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Cajun Chicken Pasta Skillet

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A quick and delicious one-skillet meal with cajun-seasoned chicken, tender pasta, and a creamy finger-lickin’ good sauce! On the table in less than 30 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1-2 teaspoons cajun seasoning, (see below for recipe)
  • 12 ounces farfalle or bow tie pasta noodles, cooked according to package’s instructions
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup diced white onion
  • fresh parsley
  • Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup whole milk, heavy cream, or half and half (I used fat free half and half)
  • 2-3 teaspoons teaspoons cajun seasoning
  • 1/3 cup diced tomatoes
  • Cajun Seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients for the cajun seasoning (may sub store-bought seasoning if desired). Sprinkle 1-2 teaspoons of seasoning over chopped chicken pieces. 
  • Spray a large pan or non stick skillet with cooking spray and cook chicken over medium heat 5-8 minutes, stirring throughout until cooked through. Place chicken in a bowl and set aside.
  • In the same pan, melt butter and sauté peppers and onions 2-3 minutes. Stir in flour until mixture clumps together or comes together in a “ball”. Slowly whisk in milk. Stir in diced tomatoes. 
  • When mixture is smooth and creamy, stir in 2 teaspoons of cajun seasoning (or more if you like it a little spicier). Add pasta and chicken and stir to coat. Continue to stir until chicken is heated through. Serve warm and garnish with fresh parsley. 
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