This easy Cajun Chicken Alfredo Pasta recipe combines creamy Alfredo sauce and the bold flavors of Cajun cuisine! This dish is a harmonious marriage of rich, velvety Alfredo sauce and fiery, aromatic Cajun spices. Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with this delicious fusion of Italian and Louisiana flavors and amaze the whole family.
What is Cajun Chicken Alfredo Pasta?
One of the most beloved Italian-American specialties, Cajun Chicken Alfredo Pasta is a heavenly combination of delicious (plant-based) chicken, mouth-watering Cajun seasoning and creamy Alfredo sauce, all served on a bed of perfectly cooked pasta.
This dish is known for its savory, rich and tangy flavors that are sure to delight your taste buds.
Here’s a great recipe that’s easy to make and perfect for your weekday dinner table, not just pasta night.
What Ingredients Are Needed to Make Cajun Chicken Alfredo Pasta
What makes this recipe so simple is how few ingredients you actually need to make it. And the ones you need are basic household products that you probably have on hand at all times.
You will of course need some pasta, some basics like vegan butter and olive oil, a medium sized onion, some garlic and of course some chicken fillets (plant based ).
Delicious Cajun seasoning should also be on the list, along with vegan cream cheese, Parmesan, and dairy-free heavy cream. That’s all!
Can I use store-bought Cajun seasonings for this recipe?
What sets this recipe apart from classic Alfredo sauce is obviously the Cajun seasoning. For this, you can use store-bought Cajun seasonings for convenience.
My strong recommendation is to pay attention to the salt content of such seasoning. If it contains a significant amount of salt, be very careful adding more salt later in this recipe.
However, you can also make your own homemade Cajun seasoning by combining spices like paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, thyme, oregano, salt and black pepper to a personalized flavor.
The spiciness of Cajun Chicken Alfredo Pasta can vary depending on the amount of Cajun seasoning you use. If you prefer a milder dish, use less Cajun seasoning or choose a mild Cajun seasoning blend. To increase the heat, add more Cajun seasoning or a pinch of cayenne pepper.
What type of pasta is best for Cajun Chicken Alfredo Pasta?
Fettuccine is the traditional and most commonly used pasta for Alfredo sauce. The wide, flat noodles provide a good surface area for the rich, creamy Alfredo sauce to cling to, creating a harmonious balance of flavors and textures. The smooth, silky texture of the fettuccine perfectly complements the velvety Alfredo sauce.
However, you can also use other pasta shapes if you prefer or don’t have fettuccine on hand. Linguine, pappardelle or even spaghetti can go well with Alfredo sauce. Ultimately, I choose penne as my pasta choice for this recipe.
Whatever you decide, remember that the sauce needs to coat and adhere to the pasta, so shapes with nooks and crannies may not be the best choice for a creamy homemade Alfredo sauce.
What can I serve with Cajun Chicken Alfredo Pasta?
When serving Alfredo pasta, it is important to choose accompaniments that complement the dish and provide a balanced meal. Side dishes should offer a blend of taste, texture and nutrition.
Some good options to consider include a simple green salad, garlic bread, roasted vegetables, tomato basil bruschetta, sautéed or steamed spinach, Caprese salad, antipasto platter and roasted mushrooms.
These side dishes are great choices because they offer a variety of flavors and textures that complement the Alfredo pasta. They are also easy to prepare and will ensure your meal is a success.
How to Make Cajun Chicken Alfredo Pasta
First, prepare the pasta by cooking it al dente in a large pot of boiling salted water.
Meanwhile, sear the chicken: on a plate, rub the chicken with oil then with 1 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning. Heat a large skillet with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Cook for 3 minutes on each side. Remove from pan and set aside.
Prepare the basic Alfredo sauce: In the same pan, add 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter, then add the finely chopped onions and garlic. Cook everything for 3 minutes over medium-high heat. Then add the heavy cream, cream cheese and Parmesan, along with the remaining Cajun seasoning and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Drain the pasta and mix it with the sauce. Cut the pan-fried chicken into strips and serve with pasta. If desired, garnish with fresh parsley.
Store leftover Cajun Chicken Alfredo Pasta in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat it in the microwave or on the stove with a little milk or cream to maintain its creaminess.
Can I make Cajun Chicken Alfredo Pasta in advance?
Although it’s best served chilled, you can prepare components like Cajun seasoned chicken and Alfredo sauce in advance and store them separately in the refrigerator. When ready to eat, reheat the components and combine them with freshly cooked pasta.
Other Cajun Recipes to Try
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8 ounces of pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon dairy-free butter
2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning, divided
1 medium onion, diced
3 cloves of pressed garlic
2 chicken fillets, plant-based
2 ounces vegan parmesan
1 cup dairy-free heavy cream
7 oz dairy-free cream cheese
salt, pepper to taste
- Store leftover Cajun Chicken Alfredo Pasta in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat it in the microwave or on the stove with a little milk or cream to maintain its creaminess.
- Although it’s best served chilled, you can prepare components like Cajun seasoned chicken and Alfredo sauce in advance and store them separately in the refrigerator. When ready to eat, reheat the components and combine them with freshly cooked pasta.
Portion: 1.5 cups
Amount per serving:
Calories: 652Total fat: 40gSaturated fat: 19gTrans fat: 0gUnsaturated fats: 12gCholesterol: 0 mgSodium: 1209mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 28g