Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

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This Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta couldn’t be any more delicious if it tried! Better still, it makes the perfect quick and easy family dinner.

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 2x 9oz/250g Chicken Breasts
  • 1 tbsp each: Lime Juice, Olive Oil, Cajun Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper

Pasta

  • 10.5oz/300g Penne
  • 1 cup / 250ml Double/Heavy Cream
  • 1 cup / 250ml Chicken Stock
  • 3.5oz / 100g Button Mushrooms, sliced
  • 1.7oz / 50g Parmesan, plus extra to serve
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1 heaped tbsp Fresh Parsley, finely diced, plus extra to serve
  • 1 tbsp Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 heaped tsp Garlic, minced
  • 2 small Peppers, finely diced
  • 1 medium Onion, finely diced
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste
  • Olive Oil, as needed
  • Lime Juice, to serve (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Butterfly your 2 chicken breasts to make 4 even sized breasts. Combine in a zip lock bag with 1 tbsp oil, 1 tbsp lime juice and 1 tbsp cajun seasoning, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper. Marinate for as long as you have time for (up to overnight).
  2. Bring to room temp and fry over medium-high heat until nicely charred on each side and white through the centre. Rest on a chopping board until needed, then slice into thin strips.
  3. Meanwhile, pop 10.5oz/300g pasta in salted boiling water and cook until al dente. Save a cup of starchy pasta water before draining.
  4. Fry 3.5oz/100g mushrooms until soft in leftover oil from the chicken (or more as needed). Add 2 peppers and 1 onion and continue frying until golden. Add 1 heaped tsp garlic and fry for a couple mins longer. Add 1 tbsp Cajun Seasoning, fry for a minute, then melt in 2 tbsp butter.
  5. Pour in 1 cup/250ml chicken stock, bring to a gentle simmer, then pour in 1 cup/250ml cream. Allow to simmer (stirring occasionally) until it begins to thicken. Add 1.7oz/50g parmesan, 1 tbsp parsley and seasoning to taste. Add pasta and chicken, then stir until evenly combined and the sauce thickened (add a splash of starchy pasta water if needed).
  6. Serve with extra parmesan/parsley and a squeeze of lime juice (optional).

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Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

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