Cajun Chicken Pasta

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

Big gray bowl of cajun chicken pasta with sliced peppers and onions.

Why This Recipe Works

I could hardly be more enthusiastic about the quick and easy chicken pasta I made this week. It’s a recipe I knew I needed to share!

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.

But no one wants to be stuck eating something boring or mediocre just because you’re busy.

I was so impressed by this Cajun Chicken Pasta. It has amazing flavor but comes together FAST!

Cutting raw chicken into chunks before cooking saved so much time! This meal was ready in what felt like no time at all–and everyone at the table raved about it.

Plus, this chicken pasta 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! All the goodness of those veggies with an incredible taste means everyone wins when Cajun Chicken Pasta is on the menu.

Forkful of spaghetti pasta with cajun chicken sauce.

Ingredient Notes

To make this chicken pasta, we start by dicing raw chicken breast into small pieces. Boneless skinless chicken thighs would also work well.

While you cook a package of pasta according to the package directions, you can prepare the other ingredients. 

Along with the chicken and pasta, you’ll need. . . 

  • Red, orange, green and yellow bell peppers (seeded and diced)
  • Red onion, sliced
  • Garlic, chopped
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Chicken broth
  • Cayenne pepper, cumin, black pepper and chili powder
  • Heavy cream 
Gray bowl of cajun chicken pasta and peppers.

Step by Step Instructions

STEP 1. Cook the diced chicken breast in a pan with olive oil on high heat. Cook just until browned on both sides (about 2 minutes), then add in the peppers and onions, continuing to sautee everything together until the veggies are softened and the garlic becomes fragrant (3 -5 minutes). 

STEP 2. Add the tomatoes along with their juices from the can. Then add the chicken broth and spices. Simmer for 10 minutes to allow the chicken to finish cooking and the flavors to combine. 

STEP 3. Add the heavy cream and heat until warmed through, about 5 minutes. Combine the chicken mixture with the cooked pasta and serve. 

What noodles to use for chicken pasta

I love using angel hair pasta for this recipe. Thin noodles made a great vehicle for the sauce and tender pieces of Cajun chicken. Fettuccine noodles hold up wonderfully to the sauce, too.

That said, really any variety of pasta will work. From macaroni noodles to bow tie to penne–feel free to use whatever you have (or whatever noodle shapes your family prefers.)

The cajun chicken in this easy pasta recipe has a little kick but no one in my household found it overwhelmingly spicy. 

Sensitive to heat or cooking for kids? Feel free to reduce or omit the cayenne pepper. The chicken pasta will still be flavorful, it just won’t have that kick the cayenne provides.

You can always serve the cayenne pepper on the side so everyone can add their desired amounts of heat, too.

This recipe is so adaptable and versatile. It’s hard to go wrong!

Serving size bowl of angel hair pasta with cajun sauce and chicken.

Baked Cajun Pasta

Love pasta bakes or need a portable meal? 

This recipe is easy to adapt into a baked pasta cheese lovers will love. Use penne noodles and pour the whole thing into a oven proof dish. Sprinkle with cheese and bake for about 15 minutes until the cheese melts. 

Cover with foil and you’re potluck ready.

This family dinner recipe is perfect, even if your kids are skeptical of the vegetables. I’ve always found covering them with cheese is a great (and sneaky) option.

That said, all the kids who’ve eaten this pasta gave it two thumbs up served just as is. 

Don’t you just love how colorful this meal is?

Cajun

Tips and Tricks

  • Seed and chop the bell peppers and onions on the weekend then store in an airtight container until you’re ready to cook.
  • Dice the chicken and store separately. When you’re ready to make the chicken pasta, proceed with the recipe as directed to have dinner on the table in under 30 minutes.
  • You can also make the chicken and sauce ahead of time! It keeps well covered in the fridge for a few days. When you’re ready to eat, just cook your noodles, reheat the chicken mixture on the stove and serve! 
  • The cajun chicken freezes well, too. Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container or sealed bag in the freezer. Thaw in the fridge and warm on the stove top before pouring over freshly cooked noodles to serve. 

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Yield: 6 servings

Cajun Chicken Pasta

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

    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!

Notes

  • I love using angel hair pasta for this recipe. Thin noodles made a great vehicle for the sauce and tender pieces of Cajun chicken. Fettuccine noodles hold up wonderfully to the sauce, too.
  • You can also make the chicken and sauce ahead of time! It keeps well covered in the fridge for a few days. When you’re ready to eat, just cook your noodles, reheat the chicken mixture on the stove and serve! 
  • The cajun chicken freezes well, too. Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container or sealed bag in the freezer. Thaw in the fridge and warm on the stove top before pouring over freshly cooked noodles to serve. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 522Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 132mgSodium: 487mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 31g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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I hope your family enjoys it just as much. When it comes to kid approved healthy weeknight meals for busy families, it doesn’t get better than Cajun Chicken Pasta!

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Posted on August 20, 2013

Comments & Reviews

  1. I definitely need some quick dinners this week – love the flavors in this one!

  2. Peppers and cayenne! Yes please! I adore pasta and this looks like a winner!

  3. Yum! This looks delicious as is but I am totally loving that suggestion of yours to turn it into a casserole!

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

  5. 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. 😉

  6. Oh my goodness this just went on my Mardis Gras meal rotation and Mardi Gras Pinterest Board..yummo.

  7. 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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