Shortcut Cajun Chicken Pasta

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This recipe for Shortcut Cajun Chicken Pasta is your new easy weeknight go-to supper! #cajun #chicken #pasta #easy #recipe #southernbite

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I’ll admit it.  I’m a huge pasta lover.  HUGE.  I just love it.  Any type.  Heck, I just love carbs.  Give me all the carbs.

But, I guess it’s like they say… “Everything in moderation.”  … including moderation.  πŸ™‚

This recipe for Shortcut Cajun Chicken Pasta is your new easy weeknight go-to supper! #cajun #chicken #pasta #easy #recipe #southernbiteOne of our local restaurants makes a mean Cajun Chicken Pasta.  It’s perfect pasta with a decadent cream sauce, peppers, onions, garlic, and delicious seared chicken with just a hint of heat and TONS of flavor.  It’s probably my favorite dish there.

This recipe for Shortcut Cajun Chicken Pasta is your new easy weeknight go-to supper! #cajun #chicken #pasta #easy #recipe #southernbiteAnd while it’s pretty easy to make at home, I don’t always have the time or energy to make it straight up from scratch.  This shortcut method has all the great flavor, but relies on the convenience of a jarred Alfredo sauce to make it super easy and amazingly quick.  But trust me, the end result doesn’t taste like any jarred pasta sauce.  I promise.  It just works as a delicious conduit for all that great cajun flavor.

This recipe for Shortcut Cajun Chicken Pasta is your new easy weeknight go-to supper! #cajun #chicken #pasta #easy #recipe #southernbiteSo, let’s talk about this seasoning I use.  I use this Badia Louisiana Cajun seasoning for several reasons.  It’s inexpensive, has great flavor, and isn’t loaded with salt.  So many spice blends like this have tons of salt in them.  The problem with that, besides the obvious health effects, is that if you use a blend different than what I use and it is one of those with a lot of salt, the measurements in my recipe might result in a dish that’s way too salty.  That said, I don’t want you to have to run out and buy this just for this recipe.  Though you’re totally welcome to do that.  So, if you use something different, just start with less than what I call for in the recipe.  When you get to the point where you’re putting it all together and adding the sauce, you can always add more seasoning to the dish then.  You can always add more, but it’s gonna real hard to take it out.  πŸ™‚

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Shortcut Cajun Chicken Pasta
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Servings: 4 to 6
Author: Stacey Little | Southern Bite
Ingredients
  • 1 (12-ounce) package fettuccini
  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon + 1/2 teaspoon cajun seasoning see note
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 red bell pepper seeds removed and sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 white onion peeled and sliced
  • 1 (16-ounce) jar prepared Alfredo sauce
  • chopped parsley for garnish optional
Instructions
  1. Cook the fettuccini according to the package directions and drain; set aside
  2. In a medium bowl, add 1 tablespoon of the cajun seasoning to the chicken and stir to coat.
  3. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until it is cooked through, stirring occasionally. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  4. Return the pan to the heat and add additional oil if needed. Add the pepper and onion and cook until just tender. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant - about 1 minute. Return the chicken to the pan and pour in the Alfredo sauce. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon of the cajun seasoning. Taste and add salt, pepper, or more cajun seasoning as desired. Add the pasta to the pan and stir to mix well. Serve immediately. Garnish with chopped parsley if desired.
Recipe Notes

The salt content in various cajun seasonings varies widely. Using as different brand of seasoning than what's shown here can greatly affect the dish. If you do use another one, be cautious and start with less than what is called for as to not make the dish too salty. You can always add more.

 

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Comments

  1. Yum! This looks so delicious!
    Kari
    http://sweetteasweetie.com/passion-fruit-colada/

  2. Where do you purchase Badia seasoning? I want to make this for sure! Love your recipes.

  3. Thank you for this recipe. I make my own Cajun spice without salt and always have a jar full ready to go.
    Which alfredo sauce do you prefer?
    Thanks for your reply.

  4. Stacey, made this dish for dinner tonight and it was outstanding! Didn’t have the Badia Cajun spice available (just regular Badia) so I also threw in a nice sprinkling of cayenne pepper. I also used a 4 oz can of sliced mushrooms, draining the mushroom water into the Alfredo sauce jar, giving it a good shaking (I’m frugal), then pouring that into the chicken/Alfredo/red pepper mixture. Doing so did not overly thin out the sauce, it was perfect. Will be making this again. And (the true test) when I asked my son how he liked it, he said it was “pretty good.” His usual comment is “it was okay.”

  5. I made the Shortcut Cajun Chicken Pasta last week and it was easy and tasted great.

  6. Barney Martin says:

    This is an absolutely delicious dish. I only made half the recipe (but used a whole jar of alfredo sauce), and my husband and I have gotten three meals out of it. I always make a coming home meal for our neighbors when they come back from vacation (who wants to think of cooking when they just get home?) and I’m making the cajun pasta for them.

    • I am so glad you enjoyed it. And I just have to say, thinking of your neighbors like that is so thoughtful! I need a neighbor like you! πŸ™‚

  7. I made this over the weekend but I used shrimp instead of chicken. It was excellent! So easy, so fast and so very delicious. I used Newman’s Own Alfredo Sauce (I always buy Newman’s Own in sauces if I am not going to make my own).
    It is yet another one of your recipes that I will keep and use often. I love your site and all the wonderful recipes and tips you share. Thanks so much!

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