This creamy Cajun chicken pasta is up there with my favourite pasta dishes. I’ve always been a big fan of cajun seasoning, so when I thought of using it to season and spice up a rich and creamy sauce, I was so excited.
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There’s a lot that’s going on in terms of both flavour and nutrients for this recipe. We achieve a creamy, cheesy sauce by using cream cheese. I find this to be a cheat ingredient that provides both the creamy body to the sauce, whilst also providing the cheesy undertones.
So there’s no need to buy both parmesan and heavy cream like you see in other creamy Cajun pasta recipes.
We have an array of veggies that dive into the pan to make this a well balanced dinner recipe. It’s packed full of protein, thanks to the incredibly tender, Cajun infused chicken breast.
And last but not least, it’s 509 kcal per portion, making it perfect for meal prep. You can freeze half the batch to spread out the portions or if you’re as obsessed as I am, you’ll want to eat this spicy chicken pasta in one week.
The perfect lean source of protein for this spicy creamy pasta. When seared on a high heat with the cajun seasoning, it creates the best chicken to top our pasta with. If you use chicken thighs, ensure they are boneless and skinless and cut into strips, they would provide a juicy alternative to the chicken breast. Try this other recipe that I made with chicken breast and pasta; Rigatoni Fiorentina (Creamy Chicken Rigatoni)
The pasta for this recipe is flexible, so choose your favourite. I love tagliatellie in this recipe, as it pairs with creamy recipes really well. Rigatoni and spirali would work well too.
To add some greens in our creamy Cajun chicken pasta. Feel free to substitute with green beans if you prefer. Try another pasta favorite using peas; Pasta with Peas (Pasta e Piselli)
Provides both the cream element and the cheese element to the sauce, making this a savvy swap to keep our budget intact. I used full fat cream cheese, but you can use low fat for a lighter version.
For freshness and flavour. You could also top with dill, parsley or coriander.
See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.
Created in Louisiana, cajun seasoning is a blend of garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne, pepper, oregano and salt.
Every blend is different, depending on which brand you get. The spice can vary, the salt level can vary, so adjust as necessary to ensure by taste testing your cajun chicken pasta as you.
If the Cajun pasta cream sauce lacks some heat, add a bit more, just refrain from adding lots of salt after this point as you may over salt your dish. Here’s another recipe I made using Cajun seasoning; Prawn Rice (Simple & One Pot)
3. Preheat a stainless steel pan (or non-stick if you don’t have) over a high heat and sear the chicken on each side for 3 minutes (Image 3).
4. Once the chicken is cooked (golden brown on both sides) set aside. Deglaze the pan with a splash of water, scrubbing all of the tasty caramelized bits of meat off the bottom of the pan (Image 4).
5. Next, add the onions into the pan and reduce the heat to medium/low. Season with salt and cook for around 3 minutes (Image 5).
6. Add add the peppers and cook for a further 4 minutes (Image 6).
7. At this stage, add your tagliatelle to heavily salted boiling water. Timer set to 2 minutes minus the packet time. Next, add the tomato puree, garlic and Cajun spice into the pan. Fry for around 2 minutes before adding a ladle of pasta water (Image 7).
8. Add the cream cheese into the pan along with the chicken stock and lemon juice. Stir to combine and add the al dente pasta. Continue to cook and stir to incorporate everything.
Loosen with pasta water as necessary and when the pasta is perfectly cooked and the sauce has thickened, serve immediately.
Top with Cajun chicken (sliced into chunks), a sprinkle of chilli flakes and torn fresh basil (Image 8).
Preheat your pan before searing your chicken. This will ensure the best browning and flavour.
Achieve a nice sear on one side, not both. By searing both sides heavily, you run the risk of drying out the chicken breast. Therefore, reduce the heat slightly when cooking the second side.
Deglaze all the fonde (meaty bits stuck to the pan) with a splash of water to infuse into the onion. This adds another dimension of flavour to the creamy cajun chicken pasta.
Other chicken and pasta recipes you should try after this recipe: Creamy Chicken and Bacon Pasta (One-Pot & Healthy), Tabbouleh Inspired Chicken Salad and Creamy Philadelphia Chicken Pasta (Cream Cheese Pasta)
Can I reheat this creamy Cajun pasta?
Definitely! You can use this recipe as meal prep. Simply divide the pasta and chicken into containers for individual portions and refrigerate for up to 5 days. When it’s time to eat, add 1 tbsp of pasta water and pop in the microwave for 2 minutes on high, stirring once in the middle. Top with fresh basil, chilli flakes and enjoy!
Can I freeze this recipe?
You can! Freeze this easy cajun pasta for up to 3 months. To defrost, we want to thaw in the fridge overnight as we don’t want to leave the chicken at room temp by accident for any long duration.
Fettuccine or penne pasta is traditionally used in cajun chicken pasta, but any pasta with a similar shape and texture will work. Tagliatelle is almost identical to fettuccine, it’s just slightly wider. I love how convenient the nests are to cook and how effortlessly the sauce clings to the pasta when twirled with a fork.
To make cajun seasoning, mix together 1 tablespoon of paprika, 1 tablespoon of garlic powder, 1 tablespoon of onion powder, 1 tablespoon of dried oregano, 1 tablespoon of dried thyme, 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Adjust the spice level by adding more or less cayenne pepper.
Yes, you can use prawns, sausage, or even tofu in place of the chicken. Adjust the cooking time accordingly based on the type of protein you choose.
To make the recipe spicier, add 1 tsp of cayenne pepper or chilli flakes to the cajun seasoning. To make it milder, reduce the quantity of cajun seasoning slightly and leave out the chilli flakes. Depending on your cajun seasoning, it might be more or less spicy.
Other veg that would go with this recipe include: mushrooms, tomatoes, broccoli and green beans. You can either cook them separately and add them to the pasta at the end or sauté them with the chicken and spices.
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