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Spicy Creamy Chicken Pasta

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This Spicy Creamy Chicken Pasta is made with grilled chicken with lots of cajun spice lying on a bed of creamy lemon pasta. It's absolutely irresistible and such an easy weeknight dinner. It's gonna be awesome.

  • Author: Renee Rendall
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 8 ounces (250 grams) linguine
  • 1 pound or 500 grams mini chicken fillets or tenders
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 double or heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Chopped fresh parsley, optional

Instructions

  1. Fill a large pot with water and bring it to the boil. Add a fat pinch of salt and cook your pasta according to packet instructions, usually around 10 minutes. Reserve some of the pasta water before draining.
  2. Add your chicken pieces to a mixing bowl, then sprinkle over the Cajun seasoning, 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese and salt and pepper. Use tongs to toss this together so all your chicken is coated in the seasoning and cheese.
  3. In a skillet over medium heat, melt two tablespoons of butter, then add your chicken, letting it cook through, about three minutes per side. It will feel firm when it's ready. Pull your chicken out of the pan and let it rest on a plate on the counter.
  4. In the same skillet, add another tablespoon of butter plus your garlic paste and chili flakes. Let this cook for about a minute until fragrant.
  5. Stir in the chicken stock and cream, along with any remaining Cajun seasoning left over from the chicken. Stir this together and let it simmer for about 5 minutes to thicken. 
  6. Finally, stir in the lemon juice and remaining 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Then add your cooked pasta and toss it all together. If it's too thick, you can stir in some of the pasta cooking water.
  7. Serve the sauced pasta with chicken on top. Sprinkle over some fresh chopped parsley if you like.

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