One Pot Creamy Cajun Pasta
- 2 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1 1/4 teaspoons oregano
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 1 poblano pepper, diced
- 8 ounces uncooked fettuccine
- 1 (10 ounces) can diced tomatoes
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- medium bowl
- large pot with lid
Wash and dry produce.
Prepare your Cajun seasoning; in a medium bowl mix the smoked paprika, oregano, salt, red chili flakes, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, and black pepper.
Cut the chicken breasts into 1/2 inch cubes. Place the cubed chicken in a bowl with the Cajun seasoning. Stir to coat the chicken.
In a large pot, heat the oil and butter over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook two minutes on each side. (Note that the chicken will continue to cook with the pasta.)
Add the onion and peppers to the pot and sauté until soft, about 3-5 minutes.
Next, add the pasta, can of diced tomatoes and chicken broth to the pot, stir to combine. Allow the chicken broth to come to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to simmer and cover with a lid. Cook for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, add the cream cheese. Stir until the cheese has melted. Serve and enjoy!
Garnish your pasta with fresh basil, or chives.
One pot Cajun chicken pasta is not only easy to make thanks to its convenience and fast cleanup, but it’s also easy to customize. Tailoring the recipe to your tastes is the perfect way to create a new family favorite. Here are a few areas to consider when customizing your one-pot Cajun chicken pasta recipe.
How To Customize Your One Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta
Pasta and creaminess go together like bread and butter. To make the recipe more creamy, try adding some extra cream cheese, which is rich in taste, and adds more decadence to the dish overall. Similar to cream cheese, adding some heavy cream also helps balance the heat in the recipe.
Throw In Some Cheese
Adding cheese to your meal serves a few purposes. First, it helps to thicken up the dish and boosts the flavor as well. It also works to balance out the spicy kick of the Cajun seasoning and pepper flakes.
Allergy And Diet Friendly Variations
Some of the ingredients such as chicken, chicken stock, pasta, butter, and cream cheese found in the one-pot Cajun chicken recipe are not suitable for all diets. However, there are substitutes readily available.
Omit the chicken in the recipe and replace the chicken stock with vegetable stock. Substitute the dairy butter with a vegan butter. Cream cheese can be replaced with Daiya or GOVeggie cream cheese.
Anyone on a gluten-restricted diet can replace the pasta with gluten-free varieties!
What To Serve With One Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta
Since this is a one pot meal, you want to keep any sides simple and easy; garlic bread or a simple salad with olive oil, salt, and pepper work well to compliment this recipe!
The one-pot Cajun chicken recipe is a convenient meal to make after a long day of work. Feel free to mix up the ingredients for a bit of variety in your weekly meal routine.