could i use a different type of noodle for this recipe?
I love making recipes where I already have all of the ingredients at home. I make this recipe all the time, even when I don’t have penne pasta on hand.
I make this recipe using any noodles I have on hand. I prefer to use noodles that are easy for my kids to eat. We use shells and bow tie pasta usually, but you could use spaghetti noodles, or any other noodles you have on hand.
what could I use instead of half and half?
If you don’t have any half and half, or prefer to not use it, you could easily substitute it.
The best substitute that I have found is, for every one cup of half and half called for in your recipes, use 4 tablespoons of melted butter, mixed with 1 cup of whole milk.
Stir them together until well combined, then add them to the recipe as directed.
how can I make the sauce thicker?
If your sauce isn’t thickening up like you wish it would, there is an easy fix to this, so don’t panic.
I have never had a problem with my sauce thickening up, but if you feel like it’s not to you desired consistency, here are a few things to try:
- Add about 1/2 cup extra of parmesan cheese.
- Add 4 ounces of cream cheese to the mixture.
- Add two tablespoons flour to the mixture
- You could also use 1/2 tablespoon of cornstarch instead of flour.
- Increase the heat and cook time a little bit, allow it to bubble on the edges, then continue to whisk.
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Chili’s Copycat Cajun Chicken Pasta Recipe
- 8 ounces penne pasta
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 4 teaspoons cajun seasoning
- 4 Tablespoons butter divided
- 3 cups half and half
- ½ teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tomatoes diced
- ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- Cook penne pasta according to directions on the box. Drain pasta and set aside.
- Place chicken breasts in a resealable plastic bag and sprinkle in cajun seasoning. Reseal bag and shake thoroughly until chicken is evenly coated.
- In a large skillet, saute chicken breasts over medium heat in 2 Tablespoons of butter, turning occasionally until cooked through.
- In a separate skillet combine half and half, 2 Tablespoons butter, lemon pepper, salt, pepper, and garlic powder over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat when cream mixture starts to bubble.
- Pour cream sauce over cooked noodles. Slice chicken breasts into strips.
- Serve pasta on serving plates.
- Top with chicken breast strips, and sprinkle on diced tomatoes and Parmesan cheese.
(Recipe adapted from Food.com)