Cajun Chicken Pasta

Total Time:
25 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 pound fettuccine
  • About 3 teaspoons Cajun spice mix
  • 3 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 whole green bell pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1 whole red bell pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1/2 large red onion, sliced
  • Salt
  • 4 whole Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cups white wine
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Cayenne pepper, for sprinkling
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe

Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain when the pasta is still al dente; do not overcook!

Sprinkle 1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun spice (or more) over the chicken cubes. Toss around to coat. Heat 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon oil in a heavy skillet over high heat. Add half the chicken in a single layer; do not stir. Allow the chicken to brown on one side, about 1 minute. Flip to the other side and cook an additional minute. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a clean plate. Repeat with the remaining chicken. Remove the chicken, leaving the skillet on high heat. Add the remaining butter and olive oil. When heated, add the garlic, peppers and onions. Sprinkle on the remaining Cajun spice, and add salt if needed. Cook over high heat for 1 minute, stirring gently and trying to get the vegetables as dark/black as possible. Add the tomatoes and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Remove all the vegetables from the skillet.

With the skillet still over high heat, pour in the chicken broth and wine. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, scraping the bottom of the pan to deglaze. Reduce the heat to medium-low and pour in the cream, stirring/whisking constantly. Cook the sauce over medium-low heat for a few minutes, until the cream starts to thicken the mixture. Taste and add freshly ground black pepper, cayenne pepper, and/or salt to taste. The sauce should be spicy!

Finally, add the chicken and vegetables to the sauce, making sure to include all the juices that have drained onto the plate. Stir and cook until the mixture is bubbly and hot, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the drained fettuccine and toss to combine.

Top with chopped fresh parsley and chow down!


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I made this last night. We all thought it was great! I added some smoked sausage to mine. Shrimp would also be a nice addition. We ate the leftovers for dinner tonight. I think it was better the next day! It's a fun and easy dish to shake things up a little bit! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was delicious!!! Everyone in my family loved it and that's saying a lot with the picky eaters I have. I'm not surprised though because everything you make is amazing!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So good! Did not change a thing! Thanks Ree!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I substituted the juice of two large limes for the wine, Campari tomatoes for the romas, an extra red pepper for the green pepper, used much more Cajun seasoning, and thickened the sauce with cornstarch after it wasn't thickening up enough. It was excellent. This would be even better with blackened chicken. Will add twice the amount of peppers and onions (and even add some frozen green peas) next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved it, true comfort food...will definitely make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
easy and very delicious. I will definitely make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A family favourite. I followed the recipe and it turned out great. My sauce didn't thicken, but when I added everything to it it all blended together and tasted amazing (I did add a little bit of flour because I was worried the sauce was too thin but it's not necessary). item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is great! I followed it to a T and it turned out great! Definitely a new favorite. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This has become a family favorite! I needed a quick and easy recipe to serve to friends coming over for supper. This fit the bill and was delicious. Yes, my sauce was thin, but once I added the pasta, that was no longer a problem. Yummy and love the combination of flavors. The heat from the cayenne pepper and wine kicks this over the top! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made loads of Ree's recipes and this one is just tops!! Everything is so perfect. Easy and sooo yummy item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this recipe over the weekend and let me tell you it was WONDERFUL!!! I'm from New Orleans, so the spice was dead on!!! Must try!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was absolutely delicious!!! The sauce was definitely too thin, just like everybody else said. I did wait until the end to see if it would thicken up, but it did not and I myself cannot eat it if it is watery, so I did add 1/4 cornstarch in the end and mixed it in the sauce.. Thickened it right up and omg this recipe is amazing. My hubby, daughter and I loved it! Will make it many more times for sure! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was just delicious and perfectly balanced in terms of both texture and seasoning. I was amazed at how tender the bites of chicken were. Yes, the sauce was a little thin, but I would not introduce any thickening agent - it would change the recipe too much. Just serve it in pasta bowls. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Like a lot of other people, the sauce was too thin. I even cut down the chicken broth to 1 cup. But the flavor was excellent. I sweated the onion and peppers for 15 minutes before adding anything else, I don't want those crunchy. Waited to add the garlic, garlic loses flavor the more you cook it. All and all, very good, just needed some tweaking. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! May have been copied from Emeril? My cajun spice seasoning is as such: 1/4 tsp. dried red pepper flakes,1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp. paprika, 1/2 tsp blk pepper, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, 3/4 tsp dried oregano, 3/4 tsp dried thyme! I added a minced jalapeno and 8 oz of mushroom sliced plus one other suggestion to thicken the sauce (1 tsp. cornstarch and 1/4 cut water). Absolutely delightful!!!!!! it is on my the top of my recipe gold star list! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made this tonight, with a few changes and add-ins. My husband loved it! I made is just like the recipe states but I added mushrooms. To thicken the sauce, I added a teaspoon of cornstarch to about 1/4 c. water and stirred it, then added it to the sauce. After adding it to the sauce, I whisked it for about a minute before adding the chicken, veggies, and pasta. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was delicious! The spices definitely gave it a kick, but my family loves spicy food. The sauce did not thicken as much as I thought it would. It's more like a marinade to the pasta than a sauce. It still gave it a great flavor. I will definitely be cooking this more. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Its delicious! I used less seasoning because my hubby don't like spicy food. The reason I gave 4-stars because its takes long to thicken the sauce. I had to bring the heat from medium-low to medium-high instead in order to get my desired sauce thickness. item not reviewed by moderator and published
5 stars for flavor, it's seriously tasty and the chicken is tender. Made as written, seasoned very liberally with the cajun spice. The only caution I would heed is it took WAY longer to make than stated with the browning time and the fact that, as many other readers noted, it did not thicken. I had to use two rounds of a flour mixture to get it even close to what I thought it should've reduced to, but in the end was totally worth the result. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was amazing.....and spicy. I didn't have any cayenne pepper but a little red pepper flakes in the sauce worked just as well... The sauce is a little loose but i like that. For those that say it doesn't thicken, once you add the pasta and let it rest, you should find that it becomes a little less loose, and the sauce sticks to the pasta more. Definitely making this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I go to print it and the print is so small I had a hard time reading the recipes, please tell food network to do something about. I made the recipe and it tasted so good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought this recipe would be really yummy but the sauce never thickened and it didn't have much flavour to it. Definitely not making it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was so excited to try this recipe, but it turned out to be a huge disappointment. For one, my sauce never thickened, even after adding cornstarch. This made for a very sloppy dish to eat, as it was splashing everywhere. Secondly, it completely lacked flavor, any flavor. I would have never imagined this, considering all the flavorful ingredients. I added cayenne, more Cajun seasoning and plenty of salt, but it didn't make a difference. All it tasted like was plain heavy cream on pasta. A waste of time since it took a while to prep this whole meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Saw this on the show this morning (3/16) and made a double batch for dinner this evening, served half and froze the rest. Enjoyed by all. As I recall, the cajun spice mix was 2 parts black pepper, 2 parts garlic powder, 2 parts paprika, and 1 part cayenne pepper. Or at least that's the way I mixed it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Penzey's Spices makes a Cajun seasoning. If you don't have a store nearby, you can order it online. item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG!!!! THIS PASTA IS THE BEST! REE I LOVE ALL YOUR RECIPES MY HUSBAND IS GONNA LOVE THIS I CAN'T STOP EATING IT !!!!! THANK U FOR ALL YOUR RECIPES.... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I couldn't find the recipe for the cajun mix so I used the McCormick blends cajun seasoning. The pasta came out great!!! thanks Ree :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't find her recipe for Cajun spice mix, but found a recipe for it on another page. (It made a BIG BATCH of seasoning, so I hope to find some other recipes to use it in. I really liked the flavor of this dish, and wish I had read the other reviews, because it was very disappointing that it did not thicken up. It would have been so much better with a thicker sauce. It was nice and spicy, but not thick enough. I will make it again and maybe do it with shrimp instead of chicken. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is sooooo good! Better than any restaurant version I have ever tried. I buy mcormick blends "gourmet selection" cajun spice mix, and it is perfect. I liberally season the chicken with it, and then add more to the sauce. If im making this when the kids arent home, i add some cayenne pepper to make it extra spicy. I've never had a problem with the sauce being thin... make sure you use heavy cream. Don't substitute milk! And once you add the pasta, let it cook in the pan for a minute. The pasta will soak up some of the sauce, and it will get nice and thick and creamy. Yum!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am not seeing the recipe for the Cajun spice mix does anyone know it? gave it a 2 star because I havent tried it yet. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a huge disappointment. I felt like I cooked the wine and broth down twice as long as stated, as well as the cream. But still, the sauce stayed so runny and thin. Followed recipe exactly and rarely have issues. Made Emeril' similar dish a while ago and was just so much better. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is great! The only negative thing I could say is that it took much longer than 25 minutes to get the sauce to absorb into the pasta and thicken. But once it is right, this pasta is perfect and great for a crowd! item not reviewed by moderator and published
AS EVERYone else had said, the sauce is too thin. It just runs all over my plate. This is my third time making and I slightly switched things around in order to thicken the sauce but overall great recipe. I make at least once a month. I use penna pasta for my children and for myself use fettuccine item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought this was delicious but I did make minor adjustments after reading the reviews. Before adding the chicken stock and wine I added some flour to the pan and cooked that for a minute, and even with the flour I had to let the stock and wine reduce for ten minutes before it was a nice consistency. I'll definitely make this recipe again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was delicious! My husband and I made it for dinner last night. The only thing we had trouble with was the sauce thickening. We added about two tablespoons of flour to help it along. We also added mushrooms to the veggie mixture. Yummy and will feed us for a couple of nights! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is delicious. I must disagree with the other reviewers who claim the that the sauce is too thin. I followed the recipe as written, though I used fresh linguine instead of fettuccine, and it was perfect. When you toss everything together it binds nicely. I suppose one other change I made was to simmer the sauce, once adding the cream, on medium high, versus medium low, as it needed the higher heat in order to continue reducing and thicken the sauce. This may be variable based on your stove, however. Anyway, I love the balance of flavors and that you can pass the Cajun seasoning at the table for those who prefer more spice. Also, cooking the chicken at the high temperature for just a few minutes really does seal in the juices and prevent it from becoming too dry, which can sometimes happen when chicken is cut into small pieces. This is an absolutely wonderful recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love, love, love this recipe. I did double the Cajun spice. Will be making this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the recipe as is! [some reviewers make changes and say they're reviewing Ree's recipe which they are NOT!!]. Ree's recipe was delicious!! Plan to include it in my favorite recipes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Every time I see a recipe from this lady, I try it. It was awesome! I like the way her recipes flow. She has the cutest, respectful kids too! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I absolutely loved this dish and so did my entire family (and two of the neighbor kids! I did make a few changes: Doubled the Cajun Seasoning. (We like spice Added Louisiana Hot Sauce (about 6 dashes when I was making the sauce in the pan. Used lime juice of one small lime during meat cooking time. Omitted white wine and added 1/2 cup more of the stock. Used thigh meat instead of breast meat. Did have to use a little corn starch to stiffen it up a bit at the end, but all in all, it was a FANTASTIC dish and one that I will make again and again! Served it with some southern style spicy slow cooker green beans and it was the perfect meal for all in my family. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is so delicious. We want more shows of this wonderful chef. We are so tired of all the Ina shows. They are on all day. Everything that Ree cooks is so delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely delish!!! I had to use a sweet wine...that is all I had on hand. But, really amazing! Thank you Ree!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
AMAZING pasta recipe. I actually made this years ago, but thought of it again recently and was like ..."oh yeah! How could I forget THAT recipe? [slaps forehead]. SUPER flavorful and nice and spicy. SO good. Will be making again soon.....make that VERY soon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This has become one of my quick dinner stand by's, it so flavorful and easy to make. i have started to reduce the amount of heavy cream for a thicker sauce as mine always is a better watery. I might try the wondra flour as someone else suggested. But overall another great dish. : item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was great! I seasoned my chicken with garlic powder, salt, pepper and the Cajun seasoning (because nothing is complete without garlic powder, salt and pepper. I had to leave a review on this because there were only 30 reviews and it tasted that good! I used a moscato wine because that's all I had in my house and I forgot to buy it at the store haha. Next time I may use a dryer wine because I think the moscato made it sweet, but it was still delicious. If you want to have feeling of what it tastes like, try the Cajun chicken & shrimp pasta at TGI Fridays. It tastes like that but better. You won't be disappointed! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good weeknight dinner..Tasty but not exceptional for company though. I did use half and half and then sprinkled some Wondra flour over the sauce to thicken. Will make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was great. I did make a few changes after reading the other reviews. After chopping the chicken in cubes I added the cajun seasoning and some flour in a plastic bag and coated the chicken before putting in the skillet - this helped to thicken the sauce. I also omitted the tomatoes and wine. It was still delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Doubled this to feed my crew of nine. It was very soupy, but absolutely delicious. There was nothing left except about a cup of the liquid and a few veggies--I'm finishing it now as a yummy lunch! Will make it again and again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this recipe twice. First time halved the recipe, second time made the full amount. Second time did not have a red pepper but used yellow and orange peppers. The sauce did not thicken but by the time I put the pasta in the dish, it coated the pasta well, no problem. My family loved the dish and wanted to know about the next time I would prepare this recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy - easy weeknight meal. Also had sauce thickening issues so added some cornstarch. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is delicious. I have made it several times and the family always loves it. Very easy and hassle-free recipe too! Thank you, Pioneer Woman! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This makes a bunch of food! I didn't think it would be enough for my large family so I made the mistake of doubling it. Don't do it unless you are feeding an army. I made one slight change. I did half chicken and half andouille sausage. It was great. I also had some issues with it thickening. I didn't add all of the cream and in the end had to make a flour slushy to get it to thicken to my liking. My kids and hubby loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was delicious! I gave 4 stars because the cream sauce never got thick! I followed the directions exactly and I ended up with a soupy sauce. It tasted delicious but was very light [maybe that was the point?] I will definitely make it again and try my own cream sauce. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It is delicious! Easy and fast enought! PERFECT! My former Florida State football player ate two large helpings(1 less than he normally eats at a sitting to save a little for the next day. Which he rushed in and finished. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was delicious! It took a bit longer to make but it was worth it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It took much longer than 10 minutes to prep but was well worth the effort. We loved this and will be making it regularly. I used penne pasta as I don't like fettuccine and very glad I did. The sauce clung to it inside and out. This recipe lends itself well to seafood as well. Thank You Ree! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So, so, so good! I am not a huge red pepper fan, but the way Ree incorporated it in her dish, just made me change my mind! This was an excellent, delicious dish!!! I cannot wait to make it again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a deliciously decadent pasta dish! I didn't find it to be terribly spicy because the cajun spices are being paired with a dairy-cream sauce. I tasted the sauce and added a bit more cayenne and red pepper flakes cause my hubby and I like things on the spicier side. I also used half and half instead of cream because that's what I had and used a tablespoon of low-fat cream cheese to thicken the sauce. Expect this dish to take longer if you are not using a cast iron skillet and if you do not have a gas cook top. All in all a very tasty dish and I love the hint of white wine in the sauce! I always DVR The Pioneer Woman, great show! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was very easy to make and so yummy! This comes out with a very generous amount of servings, plenty to go around! : item not reviewed by moderator and published
very good...very tasty ...love it item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a wonderful meal. I would recommend getting everything prepped before beginning because if you use an iron skillet everything cooks very fast. I would like the sauce a little thicker so may make some changes next time I make this. My family complained of not being able to keep the fettuccine on their forks. I think I will use penne next time. Will definitely make this dish again and again! Thanks, Ree! Love your show! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've been making this one for a while now, but with 2 lbs shrimp instead of chicken. My boys (11, 7 and 3 LOVE it. I do cut back the spicy seasoning...my hubby and oldest adds it directly to his dish. We like the sauce thick, so I add a touch of corn starch at the end. There are never any leftovers. item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG!!! Another yummy recipe my whole family loved : Thanks Ree! p.s.-Prep-time is a little longer that 10 mins! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this yesterday. It was EXCELLENT. I tried to make half the recipe because there are only two of us at home, but even that left lots of leftovers. This was just outstanding! Thank you PW. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good. I made a 1/2 portion, and it would surely serve more than 3 people. I didn't find it too spicy, but very flavorful. I cooked the components a little longer than suggested, but that could be my electric stove. Thanks Ree. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for friends last night. No leftovers. I wouldn't change the recipe at all. I'm highly skeptical of the person who said their 3 yr old kept eating it. Mine was very spicy, but in the best possible way. This is not a recipe for toddlers. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This Pasta was SOOOO good!!! I made it last night and it took no time at all. It was really easy and my mini-me even said it was yummy! We love the spice/kick it has. I'm just sad that there wasn't really any left - I'm almost tempted to cook it again tonight. This will be something I make for dinner monthly! I agree w/ Kelcey123...this is definitely a restaurant quality dish. Great job Ree!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is not getting the love and attention it deserves! This is restaurant quality people. Even if you are a new cook your friends and family will think you were born with food talent--fake it till you make it! Hard to screw this one up-- no need for tweaks I made exactly as-is. Definitely comfort food so I don't make it too often but when I do I lick the plate clean: item not reviewed by moderator and published
We liked this a lot. My 3 year old kept eating and eating it. I used macaroni and it worked well, though there wasn't quite enough sauce when I did that. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this tonight and it was delicious. Very easy to make and very tasty. My family loved it. I would not change anything about this recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great, hearty dish. I did find it a bit heavy because of the cream, so I don't make it that often, but when I do, everyone loves it. This is a great variation on your average chicken or pasta dinner. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this last night & it was incredibly good. The only negative comment is on MY stovetop. It doesn't heat to the temp or cook at the speed that Ree's does, so everythng took longer. Made notes on my recipe & will be making this often! item not reviewed by moderator and published
if you follow the recipe right it has such a great flavors, i love pasta and this one just came one of my Favorites item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved it!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My wife used left over turkey. Our daughter and her brood were all thumbs up on this one! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Mine also didn't thicken, but cornstarch will fix it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
If you ever need to thicken a sauce, take some corn starch(1 tblsp :4 oz hot water. stir together until dissolved and add to the sauce. Bam! Thickened suace. I like this better than the calorie bomb cream. Just a matter of choice.) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thank you for your constructively helpful comments--I believed in the recipe, too, but some people didn't use their brains with their heart! item not reviewed by moderator and published
How can you give it two stars without trying it? item not reviewed by moderator and published
You shouldn't rate a recipe that you haven't tried -- you can buy cajun seasoning at the store or you can do a search at food.com for Cajun seasoning and use Mirj's . It's the best ever. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought mushrooms would be good in it too item not reviewed by moderator and published
Mushrooms are definitely a must--Dee usually has them, maybe she forgot to put them in. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderful reply--thanks item not reviewed by moderator and published
good comment--I liked doubling the Cajun spice as well item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ree really is great--thanks for your comment item not reviewed by moderator and published
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