Cajun Chicken Pasta

Cajun chicken pasta is an incredibly flavorful, super quick meal that’s ready in less than 30 minutes!

Who doesn’t love quick and easy recipes on weeknights? My hand is raised because I hate cooking and cleaning for hours after an 8-hour workday.

This pasta recipe has become a “go-to” in our house. This is definitely a 30-minute meal everyone will enjoy.

This dish is loaded with perfectly creamy, spicy flavors!

Seasoned chicken pieces cooking in a skillet.

Ingredients Needed

  • Pasta – We like linguine pasta, but you can use angel hair, fettuccine, elbow macaroni, penne, or bow tie. Choose your favorite shape.
  • Chicken breasts – Chicken thighs will work too!
  • Cajun seasoning, salt, and pepper – You can adjust the heat to your preference. If you like it really spicy, add a little cayenne pepper.
  • Garlic and green onions – Fresh is best here. No need to use garlic powder or onion powder.
  • Heavy cream and unsalted butter – These are what make the sauce rich and creamy.
  • Parmesan cheese – Use the good stuff!

Place a pot of water on to boil. Cook pasta according to the package instructions for al dente.

Cut the chicken breasts into 1-inch bite-size pieces.

Place the chicken in a bowl, sprinkle the Cajun seasoning over it, and toss to coat.

Add the chicken to a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook until tender, about 5 to 7 minutes.

chicken and sauce in a skillet

Reduce the heat, and add the heavy cream, tomatoes, basil, salt, garlic, and black pepper. Cook long enough to heat through.

Cajun Chicken Pasta  in a skillet with a wooden spoon.

Add the pasta and stir to coat with the sauce. The sauce will thicken after a few minutes of tossing the pasta.

Toss with the parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Garnish with the green onions. Bam, and done! Easy dinner.

Variations and Add-Ins

  • Add in some chopped bell pepper, cooked asparagus, or broccoli. Use up some of those leftovers.
  • Try switching out the chicken for fresh shrimp. Season the shrimp with the cajun seasoning and add it to the sauce while it cooks. Be sure not to overcook the shrimp, they only take about 3 to 4 minutes to cook.
  • You can use half, but the sauce will be much thinner and not as rich.
Cajun Chicken Pasta  in a skillet with a wooden spoon.

An incredibly flavorful pasta dish that’s a super quick meal ready in under 20 minutes!

Serving Suggestions

Serve with warm crusty bread and a tossed salad.

How to Store Leftovers

This dish is best fresh! Leftovers can be stored in an air-tight container for about 3 days. When ready to reheat, add a little more cream or chicken stock and reheat on the stovetop or microwave.

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Cajun Chicken Pasta - Incredibly flavorful, super quick meal that's ready in under 20 minutes!

Cajun Chicken Pasta Recipe

Incredibly flavorful, super quick meal that's ready in under 20 minutes!
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: Cajun
Keyword: cajun, chicken, creamy, pasta
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 964kcal
Author: Leigh Harris

Ingredients
 

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1″ pieces
  • 8 oz linguine cooked al dente
  • 3 tsp cajun seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp sun-dried tomatoes I used canned diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup green onions
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Place chicken and Cajun seasoning in a bowl and toss to coat.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, sauté chicken in butter until chicken is tender, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Reduce heat add heavy cream, tomatoes, basil, salt, garlic, black pepper, and heat through.
  • Pour over hot linguine and toss with parmesan cheese and green onions.

Nutrition

Calories: 964kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 87g | Saturated Fat: 53g | Cholesterol: 342mg | Sodium: 445mg | Potassium: 527mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 4133IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 222mg | Iron: 2mg

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4 Comments

  1. Delicious! Added fresh mushrooms along with tomatoes. Used half and half because it’s what I had on hand. (Used only 2 tsp. Of Cajun seasoning). Will use this recipe again.5 stars

  2. Way tasty dish! Just enough heat. Love the sundried tomatoes! Kicked this dish up a notch. I’m certainly going to make this again.5 stars

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