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 a cajun chicken pasta penne recipe made in one pot.
Make your dinner extra special with this creamy one pot cajun chicken pasta 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. While the pasta is cooking, make a special dessert like these Blueberry Crumble Bars which require only 10 minutes of prep work!
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 Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta includes everything that you love about cajun chicken pasta in one dish. Yes, even the penne 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.
How do you make Cajun Chicken Pasta?
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.
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.
Other Creamy Chicken Pasta Recipes:
- One Pot Lemon Chicken Pasta with Baby Kale
- One Pan Buffalo Chicken Pasta
- Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta with Chicken
- Chicken Carbonara Penne Pasta
- One Pot Creamy Jalapeno Popper Chicken Pasta
Try this cajun chicken pasta recipe and let us know what you think by leaving a review below. Or try one of our other favorite creamy one pot pasta dinners. You won’t be disappointed!
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.
Nutrition InformationCalories: 371.6, Fat: 15.6g, Cholesterol: 77.9mg, Sodium: 661.7mg, Potassium: 288.3mg, Carbohydrates: 26g, Fiber: 1.7g, Sugar: 1.7g, Protein: 30.2g
*Nutritional information is an estimate. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist for the most accurate nutritional info.
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