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One Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta

One Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta is made in only one pot with fresh peppers, chicken, Parmesan cheese and more! It doesn’t get any easier than a one pot meal.

One Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta is made in only one pot with fresh peppers, chicken, Parmesan cheese and more! It doesn't get any easier than a one pot meal.

I’m here to make your day. Or maybe just make your dinner extra special because I know that you love one pot meals. After all, my one pot lemon chicken pasta with baby kale is heading towards being my most popular recipe for 2015. Who can resist fresh ingredients, creamy cheesy goodness and perfectly cooked pasta made in one pot?

One Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta is made in only one pot with fresh peppers, chicken, Parmesan cheese and more! It doesn't get any easier than a one pot meal.

Each week I experiment with new one pot recipes and I am happy to report that my most recent recipe idea was a huge success! One Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta includes everything that you love about cajun chicken pasta in one dish. Yes, even the pasta cooks in the pan. Trust me, it works. Not only does it work, but it yields the most creamy pasta dish combined with the Parmesan cheese and cream cheese. The freshly sliced peppers add a delicious serving of vegetables.

One Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta is made in only one pot with fresh peppers, chicken, Parmesan cheese and more! It doesn't get any easier than a one pot meal.

I started with the exact same base recipe that I use for most of my one pot meals and added cajun seasoning, red peppers and extra parmesan cheese. Just prior to serving, I add chopped fresh parsley to add a little green color to the meal. I usually try to sneak greens into all of my one pot meals so feel free to add your favorite greens, such as kale or spinach. Simply add the greens when you add the peppers.

One Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta is made in only one pot with fresh peppers, chicken, Parmesan cheese and more! It doesn't get any easier than a one pot meal.

Go ahead, enjoy this meal any night of the week. Don’t forget to save some of the pasta for leftovers too. This one pot meal tastes as as good, if not even better, as leftovers! What meal or recipe do you wish you could turn into a one pot meal? I’ll start brainstorming new ideas that you will see here soon.

Yields about 4 large servings

One Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken breast, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons cajun seasoning*
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 1/2 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 small red bell pepper, seeds removed and sliced into thin strips
  • 1 small yellow bell pepper, seeds removed and sliced into thin strips
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded from the block parmesan cheese
  • fresh chopped parsley, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Season chicken with one teaspoon Cajun seasoning; set aside.
  2. In a 12" pan or skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and stir until soft, about 3 minutes. Add chicken to pan and cook until brown on both sides. Stir in garlic and cook one additional minute. Add uncooked pasta, chicken broth, water, sliced peppers and remaining Cajun seasoning (use one teaspoon if you want mild Cajun flavor or the remaining two teaspoons if you want full Cajun flavor). Stir then bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 22 minutes. Uncover and cook until almost all of the liquid is absorbed, about 5 additional minutes. Remove from heat, stir in cream cheese and Parmesan cheese. Stir until cheese is melted. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve immediately.

Notes

*You can make your own homemade Cajun seasoning by combining the following ingredients; 1 teaspoon paprika, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, ½ teaspoon oregano, ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, 1/8 teaspoon red chili flakes.

http://www.spoonfulofflavor.com/2015/12/02/one-pot-cajun-chicken-pasta/

Source: Spoonful of Flavor

One Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta is made in only one pot with fresh peppers, chicken, Parmesan cheese and more! It doesn't get any easier than a one pot meal.

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37 Comments

  1. Erin @ The Almond Eater

    You had me at “cajun”. No but seriously, I’m obsessed with all things cajun-flavored, and I love that this is a one pot meal!

  2. Melissa Falk

    Nicely done, Ashley! I look forward to making this one. Although, I will subsitute shrimp for the chicken. Thanks!

  3. Danae @ Recipe Runner

    One pot meals are the best because I think we can all agree that doing dishes sucks. 🙂 My husband and I love spicy flavors in our dinner so I know this would be a hit, plus he would be happy only washing one pot!

  4. Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits

    Love your one pot meals, Ashley! I can only imagine how lovely the cajun spices are in this gorgeous dish. You’ve definitely made my day!

  5. Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen

    Delicious looking pasta! Love the use of cajun, and those colorful peppers on top look gorgeous, Ashley! Mouthwatering!

  6. Leah @ Grain Changer

    Another one-pot wonder!!! Yes!!! I am obsessed with cajun flavor, and I love that this meal is so easy to pull together. Weeknight win, for sure!

  7. Medeja

    This pasta is amazing! I would love such dinner!

  8. Ashley

    I just made a one-pot pasta for the first time about two weeks ago (I don’t know what I was thinking holding out so long! haha) but we loved it! I can’t wait to try this!

  9. mira

    Love one pot meals! Especially pasta , can’t wait to try this dish!

  10. Kelly

    One pot meals are my favorite! You totally made my day, I love all the Cajun flavors in this delicious looking pasta! I can’t wait to try it!

  11. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

    This recipe looks like a huge success, girlie! I love cajun spices, but turned into a chicken pasta that only requires one pot? WINNER! This is the perfect dinner! Cheers, my dear!

  12. kushi

    Drooling..I love pasta and this is just amazing! WOW!

  13. Izzy @ she likes food

    I’ve really been wanting to experiment with one pot pasta dishes and this one looks so good! I’m a big fan of any pasta that is creamy and has lots of cheese in it!

  14. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction

    One pot meals are the best! This is the perfect meal to have after a long, busy week when I don’t feel like cooking!

  15. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    I love how quick you made this dish! It looks creamy and full of yumminess! Will be ading this to our menu soon!

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  17. Sarah @Whole and Heavenly Oven

    I’m a one-pot FIEND! Dinner is just sooo simple with recipes like this. Love how cozy and comforting it looks!

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  19. Samantha

    I pinned this so I could add it to our weekly menu. Definitely going to try it!

  20. Mollie

    Looks delish and is going on my list of things to make soon! Thanks for sharing this on Throwback Thursday, and I’ll be pinning this to our board! Be sure to follow! 🙂 Happy Holidays!

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  22. Theresa @DearCreatives

    Hi Ashley, This looks so yummy & love how easy it is. Pinned & shared. Thanks for joining the Inspiration Spotlight party. Happy New Year!

  23. Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life

    I make something similar…now I will have to try your version! It looks delicious and I love one pot meals…hate cleanup! 🙂 We will be back with #FoodieFriDIY this Thursday after our holiday break…I hope you will be joining us! In the meantime, I am sending some foodie love your way for your delicious recipe! Happy New Year, Ashley!

  24. Mel

    This was a hit at our house last night! It was easy to make and the hubby and picky toddler gobbled it up! I did notice that the pasta was a little dry and stuck to the bottom of the pan. I’ll add maybe half a cup more of chicken broth next time.

    • Ashley

      Hi, Mel! I am so glad to hear this was a hit. One pot meals are my favorite. Feel free to add more broth next time. It should taste just as good. 🙂

  25. Christina

    Made this tonight for dinner, huge success! No leftovers!

    • Ashley

      Hi, Christina! I’m so glad you loved it 🙂

  26. Dominek

    Just finished making this dish and it was quick, easy, and so darn tasty. New fav!!

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