Monday, November 29, 2010

Cajun Chicken Pasta

**This recipe came from I thought the pasta sauce was a little bland, so then when I served it, I tossed the chicken in with the pasta and let the seasonings from the chicken mix with the sauce. It was much better that way, so that is how I am going to write up the recipe. The cajun seasoning is really good and it is made with spices that I already had in my cupboard, so I just put them all in a little air tight container.**

Cajun Chicken Pasta
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips.
8 ounces penne pasta--cooked according to directions on package
2 teaspoons cajun seasoning (see directions below)
2 TB butter
1/2 tsp dried onion
2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 TB chopped sun-dried tomatoes
1/4 tsp dried basil
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Cajun seasoning --- This is a great flavored seasoning you can use on the BBQ also.
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp thyme
2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic salt

In a large saucepan cook the pasta according to directions on package. Drain and return pasta to pan.

Melt butter in frying pan over medium heat. Place chicken in pan and sprinkle the Cajun seasoning over. Saute chicken in butter until chicken is tender. Remove chicken from pan and cut up into pieces. Return to pan and add about 1-2 Tb of water to help remove the bits from the pan and it will coat the chicken more with the seasoning. Pour chicken mixture in with the pasta.

In a saucepan mix onion, cream, tomatoes, basil, garlic powder, black pepper, and parmesan cheese. Heat until just boiling. Pour this in with the pasta and chicken.

Stir to combine. Serve immediately. Sprinkle top with a little parmesan cheese.

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