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Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

Look no further than this family friendly 25 minute Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta for a quick and easy weeknight meal! Easily customizable sub in Shrimp and any of other veggies you prefer!

I love 30 minute meals. They make life after a busy day that much easier. Here is another one of my favorties. Try this Easy Pesto Risotto.

If you stick around here long enough, you’ll find out that I have an immense love for cajun flavors. What more can you ask of a Southern Girl? This is not a super spicy dish, but it also does not lack in flavor. I am all for a meal that can be ready in less than 30 minutes. My full-time job requires a lot of brainpower during the day, so usually the easier the better for me!

Ingredients

  • Chicken Tenders – refer to this video for an easy hack to remove the tendon without wasting meat!
  • Andouille Sausage
  • Fettuccini
  • Cajun Seasoning
  • Butter
  • Yellow Onion
  • Minced Garlic
  • Fresh Basil
  • Fresh Baby Spinach
  • Heavy Cream
  • Chicken Stock
  • Sun Dried Tomatoes – I buy pre-cut Julienne Cut Sun Dried Tomatoes in a bag not stored in oil from my local grocery store produce department
  • Kosher Salt and Fresh Cracked Pepper
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Shaved Parmesan
  • Shredded Mozzarella

How to make Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

  • Cook Fettuccini according to package directions
  • If using chicken tenders, remove the tendons from the meat
  • Cube the chicken and slice the sausage
  • Add butter and cook chicken and sausage until cooked through
  • Brown the onion and garlic, add cajun seasoning
  • Add basil and cook for about 1 minute
  • Add heavy cream and chicken stock, cook until sauce thickens slightly – 2-3 minutes
  • Next, add sun dried tomatoes, salt, pepper, and cayenne – stir until combined
  • Add cheese and stir until melted
  • Toss with pasta and enjoy!

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta Recipe Alternatives

  • Exchange Heavy Cream for Whole Milk – I typically have heavy cream on hand and really think it adds to the creaminess of the recipe. The fuller fat the milk, the creamier it will be.
  • Exchange Fettuccini noodles for a Penne or Ziti Noodle – I usually use what I have on hand. They swap out 1:1.
  • Andouille Sausage typically has a nice kick of heat behind it. If you are looking to swap it out for something with less heat, consider subbing it out for a Chicken Sausage. My grocery store has a Cajun Chicken Sausage that carries very little heat but a nice flavor.
  • If you aren’t a big sausage fan, you can leave it out all together. Consider adding shrimp or even more chicken depending on your cravings that day!
  • Feel free to add more fresh spinach, since… you know… it cooks down to be just about nothing 😉

Tips for Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

Freshly shredded or shaved cheese. This is always essential to a recipe where you are melting cheese. Many pre-shredded cheeses have additives to help preserve their freshness. These additives usually prevent the cheese from melting properly. It is also important to add your cheese in batches and then mixing until melted.

Whatever you do, make sure when you add both the cream/milk and cheese that you are not adding it to the pot while it is at a rolling boil. It is best added at a Medium to Medium Low temperature. This will provide a nice boiling point without allowing it to seize.

Can I make this recipe in advance?

My personal advice is yes and no. If you want to retain the creamy quality of this Creamy Chicken Cajun Pasta recipe, I would not make it in advance. Pasta has a tendency to absorb a lot of the sauce. If you don’t mind the pasta soaking up the sauce, then feel free to make it a head of time. It really comes down to your personal preference.

I made this for some friends a little while ago and even an 18 month old couldn’t get enough. So, it’s kid approved, which is a pretty incredible thing! It is a quick and easy dinner idea that will hit all the right notes especially after a long day. It is one of my husband’s favorite meals and if I were to guess, we make it at least once a month.

Do you love easy flavor packed Cajun Inspired Recipes?! Then you’ll also love this Chili Mac and Cheese!

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta on a white plate with a twirl of pasta on a fork

Cajun Chicken Alfredo

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Chicken Tenders, sliced or diced
  • 1/2 pound Andouille Sausage, sliced
  • 8 ounces Fettuccini
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun Seasoning
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 4 fresh large basil leaves, chopped
  • 5 ounces fresh spinach
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup Sun Dried Tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1/8 cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella
  • Parsley, for decoration

Instructions

  1. Boil a pot of well salted water and cook Fettuccini according to package directions
  2. Salt and pepper chicken tenders
  3. Add butter to deep sided skillet and melt
  4. Then, add chicken and sausage to heated skillet until cooked through
  5. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onions soften
  6. Sprinkle the cajun seasoning over skillet ingredients
  7. Toss chopped basil into skillet and cook for approximately 1 minute
  8. Pour heavy cream and chicken stock into skillet and and heat until sauce thickens
  9. Add sun dried tomatoes, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper - stir until combined
  10. Next, add cheese and stir until melted
  11. Toss pasta through skillet and serve immediately
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 617Total Fat: 44gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 1552mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 25g

The nutritional values above are auto calculated by a nutrition program and can vary based on brands of ingredients used.

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18 Comments

  • Sara Welch
    July 13, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    I LOVE Cajun flavors! Adding this to my dinner line up for the week; looks too good to pass up!

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  • Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert
    July 13, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    This Cajun Chicken Pasta looks absolutely delicious! Yummy!

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  • Cathy
    July 14, 2020 at 12:00 am

    This is PACKED with amazing flavor!!

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  • katerina @ diethood.com
    July 14, 2020 at 10:51 am

    Such an incredibly delicious meal!! Can’t wait to try it!

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  • Beti | easyweeknightrecipes
    July 14, 2020 at 10:52 am

    YUM!! This looks SO delicious!! My family would love it! 🙂

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  • Jacque Hastert
    July 14, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    Love a quick and easy weeknight meal like this one! It looks perfect for dinner tonight since I have everything already on hand.

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  • Amy Liu Dong
    September 12, 2020 at 12:41 am

    Love this delicious and easy pasta meal to make for my family, this recipe saves my day, thank you!

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  • Kari Alana
    September 12, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    This has so many flavours I love together so I am going to make this for the weekend.

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  • Lori | The Kitchen Whisperer
    September 13, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    Oh I’m loving how creamy this is and the fact that it only takes 25 minutes! This is perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal! Thank you for sharing!

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  • Jo
    September 13, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    I absolutely love cajin everything1 This pasta looks absolutely delicious and the flavors are spot on.

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  • Marisa F. Stewart
    September 13, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    I know what I’m making the family this week — the cajun chicken pasta. I love the flavors that you have going on here – a fusion of the Southern Louisiana and Italian. You can’t go wrong with that. Plus add the pasta to the mix and I’m in heaven.

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  • Nicole Washington
    September 13, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    You had me at creamy! I love pasta dishes like this.

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  • Tara
    September 13, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    I love creamy pastas, but the cajun flavors in this dish really brought the pasta to a new level for me. My family and I gobbled it right up-my son already has requested this meal again!

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  • Nicole | Culinary Cool
    September 14, 2020 at 12:05 am

    Girl, I wish I would have found this recipe BEFORE I made supper tonight, haha! Wow, look at these incredible flavours! I’m pretty sure my 14-month old would gobble this up, too. It’s hard to find a good Andouille up north, would you suggest maybe a mild Italian instead?

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    • Kerri
      September 14, 2020 at 8:46 am

      Hi Nicole! Yes! You could absolutely use a mild Italian. You could also omit the sausage all together, if desired! 🙂

      Reply
  • Sam
    September 14, 2020 at 1:42 am

    Yumm this pasta looks delicious! I love cajun in everything so this is right up my alley. I also love how quick and easy it is to make. Can’t wait to try it soon.

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  • Jamie
    September 14, 2020 at 3:18 am

    This cajun pasta was perfect for dinner! We followed the directions exactly as written and it came out delicious! We really loved the sauce. Thank you!

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  • Chef+Dennis
    October 21, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    You had me at pasta! The flavors of your cajun chicken pasta were outstanding, everyone in my family loved this dish!

    Reply

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