Cajun Chicken Pasta

Total Time:
25 min
10 min
15 min

6 servings

  • 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

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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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
Mine also didn't thicken, but cornstarch will fix it. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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