I have a pretty well stocked spice cabinet and some get used way more than others. I had a bottle of Cajun seasoning from a recipe that I noticed was getting pretty lonely so I wanted to incorporate it into something delicious. That something was Cajun Chicken Pasta! I used the seasoning on the chicken and it was incredible! Full of flavor but not overpowering or too spicy! If you are looking for other spicy dishes, check out my Spicy Kielbasa Pasta or my Skillet Kielbasa Mac and Cheese Penne!
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoon cajun seasoning (see here)
1 box (1 lb) penne pasta
3 tablespoons butter
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup whole milk or heavy cream
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
Salt and pepper
8 grape tomatoes, quartered
1) In a large cast iron pan, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Coat chicken with Cajun seasoning and place into pan. Cook on both sides until done, about 5-7 minutes on each side. Remove from pan and let rest for a minute then cut into bite size pieces.
2) Boil water for pasta, add salt and cook penne to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
3) Wipe out skillet, lower to medium heat and melt butter. Add garlic and cook till fragrant. Slowly whisk in milk or heavy cream. Cook while whisking until slightly thickened. Stir in Parmesan and mix well. Season with salt and pepper.
4) Stir in pasta and incorporate well with the sauce. Top with chicken and tomatoes and serve.