Cajun Chicken Pasta (Secret Recipe Club)

Cajun Chicken Pasta

This Cajun chicken pasta takes me back to the 90’s. I feel like there used to be some variation of it on the menu of every casual dining restaurant, but I haven’t had anything like it in years!

The inspiration for this recipe comes from Amy at Fearless Homemaker, who I was paired up with for this month’s Secret Recipe Club.  Her photos of this dish looked so amazing that I simply had to make it right away!

Cajun Chicken Pasta

I did end up making some changes though. The original recipe is meant to be cooked in a crock pot. I was planning to do that as well, but then I noticed it only cooks for 4 hours. Since I had been planning to let it cook all day while I was at work, that wasn’t really going to work for me. I cooked mine on the stovetop instead, letting it simmer for about a half hour so all of the flavors could mingle. The original recipe also had a creamier sauce with plain yogurt mixed in. Since my sauce was so hot from the stove, I knew my yogurt would break and curdle so I left it out (actually, I tried tempering it but, as expected, it did in fact seize up on me). With less dairy to balance things out the sauce was pretty spicy, but we liked it a lot. If you’re not a big fan of heat,  omit the cayenne pepper and one of the jalapenos.

Cajun Chicken Pasta

Cajun Chicken Pasta

Cajun Chicken Pasta

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 red bell peppers, sliced
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, sliced
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 14 oz can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 pound whole wheat pasta, cooked

Instructions

  1. Place chicken in a large bowl. Add seasonings and toss to coat.
  2. Heat oil in a dutch oven or other large pot set over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the chicken. Cook until golden brown, about 1-2 minutes per side. Add the onion and garlic and cook until just softened, about 5 minutes. Add the peppers and cook another 5 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes and chicken broth. Bring to a simmer; reduce heat to medium and cook 30 minutes.
  4. Whisk together the milk and cornstarch. Stir into the sauce and simmer 10 minutes.
  5. Serve sauce over pasta.

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By on July 29th, 2013

About Lauren

Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook.

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9 thoughts on “Cajun Chicken Pasta (Secret Recipe Club)”

  1. What a BRILLIANT recipe Lauren and with my favourite seasonings, Cajun! Karen

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  2. This looks amazing! It looks like a dish that would quickly become a family favorite! Great pick this month 🙂

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  3. I heard that if you add a little bit of cornstarch to yogurt it won’t break, even if you use non-fat. I haven’t tested that yet, but I do have a chicken curry recipe from Fine Cooking that uses this method

    at any rate, your recipe seems perfect, I love spicy food when it’s hot outside!

    Enjoy your Monday Reveal Day!

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  4. Yumm – looks like that pasta and chicken dish packs a lot of flavor! Great pick!!

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  5. looks amazing! I’ve had that issue with yogurt in sauces- sometimes things happen because they were meant to be. This looks great. I had the most gorgeous jalepenos in my CSA last week too. but I stuffed them cheese and it was a wrap after that LOL.

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  6. I like your twists on this dish to make it a stovetop meal instead of a crockpot meal. It is pretty spicy, but I love that about it. =) Your pics look fab! Amy @ Fearless Homemaker

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