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Creamy bow tie pasta served in a bowl with a fork.

Cajun Chicken Pasta

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This creamy one-pot Cajun Chicken Pasta is an easy and tasty dish that's ready in under 30 minutes. Made with tender chicken, bow tie pasta, and colorful bell peppers in a Cajun-seasoned cream sauce, it's such a simple meal to whip up! This recipe is quick, flavorful and a must try.
Course Main
Cuisine American, cajun
Keyword Cajun Chicken Pasta, Cajun Pasta
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 4 servings
Calories 315
Author Kim

Ingredients

  • 8 oz bow tie pasta cooked according to package instructions
  • 3 cooked chicken breasts about 12 oz
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped bell peppers any variety works, but I like to use red, orange and yellow for plenty of color
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 3 ounces cream cheese light or regular
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • Optional for garnish: parmesan cheese and chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Set aside cooked pasta. Chop or shred cooked chicken. I like to use a rotisserie chicken. Chop peppers.
  • Spray a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray or heat about 1/2 tablespoon oil. Sauté peppers over medium heat until soft, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, use a blender to combine milk, flour, cream cheese and seasonings until fully combined.
  • Add chicken to peppers in the pan. Reduce heat to low and add the cream sauce, stir while it thickens, about 1 minute.
  • Pour in the chicken broth, and stir to fully combine. Add and stir in the cooked pasta. Let the dish simmer on low for 1-2 minutes. Garnish, serve and enjoy.

Notes

I recommend prepping the cooked chicken, chopping the bell pepper and getting the pasta cooking in a large pot before starting anything else.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 458mg | Potassium: 292mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2086IU | Vitamin C: 72mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg