Cajun Chicken Pasta

by aimee @ shugarysweets on August 20, 2013

Looking for a delicious dinner recipe that’s ready in about 30 minutes? This Cajun Chicken Pasta is colorful, spicy, and quick!

Cajun Chicken Pasta: delicious cajun chicken dinner ready in 30 minutes!

Cajun Chicken Pasta: delicious cajun chicken dinner ready in 30 minutes!

I love dinner recipes that take less than 30 minutes. With school starting this week, this is the kind of recipe I like to keep on hand.

Between homework and sports I don’t have time to slave over the stove. By cutting your raw chicken into small chunks, they cook quickly in the skillet.

Cajun Chicken Pasta: delicious cajun chicken dinner ready in 30 minutes!

Plus, this is one of those delicious, eat your rainbow, kind of meals! All the gorgeous colors from the peppers and onion are inviting you to take a bite!

If you have a younger crowd, you may want to cut back or completely omit the cayenne pepper. It will still taste delicious, but not have the kick. You can also add a pinch to your own plate after serving!

Cajun Chicken Pasta: delicious cajun chicken dinner ready in 30 minutes!

I love using angel hair pasta for this recipe. But any noodle would work. Fettuccini noodles hold up real nice too! You can even make the chicken and veggie part of this meal, add some cooked penne noodles, pour the dish in a 9inch square pan, top with cheese and bake it (about 15 minutes). Now you have a different version, and one that’s portable! Either way, just try this meal. It’s so good….

Cajun Chicken Pasta: delicious cajun chicken dinner ready in 30 minutes!

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Cajun Chicken Pasta

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: serves 6


  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 6 cranks fresh black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1/2 small red onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 can (14.5oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken broth (I used low sodium)
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 lb angel hair pasta, cooked


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, add olive oil and chicken breasts. Cook over high heat. Allow chicken to brown on one side and flip to cook on other side (about 2 minutes each side). Add peppers, onion and garlic. Saute until they begin to soften, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes (no need to drain), chicken broth and seasonings. Simmer about 10 minutes. Add in cream and heat until warmed (about 5 minutes).
  4. To serve, combine cooked pasta with chicken mixture. ENJOY!

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Jamie @lifelovelemons August 20, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Ohhh divine! Love the cajun flavors.
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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust August 20, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Awesome recipe Aimee! I love quick dinners!
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Tanya Schroeder August 20, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Well I could eat bowls and bowls full of this pasta! Thanks for the quick recipe!
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Mary Clay @ Cooking with the King August 20, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Yummy! Love all the colors this dish presents. This looks delicious!
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Monica August 20, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Oh boy, does that look good!
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Ali August 20, 2013 at 11:46 pm

I adore Cajun food. Thank you for the recipe. It looks delish :)
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Kiran @ August 21, 2013 at 6:24 am

Drooling!!! Love the spices in this cajun pasta recipe :)
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Eva @ Eva Bakes August 21, 2013 at 8:44 am

My entire family loves Cajun food. This looks like a wonderful 30-minute meal that enables to get our Cajun fix without having to make jambalaya or gumbo! Thanks, Aimee!
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Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig August 21, 2013 at 11:44 am

Oh my goodness this just went on my Mardis Gras meal rotation and Mardi Gras Pinterest Board..yummo.
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Abbie August 21, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Yum!! This pasta looks soo good. It’s so colorful! love it. :)
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Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet August 21, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Any kind of pasta goes over well in our house! My son would go nuts for this, he is the one who likes a little kick to his food!
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Jess @ On Sugar Mountain August 21, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Yum! Aimee, You had me at 30 minute meal but really, I think I would wait hours for this one if I had to. I love all the peppers! Plus noodles are my life so mixing Cajun and Pasta makes my heart sing. ;)
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Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking August 21, 2013 at 6:20 pm

OMG, mega mouthwatering! This is my kind of comfort food, Aimee! Such a delish recipe.


Emily @ Life on Food August 21, 2013 at 8:05 pm

This reminds me of my favorite dish at the Rainforest Cafe. Cannot wait to try it.
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Marcie@Flavorthemoments August 21, 2013 at 10:55 pm

This looks like a delicious meal that I would love. I like it spicy! Welcome back, by the way…looked like you ha a great trip!
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aimee @ shugarysweets August 22, 2013 at 6:21 am

Thank you! We had an amazing time, and now I’m happy to be home :)
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Des August 22, 2013 at 1:03 am

Yum! This looks delicious as is but I am totally loving that suggestion of yours to turn it into a casserole!
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Mary Frances @ The Sweet Tooth Life August 22, 2013 at 9:33 am

Peppers and cayenne! Yes please! I adore pasta and this looks like a winner!
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Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl August 22, 2013 at 8:10 pm

I definitely need some quick dinners this week – love the flavors in this one!
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Nutmeg Nanny August 26, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Oh yum!! Cajun food is where it’s at :) this looks like perfection in a pan!
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