The Ashley Maria Blog: Cajun Chicken Pasta
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Cajun Chicken Pasta

Do you ever just get a craving for pasta? I used to eat a lot of pasta growing up and I mean a lot! Every Wednesday and Sunday in my house my grandmother and mother made some sort of pasta dish for the family. Now living on my own, I hardly make pasta. Maybe I was just over loaded from my childhood?? Don't get me wrong once in a while I decide to whip up a ziti, or stuffed shells and some homemade gravy (sauce for you americano's haha)  or go totally off the Italian train and make something like below.
Today's recipe comes from a version I found on Pinterest

Ingredients:

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into pieces
Cajun seasoning (see below for recipe) or store bought
12 ounces farfalle or bow tie pasta noodles
1 red bell pepper, diced
¼ cup diced white onion

Sauce
4 tablespoons butter
¼ cup flour
1 cup Half & Half
2-3 teaspoons cajun seasoning (see below for recipe) or store bought
⅓ cup diced tomatoes

Cajun Seasoning 
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1½ teaspoon paprika (I actually used smoked to give it an extra taste)
½ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
heaping ½ teaspoon oregano
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

Directions:

Make your pasta according to the package.  While your water is boiling throw your chicken in your skillet to fry and mix together your cajun seasoning. When chicken is almost done add 2-3 teaspoons of seasoning to it.  I cut the chicken into bite size pieces once it was fully cooked. Put to side.
In same skillet melt butter and saute the pepper and onion. Stir in flour and this will make it start to clump.  Slowly whisk in your half & half until creamy. If you want to try and spread out your sauce more, slowly add more half & half as desired.  Add in your diced tomatoes and about 2-3 teaspoons of cajun seasoning. If you want it more spicy add in more seasoning as desired.  Mix in chicken and pasta. You can serve with chopped parsley to accent. Enjoy!


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