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!
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.