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cajun pasta

Thursday is my telework day. Our company instituted a telework policy a few months back. So after I finished all of my work today, I made a trip to the store to pick up a few things for dinner.

I cooked for me and my mom; my dad is actually down in Blacksburg with a media pass to the Virgina Tech game. Lucky lucky. So, since pops isn’t here for dinner, we had pasta! He’s not a big carbs fan.

Using some inspiration from Pioneer Woman, I decided to make Cajun Chicken Pasta, just  few small changes. It turned out pretty tasty. I definitely would like more heat, but wanted to make sure Momma would like it too!

My lovely recipe for Cajun Chicken Pasta

  • 1 pack chicken tenderloins, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbs cajun seasoning
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper thinly sliced
  • half of one red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup milk (I used 1% since that’s all we had)
  • 1 lb linguine (or whatever pasta you would like)
  • cayenne pepper as needed
  • salt & pepper as needed

Cook the pasta according to the the box; I used whole grain pasta so it took a little longer than usual. I know now everyone is a fan of the whole grain pastas available, but I really like them.

Season the chicken with about 1 tbsp of cajun seasoning. Heat 1 tbsp of butter and oil on high and brown the chicken on both sides. Remove to a plate.

Using the same pan, heat 1 tbsp of butter and oil on high and blacken the peppers, onion, and garlic with remaining seasoning and a dash of cayenne. Remove to same plate with the chicken.

Keep the burner on high and deglaze the pan with the white wine and chicken stock. Let it reduce for a few minutes. Bring the burner to medium low and add the milk or cream or whatever you choose and let it simmer for a few minutes to thicken up. Taste and season as needed: salt, pepper, cayenne, etc.

Add the already cooked chicken and veggies, along with the juices! Cook that up again for a few minutes. Mix in the pasta and you’re ready to eat!

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