This creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta is a simple and flavorful homemade ready in under 30 minutes. Made with chicken breast, pasta, and plenty of fresh, colorful veggies with Cajun Seasoning is an easy meal!
This Cajun Chicken Pasta recipe is one of my family’s favorite meals all-year ’round.
Easy Chicken Pasta
This pasta dish has a creamy cajun sauce that coats every bite.
Pasta for Cajun Chicken: 8 oz of your favorite medium pasta is perfect in this recipe, I like to make mine using Penne pasta (like Chili’s Cajun Chicken Pasta penne dish). Linguine is another a popular option to make this Cajun Chicken Pasta tasty! You can also substitute whole grain or whole wheat pasta for added nutritional value!
How to Make Cajun Chicken Pasta
My favorite part about this Cajun chicken pasta dish is that it’s easy to make.
- Cook pasta according to package instructions and set aside.
- Season chicken, cook through, and remove to a plate to rest.
- Cook veggies and add sauce ingredients. Cook until the sauce reduces and thickens.
- Add cheese, return chicken to the pan, and add pasta.
To Prep Chicken: I prefer to cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces before cooking so the chicken has a lot of great flavor (as more surface area is covered with seasoning than if you seasoned/cooked the whole breast).
You could alternatively season and cook the chicken breasts whole, keep them removed from the pan after cooking, and then mix all of the other ingredients together and serve the chicken over your cooked pasta.
What should I serve with Cajun Chicken Pasta?
We often eat this creamy Cajun Chicken recipe without anything on the side, it’s a great stand alone meal. However, this time of year we also enjoy it with lighter side dishes including Caesar Salad, Corn on the Cob, or Corn Salad.
Jalapeno Cornbread will also make for a good, heartier, side! And will help scoop up any Cajun chicken sauce left in your bowl too!
Can I make Cajun Chicken Pasta in Advance?
If you don’t wish to serve this dish right away, you can make it in advance to serve later, and in fact the flavors will develop even more as it sits!
Keep in mind that the pasta will absorb a lot of the sauce, so your dish will be less creamy if you make it in advance and store all the ingredients together.
Another alternative would be to prepare everything except for the pasta, and then to cook the pasta fresh when you are ready to serve and add it to your other ingredients after re-heating them.
Keep your Cajun Chicken Pasta refrigerated in an airtight container until ready to enjoy.
More Chicken Pasta:
- Cordon Bleu Casserole! (No cream of anything soup in this!)
- One Pot Pasta with Chicken
- Homemade Chicken Spaghetti
- Chicken Lasagna
- Sun Dried Tomato Pasta with Chicken
What is Cajun Seasoning Made of?
I have the perfect homemade cajun seasoning recipe! It’s a great option to use in this Cajun spice or seasoning contains tasty spices such as garlic powder, onion powder, seasoning salt, oregano, and thyme.
To give it its world famous kick, my Cajun seasoning contains chili flakes, black pepper, and cayenne pepper, and smoky paprika!
Cajun Chicken Pasta
- 8 ounces penne pasta cooked according to package instructions and drained
- 3 tablespoons butter divided
- 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breast cut into 1" pieces
- 4 teaspoons Cajun seasoning divided
- ½ teaspoon salt divided
- ½ teaspoon pepper divided
- ½ yellow onion diced
- 1 red pepper sliced
- 1 green pepper sliced
- 1 ½ cups heavy cream
- ¾ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ⅓ cup fresh parmesan cheese
- Place 2 tablespoons of butter in a large pan over medium-high heat until melted.
- Meanwhile, combine 3 teaspoons Cajun seasoning, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper in a zippered bag. Add chopped chicken, zip closed, and shake until chicken is coated.
- Transfer chicken to heated pan and cook until chicken is browned and just cooked through. Remove to a plate and set aside.
- Add the remaining tablespoon of butter to pan and allow it to melt.
- Add peppers and onion and cook until beginning to soften (about 3-5 minutes).
- Add heavy cream, smoked paprika, basil, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon cajun seasoning, and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, cooking until sauce is thickened.
- Add parmesan cheese and stir until melted. Return cooked chicken and add cooked pasta, stir well and serve.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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delicious I sometimes add smoked sausage and I add a German spice bonakraut(sp)
Hi Holli, this recipe looks delicious ( as are a bunch of your recipes that I’ve made.) As an alternative to skillet, do you think this could be baked in the oven? Or would the pasta be too overcooked?
If so, what temperature, & how much time would you recommend? Thank you.
I haven’t tried this recipe in the oven so I can’t say for sure how it would work out.
Could I add diced or little cherry tomatoes as well?
Sure, that sounds delicious Tim.
I make this all the time and it’s a hit! However I recommend doubling the sauce if you like it extra saucy, as do I. So yummy!!
Love this recipe!
Would you say the nutrition is per serving or for the whole recipe?
The nutrition information is per serving.
At what stage of cooking if you want to add mushrooms do you add them
I would add the mushrooms in step 6. :)
I made this for dinner last night and we both agreed it was delicious! My husband told me to pin this recipe because he wanted it again. Thank you so much!
I never write reviews on anything but this was soooo good. Added mushrooms
I did this but added mushrooms it was a hit love love it
Yum, great addition Emma. So happy you loved it!
Made this Cajun penne pasta tonight and it was awsome…I added a little more cream then recipe called for.
Delicious! So happy you enjoyed it Tammy.
this looks so good!
Absolutely delicious dish enjoyed by all the family – so good planning it on menu again this week. Just a quick question can you suggest any substitute for double cream – really tasty dish but lots of cream
So happy to hear that your family loves the pasta! I have only made the recipe as written, but you could try replacing part of the cream with broth if you prefer. Let us know if you try using some broth Julie!
Really good & easy! Whole family gave thumbs up. I am definitely adding this to my dinner rotation. Thanks!
So glad you loved it Karen!
Lovely recipe enjoyed by the adults and teenagers, thanks very much
So glad everyone loved it Catherine!
I must have missed it but when you add the last teaspoon of Cajun seasoning??
Apologies for the confusion, I’ve updated the recipe. It is added in step 6 with the other seasonings.
You’re killing it Holly, keep them coming!
Thank you Hannah! I’m glad you’re enjoying Spend With Pennies!
I’m making this for dinner for the second time in one week! So delicious! I’ve made a few dishes from your recipes and and am impressed each time! Thank you for your easy to follow directions and photos!
I’m so glad you loved it Leslie, thank you for coming back and letting me know!! :)
I love all your recipes so easy to make and easy on my budget
Thank you Betty! Enjoy! :)