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Recipe Exploration: Cajun Chicken Pasta

January 19, 2012 Leave a comment
Name: Cajun Chicken Pasta
By: Renee (modified from All Recipes.com)

Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 15 min

Servings: 6

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces linguine pasta
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 fresh baby bella mushrooms, sliced (optional)
  • 4 stalks of green onion, minced
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add linguini pasta, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, place chicken and Cajun seasoning in a bowl, and toss to coat.
  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, saute chicken in butter until no longer pink and juices run clear, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add green and red bell peppers, sliced mushrooms and green onions; cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce heat, and stir in heavy cream. Season the sauce with basil, lemon pepper, salt, garlic powder and ground black pepper, and heat through.  Add more Cajun Seasoning if desired.
  4. In a large bowl, toss linguini with sauce. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.  If sauce is too thin, let the bowl sit until sauce thickens.


Notes:

  • Can also use rotisserie chicken cut up into pieces.  That works out well!
  • If sauce is consistently too thin even after sitting, you can add 1 teaspoon of cornstarch mixed with or water to thicken.
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