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Cajun Chicken Pasta

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This easy Cajun Chicken Pasta is filled with the perfect blend of spice and vegetables. Weeknight dinner recipe that is ready in 30-minutes!

Bowl of cajun chicken pasta

This is easily my favorite recipe. One I make over and over for so many reasons. It is the perfect Cheesecake Factory copycat recipe. Filled with a spicy cheese alfredo and perfect blend of vegetables. You just can’t go wrong.

Recipe Features:

  • Comfort Food: Rich and cream sauce? Check! Pasta? Check! All marks point to the ultimate comfort recipe.
  • Easy to Customize: I used grilled chicken but you could easily use shrimp OR skip the meat and add more veggies!
pan of diced vegetables for cajun pasta

What You Need:

I could talk about the ingredients in this version of Cheesecake Factory Cajun chicken pasta for hours, but will leave you with a quick snip of what you need. For a full list of ingredients and measurements see the recipe card below.

  • Chicken: Grilled chicken is my go-to but you could also use rotisserie or any leftover chicken you have on hand.
  • Vegetables: Key here is to use what you love. I browsed the fridge and had mushrooms, peppers, and onion. Which happens to also be our favorite combination.
  • Cream: Heavy cream should be used. In a pinch you could substitute milk and a tiny bit of cornstarch.
  • Parmesan cheese. Use block cheese that you grate fresh. Not the powdered bottled kind.
Bow tie pasta in cajun alfredo sauce

Step by Step Instructions:

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions, drain and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a large sauté pan. Stir in the peppers, onion, and mushrooms. Cook until tender and onions are slightly translucent, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the garlic, red pepper flakes, Cajun seasoning, salt, and pepper. Cook one minute longer.
  4. Stir in the cream and chicken broth. Bring to a simmer.
  5. Stir together the cornstarch and hot water until dissolved. Add to your sauce and cook until slightly thickened.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in the parmesan and chicken.
  7. Serve immediately.
Cajun Chicken Pasta recipe

Tips and FAQs:

  • This somewhat spicy pasta makes this a great weeknight dinner idea. Serve with a side salad or garlic bread!
  • Substitute cooked shrimp for the chicken for a fun twist!

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Cajun Chicken Pasta

Cajun Chicken Pasta

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This easy Cajun Chicken Pasta is filled with the perfect blend of spice and vegetables. Weeknight dinner recipe that is ready in 30-minutes!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 each yellow, red, and green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • fresh basil to garnish
  • 1/2 of a 12 oz package bow tie pasta
  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions, drain and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a large sauté pan. Stir in the peppers, onion, and mushrooms. Cook until tender and onions are slightly translucent, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the garlic, red pepper flakes, Cajun seasoning, salt, and pepper. Cook one minute longer.
  4. Stir in the cream and chicken broth. Bring to a simmer.
  5. Stir together the cornstarch and hot water until dissolved. Add to your sauce and cook until slightly thickened.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in the parmesan and chicken.
  7. Serve immediately.

Notes

Substitute shrimp for chicken to give this a fun twist!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 311Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 89mgSodium: 780mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 19g

Lyuba Sten

Wednesday 4th of March 2015

Thank you for this recipe. I just made it and it is delicious! I skipped the cornstarch part because I didn't have any and it still turned out well!

Jesseca

Thursday 5th of March 2015

I'm so glad you enjoyed it! It's one of my favorites.

Yvonne [Tried and Tasty]

Friday 6th of February 2015

Pretty pictures!

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