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Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

August 12, 2019

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.

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.

Leftovers

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.

Pasta

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?

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Creamy Pasta Recipes

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.
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 4
Calories: 657kcal
Cost per serving: ยฃ2.50 / $3

Equipment:

  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • 12" Frying Pan & Wooden Spoon
  • Pot & Colander (for pasta)
  • Zip Lock Bag (for marinade)
  • Jug (for stock & Cream)
  • Fine Grater (for parmesan)

Ingredients (check list):

Chicken

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

Pasta

  • 10.5oz/300g Penne
  • 1 cup / 250ml Double/Heavy Cream
  • 1 cup / 250ml Chicken Stock
  • 3.5oz / 100g Button Mushrooms, sliced
  • 1.7oz / 50g Parmesan, plus extra to serve
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1 heaped tbsp Fresh Parsley, finely diced, plus extra to serve
  • 1 tbsp Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 heaped tsp Garlic, minced
  • 2 small Peppers, finely diced
  • 1 medium Onion, finely diced
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste
  • Olive Oil, as needed
  • Lime Juice, to serve (optional)

Instructions:

  • Butterfly your 2 chicken breasts to make 4 even sized breasts. Combine in a zip lock bag with 1 tbsp oil, 1 tbsp lime juice and 1 tbsp cajun seasoning, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper. Marinate for as long as you have time for (up to overnight).
  • Bring to room temp and fry over medium-high heat until nicely charred on each side and white through the centre. Rest on a chopping board until needed, then slice into thin strips.
  • Meanwhile, pop 10.5oz/300g pasta in salted boiling water and cook until al dente. Save a cup of starchy pasta water before draining.
  • Fry 3.5oz/100g mushrooms until soft in leftover oil from the chicken (or more as needed). Add 2 peppers and 1 onion and continue frying until golden. Add 1 heaped tsp garlic and fry for a couple mins longer. Add 1 tbsp Cajun Seasoning, fry for a minute, then melt in 2 tbsp butter.
  • Pour in 1 cup/250ml chicken stock, bring to a gentle simmer, then pour in 1 cup/250ml cream. Allow to simmer (stirring occasionally) until it begins to thicken. Add 1.7oz/50g parmesan, 1 tbsp parsley and seasoning to taste. Add pasta and chicken, then stir until evenly combined and the sauce thickened (add a splash of starchy pasta water if needed).
  • Serve with extra parmesan/parsley and a squeeze of lime juice (optional).ย 

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes:

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.

Nutrition:

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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10 Comments

  • 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
    Natalie
    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
    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
    Katherine
    August 12, 2019 at 3:00 pm

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

  • Reply
    Traci
    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!

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