Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Cajun Chicken Pasta

This recipe was pretty good. I didn't use enough cajun seasoning, so next time it will be even better!! This recipe feeds about 4 people.

  • Bowtie pasta
For the chicken:
  • 1-2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cajun seasoning
For the sauce:
  • butter & olive oil
  • 1 red capsicum (bell pepper), seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 1 green capsicum (bell pepper), seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 of a yellow onion, chopped
  • freshly ground salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • 1 T water
What you do:

  1. To cook the chicken, heat a small amount of butter or olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper, and a generous sprinkle of Cajun seasoning. Add to the skillet and cook until lightly browned and cooked through. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  2. Bring a pot of salted water to boil. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain the cooked pasta and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, return the skillet to medium heat and heat the butter and olive oil until the butter has melted.
  4. Add the capsicums and onion to the pan. Mix in the salt, pepper, Cajun seasoning and cayenne pepper. Cook until the vegetables are tender, about 6-8 minutes.
  5. Add the half-and-half and heavy cream to the pan and bring to a simmer.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water, and add to the skillet once the cream mixture has started to bubble. Allow to cook until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  7. When the sauce has thickened, add the cooked pasta and chicken pieces to the pan. Stir well to combine and cook at medium-low heat just until the chicken is warmed through.
  8. Adjust the amount of Cajun seasoning if necessary to suit your tastes.
  9. Serve immediately and top with additional Cajun seasoning, if desired.
I got the recipe and picture from browsing tastespotting.

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