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Kickin’ Cajun Chicken Alfredo

 

Years ago, when my husband and I were dating, we used to go to a restaurant that served a great chicken Alfredo dish with a kick of Cajun seasonings.  14 years, 2 kids and a celiac disease diagnosis later, eating out at restaurants is not high on our priority list anymore.  When I saw some Cajun seasoning in the store a while back, I decided to re-create my own gluten-free version of this favorite dish from our past at home.  My husband and I agreed — this dish was better than any the restaurant ever served.  Homemade is always better.  ;)

Cajun Chicken Alfredo

4.7 from 6 reviews

Kickin’ Cajun Chicken Alfredo
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Cuisine: Pasta
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ lbs chicken breast, cubed
  • • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • • ¼ cup butter
  • • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • • ½ cup chopped red pepper
  • • 4 ounces light cream cheese, very soft
  • • 370 ml light evaporated milk
  • • ½ cup 1% milk
  • • ½ tsp salt
  • • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • • 1-2 Tbsp Cajun seasoning (depends on how hot you like it)
  • • 1 lb corn spaghetti (or pasta of your choice)
Instructions
  1. In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, fry the chicken in the olive oil until cooked. Add the butter, garlic, and red pepper. Continue frying, stirring occasionally, for approximately 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add the softened cream cheese, and stir until it has melted. Add the evaporated milk, milk, salt and pepper. Continue stirring and cooking until the sauce becomes smooth.
  3. Add the Parmesan cheese and Cajun seasoning. Stir until cheese has melted. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes, or until the pasta is ready.
  4. Cook the spaghetti according to package directions. Drain, but do not rinse.
  5. Return pasta to the pot it was cooked in, and pour the Cajun Alfredo sauce over it. Toss to evenly coat the pasta, and to evenly distribute the chicken and red pepper.
  6. Serve immediately.

 

Jeanine Friesen, the author of “The Everything Guide to Living Gluten-Free”, is a recipe developer and freelance food writer from Manitoba, Canada.  Her blog, The Baking Beauties, is a collection of gluten-free recipes that have helped her sustain a normal life after the diagnosis of Celiac disease.  Jeanine truly believes that no one should have to go without, and has done what she can to help others fill the void that the gluten-free diet can cause.

Comments

  1. Yum! I just love a little Cajun flair with my food. My husband doesn’t care for spicy food, but this pregnant mama has a craving. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I am off to pin it.

  2. oh that does sound yummy! I always find alfredo boring but the cajun might be the kick it needs!

  3. That’s totally up my alley. Thank you…delicious!

  4. Oh that looks amazing! We love pasta! And we love Cajun chicken. Never thought to combine the two. Oh yum!

  5. If I wasn’t pregnant, I would be all over this!!! I just can’t do the spicy right now but it looks delish!

  6. Wow, Jeanine! Dave would SO love this!! He’s really into Cajun right now. Next time the kids go to my parents, I’ll be making this for the both of us.

  7. This looks so delicious.

  8. Teresa M. says:

    mmm…thank you for this recipe…looks easy to make but the picture?? Save-On-Foods is across the street from our home and this would make a fun Friday night dinner!

  9. Made this tonight. Didn’t have any red pepper, so used a large shallot instead. It was absolutely delicious! However, the recipe said to drain the pasta but do not rinse. I went against my instinct and followed the direction – BIG mistake :( It was a sticky mess! I did use corn spaghetti. Next time, I would reserve 2 cups of the pasta water (this is a bit excessive but it will be useful for thinning then re-thickening the sauce as you go and for leftovers). Next time, I would not only drain and cold-water rinse the pasta, but will also drizzle with a bit of olive oil or oil of choice to prevent strands from clumping and or sticking. I will then add it to the sauce and reheat noodles over a low simmer, adding 1/2 cup (or more) pasta water to thin the sauce while the noodles reheat. Other than this, it was delicious!!!

  10. LOVE alfredo! This sounds absolutely yummy!! Will have to rework it however, to replace the dairy ingredients, but sounds to good NOT to try it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Jayne Cameron says:

    This dish looks delicious….I am definitely going to try it.

  12. laurie nykaza says:

    This looks so good and easy for me to make. I’m always looking for new chicken recipes with pasta . I like that you can make it not too hot for those who like it milder too

  13. What a yummy, yummy sounding recipe! I am not familiar at all with cajun spices. I have no idea … is it spicy? I love spicy food so if it doesn’t work with the cajun I will try with some chili peppers. Thanks!

  14. This has me drooling! Pinning this one for sure! Thanks for the recipe!

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