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Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

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We just LOVE this easy Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta recipe – tender pieces of chicken breast in a rich and creamy Cajun spiced tomato sauce served tossed through freshly cooked pasta – Easy midweek dinner that’s ready to eat in just 30 minutes!

Mmmm I hold my hands up, this is one of my favourite easy pasta recipes. The spicy creamy Cajun chicken sauce is just SO flavourful and delicious – warmly spicy but not too much heat.

And once it’s tossed through a bowlful of freshly cooked pasta well then it’s just creamy carb heaven!

Best of all… it’s really easy to prepare, and really simple to cook.

All in all a BRILLIANT family dinner recipe.

creamy cajun chicken pasta with penne in a serving bowl alongside broccoli and small bowl of chopped spring onions

For our Cajun Chicken Pasta recipe we cook the penne pasta separately, I just think the pasta cooks so much quicker if you cook it separately from the sauce.

And it works out better this way for me as I have to cook a gluten free version alongside the regular wheat pasta.

I make up my own Cajun seasoning mix too so I’ve popped the recipe for that below – but feel free to use shop bought Cajun seasoning if you prefer.

Homemade Cajun Seasoning

  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (if you like more of a kick of heat add a little more)
  • 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper

I don’t add salt to the seasoning mix, I like to add salt to the dish separately.

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta Ingredients

cajun chicken pasta ingredients on a table - penne pasta, can of pizza sauce, chopped onion and red pepper, bowl of chopped spring onions, saucer of finely grated parmesan cheese, small cup of double cream and pot of homemade Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tbs olive oil – you can swap this for butter or rapeseed oil if you prefer
  • 1 onion – finely diced
  • 1 sweet red pepper – finely diced
  • 600g diced chicken breast
  • Cajun seasoning – made up as above recipe or use 2 tsp shop bought Cajun seasoning
  • 400g can basil and oregano flavoured passata – I use a can of the Mutti pizza sauce for this because it’s so flavourful and really adds a nice herby kick.
  • 40g Parmesan cheese – finely grated
  • 150ml double cream
  • 300g penne pasta
  • bunch spring onions – finely chopped

Equipment Needed For the Pasta Recipe

  • Sharp vegetable knife
  • Chopping board
  • 2 large saucepans (one for the sauce, one for the pasta)
  • Wooden spoon
  • Tablespoon
  • Small bowl
  • Teaspoon
  • Measuring jug or cup
  • Scales (if no scales just guess/estimate the pasta and cheese)

How To Make Delicious Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

You’ll just LOVE how super easy it is to make this chicken recipe!

serving bowl of creamy cajun chicken pasta being served into pasta bowls alongside broccoli
  • Fry the onions, peppers and chicken breast – grab yourself a large saucepan and add the olive oil, then tip in the onions, peppers and chicken and gently fry over a medium heat until the chicken is turning white.
  • Add the Cajun seasoning – tip the homemade Cajun seasoning into the pan and stir into the chicken and veggies.
  • Add the passata – pour the passata into the pan with the chicken, add half a can of water and stir everything together, bring the sauce to the boil. Cover with a lid, reduce the heat and simmer for around 15-20 minutes whilst you cook the pasta.
  • Cook the pasta – tip the penne into boiling salted water, return the pan to the boil and then reduce to a simmer and cook for around 10-12 minutes – then drain.
  • Finish off the Cajun chicken pasta sauce – once the chicken is cooked through properly, pour in the double cream and warm through. Then tip in the drained pasta and add the grated Parmesan. Stir everything together so the pasta is nicely coated in the tasty Cajun sauce and then serve scattered with chopped spring onions.

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Love Cajun Recipes? Then You’ll Just LOVE These!

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  • Slow Cooker Cajun Chicken – this delicious family meal is super easy to prepare and takes just 5 minutes to put together in the morning. My kids love this with rice and chips – maybe a side of sweetcorn.
  • Oven Baked Cajun Chicken Thighs – super juicy chicken thighs with a Cajun spiced coating. Great with baked potatoes, chips or rice and a side of salad or vegetables for an easy, budget weeknight dinner.
  • Spicy Prawn Rice – a quick and tasty Cajun prawn rice dish. Filling, healthy and ready in just 20 minutes. Brilliant for busy weeknight dinner.

What To Serve With Cajun Chicken Pasta

Our tasty spicy chicken pasta dish is just delicious with a few sides, any of the following work really well

  • Coleslaw – our Ranch Coleslaw recipe is delicious with chicken pasta We also love that cheesy slaw you can pick up on the deli counter. 
  • Spicy Bean Salad – our quick and easy bean salad with sweetcorn in tangy dressing goes great alongside spicy chicken pasta

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Yield: Serves 4

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

creamy cajun chicken pasta with penne in a serving bowl alongside broccoli and small bowl of chopped spring onions

Our Cajun chicken pasta is spicy, creamy and totally delicious - great weeknight dinner

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 onion - diced 
  • 1 sweet red pepper - diced 
  • 600g chicken breast - diced 
  • 2 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 400g passata - use a flavoured one 
  • 40g Parmesan cheese - grated 
  • 150ml double cream 
  • 300g penne pasta 
  • small bunch spring onions - chopped 

Instructions

  1. Grab yourself a large saucepan and add the olive oil, then tip in the onions, peppers and chicken and gently fry over a medium heat until the chicken is turning white.
  2. Tip the Cajun seasoning into the pan and stir into the chicken and veggies.
  3. Pour the pasatta into the pan with the chicken, add half a can of water and stir everything together, bring the sauce to the boil. Cover with a lid, reduce the heat and simmer for around 15-20 minutes whilst you cook the pasta.
  4. Cook the pasta – tip the penne into boiling salted water, return the pan to the boil and then reduce to a simmer and cook for around 10-12 minutes – then drain.
  5. Once the chicken is cooked through properly, pour in the double cream and warm through. Then tip in the drained pasta and add the grated Parmesan. Stir everything together so the pasta is nicely coated in the tasty Cajun sauce and then serve scattered with chopped spring onions.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 587Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 179mgSodium: 843mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 55g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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