cajun chicken pasta in a skillet with a wooden spoon and parsley for garnish
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Cajun Chicken Pasta

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Cajun Chicken Pasta is a simple family dinner recipe that is ready and on the table in only 20 minutes. This pasta recipe has juicy chicken, fresh vegetables, parmesan cheese, and Cajun seasoning smothered in a creamy sauce. If you have been looking for delicious chicken and pasta recipes, you have come to the right place.

Cajun chicken pasta in a white skillet with a wooden serving spoon and parsley for garnish

Have I mentioned how much I love dinner recipes that are made in 30 minutes or less? On busy weeknights I want something that is packed full of delicious flavor, and takes little time to make. This easy Cajun chicken pasta is so simple and quick to make, and I promise your family will be asking you to make it over and over. If you love our creamy Cajun chicken pasta, you are going to love our Cheesy Chicken And Rice and our Creamy Mozzarella Shrimp Pasta recipes.

Ingredients for Cajun Chicken Pasta

  • Bow Tie Pasta: I used bow tie (farfalle pasta) but you can use any pasta you like. Penne, rotini, linguini, etc.
  • Unsalted Butter: I prefer to use unsalted butter because you can control the salt content in your recipe.
  • Minced Garlic: I prefer to use minced garlic in a jar because of how easy it is to use, but feel free to use fresh garlic.
  • Chicken Breasts: I use boneless skinless chicken breasts, but you can also use chicken tenders.
  • Cajun Seasoning: is a Cajun spice blend of paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, pepper and oregano. You can also use blackened seasoning instead of Cajun seasoning.
  • Salt And Pepper: Add more or less to your taste.
  • Cream Cheese: Soften cream cheese in the microwave for 30 seconds prior to adding it to the skillet.
  • Milk: I used 1% milk in this recipe, but you can use any type of milk.
  • Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese: Will add the most flavor in this recipe.
  • Red Bell Pepper: Remove the seeds and slice into thin slices.
  • Yellow Bell Pepper: Remove the seeds and slice into thin slices. You can substitute one red or yellow pepper for a green bell pepper.

How to make Cajun Chicken Pasta

  • Cook pasta according to package directions until they become al dente. Drain pasta, rinse it with cold water, and set pasta aside.
  • In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add minced garlic and continue cooking for 30-45 seconds.
  • Add cubed chicken, sliced red and yellow bell peppers, Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper to the skillet. Stir ingredients until seasoning has coated the chicken and peppers well. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and peppers become soft.
  • Add milk and softened cream cheese. Stir until the cream cheese has melted and the sauce becomes creamy.
  • Add cooked pasta and freshly grated parmesan cheese. Stir well to combine all the ingredients and coat the pasta well.
  • Serve immediately with garlic bread or a green salad. Enjoy!
Cajun chicken pasta in a white skillet with a wooden serving spoon and parsley for garnish

Substitutions for a healthier Cajun pasta

  • Substitute whole grain pasta or Quinoa pasta
  • Substitute olive oil for the butter
  • Omit the parmesan cheese
  • Use fat free cream cheese
  • Use skim milk

How to store and reheat leftover pasta

Once this creamy Cajun chicken pasta has cooled enough to store, simply place it in an air tight container and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days. When you are ready to reheat the leftovers, place in the microwave for 60 seconds or until warm throughout. Add a dash of milk to make the sauce creamy again.

cajun chicken pasta in a skillet with a wooden spoon and parsley for garnish

Cajun Chicken Pasta

Cajun Chicken Pasta is a simple family dinner recipe that is ready and on the table in only 20 minutes. This pasta recipe has juicy chicken, fresh vegetables, parmesan cheese, and Cajun seasoning smothered in a creamy sauce. If you have been looking for delicious chicken and pasta recipes, you have come to the right place.
5 from 7 votes
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Course: Chicken, Main Course, pasta
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cajun chicken pasta
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 533kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. bow tie pasta
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2-3 chicken breasts, cut into chunks
  • 3 tsp. Cajun seasoning, more or less to taste
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into slices
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into slices

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain, rinse with cold water, and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add cubed chicken, red and yellow bell peppers, Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink inside.
  • Add milk and softened cream cheese and stir until the cream cheese is melted and the sauce is creamy.
  • Add cooked pasta noodles, and parmesan cheese. Stir to combine ingredients well. Serve immediately with garlic bread or a green salad. Enjoy!

Notes

*Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on Modernmealmakeover.com should only be used as a general guideline.

Nutrition

Calories: 533kcal | Carbohydrates: 49.1g | Protein: 30.3g | Fat: 24.8g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 107.4mg | Sodium: 546mg | Fiber: 2.3g | Sugar: 6.4g | Vitamin A: 101.6IU | Vitamin C: 67.8mg | Calcium: 57.9mg | Iron: 11.8mg

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9 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Made this last night and it was incredible. Just the right combination of smooth creamy and spicy heat. Loved it!

  2. 5 stars
    I love a spicy dish, and pasta is another favorite! This was my ideal dish, turned out delicious!

  3. 5 stars
    Love the seasonings you have in this tasty cajun chicken pasta! My kind of comfort food!

  4. Shadi Hasanzadenemati

    5 stars
    Love all the flavors here, I already know I’m going to enjoy this recipe a lot!

  5. 5 stars
    We love all things Cajun around here, so this recipe is right up our alley. Thanks for sharing!