Cajun/Creole, Chicken, Pasta

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta Recipe

Hey there, food enthusiasts! AB from Smokin’ and Grillin’ wit AB here, bringing you a mouthwatering delight that’ll have your taste buds dancing – Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta. Picture this: succulent chicken, seared andouille sausage, and a luscious creamy tomato sauce embracing perfectly cooked penne pasta. Are you ready to embark on a flavor-packed journey? Let’s dive in!

This Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta is not just a meal; it’s an experience. Imagine the warmth of Cajun spices mingling with the richness of creamy sauce, creating a symphony of flavors that’ll transport you straight to the heart of Louisiana. It’s comfort food elevated to gourmet levels, perfect for a cozy night in or impressing your guests at a dinner party. Plus, it’s incredibly versatile, allowing you to customize it to your spice preference. Get ready to elevate your culinary game!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons Branch and Vine Garlic Infused Olive Oil
  • Smoked Sausage
  • 3 tablespoons Creole Kick (or your favorite Cajun seasoning)
  • 1 pound Chicken Breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 13 ½ ounces Canned Tomatoes
  • Heavy Cream
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 1 pound Penne Pasta
  • ½ teaspoon Coriander
  • Parmesan cheese, grated

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Boil the Pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the penne pasta until al dente. Reserve a cup of pasta water before draining and set aside.
  2. Sear the Sausage: Heat olive oil in a skillet, sear smoked sausage until golden. Remove and set aside.
  3. Cook the Chicken: In the same pan, cook chicken until no longer pink. Remove and set aside.
  4. Sauté Onions and Garlic: In the same pan, sauté onions and garlic until translucent and fragrant.
  5. Add Seasoning and Tomatoes: Sprinkle Creole Kick over onions and garlic. Add canned tomatoes, breaking them up. Cook until the mixture thickens.
  6. Create the Sauce: Pour in heavy cream, simmer to thicken. Squeeze lemon juice, stir to incorporate.
  7. Combine Ingredients: Add back chicken and sausage. If the sauce is too thick, add reserved pasta water. Stir well.
  8. Incorporate Pasta: Add cooked penne pasta to the skillet. Stir to coat with sauce and proteins.
  9. Add Final Touches: Sprinkle coriander, grated Parmesan cheese. Stir until evenly distributed.
  10. Serve and Enjoy: Garnish with more Parmesan, green onions, or parsley. Serve hot and savor the creamy Cajun goodness!

Expert Tips and Tricks:

  • Adjust spice levels by varying Cajun seasoning.
  • Use fresh Parmesan for an extra kick.
  • Experiment with different sausage varieties.

Variations:

  1. Seafood Delight: Add shrimp or crab for a seafood twist.
  2. Vegetarian Bliss: Skip meat, load up on veggies.
  3. Spicy Spin: Kick it up with extra cayenne pepper.
  4. Creamy Cajun Alfredo: Mix Cajun spices with Alfredo sauce.

What to Serve With:

  1. Garlic Bread
  2. Caesar Salad
  3. Grilled Asparagus
  4. Cornbread
  5. Roasted Brussels Sprouts
  6. Cucumber Tomato Salad
  7. Garlic Parmesan Broccoli
  8. Mashed Potatoes
  9. Cheese Stuffed Breadsticks
  10. Caprese Salad

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Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 30 mins Total Time 40 mins
Best Season: Available

Description

This easy-to-follow recipe combines tender chicken, savory Andouille sausage, and a creamy Cajun-infused sauce for a budget-friendly dish that’s sure to impress. Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or a satisfying weekend feast!

Ingredients

Instructions

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  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the penne pasta and cook it according to the package instructions, aiming for al dente. Reserve about a cup of pasta water before draining the cooked pasta. Drain the pasta in a colander and run cold water over it to stop the cooking process. Set it aside.

  2. Heat a large skillet or pan over medium heat and add the Branch and Vine Garlic Infused Olive Oil. Slice the smoked sausage into bite-sized pieces and add it to the pan. Cook the sausage until it gets a nice sear and is heated through. Once done, remove the sausage from the pan and set it aside.

  3. In the same pan, add the cubed chicken breast. Cook the chicken until it’s no longer pink and is cooked through. Remove the chicken from the pan and set it aside.

  4. In the same pan, add the diced onions and minced garlic. Sauté them until the onions become translucent and fragrant.

  5. Sprinkle the Creole Kick (or Cajun seasoning) over the onion and garlic mixture. Stir to combine and let the spices toast briefly. Add the canned tomatoes with their juice, breaking them up with a spoon. Cook the tomato mixture for a few minutes until it thickens and reduces slightly.

  6. Pour in the heavy cream and stir well to combine. Let the sauce simmer for a few minutes to thicken. Squeeze in the juice of one lemon and stir to incorporate.

  7. Return the cooked chicken and seared andouille sausage to the skillet. Stir to coat the chicken and sausage with the creamy tomato sauce. If the sauce is too thick, you can add a bit of the reserved pasta water to achieve your desired consistency.

  8. Carefully add the cooked penne pasta to the skillet. Gently stir everything together to ensure the pasta is well-coated with the sauce and proteins.

  9. Sprinkle the coriander into the mixture and stir it in. Finally, sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese over the top and stir until it’s evenly distributed.

  10. Serve your creamy cajun chicken and andouille sausage pasta hot, garnished with more Parmesan cheese and some chopped green onions or parsley if desired. Enjoy!

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