Earlier this week, I threw together another old favorite, Cajun Chicken Pasta. The reason I love this recipe is because it’s so simple, so flexible, and so fast. I use whole wheat penne, buy whatever peppers are on sale, experiment with different mushrooms and rotate between chicken, sausage and shrimp (sometimes, all three!) I think the most important things to know about this recipe are that (a) it’s fattening – the sauce is half and half, and (b) the sauce won’t get real thick, in fact, it’s basically a creamy liquid. Nothing that some warm, crusty garlic bread can’t take care of.
Without further ado:
Cajun Chicken Pasta
8 oz. penne pasta
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into thin strips
(and/or 1/2 lb. shrimp, a coupla cajun sausages)
3 tsp. Cajun seasoning
few drizzles of olive oil
1 green bell pepper, cut into thin slices
1 red bell pepper, cut into thin slices
6 fresh mushrooms, sliced
1-1.5 C half and half
1/4 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
pinch of garlic powder
1/4 tsp. cayenne
grated parmesan cheese
1. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add penne, cook until al dente; drain.
2. Drizzle olive oil in large skillet; add chicken and Cajun seasoning. Cook over med/high heat until no longer pink and juices are clear. Add peppers and mushrooms; cook 2-3 minutes. Reduce heat and stir in half and half. Season the sauce with basil, lemon juice, salt/pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne.
3. Add pasta to skillet. Toss well and let sit over low heat for several minutes. Sprinke with parmesan cheese and serve with garlic bread.
(serves 2 with plenty of leftovers, probably 4 with no leftovers)
If anyone wants to experiment with this baby and attempt a thicker, healthier sauce, I’d love to hear about it!!
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