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!
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
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
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
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.