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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 92 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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  • Tori
    January 17, 2022

    I made this for the first time for dinner tonight and it was so good that everyone had seconds. Thank you for the recipe! 😊❤️

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 18, 2022

      Hi Tori, great to hear that the recipe was a huge hit!

      Reply

  • AK
    January 17, 2022

    Keeper recipe for sure! Easy to make and adjust with ingredients from your fridge and pantry. I didn’t have the tomatoes, parsley, and ended up using 1/2 cup of 2% milk because I only had 1 cup of heavy cream. Still delicious.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 17, 2022

      I’m so glad it still worked out, AK! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Matt
    January 15, 2022

    This was a delicious and easy recipe to follow for a foundational cream-based pasta. I used thin spaghetti and roasted red peppers instead of linguini and tomatoes. Bookmarking this one!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 15, 2022

      I’m so glad you loved this one too! It’s so good!

      Reply

  • Ivonne Rodriguez
    January 15, 2022

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I made it and it was a success. 🙂

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 15, 2022

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

      Reply

  • Hilary
    January 11, 2022

    Made this for the second time tonight! Absolutely amazing. This time I added red and green pepper, and then some mushrooms. It’s a must try.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 11, 2022

      Yum! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Cindy
    January 11, 2022

    Oh my goodness! This was such a great recipe and it took no time to cook. This will definitely be added to the rotation.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 11, 2022

      Great to hear that you loved it, Cindy. Thanks for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Yvonne
    January 9, 2022

    Hi Natasha, Just discovered your wonderful recipes. Love the Creamy Chicken and Mushroom recipe. Would like to make your Cajun Chicken Pasta but I cannot eat tomatoes. Do you have a creamy sauce recipe that I could use instead?
    Delicious Wishes From Canada

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 10, 2022

      Hi Yvonne, I haven’t experimented on other substitutions yet but I think you can omit it from the recipe or try using red bell peppers instead.

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    • Yvonne
      January 10, 2022

      Thank you, Natasha for your quick reply. Will use red bell peppers. Sounds great.
      Yvonne

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  • Aria
    January 8, 2022

    Its amazing!!! My husband loves it always asks for it!!! We make it at least 1x a week…. So quick so easy and so much flavor!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 8, 2022

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

      Reply

  • Marianne Costa
    January 7, 2022

    OMG! This dish was absolutely delicious. My husband said it was restaurant worthy. Very easy and quick to make. This is a new staple in our home.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 7, 2022

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your excellent review, Marianne! Don’t you love it when a good restaurant-quality dish can be made at home?!

      Reply

  • Evelyn Martinez
    January 3, 2022

    This recipe is AMAZING!!! I made it with chicken but next I will try it with crawfish or shrimp.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 3, 2022

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Evelyn! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Diana K
    January 2, 2022

    Came out soo delicious! I used spinach linguini in place for the pasta.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 2, 2022

      I’m so glad you loved it!

      Reply

  • Sarah
    December 12, 2021

    This meal was amazing! Best creamy chicken pasta I’ve ever had. I will have to follow you for more recipes!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 12, 2021

      Aaaw, thank you so much for your awesome feedback! I’m happy that you loved it!

      Reply

  • Meg
    December 7, 2021

    Could this be made with rotisserie chicken for a shortcut or is it better to take the extra time?
    Can’t wait to try it, I love all of your recipes!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 8, 2021

      Hi Meg, I think that will work just fine. If you try that, please share with us how it goes.

      Reply

  • Christie
    December 7, 2021

    This was delicious.
    For me, I would have added a bunch of veggies, but my daughter is not a fan lol.
    Will keep this recipe close!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 8, 2021

      It is so versatile so feel free to try it with the veggies version next time. I’m glad you both enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • 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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