I haven't made pasta in a pot for a while! But this weekend I want to eat a creamy, smoky, spicy, simple one-pot dish, so I started to do business! This creamy one-pot Cajun Chicken Pasta is very easy to make and perfect for weekend dinners.
Below I have prepared some variants for you (spicy, non-spicy, creamy, non-creamy), so be sure to read on! 🙂 Check out my one-pot recipe file to learn more about the benefits of one-pot! Creamy one-pot Cajun chicken pasta, ready to be out of the pan. Customization In the past, there were several ways to customize this pasta in a super simple and delicious pot. Check out these alternative, additional or missing ideas: Adjusting the heat. This pasta is spicy. But you can adjust the firepower by adjusting the amount of chili in the cajun seasoning. You can cut it in half to heat it up a bit, or if you can't stand the spiciness at all, leave the chili completely.
This makes me a little sad, but I fully understand. Sometimes your body and your brain don't want the same things. 🙂 Make it creamy (or not creamy) If you can't make cream cheese, feel free to replace it with a little heavy cream or half cream. I might use about 1/4 cup of heavy cream or 1/2 cup and a half. Or, if you don’t want the creamy taste at all, it’s fine too. Even before adding cream cheese, this pasta is very delicious, but the creamy flavor balances the heat and acidity well. Make it "extra" If you want this pasta to be super delicious, try adding some cooked bacon or sprinkle a little parmesan cheese at the end. That little extra umami will really make this Cajun Chicken Pasta to the next level! Or, instead of or in addition, you can add shrimp.
How to use Mix the ingredients of Cajun seasoning in a small bowl. Cut the chicken into 1/2 to 3/4 inch cubes. Put the diced chicken in a bowl, pour the cajun seasoning on top, stir well, and let the chicken be coated with spice. Add olive oil and butter to a large, deep pan. Heat the oil and butter over medium-high heat until the frying pan is very hot and the butter melts and bubbles. Add the seasoned chicken to the frying pan and fry for a few minutes on each side, or until there is some color on the outside.
There is no need to cook the chicken at this time. Add the chopped yellow onions to the frying pan and continue to fry for about 2 minutes, or until the onions start to soften. Let the water in the onion dissolve the brown part at the bottom of the pan. Next, add the pasta, roasted diced tomatoes (with juice) and chicken broth to the frying pan. Stir well, then close the lid and bring the broth to a boil. After boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low and let the pasta cook for about ten minutes, stirring every two minutes, until the pasta becomes soft and liquid, thick and spicy. Divide the cream cheese into the frying pan and stir until it melts into a sauce. Sprinkle the pasta with green onions and serve.