Cajun Chicken Pasta Skillet – A quick and delicious one-skillet meal with cajun-seasoned chicken, tender pasta, and a creamy finger-lickin’ good sauce!
Last fall my husband came home from a business trip raving about some cajun-spiced sandwich he tried. One thing led to another and… well, I recreated it. In the process, I came up with this cajun seasoning that is super easy, and sooo delicious. It gives a great little kick and a big burst of flavor to any dish. Big shocker: it’s the star of this Cajun Chicken Pasta Skillet.
The only thing I enjoyed more than eating this pasta, was watching my husband eat this pasta. He loved it! While he was going crazy over the flavors, I was super excited about discovering a new dish I can fix up with hardly any prep at all and have hot on the table in less than thirty minutes. Plus, I know my husband is gonna love it. Double win!
- 2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1-2 teaspoons store-bought or homemade cajun seasoning (see below for recipe)
- 12 ounces farfalle or bow tie pasta noodles, cooked according to package's instructions
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- ¼ cup diced white onion
- fresh parsley
- 4 tablespoons butter
- ¼ cup flour
- 1 cup whole milk, heavy cream, or half and half (I used fat free half and half)
- 2-3 teaspoons store-bought or homemade cajun seasoning (see below for recipe)
- ⅓ cup diced tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon onion salt
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- heaping ½ teaspoon oregano
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients for the cajun seasoning (may sub store-bought seasoning if desired). Sprinkle 1-2 teaspoons of seasoning over chopped chicken pieces. Spray a large pan or non stick skillet with cooking spray and cook chicken over medium heat 5-8 minutes, stirring throughout until cooked through. Place chicken in a bowl and set aside.
- In the same pan, melt butter and sauté peppers and onions 2-3 minutes. Stir in flour until mixture clumps together or comes together in a "ball". Slowly whisk in milk. Stir in diced tomatoes. When mixture is smooth and creamy, stir in 2 teaspoons of cajun seasoning (or more if you like it a little spicier). Add pasta and chicken and stir to coat. Continue to stir until chicken is heated through. Serve warm and garnish with fresh parsley. Enjoy!