Background and History:
Cajun chicken pasta is a zesty and creamy dish that draws its inspiration from the vibrant flavors of Cajun cuisine. Cajun cuisine, rooted in the traditions of Louisiana, USA, is known for its bold and spicy profile. The dish typically features blackened or seasoned chicken served with a creamy, Cajun-spiced Alfredo sauce, all tossed with pasta. It’s a delightful blend of Southern and Italian influences.
- 8 ounces fettuccine or linguine pasta
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced
- 1 green bell pepper, sliced
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Chopped fresh parsley for garnish
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
- Cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
- Season the chicken breasts with Cajun seasoning on both sides.
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the seasoned chicken and cook for about 5-7 minutes per side, or until the chicken is cooked through. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set it aside.
- In the same skillet, melt butter and add the sliced red and green bell peppers, diced onion, and minced garlic. Sauté for 3-5 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
- Stir in the heavy cream, chicken broth, and grated Parmesan cheese. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until the sauce thickens.
- Slice the cooked chicken into strips and return it to the skillet. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes to heat the chicken.
- Season the sauce with salt and black pepper to taste.
- Toss the cooked pasta with the Cajun chicken and creamy sauce.
- Serve garnished with chopped fresh parsley.
Nutrition Facts: (Per serving)
- Calories: 580
- Total Fat: 36g
- Saturated Fat: 19g
- Cholesterol: 160mg
- Sodium: 730mg
- Total Carbohydrates: 35g
- Dietary Fiber: 3g
- Sugars: 3g
- Protein: 30g
- Adjust the Cajun seasoning to control the dish’s spiciness according to your taste.
- This dish pairs well with a side of garlic bread or a fresh salad.
- Check for potential dairy or spice allergies among your diners. Adapt the recipe as needed to accommodate any dietary restrictions or allergies.