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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Chicken Stuffed Baked Potato

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Wash and scrub the potatoes thoroughly, then pat them dry with a paper towel. Using a fork, poke holes all over the potatoes to allow steam to escape during baking. Cover with olive oil and bacon sea salt. 

  2. Season the chicken breasts with garlic butter seasoning (or seasoning of your choice) on both sides. Lay the seasoned chicken breasts in a baking dish. Cut the cream cheese block in half and place one half into the crockpot alongside the chicken. Cook the chicken and cream cheese in the crockpot for 2.5 hours on high.

  3. While the chicken and cream cheese are baking, cook the bacon until crispy. Once cooked, crumble or chop it into bits.

  4. Once the chicken is fully cooked, shred it using two forks. Add some shredded cheese and bacon bits. Mix everything together until well combined and creamy.

  5. Carefully open up each potato and fluff the insides with a fork. Add in butter. Spoon the chicken and cheese mixture into each potato, filling them generously.

  6. Garnish each stuffed potato with chopped chives. Serve hot and enjoy your budget-friendly and delicious meal!

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