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 added broccoli, bell pepper, onion, tomato, and spinach and it was SOOOOOO good!! I put a cup and a half of Parmesan cheese in it and a lot more Cajun seasoning along with extra butter and my boyfriend wanted to propose!! LOL

  2. 5 stars
    PERFECTION! I added green bell pepper, mini red/green/and yellow bell peppers, and broccoli to add as the additional veggies. I followed this recipe exactly. It truly is a family favorite. I look forward to adding it to my meals to impress for gatherings of family and friends. Thank you so much!

  3. 5 stars
    Ive made this so many times . Big time favorite in my house , I add broccoli . Best part I usually just have to get cream cheese because I always have the rest of ingredients at home 👏🏼🤗💐

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