This Cajun Chicken Pasta is a dinner winner with it’s creamy cajun sauce and bites of tender pasta and chicken. It’s one of the easiest dinners, ready in less than 30 minutes.

There’s few things I love more than 30-minute meals!  This cajun pasta is quick, easy, and completely customizable!  Serve it with Homemade Breadsticks, Rolls, a Salad, or a side of Roasted Vegetables.

Cajun Chicken Pasta in a large skillet with a wooden spoon.

What I LOVE about this recipe:

  • 30 minute meal
  • Customizable:  Choose your pasta and veggies, and make it healthier if you want to! I share all of my ideas below in the post.
  • Easy to make healthier (see ideas below).

How to Make Cajun Chicken Pasta:

1. Cook pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain, rinse with cold water and set aside.

2. Cook chicken and veggies.  In skillet, melt the butter, add garlic and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the chicken pieces (and any desired vegetables) and season with cajun seasoning. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until chicken is nearly cooked through.

Chicken and bell peppers sautéing in a skillet and then sauce and cream cheese added.

3. Finish sauce.  Add the milk and cream cheese, stirring well until cream cheese has melted and sauce is smooth, 2-3 minutes.

Creamy cajun sauce with chicken and veggies in a skillet.

4. Add pasta and cheese. Stir together and season with salt and pepper if needed. 

Adjust the Spice Level:

The spice in this cajun chicken pasta recipe is solely attributed to the cajun seasoning.  The recipe calls for 2 teaspoons, which gives it a mild to medium spicy flavor.  Add more for spicier pasta, add only 1 teaspoon for mild.

Choose your pasta:

I used farfalle (bowtie) pasta but you can substitute 8 oz of your favorite pasta, like penne, shells,  rotini, linguine, etc.

A bowl of cajun chicken pasta.

For Healthier Cajun Chicken Pasta:

  • Substitute whole grain pasta
  • Add veggies: Add any vegetables you’d like to use up from your refrigerator including but not limited to, sliced bell peppers, spinach, asparagus, mushrooms, zucchini, broccoli etc.
  • Substitute olive oil for the butter or cut the butter amount in half.
  • Use low fat cream cheese
  • Use skim milk
  • Omit the parmesan cheese

Make Ahead Instructions:

  • To make this cajun chicken pasta ahead of time, prep steps 2-4 of the recipe (make the creamy sauce with cooked vegetables and chicken).  Allow it to cool and store in the refrigerator.  When ready to serve, cook noodles, reheat sauce and stir in pasta and cheese.

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Recipe

Cajun Chicken Pasta in a large skillet with a wooden spoon.
Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins
Total 20 mins
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Ingredients
 
 

  • 8 ounces farfalle pasta (or your favorite type)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 2 breasts), cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning , more or less, to taste
  • 4 ounces cream cheese , softened and cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt , more to taste, if needed
  • Fresh vegetables, if desired , see note*

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain, rinse with cold water and set aside.
  • In a large pot or skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add the chicken pieces (and any desired vegetables*) and season with cajun seasoning. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until chicken is nearly cooked through.
  • Add the milk and cream cheese, stirring well until cream cheese has melted and sauce is smooth, 2-3 minutes. 
  • Stir in pasta, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Notes

*Vegetables: I often like to add vegetables to the pasta that need to be used from my fridge. A more authentic cajun dish would include sliced bell peppers. Other good additions would be spinach, broccoli, asparagus, zucchini or mushrooms.
Otherwise this is the perfect pasta to serve with a side of Roasted vegetables.
For Healthier Cajun Chicken Pasta:
  • Substitute whole grain pasta
  • Add veggies: Add any vegetables you'd like to use up from your refrigerate including but not limited to, sliced bell peppers, spinach, asparagus, mushrooms, zucchini, etc.
  • Substitute olive oil for butter or cut the butter amount in half.
  • Use low fat cream cheese
  • Use skim milk
  • Omit the parmesan cheese
Make Ahead Instructions: Prepare steps 2-4 of the recipe (make the creamy sauce with cooked vegetables and chicken).  Allow it to cool and store in the refrigerator.  When ready to serve, cook noodles, reheat sauce and add pasta and cheese to sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 661kcalCarbohydrates: 58gProtein: 46gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 141mgSodium: 930mgPotassium: 1178mgFiber: 5gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 1800IUVitamin C: 137.6mgCalcium: 398mgIron: 2.5mg

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I originally shared this recipe December 2014. Updated April 2020 with process photos, a video, and additional instructions for making it healthier and making ahead of time.

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  1. I’ve made this before and LOVED it, so now I’m using this recipe, but substituting shrimp instead of chicken just to shake things up 😁

  2. 5 stars
    I literally fell in LOVE with this recipe. I added green, red, and yellow peppers and it was sooo good. My husband loves it too!

  3. 5 stars
    This was really, really good and easy to make which made it even better. I added some extra Cajun seasoning and garlic powder toward the end but keep in mind not all Cajun seasoning is created equally so your brand may be stronger or weaker than mine so just taste as you go.

  4. 5 stars
    I am currently feeding 5 student athletes, 3 of them being teenage boys while trying to stick to a budget. This recipe was AMAZING! I doubled the recipe, using chicken and andouille chicken sausage. I also added an assortment of bell pepper slices and extra cajun seasoning because we love spice. I had one small bowl, which was delicious and tasked the boys with putting away the leftovers. They had an easy job since there were none!!!!

  5. This is a family favorite! We like it with shrimp, chicken, smoked sausage, bell pepper, and Zucchuni. It’s a hit!

  6. 5 stars
    The whole family loves this one, and it’s so easy to make. It’s great made with summer squash, zucchini, tomato and onion, or even with a bag of frozen mixed veggies.

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