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Chili’s Copycat Cajun Chicken Pasta Recipe

This Chili's Copycat Cajun Chicken Pasta recipe is a family favorite at our house. A little spicy, and lot delicious and easy to make!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Cajun pasta recipe, Copycat Chili’s recipe, Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta
Servings: 6
Calories: 599kcal

Equipment

  • large pot
  • 2 Skillets
  • Whisk
  • Slotted Spoon

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces penne pasta
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 teaspoons cajun seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • 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

Instructions

  • 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. 
  • While the chicken is cooking, in another skillet whisk together 1 tablespoon of flour with 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat to create a roux.
  • After the butter and flour have mixed together, combine the half and half, lemon pepper, salt, pepper, and garlic powder and continue cooking it over medium heat, stirring it 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.

Notes

  • Create a roux with the butter and flour before adding the other sauce ingredients to make the sauce a creamy consistency.

Nutrition

Calories: 599kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 706mg | Potassium: 615mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1739IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 258mg | Iron: 2mg