Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

Pasta, cream sauce, veggies, chicken, a bit of spice, and the fact that it was a quick and easy meal - that sounds about perfect to me. I bookmarked this recipe for Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta when I first saw Elly post it on her blog 2 months ago (go to that link - her blog is great! I have made several of her recipes and still have a few more bookmarked to make).

This dish was so easy to make, and was really good - creamy, flavorful, a bit spicy, and nice and fresh from the crispy veggies. I made enough to have leftovers to take to my dad for lunch the next day, but Jon liked it so much that he ate 2 big portions. Sorry, dad. I'll make it for you some other time!!

I made some minor changes; my version is below. For Elly's version, see the link above.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz linguine, cooked
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced
  • 4 tsp Cajun seasoning, divided
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced into strips
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, sliced into strips
  • 1/2 medium onion, sliced into strips
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c chicken broth
  • 1 c half and half
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

  • Season the chicken with 1/2 of the Cajun seasoning. Heat the olive oil in a saute pan. Add chicken and cook until cooked through, about 4-5 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate and keep warm.
  • Add the peppers, onions, and garlic to the pan; saute 2-3 minutes.
  • Add half of the remaining Cajun seasoning and saute another 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the chicken broth and stir, scraping up all the brown bits (about 2 minutes).
  • Reduce the heat to medium low and add the half and half. Simmer until it begins to thicken. Taste and add Cajun seasoning, salt, and pepper if needed.
  • Add the chicken and pasta. Toss until everything is coated.

I loved this dish, I loved how easy it was, and based on Jon's reaction, I will definitely be making it again!

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7 comments:

justbaked said...

This looks amazing! I love Cajun flavors, and chicken, and pasta, and cream sauce, and...well really everything about this dish. I have to make this and I pinned it so I don't forget. :D -Kim

elly said...

Looks great, so glad you guys liked it!

hoteluri antalya said...

I`ve tried this recipe and i`m really impressed, it has a very good taste. My both child tried it and they like it a lot. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Foodlover said...

I really like your blog and your recipes, I have actually tried a few of them and they are pretty simple, yet tasty!

Mary Ellen said...

Foodlover, justbaked, and hoteluri antalya - thanks so much! Glad you are enjoying the recipes I share.

Laurie said...

This recipe sounds really good.. just wondering what the 1c half and half is??

Mary Ellen said...

Hi Laurie - half and half is used as coffee creamer. You can use light cream instead.