Friday, May 3, 2013

Chili's Copycat Cajun Chicken Pasta

I'm not one of those people who blogs about food all that often. I'll instagram my meals just like everyone else, but rarely do I ever think that the recipes I make are worth blogging about. Plus, I don't have one of those savvy food blogs that I stalk for new recipes. I just have a half-hearted attempt at a blog. But I'm hoping to become better now that it's the summer (pfft, yeah right!).

But this recipe was SO easy, SO delicious and SO pretty that I couldn't resist sharing with my fellow family members and friends! This recipe was taken initially from Six Sisters' Stuff blog, but I've made a few adjustments based on my experience cooking it, which I've done about 3 times since discovering it in early April.

Chili's Copycat Cajun Chicken Pasta (Makes 4 servings)
8 ounces of Penne pasta (or your favorite kind of pasta), cooked and drained
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thawed
4 tsp cajun seasoning
4 TBS butter
2 cups half and half (it was originally 3 cups, but that was WAY too much. 2 cups is still a bit generous...)
1/2 tsp lemon pepper seasoning
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 tomatoes, diced (I used roma tomatoes which worked well)
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded

Cook pasta according to directions and set aside for later. Place thawed chicken breasts in a large ziploc bag and sprinkle in cajun seasoning. Seal the bag and shake it until all the breasts are evenly coated in seasoning. In a large skillet, melt 2 TBS of butter and sauté the chicken breasts over medium high heat, turning occasionally until cooked through. Set the chicken breasts on a cutting board and set aside. In a separate skillet, combine half and half, 2 TBS butter, lemon pepper, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder over medium heat, stirring occasionally. When it starts to bubble, remove from heat and pour it over the cooked noodles. Slice the chicken breasts into long strips and serve over the pasta. Sprinkle shredded parmesan and diced tomatoes on top, and there you go!

When I cook this, I am juggling a lot of things at once to cut down on the prep time, but often Ryan will come in and help out, usually with the chicken. So it's a fun recipe to do with a friend or a spouse because it really is super easy. And good. Trust me.

Alright, I've gotta get back to my day, but I absolutely had to share this with you all. Enjoy!


Ellaniemae said...

Sounds yummy; thanks for sharing. I just might try this, minus the tomatoes... I don't like hot tomatoes. Yuck. ;)

Beckie said...

We should start a cooking blog together called "we cook a lot more than we blog, but here it is regardless" looks awesome and like something I will try making. If I ever get a camera phone/camera, I'll share some of my creations.

Kirsti said...

Beckie, that would be AWESOME if we started a blog! You'd definitely out-cook me by far, but this summer I've already started branching out and making things that aren't in my "comfort" zone :)

Charlene said...

This looks yummy and I will make this as soon as I make room for the new pounds I'm going to gain.