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Cajun Chicken Pasta

Creamy and delicious Cajun Chicken Pasta, an easy weeknight meal! Don't forget to check out our step by step photos and tips above!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 974kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. penne pasta cooked according to package directions
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil divided
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts sliced ½-inch thick
  • 4 tsp. Cajun seasoning divided
  • 1 13 oz. package turkey sausage sliced
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 3 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk yogurt
  • Sliced green onion and Cajun seasoning for garnish

Instructions

  • Prepare pasta; drain, reserving 1 cup of pasta water. Set both aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Add chicken; sprinkle with 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning. Cook, stirring occasionally, until cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from pan, and set aside.
  • Add sausage, onion, bell pepper, celery, and 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning to pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add garlic to pan; cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes. Add wine; stir to release browned bits from bottom of pan.
  • Add cream to pan; stir to combine. Return chicken to pan; stir in cooked pasta.
  • Stir in yogurt; add reserved pasta water, ¼ cup at a time, until pasta reaches desired consistency.
  • Taste and season with remaining 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning and additional salt, if desired.
  • Garnish servings with green onion and a sprinkle of Cajun seasoning, if desired.

Notes

  • Since you’re preparing the pasta first, remember these two important steps: First, be sure to save a cup of pasta water before draining the pasta. Second, run the drained pasta under warm water just before adding it to the sauce to keep it from sticking together.
  • Store-bought Cajun seasoning blends can vary in salt levels; I recommend waiting to add salt to the recipe until it’s all stirred together in the pan, just before serving.
  • Smoked turkey sausage is often sold pre-cooked; be sure to check the package to confirm.

Nutrition

Calories: 974kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 59g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Cholesterol: 208mg | Sodium: 691mg | Potassium: 956mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 3035IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 186mg | Iron: 3mg