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creamy cajun chicken penne pasta in skillet

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta is a one-pot meal ready in just 30 minutes, making it perfect for busy evenings. Spicy Cajun seasoned chicken is tossed with penne pasta and spicy tomatoes and peppers for a dish just bursting with flavor!


Units Scale
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun Seasoning
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 16 ounce box penne pasta
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 10 ounce can diced tomatoes with chiles
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • green onion for garnish if desired


  1. Cut chicken into 1/2" cubes. Toss chicken in spices in a medium bowl.
  2. In a large skillet, heat butter and olive oil until very hot.
  3. Add chicken and cook until seared on all sides. (Chicken will not be cooked through at this pint.)
  4. Add diced onion and continue to cook until translucent, stirring often, about two minutes.
  5. Add pasta, broth, diced tomatoes and chiles, and heavy cream to the pan and stir to mix.
  6. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low and place lid on the skillet. Simmer 10 minutes or until pasta is cooked, stirring often to prevent sticking.
  7. Garnish with green onion if desired and serve immediately.


  • Reduce heat by reducing the amount of Cajun seasoning or choosing mild tomatoes and green chiles.
  • Increase heat by choosing hot tomatoes and green chiles.
  • Use a large skillet for this recipe, I use this 5.5 quart saute pan.

Keywords: cajun chicken pasta, creamy cajun chicken pasta