Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta



My delicious creamy cajun chicken pasta recipe. Perfect for dinner in a hurry and as pasta salad for lunch the next day too!

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My delicious creamy cajun chicken pasta recipe. Perfect for dinner in a hurry and as pasta salad for lunch the next day too!

This creamy cajun chicken pasta recipe was one of those recipes where I started trying to make something else and it just sort of evolved.

I was originally making chicken pasta alfredo. However, when I made it, it just didn’t taste right. It was a bit boring. So I added a couple of spoonfuls of cajun spice mix – much better.

Then next time I made it I decided to add some vegetables (anyone that reads my recipes regularly will know that I like to squeeze extra vegetables into my dinners as much as I can). Since I was using cajun spice mix I decided to take my inspiration for the vegetables from chicken fajitas, so I used peppers and onions.

And a new dish was born… Creamy cajun chicken pasta.

My delicious creamy cajun chicken pasta recipe. Perfect for dinner in a hurry and as pasta salad for lunch the next day too!

Ready in just 20 minutes – The perfect mid-week dinner

As a stay-at-home mum I don’t have to worry too much about creating dinners that can be ready in a hurry, as I have plenty of time for them to cook (although I do like to minimise the amount of time I actually have to spend in the kitchen so I can spend time with the boys). However, I always find it useful to have a few recipes that can be ready in a hurry. This pasta dish takes just 20 minutes to cook, so it’s perfect for a mid-week meal when you’re short of time (take a look at my one-pot spicy sausage pasta for a similarly quick dish).

Dinner today, lunch tomorrow

This creamy cajun chicken pasta also tastes delicious cold, so you can make extra and save it to have as pasta salad for lunch the next day.

My delicious creamy cajun chicken pasta recipe. Perfect for dinner in a hurry and as pasta salad for lunch the next day too!

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

Active Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

SERVES 4

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

Ingredients

  • 4 servings uncooked pasta (I use 300g dried fusilli)
  • 500g chicken breast
  • 2 peppers (any colour)
  • 2 onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp cajun seasoning (I use 2 tsp to give it flavour without being too spicy for the little ones. If you like it a bit spicier then add a little more seasoning).
  • 150ml low fat creme fraiche
  • 50g parmesan (+ extra for sprinkling on top)
  • Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta (4 servings) according to the packet instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, chop the chicken breast (500g) into bite sized pieces.
  3. Thinly slice the peppers (2 peppers) and onion (2 onions).
  4. Peel and crush the garlic (2 cloves)
  5. Heat the olive oil (1tsp) on a medium heat in a large frying pan, once hot add the chicken and cook for 2 minutes until browned.
  6. Add the peppers, onions, garlic and cajun seasoning (2 tsp) and cook for a further five minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are soft but still have a bit of bite. Stir regularly to make sure it doesn't burn.
  7. Grate the parmesan (50g + extra for sprinkling after serving)
  8. Once the pasta has cooked, drain and return to the pan it was cooked in. Add the creme fraiche (150ml), parmesan (50g), chicken and vegetables and stir so that the pasta is all coated with creamy cheesiness. Season with salt and pepper.
  9. Serve.
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Creamy cheesy cajun chicken pasta nutritional information per serving

Creamy cheesy cajun chicken pasta nutritional information per serving. Including calories, fat, saturated fat, carbohydrates, sugar, fibre, protein, salt and contribution to five-a-day

This is the estimated nutritional information per portion. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.


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8 Comments:

  1. Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta looks very yummy I will try this 🙂

  2. Ooh delicious and easy, pinned to try on the fussy husband!

  3. Hi I really want to make this soon, but can I use cheddar cheese instead of parmesan? thanks

    • Charlotte Oates

      That should work fine. Given that parmesan has a stronger flavour than cheddar you may want to add a bit more to ensure you still get a lovely cheesy flavour.

  4. Can I make this in. Advance and reheat

    • I’ve not tried it but I don’t think it would work all that well as I think it would end up going quite dry.

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