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Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta
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  • Cusine



1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts

2 Tbsp olive oil

6 tsp cajun seasoning

12 oz dry linguine or fettuccine pasta

2 Tbsp butter

1 clove garlic

3 Tbsp flour

1 1/2 cups milk

1/2 cup heavy cream or half and half

1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese

1 medium red bell pepper

1 medium yellow bell pepper

1/2 large red onion

2 cups sliced button mushrooms

Fresh parsley


Heat a grill over medium-high heat. Brush chicken with 1 Tbsp of the olive oil and sprinkle with 2 tsp of the cajun seasoning . Grill chicken until cooked through, about 8 - 10 minutes, rotating once halfway through grilling until chicken registers 165 degrees on in instant read thermometer in center of chicken. Transfer to a plate, cover with foil and let rest 5 minutes then cut into strips. Boil pasta in salted water according to directions listed on package. Reserve 1/3 cup pasta water before draining. In a medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Stir in garlic and flour and cook 1 minute, whisking constantly. While whisking slowly pour in milk and whisk vigorously to smooth lumps. Stir in 1 - 3 tsp cajun seasoning, to taste . Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly, then reduce heat to low, stir in parmesan and cream and cook until cheese has melted. Remove from heat and set aside. Heat remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add red and yellow peppers and red onion and saute 2 minutes. Add 1 tsp cajun seasoning and mushrooms and saute 2 minutes longer. Toss drained pasta with sauce mixture, adding reserved pasta water 1 tbsp at at time to thin sauce as desired. Toss in pepper mixture and chicken. Serve warm sprinkled with parsley and additional cajun seasoning to taste.