One Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta is made in only one pot with fresh peppers, chicken, Parmesan cheese and more! It doesn’t get any easier than an easy pasta dinner recipe made in one pot in less than 45 minutes.
Make your dinner extra special with this creamy one pot recipe. Who can resist fresh ingredients, creamy cheesy goodness and perfectly cooked cajun chicken pasta made in one pot? The entire meal cooks in one pot in 35 minutes. And yes, everything cooks in one pan, including the pasta. 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 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.
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 cajun chicken pasta penne.
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 cajun chicken pasta penne.
Other easy pasta dinners
Go ahead, enjoy this meal any night of the week. It’s one of our favorite creamy one pot pasta dinners. 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!
One Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta
- 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
- freshly chopped parsley, for garnish
- Season chicken with one teaspoon Cajun seasoning; set aside.
- 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.
Can you add broccoli in addition to or instead of onions?
Yes, you can, although I haven’t tested it with broccoli so you might need to adjust the cook time slightly.
Sounds delicious. Excited to try it could this be done in the slow cooker?
Hi, Charlotte. I haven’t tried making this in the slow cooker, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. If you try it, let us know how it turns out.
can heavy cream be added when adding the cheese mix?
Yes, you can add heavy cream. However, the pasta is pretty creamy without it because it has cream cheese. Let us know what you think. Enjoy!