August 26, 2023 at 1:58 pm

      Ah so great to hear this went down well! Thanks for the review, Dee 🙂 C.

  • Reply
    August 21, 2023 at 10:16 pm

    5 stars
    Lovely. Can you eat this cold the next day or does it need to be reheat?

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      August 22, 2023 at 4:37 pm

      You can definitely eat leftovers cold if you wanted 🙂 C.

  • Reply
    April 19, 2023 at 7:45 pm

    Could this be done in a slow cooker? Incredibly yummy but cooking stresses me out

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      April 21, 2023 at 5:19 pm

      I haven’t tested it so couldn’t offer any guidance, but unfortunately I think it’s best on the stove. C.

  • Reply
    Elspeth Rainford
    January 15, 2023 at 10:24 pm

    Wow, is what my partner said. So delicious”

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      January 16, 2023 at 8:22 am

      Great to hear! 🙂 C.

  • Reply
    June 28, 2021 at 12:58 am

    4 stars
    Very good. Next time I will tone down on the seasoning I used, very salty. Needed some more acid from like red diced tomatoes to tone it down. Took a bit longer for sauce to thicken then I imagined, I used heavy whipping cream. All in all 4 stars with some tweaks.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      June 28, 2021 at 10:40 am

      Thanks for the review, Michael! Glad the recipe went down well 🙂

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      July 4, 2021 at 10:14 am

      Thanks so much for the review, Michael 🙂

  • Reply
    March 11, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    5 stars
    One of the nicest pasta dishes I’ve ever made! Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe! Definitely will be making this again.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      March 12, 2021 at 3:41 pm

      That’s so great to hear, Emily! Thanks so much for popping back for a review 🙂

  • Reply
    Dan McKeague
    February 22, 2021 at 12:50 am

    5 stars
    It was fantastic! Entire family loved it, Thank you!

  • Reply
    Lauren W
    July 14, 2020 at 2:38 am

    5 stars
    Delicious! Not spicy but has good flavor. I added extra mushrooms because I love mushrooms, and it was awesome… Thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      July 15, 2020 at 3:08 pm

      That’s great to hear! Certainly nothing wrong with more mushrooms!

  • Reply
    Richard Ortiz
    June 5, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    5 stars
    Tried this recipe and we really enjoyed it. We added some red pepper flakes for a slight kick (1/4 tsp): Delicious. I also headed your idea of reheating leftovers in pan. The results were just as amazing as the day we first made this dish. We will be doing this again. Thanks

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      June 6, 2020 at 9:48 am

      That’s awesome to hear! Glad it went down well & happy to hear leftovers were enjoyed too. Thanks for popping back for a review 🙂

  • Reply
    February 1, 2020 at 3:54 am

    So good! Made it with out mushrooms and added in smoked sausage link. Was very very yummy!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      February 1, 2020 at 10:50 am

      Oh yummy! Will have to try it with smoked sausage link!!

  • Reply
    Terri Gilson
    August 12, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    5 stars
    I love how simple this cajun sauce is, as I’ve never made a cajun sauce before. Pinned so I can make it very soon !

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      August 12, 2019 at 6:14 pm

      Enjoy! 🙂

  • Reply
    August 12, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    5 stars
    I love cajun chicken! This pasta looks and sounds so delicious and comforting! Perfect for a healthy dinner.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      August 12, 2019 at 6:14 pm

      Thanks Natalie 🙂

  • Reply
    Patricia @ Grab a Plate
    August 12, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    5 stars
    I love Cajun flavor and I make chicken pretty often in my home. I will add this one on the list to make soon!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      August 12, 2019 at 6:13 pm

      Hope you love it!

  • Reply
    August 12, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    5 stars
    Such a great way to enjoy cajun flavours in a creamy sauce!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      August 12, 2019 at 6:13 pm

      Sure is! 🙂

  • Reply
    August 12, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    5 stars
    Delicious and easy!!! My two criteria for any recipe…and I’m lovin the Cajun vibes! Thanks Chris…another winner!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      August 12, 2019 at 6:13 pm

      Thanks Traci! 🙂