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

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 cajun chicken pasta made in one pot?

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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. Freshly sliced peppers add a delicious serving of vegetables. The cajun seasoning is the highlight of this recipe. A simple seasoning mix adds so much fresh flavor.

What’s in Cajun Seasoning?

You can purchase cajun seasoning at your local grocery store or you can make homemade cajun seasoning. To make homemade cajun seasoning combine the following ingredients.

Cajun Seasoning Recipe

  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon red chili flakes.

Is Cajun Seasoning hot?

Cayenne pepper is what makes cajun seasoning hot. The cajun seasoning recipe above includes only a 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper so it’s not too hot. However, you can add more cayenne pepper for a hotter seasoning. When added to this cajun chicken pasta, the spiciness of the cayenne pepper is balanced with the creaminess of the cheese.

Is Creole the same as Cajun Seasoning?

Cajun seasoning and creole seasoning are very similar but different. Creole seasoning often includes more paprika so it is not as spicy as cajun seasoning. Cajun seasoning includes more cayenne pepper to give it more heat and spiciness. I only recommend using cajun seasoning for this recipe. You can use store-bought cajun seasoning or homemade seasoning.

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.

How do you make Cajun Chicken Pasta?

I started with the exact same base recipe that I use for most of my one pot pasta dinners 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. This cajun chicken pasta cooks in one pot so it’s easier than other pastas that cook in multiple pots.

How do you make creamy Cajun sauce?

For creamy cajun sauce, you can use a few different ingredients. This recipe uses cream cheese, chicken broth and parmesan cheese to make creamy Cajun sauce. However, some recipes use heavy cream, half and half or milk for the sauce. I prefer this recipe since everything cooks in one pot and results in a creamy chicken pasta.

What kind of pasta do you use for Cajun Chicken Pasta?

For almost all of my one pot chicken pasta dinners, I use penne pasta. Penne pasta cooks easily and evenly for one pot meals and I love the texture and taste of it. I use penne pasta in this cajun chicken pasta. Combined with the other ingredients creates a rich and creamy pasta dinner.

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.

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One Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta

Yield: about 5 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

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.

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

Directions:

  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.

*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.

Source: Spoonful of Flavor

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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.