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 1263 votes
Author: Valentina Ablaev
Cajun Chicken Pasta Recipe in Pan
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.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 6 servings
  • 8 oz linguine pasta
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 to 2 Tbsp cajun seasoning, divided, (or added to taste depending on the brand you use*)
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Beat the chicken breasts so that they are even in thickness and season all over with 1½ Tbsp cajun seasoning.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Add in the heavy whipping cream, add remaining cajun seasoning to taste, and parmesan cheese, and bring to a simmer. Season to taste if needed.
  • 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.

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. 
*If you are using a cajun seasoning that has a high salt content, start with half of the seasoning and add more to taste. 

Nutrition Per Serving

480kcal Calories34g Carbs18g Protein31g Fat18g Saturated Fat2g Polyunsaturated Fat8g Monounsaturated Fat0.2g Trans Fat109mg Cholesterol214mg Sodium413mg Potassium2g Fiber4g Sugar2368IU Vitamin A6mg Vitamin C142mg Calcium2mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta
Amount per Serving
Calories
480
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
31
g
48
%
Saturated Fat
 
18
g
113
%
Trans Fat
 
0.2
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
8
g
Cholesterol
 
109
mg
36
%
Sodium
 
214
mg
9
%
Potassium
 
413
mg
12
%
Carbohydrates
 
34
g
11
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
18
g
36
%
Vitamin A
 
2368
IU
47
%
Vitamin C
 
6
mg
7
%
Calcium
 
142
mg
14
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Cajun
Keyword: cajun chicken pasta
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 480

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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  • Tina
    May 19, 2024

    I made this tonight and it was great. I can my own chicken so it was cubed. I didn’t have heavy cream so I used some half and half instead. I also used some of my canned diced tomatoes instead of fresh. I also made my own cajun seasoning. We will be having this again. Thanks for the recipe.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 19, 2024

      Hello Tina! Nice to know that you were able to make this recipe work using the ingredients that you have on hand. Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Skylar
    May 12, 2024

    I added bell peppers and it was sooo good! i am so glad i made this.

    Reply

  • Nk
    May 10, 2024

    My husband’s favorite 👌🏾. Done it more than 10 times 👌🏾👌🏾👌🏾👌🏾👌🏾👌🏾

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 10, 2024

      Wow that great to hear!

      Reply

  • Justus Graham
    May 1, 2024

    When the chicken is so heavily seasoned it prevents browning and the seasoning gets burned. Seems like some salt or light seasoning before searing chicken would make for better browning, and the seasoning can be added afterward. Right?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 1, 2024

      Hi Justus, we didn’t have an issue with that in this recipe. I hope you love it.

      Reply

  • Michele F.
    April 30, 2024

    Natasha’s Kitchen is my go-to when I am stumped on what to make for dinner, and I have never been disappointed. I made this recipe tonight, and it was DELICIOUS. I followed the recipe exactly as written and wouldn’t change it. I look forward to making it again and will do so as soon as possible!

    Reply

  • Cooking for the Neighbors
    April 24, 2024

    What a delightful surprise. It comes together quickly and is delicious. I wouldn’t change a thing about it and will definitely make it again and again.

    Reply

  • Bailey
    April 23, 2024

    This recipe brought a tear to my eye in the first bite. I subbed all dairy products for non-dairy and it tasted like pure heaven in my mouth. Unreal.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 23, 2024

      Aaaw, that’s wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing that with us, I’m so happy that you loved it!

      Reply

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