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Cajun chicken and pasta in one skillet.
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Cajun Chicken and Sausage Pasta

This is a quick dinner, ready in less than 30 minutes and loaded with big flavor thanks to the Cajun seasoning. We serve this with a large green salad on the side.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Cajun
Keyword easy chicken recipes, easy pasta recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 627kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces fettuccine pasta
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning divided
  • 8 ounces andouille sausage
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 ¼ cups heavy cream
  • ¾ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced parsley

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta to al dente. Drain, reserving ½ cup of pasta water.
  • While the water is coming to a boil and the pasta is cooking, chop the chicken into bite sized pieces.
  • Heat a large heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat. Add the oil and butter and cook until butter has melted.
  • Season the chicken with half of the Cajun seasoning.
  • Add the chicken to the skillet and cook, stirring often, until cooked through, about 6-7 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  • Add the sausage to the skillet along with the peppers. Sprinkle the remaining Cajun seasoning over the top and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often, until the sausage has browned and the peppers have softened. Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds more. Remove from the pan and set aside with the chicken.
  • Add the cream to the pan and bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat. Add the Parmesan cheese and stir until the cheese has melted.
  • Return the chicken, sausage, and pepper to the pan along with the cooked pasta. Stir well to coat.
  • To thin the sauce, add reserved pasta water, a couple tablespoons at a time, until the sauce reaches your desired consistency.
  • Sprinkle with parsley before serving.

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Notes

We prefer chicken breasts, but thighs may be used instead.
We love Tony Chachere's seasoning blend here, but any Cajun seasoning will work well. Just taste and adjust for salt as needed. Tony's is quite salty, so we don't call for additional salt in the recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 627kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 193mg | Sodium: 672mg | Potassium: 604mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2198IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 208mg | Iron: 2mg