One-Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

Give this pasta a try if you’re looking for something new. While spaghetti is a classic go-to dinner to make when you’re short on time, this Cajun pasta gives it a run for its money!

It is packed with flavor but not too much, so if there are people in your household that don’t do well with spice then this dish will satisfy everyone. There is just enough Cajun seasoning to taste, but the creamy sauce mellows out the kick of the seasoning.

While Cajun pasta can be known as an unhealthy, comforting meal, this is a healthier version. The typical Cajun pasta is made with heavy cream, but our version is made with cream cheese to reduce the fat content. The sauce is super creamy and flavorful, and it is also super easy to make.

Give this dish a try and let us know in the comments if you liked it.

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Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 4-6 tsp. Cajun seasoning
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 lb. penne pasta or favorite pasta of choice
  • 15 oz. fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 oz. cream cheese (optional)
  • 3 green onions, sliced

One-Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

Instructions
1. Place the cubed chicken in a bowl, pour the Cajun seasoning over top and stir to coat the chicken in spices.
2. Add the olive oil and butter to a large deep skillet. Heat the oil and butter over medium-high heat until the skillet is very hot and the butter is melted and foamy. Add the seasoned chicken to the skillet and cook for a couple minutes on each side or just until the outside gets some color. The chicken does not need to be cooked through at this point.
3. Add the diced yellow onion to the skillet and continue to saute for about 2 minutes more or just until the onion begins to soften. Allow the moisture from the onion to dissolve any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet.
4. Next, add the pasta, fire-roasted tomatoes (with the juice) and chicken broth to the skillet. Stir just until everything is evenly combined then place a lid on top and allow the broth to come to a boil.
5. Once boiling, turn the heat down to medium-low and let the pasta simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring every couple minutes until pasta is tender and the liquid is thick and saucy.
6. Add the cream cheese, if desired, to the skillet in chunks then stir until it has melted into the sauce. Top the pasta with sliced green onions and serve.

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