Cajun Chicken Pasta

In my younger days, I thought I'd like to visit New Orleans during Mardi Gras.  Now that I'm firmly in my adult years, I think that while I'd still like to visit, my goals would be centered much more around food than partying.

Last year we got in the spirit with some beignets. This year I couldn't decide between a flavorful main dish or a decadent breakfast recipe, so I'll be sharing one today and one on Fat Tuesday.  But the indecision didn't stop there.  Taste of Home had two wonderful Cajun inspired chicken pasta dishes. I printed them both out, and decided to take bits and pieces from each.

It was too cold to grill, so I sauteed the chicken in a skillet. I used onions, peppers, mushrooms and garlic. I omitted the canned tomatoes from one recipe in favor of fresh from the other. I used angel hair instead of penne, it's just my personal preference.  To keep it on the lighter side, I used half and half instead of heavy cream.

I absolutely loved the finished dish. So full of flavors and textures, with the fresh tomatoes and basil to top it off. It was good now during the colder weather, and will be just as awesome in the warmer months. You could skip the pasta and eat it as a wrap as well.

Thanks to Heather for hosting and to all the #FestiveFoodies for sharing their #MardiGras recipes!  You can see what they made by clicking the links down below.


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Cajun Chicken Pasta
Ingredients
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut in strips
1 1/2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning, divided
8oz Angel hair pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, diced
1 small yellow pepper, diced
1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups half and half
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
Chopped tomatoes, fresh basil

Directions
Toss chicken with 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning.  Let stand 15 minutes.  Cook pasta according to package directions, drain well.

Heat 2 teaspoons oil in  skillet over medium high heat.  Saute chicken until no longer pink, about 5 to 6 minutes.  Remove from pan.  Add remaining teaspoon of oil to skillet, cook onion, peppers, and mushrooms until crisp tender.

Add garlic and remaining 1/2 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning, cook for 1 minute longer, being careful not to burn the garlic. Stir in half and half, basil, salt and pepper.  Cook until slightly thickened, about 4 to 6 minutes.  Stir in pasta and chicken, heat through.  Top with tomatoes and fresh basil.

Adapted from Taste of Home: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/cajun-chicken-pasta/ and https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/makeover-cajun-chicken-pasta/

    Check out these other delicious Mardi Gras recipes:  

    Cajun Chicken Pasta from Jolene's Recipe Journal
     Chicken and Sausage Gumbo from The Spiffy Cookie
     Fastelaynsboller from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
     King Bundt Cake from The Redhead Baker
     King's Cake Cinnamon Rolls from Kate's Recipe Box
     Mardi Gras Monkey Bread from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
     Muffaletta Salad from A Day in the Life on a Farm
     Oven-Baked Mardi Gras Muffaletta Empanadas from Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
     Shrimp and Grits from Cindy's Recipes and Writings
     Shrimp Creole from Caroline's Cooking
     Shrimp Dirty Rice from Palatable Pastime
     Shrimp Etouffee from House of Nash Eats


    Comments

    1. This is a perfect pasta dish, during Mardi Gras or anytime of the year. YUM

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      1. Super fast and so easy to modify with what's in the veggie bin too!

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    2. The first time I went I visited a childhood friend who had moved there during Mardi Gras but we were under 16 so her family took us mostly to the day-time more family friendly parades. I hadn't been back again until last year and it was definitely a more food centric trip!

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    3. This looks great, and is the sort of meal that would be perfect for any night. And agree, food is top of my list if I manage to visit New Orleans!

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      1. It's on top of my list for most places I go now :) I'm headed to Alaska this summer and we made sure to plan in all the foods we wanted to try.

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    4. I'm with you, Jolene. I'd do NOLA Mardi Gras for the food! Maybe party a little bit. lol I'm curious how different authentic cajun is from what I've experienced in the Northeast.

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    5. That looks so flavorful! I would happily sit down to a nice helping for dinner. Thanks for partying with us, Jolene!

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