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Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

Homemade Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta is such a simple and quick recipe, perfect for weeknight dinners. Juicy chicken breast tossed in tender pasta in a creamy cajun garlic sauce.

All you need is a slice of Focaccia Bread to soak up the creamy sauce, plus a simple Caesar Salad for a memorable pasta night.

Cajun chicken pasta in a deep skillet topped with fresh greens and parmesan cheese.

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Copycat Cajun Chicken Pasta Recipe

We love recreating our favorite recipes and this copycat recipe for Chili’s Cajun Chicken Pasta recipe is going to become a family favorite!

Creamy pasta with pieces of tender and juicy cajun flavored chicken in the most delicious homemade cajun sauce. You will love all the flavors from the dish and it comes together in under 30 minutes so it’s perfect for busy weeknights. I’m excited to add this to our long lineup of 30-minute meals.

Cajun chicken pasta unmixed in a white deep skillet topped with fresh greens.

Ingredients

  • Pasta – For this recipe, we used linguine pasta but you can use any type of pasta: angel hair, linguine, fettuccine, elbow, macaroni, penne, bow tie pasta will all work great.
  • Chicken – We used chicken breasts but chicken thighs will work as well.
  • Cajun Seasoning– You can use your favorite store-bought cajun seasoning. You’ll also need salt and pepper.
  • Garlic– Freshly minced or finely chopped garlic will give the best flavor, but you can substitute with 1 tsp dried garlic, or add it to taste.
  • Butter – for sauteing garlic and adds flavor to the sauce.
  • Heavy Whipping Cream – Makes the sauce rich and creamy.
  • Parmesan – Grated parmesan cheese or shredded parmesan will work great.
All the ingredients needed to make this homemade creamy cajun chicken pasta.

How to Make Cajun Chicken Pasta

  1. Cook Pasta – boil in a pot of salted water until al dente, according to the package instructions.
  2. Prepare Chicken – Using a meat mallet or the bottom of a saucepan, pound the chicken breasts into an even thickness and season both sides with cajun seasoning. Saute the chicken in a skillet with oil until fully cooked then slice into strips.
  3. Make the Sauce – In a deep skillet, saute the garlic in butter 30-60 seconds or until fragrant. Add the diced tomatoes and saute for about 2 minutes. Add the cream, remaining cajun seasoning, and parmesan cheese and bring to a simmer.
  4. Combine – Add the pasta and sliced chicken to the sauce and toss to combine.
  5. Serve – Top with parmesan and parsley to serve.

Pro Tip: You can adjust the spiciness in the pasta by adding more or less of the Cajun seasoning.

Step by step collage of how to make homemade Cajun pasta with tender and juicy chicken.

Variations and Add-Ins

  • Vegetables – you can add cooked broccoli or asparagus to the pasta when tossing everything together.
  • Vegetarian pasta – leave out the chicken or substitute chicken with mushrooms.
  • Substitute the chicken – try sliced sausage or kielbasa instead of chicken. You can also make it a seafood pasta like our Cajun Shrimp Pasta.
  • Lighter pasta – try using half and half or light cream to cut the calories, but keep in mind the sauce will be thinner.
Creamy cajun chicken pasta in a skillet topped with fresh chopped greens and grated parmesan cheese.

This restaurant copycat Cajun Chicken Pasta recipe is sure to please. If you love comforting pasta dishes, check out the list below for more dinner inspiration.

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Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

5 from 45 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta is such a simple and quick recipe, perfect for weeknight dinners. Juicy chicken breast tossed with tender pasta in a creamy cajun garlic sauce, ready in 30 minutes.

Author: Valentina Ablaev
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $10-$12
Keyword: cajun chicken pasta
Cuisine: Cajun
Course: Main Course
Calories: 483
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 oz linguine pasta
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp cajun seasoning, divided
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2/3 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp parsley, finely chopped, to serve

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add 1 Tbsp salt. Cook pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water then drain, cover, and keep warm.

  2. Beat the chicken breasts so that they are even in thickness and season all over with 1½ Tbsp cajun seasoning.

  3. In a large non-reactive skillet*, heat 2 tsp oil over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the chicken and sear on both sides. Turn heat down to low and saute until cooked through and 165˚F on a thermometer. Transfer to a cutting board, slice into thin strips, and cover to keep warm.

  4. In the same skillet over medium heat, saute the butter and garlic for 30-60 seconds or until the garlic is fragrant. Add the diced tomatoes and saute another 2 minutes.

  5. Add in the heavy whipping cream, remaining cajun seasoning, and parmesan cheese, and bring to a simmer. Season to taste if needed.

  6. Add the sliced chicken and cooked pasta to the sauce and toss until combined and pasta and chicken are warmed through. Add warm reserved pasta water if desired to thin the sauce. Serve with freshly grated parmesan and chopped parsley.

Recipe Notes

*Avoid using cast iron or copper pans anytime you are making a creamy sauce with an acidic product like tomato or it will react and make the sauce grainy. 

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 483 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 123mg41%
Sodium 202mg9%
Potassium 397mg11%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 2368IU47%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 160mg16%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Valentina Ablaev

I am Valentina, the creator behind the food blog Valentina’s Corner where I share our family’s favorite recipes. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 5 children. We invite you to join us on our blogging journey!

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  • Tammy Shearing
    December 1, 2021

    just awesome and so easy, thank you! I’m sharing with my friends, everyone needs to try this.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 1, 2021

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite, Tammy! Thank you for saying this with your friends!

      Reply

  • Denise
    November 24, 2021

    Made this tonight and it was delicious! I like to prep ahead and then it is a quick easy meal. I reduced calories for me by adding sautéed mushrooms and reducing my pasta consumption. Mushrooms with this sauce were perfect.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 24, 2021

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Joanna
    November 22, 2021

    I’m a fan of many of your recipes. This one is so good and so easy to make. It’s a perfect weeknight meal! Keep sharing your recipes!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 22, 2021

      It really is the perfect weeknight recipe! I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Joanna!

      Reply

  • Pamela Cassens
    November 21, 2021

    I’m making this for the first time. Only found whipping cream not heavy whipping cream. Will it matter?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 21, 2021

      Hi Pamela, I think that will work just fine too. Please share with us how it goes if you give this recipe a try!

      Reply

  • Adriana
    November 20, 2021

    Hi Natasha,
    What cajun seasoning do you like to use?
    Thanks

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 20, 2021

      Hi Adriana, You can use your favorite store-bought cajun seasoning.

      Reply

  • Krithika K
    November 19, 2021

    This recipe was a hit with my family! Everyone absolutely loved it! Making it again for my parents for don’t tomorrow!! Can’t wait to see their reaction !!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 20, 2021

      They’re going to love it! I’m glad to hear this was a hit with your family!

      Reply

  • Christy
    November 17, 2021

    Thank you for this! It was very good…I ate more than I should have 😆! You’re recipes are all so good…haven’t come across one that I haven’t made at least twice yet. This one is a new favorite and goes in the recipe book! Well done!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 18, 2021

      Awesome! I’m glad you enjoyed this pasta recipe, Christy.

      Reply

  • Melissa Russell
    November 13, 2021

    This dish is amazing!! It was quick and easy! My family loved it and my little one kept asking for more! Thank you for being such an incredible cook! You have an amazing gift! I appreciate you share and helping us learn your ways!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 13, 2021

      That is the best when kids love what we moms make. That’s so great, Melissa! Thanks for your awesome review!

      Reply

  • Amy Hopkins
    November 13, 2021

    This was DELICIOUS!!! … and so easy to make..my new favorite!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 13, 2021

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Amy!

      Reply

  • Janice Tillman
    November 12, 2021

    Help. What did I do wrong. My sauce did not get smooth.It never would blend. The taste was very good though. Thanks for any help!

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    • Natasha
      November 13, 2021

      Hi Janice, one thing to consider is did you use a reactive pan? See the note at the bottom of the print-friendly recipe card that I added. I hope that helps to figure out what happened. Also, make sure to use the ingredients listed and not a lighter cream.

      Reply

  • Liana
    November 11, 2021

    If I make this with chicken breasts, do I season the chicken breast the same way? Or do I put the seasoning into the sauce?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 11, 2021

      Hi Liana, we used chicken breast for this recipe! See step #2: “Beat the chicken breasts so that they are even in thickness and season all over with 1½ Tbsp cajun seasoning”.

      Reply

  • Teresa T.
    November 10, 2021

    I am making this recipe tonight. It sounds wonderful! I only have one question what do you do with the reserved pasta water. It doesn’t say in recipe unless I am missing it.

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    • Natasha
      November 11, 2021

      Hi Teresa, sorry I missed that note, but just added it in step 6 to say: “Add warm reserved pasta water if desired to thin the sauce.”

      Reply

  • Rebecca
    November 9, 2021

    The whole family loved this! I didn’t have heavy whipping cream. Instead, I made a roux with flour and almond milk and it worked like a charm! Thank you for another amazing recipe!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 9, 2021

      Love it! Thank you for sharing that with us, great to hear that your mixture and experiment worked well!

      Reply

  • Kristyn
    November 9, 2021

    This is one of our favorites meals!! We love the cajun flavor & it’s so creamy!! My picky eaters even love it!

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    • Natasha
      November 9, 2021

      I’m so happy to hear that even your picky eaters loved it. Thank you Kristyn!

      Reply

  • Andrea Thueson
    November 9, 2021

    This creamy cajun pasta was the perfect blend of heat, creaminess, and textures! So dang good!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 9, 2021

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Andrea!

      Reply

  • katerina @ diethood.com
    November 9, 2021

    This was such an incredible meal! The flavors were amazing! We loved every bite!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 9, 2021

      Thank you for sharing that lovely review with us!

      Reply

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