Cajun Chicken Pasta Skillet

Cajun Chicken Pasta Skillet – A quick and delicious one-skillet meal with cajun-seasoned chicken, tender pasta, and a creamy finger-lickin’ good sauce! 

Cajun Chicken Pasta Skillet

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.

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!

Cajun Chicken Pasta Skillet
 
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A quick and delicious one-skillet meal with cajun-seasoned chicken, tender pasta, and a creamy finger-lickin' good sauce! On the table in less than 30 minutes!
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 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
sauce
  • 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
optional: homemade cajun seasoning (make it, it takes two seconds!)
  • 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
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. 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!

 

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I made this last night and we licked the pan clean! I’ve never made any Cajun style food before, so I’m happy this was such a tasty success! It is definitely a recipe we will use again and again. Thank you so much! Btw, I used just 2% milk instead of whole and it worked great.