Monday, 28 November 2016

Cajun Chicken Pasta


I cooked this pasta for the first time about 3 years ago and cooked it again for a family gathering not long after. Since then, I have not cooked it again. 

So why did I suddenly want some Cajun Chicken Pasta? Well, I was greedy and bought a pack of cooking cream which came in a set of three. The price of cooking and whipping cream have risen steadily in recent times. So a good offer like this cannot be refused.


I like this pasta because not only is it easy to cook, it is absolutely delicious. Lots of flavors come from the Cajun seasoning.

What you do is season some diced chicken breasts with Cajun seasoning and sear it on high heat to brown. Be generous with the Cajun spices because though it is salty, remember, you will be adding peppers, onions, pasta and cream.


Remove the chicken from the pan, add more oil and fry the peppers and onions over high heat. Drat! I forgot to add garlic. Imagine that. I love garlic and yet I forgot. Add diced tomatoes and fry some more. Remove veggies to join the chicken.

Then add some chicken stock to deglaze the pan and then add cream. Bring to a boil to thicken and then pour back the veggies and chicken into the pan.


At this point, add the pasta and you are done. I can never time my pasta to cook at the exact time when the sauce is ready. So my pasta was cooked and drained a little earlier.


Have a taste and season with lots of pepper and more Cajun seasoning if necessary. This my friends, is one awesome pasta. One of the best comfort foods to accompany you while you sit on the sofa in vegetative state in front of the TV.

Cajun Chicken Pasta
Recipe source : Adapted from The Pioneer Woman

Ingredients :
- 1 chicken breast, cut into cubes
- Cajun seasoning
- 1/2 each of red, green and yellow pepper, sliced into strips
- 1 big onion sliced
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 tomatoes, diced
- 1 packet cooking cream (200ml)
- 200ml chicken stock (1 mixed 1/2 cube chicken stock cube with 200ml hot water)
- 1/2 packet Fettuccini, cooked according to packet instructions
- pepper to taste
- parsley to garnish
- olive oil and butter for frying

Method :
1. Season the diced chicken generously with Cajun seasonig.
2. Heat olive oil and butter in a pan and brown the chicken in two batches.
3. Once browned, remove chicken from the pan.
4. Add more oil/butter and fry onions, garlic and peppers over high heat until slightly charred and wilted.
5. Add tomatoes and fry briefly and then remove all vegetables to a plate.
6. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil. Stir to deglaze the pan.
7. Once the chicken stock is reduced to half, add cooking cream.
8. Bring to a boil and simmer until slightly reduced.
9. Pour the chicken and vegetables back into the pan and stir.
10. Add cooked pasta and stir to mix.
11. Season generously with pepper and taste. Add more Cajun spices if needed.

32 comments:

  1. Good morning Phoon Hong! This is my kind of one dish meal. Love all the goodness in this pasta. Delicious and health :)

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    1. Hi Ann! I don't know about the healthy part hah..hah.. but it is delicious :)

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  2. just be reading your post I can tell this is a super delicious pasta dish since I like to eat chicken breast meat and pasta. I will just go light on the pepper.

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    1. I don't like chicken breasts but somehow it was alright in this pasta.

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  3. More carbs...and more cream....that's the way to go, PH...kekeke! :D I've never cooked with cooking cream as I'm not a big fan of cream sauces. That's why I don't usually order carbonara. But yours I can see you held back on the cream, so this lighter version I'd like :)

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    1. heh..heh...forever fatty me! I never liked cream sauces until I cooked this pasta. I think it tasted good because of the Cajun seasoning and lots of black pepper. Somehow the creaminess was muted.

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  4. Looks so delish! Your recipe posts always make me want to cook it soon... Speaking of which, I haven't done pasta in quite a while... :/

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    1. It is delish and quite manageable by lazy man standards :D

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  5. If i stay near you or work near you, i don't have to think of what to eat, i can take order from you, hehe...

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  6. I would love a serving of this right now. So delicious looking.

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    1. Its good, easy to cook and I think kids will love it.

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  7. Hi Phong Hong, how much did you spend to prepare this? These days, I realised it is more worthy to cook pasta at home rather than have them at the eateries. Anyway, you wouldn't get this portion in one serving.

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    1. Hi Kimmy! Quite cheap I would say. The only thing that is remotely costly would be the cream. You are right, if we want to eat kaw kaw at an affordable price, just cook it at home.

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  8. Simple recipe, yet look like so delicious, but my kid dorang more to malay taste, pedas2 sikit je, not pedas black peper, dorang tak suka blck peper, so kalo saya buat, means saya yg kena habiskan, haha, but i think one day i will try to cook it tak kisah dorang nk makan atau tak.

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    1. Boleh ubah suai and add chili flakes baru pedas, ada kick. Biasanya budak2 suka makan pasta.

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  9. I'll have to look for gluten free pasta to cook this, don't think we can find that here. :(

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    1. I think I have seen those gluten free ones made using quinoa. Don't know if taste nice.

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  10. "while you sit on the sofa in vegetative state in front of the TV" ... have you been spying on me in my living room?!? :D p.s. great-looking pasta! :D

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    1. hah..hah..hah... It looks like we have the same hobby. LOL! Thanks for the compliments )

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  11. Yummy! My fav chicken breast ... surely love this Cajun chicken pasta !

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    1. It's very tasty which I think your big kids will love!

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  12. Your cajun chicken pasta looks so delicious. How nice if I can have a taste of it now! Yums!

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    1. Can try the recipe at home hee..hee..

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  13. That looks delicious! I enjoy Cajun seasoning too. :-)

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    1. It's one of the best seasonings ever!

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  14. I can have two bowls of this

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    1. Like that you can eat a lot like me!

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  15. I just cooked chicken pasta too yesterday but I did simple marinade with pepper and salt but prepared a falvourful miso cream sauce to go with the pasta.

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