Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

June 16, 2022
Thinly-sliced chicken breast dusted with Cajun seasoning combines with green onion, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, Parmesan, and heavy cream to create this flavorful Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta. Loaded with fabulous flavor, easy to make, and taking all of about 30 minutes to prepare, it's a perfectly delicious weeknight dinner meal.

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Are you always on the lookout for new weeknight dinner recipes? I know I sure am. Because sometimes it's tough to find dinner dishes that are quick and easy to prepare, taste great, and are actually liked by the whole family. (Oh, that dinnertime struggle is real.)

Well Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta has us covered on all those bases. -- It comes together really quickly and easily, is loaded with fabulous Cajun flavor, and is indeed actually liked by our entire family. This is one dish when served, I don't have to listen to "Ugh, is that what we're having for dinner?" from our little one, or watch it just be pushed around the plate -- trying to make it look like something's actually been eaten. And that's a beautiful thing, for sure.

The base of this Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta recipe is boneless skinless chicken breast that's thinly sliced and dusted with Cajun seasoning. The Cajun seasoning gives the chicken wonderful flavor, and since it's thinly sliced, the chicken cooks up really quickly (and tender, too). Just a few minutes in a skillet is all it takes to cook the thin-sliced chicken through.

Once the chicken's cooked, mix in some sun-dried tomatoes, green onions, heavy cream, and Parmesan to create the dish's signature creamy sauce. Then give everything a good toss with some cooked linguine, and you're good to go with getting a delicious dinner on the table.

Loaded with fabulous flavor, easy to make, and taking all of about 30 minutes to prepare, Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta is a perfectly delicious weeknight dinner meal.


What's to Love About This Recipe?

  • Loaded with flavor - Cajun seasoning, onion, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, Parmesan, and heavy cream combine to create fabulous flavor in this truly tasty dinner dish.
  • Easy to make - To make this dish, simply thinly-slice boneless chicken breast, toss it with Cajun seasoning, and cook it in a skillet for about 5 minutes. Add in a handful of seasoning and sauce ingredients, and toss with cooked linguine. That's it! -- Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta is truly easy to make. 
  • Takes only about 30 minutes to prepare - From start to finish, tasty Cajun Chicken Pasta comes together in right around 30 minutes flat.
  • Perfect for weeknight dinners - With its ease and quickness of prep, it's a perfectly delicious weeknight dinner meal.
  • Family-favorite - Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta is a family-favorite meal, enjoyed by the grown-ups and kids alike.

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Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta Ingredients:

To whip up a pan of Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta's deliciousness, you'll need:

  • Chicken breast - Two boneless skinless chicken breast halves form the foundation of the dish. Boneless chicken thighs can be substituted, if you prefer.


  • Butter - Provides a rich and flavorful base for sauteing the recipe's onion, garlic, and seasoned chicken.

  • Linguine noodles - Serves as the pasta base of the dish. These wider-than-spaghetti noodles provide a good amount of surface area for the creamy sauce to cling to. That being said, spaghetti or fettuccini noodles can be substituted.

  • Onion & green onion - A mix of slivered onion and chopped green onion bring both flavor and color to the dish.

  • Garlic - A clove of fresh garlic nicely flavors the sauce. We recommend sticking with fresh garlic, rather than substituting garlic powder for the best result.

  • Sun-dried tomatoes - Chopped sun-dried tomatoes add fabulous flavor and a pop of color to the finished dish.

  • Heavy whipping cream - Forms the base of Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta's signature creamy sauce. Stick with heavy cream to get the best texture. Substitutions (such as half-and-half or regular milk) just won't produce the same thick, creamy result.

  • Parmesan cheese - Combines with the heavy whipping cream to create and flavor the creamy sauce. Grated Parmesan (rather than shredded) works best to help thicken the sauce. 

  • Seasonings - Dried basil, salt, and pepper round out, season, and enhance the dish's flavor.

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How to Make Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta:

Making a pan of Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta is truly quick and easy. It comes together, with just a little chopping and slicing, in all of about 30 minutes. Which is pretty good for a delicious dinner recipe!

To get this dish started, slice two boneless skinless chicken breast halves into thin strips. Place the chicken strips in a bowl and season with a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Then add Old Bay seasoning and toss to get them coated.

Heat a large skillet (that's big enough to fit the chicken strips in a single layer) over medium heat. Melt some butter in the skillet, and then saute some onion, garlic, and the seasoned chicken strips until the chicken is cooked through and tender.

Add in some chopped green onion, heavy whipping cream, sun-dried tomatoes, dried basil, salt, pepper, and grated Parmesan to create the dish's signature creamy sauce.

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Gently simmer the sauce for about 3-5 minutes until it's slightly thickened.

Then add in hot cooked linguine, tossing everything together to nicely coat the noodles with sauce. Sprinkle the top with some additional Parmesan, if you'd like, and you're good to go with serving up this creamy Cajun deliciousness. 

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Loaded with fabulous flavor, easy to make, and taking all of about 30 minutes to prepare, Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta is one perfectly delicious weeknight dinner meal.

Enjoy!

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cajun pasta, cajun chicken pasta, chicken pasta dinner, chicken with Old Bay
Main Dish
Cajun
Yield: about 4 servings
Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

Thinly-sliced chicken breast dusted with Cajun seasoning combines with green onion, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, Parmesan, and heavy cream to create this flavorful Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta. Loaded with fabulous flavor, easy to make, and taking all of about 30 minutes to prepare, it's a perfectly delicious weeknight dinner meal.
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 35 Min

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cut into thin strips
  • 8 oz. linguine, cooked
  • 2 1/2 tsp. Old Bay or other Cajun seasoning
  • 1 small onion, cut into thin slivers
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 T. butter
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 c. heavy whipping cream
  • 3 T. chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp. salt (or to taste)
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/3 c. grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Place thinly-sliced chicken strips in a bowl and season with a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Add Old Bay seasoning and toss to coat.
  2. Heat a large skillet (large enough to fit the chicken strips in a single layer) over medium heat. Melt butter in the skillet, add onion and garlic, and saute 2 minutes until softened.
  3. Add chicken to the skillet. Saute until chicken is cooked through and tender, about 5 - 7 minutes.
  4. Reduce heat. Add green onion, heavy whipping cream, sun-dried tomatoes, dried basil, salt, and pepper. Bring to a gentle simmer.
  5. Stir in grated Parmesan. Simmer gently for 3 - 5 minutes, until slightly thickened.
  6. Add hot cooked linguine; toss to coat. Sprinkle top with additional Parmesan, if you'd like.
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