Cajun Chicken Pasta 2 Ways
My Cajun Chicken Past is so incredibly easy to make, and the flavor factor will rock your world. You have tender al-dente pasta, smothered in a creamy cajun spiced dressing, with tender bits of chicken throughout.
Take a walk on the Cajun side, and enjoy this mouthwatering dish, that is so easy to make.
There is something magical about Old Bay Seasoning, this Cajun spice works wonderfully with chicken and pasta. It has a piece of my heart and soul, that is for sure.
I love any type of Cajun-flavored dish, like Jambalaya. I was craving a good pasta dish, so I rummaged through my pantry and of course, I had all the ingredients on hand for my easy Cajun chicken pasta.
The kids and I both gobbled it up, and there was just enough leftover for lunch the next day. this dish reheats beautifully if you are lucky enough to have leftovers on hand.
Instant Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta
Now, my go-to cooking method is, of course, my Instant Pot, but I started out making this pasta dish on the stove top years ago.
So, I wanted to make sure to include both methods for you below, so that if you are not a fan of the Instant Pot or don’t own one, you still have the option to make this outstanding chicken pasta recipe.
The Heat Factor of This Cajun Chicken Pasta
If you want the flavor of Cajun without the pack of heat, go light on the Old Bay Seasoning. Cook it up, taste, and then if you want some more heat, sprinkle in a little more. Mix well and taste test, and then adjust the seasoning to your liking. If you over-due it with the seasoning and it is too hot, you can’t take it away like going light and then building in more flavor as you go.
How Do You Make A Creamy Cajun Sauce
I call my sauce the total comfort Cajun sauce. With butter, heavy cream, cream cheese, and even some parmesan cheese. This will be one rich and outstanding sauce, and then you get those Cajun-infused spices in there, and you have a magical sauce that will taste good topped on anything!
What is the Difference Between Cajun And Creole
Depending on where you live will depend on the spices that are available to you. Now you can always shop online, but in a pinch, you can use Creole in replace of Cajun Old Bay. The biggest difference between the two is that Creole is a little less spicy. While Cajun seasoning packs a bit more of a punch. Flavor-wise, they are very close in flavoring.
I used bow-tie pasta in this recipe, but you are always welcome to switch up the type of pasta you have on hand. Maybe you have spaghetti noodles or even elbow, just adjust the cook time in the Instant Pot, or follow directions if cooking on the stove.
Give my recipe a try, and let me know what you think. This is a classic recipe I have made for a long time, and I think if you are a fan of pasta, Cajun, and chicken, then it will be an oustanding family favorite in no-time.
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- salt and pepper to taste
- 4 chicken breasts or about 2 pounds
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1/4 c Old Bay half for less spicey
- 1 pound bowtie pasta
- 1 stick of butter
- 1 8 oz bar of cream cheese
- 2 c heavy cream
- 6 oz grated parmesan cheese
- 4 leaves fresh basil chopped
- 1/4 c fresh Parsley chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic minced
- 2 roma tomatos optional
- SEE NOTES FOR STOVETOP
Turn the instant pot on saute add the full stick of butter
Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces and set aside till the pot is hot
- When the pot is hot add chicken garlic and all herbs and spices
- saute until done
- When done add in the pasta and chicken broth, making sure the pasta is covered with the liquid
- Add on your lid and lock
- Cook on Manual, High Pressure for 6 minutes.
- QR when complete
- If there is a lot of liquid left in the pot, drain, and reserve (a little is ok)
- Stir in heavy cream, parmesan, and cream cheese until melted completely
- If it is a little thick add, little by little some of the reserved mixture
- Serve hot with garlic knots
Garnish with extra parsley or roma tomatoes (optional)
Saute chicken, garlic herbs and spices in the butter in a hot pan or wok.
Cook pasta according to package directions
When chicken is done cooking add in cheeses and heavy cream stirring constantly till melted
Add in pasta and stir well