Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

03.27.2015

The tastiest Cajun Chicken Pasta! You get lightly charred flavor from grilled chicken, a creamy Alfredo-style sauce, plenty of sauteed veggies, all seasoned with an incredibly flavorful and perfectly spicy cajun seasoning.

Cajun Chicken Pasta with creamy cajun alfredo sauce

I am on a roll with pasta lately and I still have yet another pasta recipe coming soon (and guess what, it has grilled chicken. Imagine that.)! I live for pasta, in other words I could never give up my carbs. And oh how I LOVE this creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta! It is packed with goodness and totally irresistible flavors.

Cajun Chicken Pasta in serving dish wit colorful veggies

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The Spice in Cajun Chicken Pasta

If you are like me and you love heat go with 1 tsp of cayenne pepper in the cajun seasoning (or even more). I had to make this so that my husband and my kids would still eat it so I just went with 1/2 tsp and even then my kids were still noticing heat (I’m trying to break them in slowly).

You can always add more cayenne to your own serving and take it easy on the full amount so everyone’s not complaining. Also, you can definitely swap out the chicken for shrimp for another tempting version of this unbelievably delicious creamy cajun pasta dish.

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta in serving bowl

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Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

4.84 from 6 votes

The perfect pasta recipe! Linguine is tossed with chicken, bell peppers and topped with a creamy alfredo style sauce and filled with delicious cajun seasoning.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cajun Chicken Pasta
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts (shrimp can be substituted)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil , divided
  • 6 tsp cajun seasoning , divided (recipe in notes below)
  • 12 oz dry linguine or fettuccine pasta
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or half and half
  • 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 medium red bell pepper , sliced into thin strips then strips halved (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper , sliced into thin strips then strips halved (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 large red onion , sliced into thin strips
  • 2 cups sliced button mushrooms (about 8)
  • Fresh parsley , for garnish

Instructions

  1. Heat a grill over medium-high heat. Brush chicken with 1 Tbsp of the olive oil and sprinkle with 2 tsp of the cajun seasoning (I used 2 chicken breasts and this is 1/2 tsp per side). Grill chicken until cooked through, about 8 - 10 minutes, rotating once halfway through grilling until chicken registers 165 degrees on in instant read thermometer in center of chicken. Transfer to a plate, cover with foil and let rest 5 minutes then cut into strips.
  2. Boil pasta in salted water according to directions listed on package. Reserve 1/3 cup pasta water before draining.
  3. In a medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Stir in garlic and flour and cook 1 minute, whisking constantly. While whisking slowly pour in milk and whisk vigorously to smooth lumps. Stir in 1 - 3 tsp cajun seasoning, to taste (season with additional salt as needed). Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly, then reduce heat to low, stir in parmesan and cream and cook until cheese has melted. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Heat remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add red and yellow peppers and red onion and saute 2 minutes. Add 1 tsp cajun seasoning and mushrooms and saute 2 minutes longer.
  5. Toss drained pasta with sauce mixture, adding reserved pasta water 1 tbsp at at time to thin sauce as desired. Toss in pepper mixture and chicken. Serve warm sprinkled with parsley and additional cajun seasoning to taste.
  6. Recipe source: pasta - Cooking Classy, seasoning blend - allrecipes

Recipe Notes

For the cajun seasoning, whisk together 2 1/2 tsp paprika, 2 tsp salt, 2 tsp garlic powder, 1 & 1/4 tsp dried oregano, 1 & 1/4 tsp dried thyme, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper and 1/2 tsp cayenne (use 1 tsp or more if you like a lot of heat).

closeup of Cajun Chicken Pasta garnished with basil and tossed in creamy cajun pasta sauce

30 comments

  • Genae: We loved this recipe. I added a link of grilled smoked sausage to the dish. So yummy! 😋 October 28, 2018 at 5:40pm Reply

  • Ang: This recipe is wonderful, I make it countless times and works out perfectly. Could I substitute the regular noodles with butternut squash noodles for it to be a bit more healthier? October 15, 2018 at 2:23pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I haven’t tested but that should work great. Glad you like the recipe! October 15, 2018 at 4:46pm Reply

  • Linda campbell: I love this dish September 16, 2018 at 5:53pm Reply

  • Jerica: My husband said this is the best dish I’ve EVER made. Like ever lol and he’s high maintenance with food lol. He asked the following day if I could make it again. The Cajun spice mix is his favourite! Thanks! Making it again tonight! June 21, 2018 at 5:29pm Reply

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