Mardi Gras is tomorrow and a great way to celebrate is with some cajun inspired food, like this cajun chicken alfredo! This is a super simple chicken alfredo recipe where both the chicken and the alfredo sauce are seasoned with a cajun seasoning. The alfredo sauce itself is a simple mixture of cream and parmesan cheese, not to mention the butter and garlic! Yum! The chicken is seasoned with the cajun seasoning and then blackened or seared in a skillet before being sliced and served with the alfredo sauce tossed with a pasta of choice for a quick meal that is ready in less than 30 minutes! This meal is perfect for Mardi Gras, or date night or even for special occasions with guests!
I like to kick things up a bit with extras like andouille sausage, red bell peppers and collard greens!
Cajun Chicken Alfredo
A quick and easy chicken alfredo with cajun seasoning!
- 8 ounces pasta (such as linguine or fettuccine or penne, etc.) (gluten-free for gluten-free)
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 pound boneless and skinless chicken breasts (or thighs)
- 1 teaspoon cajun seasoning
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/4 cup dry white wine (or chicken broth)
- 1 cup heavy/whipping cream
- 1/2 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
- 1 teaspoon cajun seasoning (or to taste)
- Start cooking the pasta as directed on the package.
- Meanwhile, heat the oil and melt the butter in a skillet or heavy bottom pan over medium-high heat, season the chicken with the cajun seasoning, add to the pan and sear until cooked, about 3-5 minutes per side, and set aside.
- Add the garlic to the pan and saute, in the remaining oil and butter, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Add the wine to the pan and deglaze by scraping up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon as the wine sizzles.
- Add the heavy cream, parmesan and cajun seasoning and cook until the cheese has melted and the sauce thickens a bit, about 3-5 minutes.
- Toss the cooked and drained pasta with the alfredo sauce along with the chicken and enjoy.
Option: Garnish with chopped parsley and/or cilantro.
Option: Add a splash of lemon juice at the end.
Option: Replace the chicken with shrimp or use a combination of chicken and shrimp!
Option: Add extra meat and/or veggies such as sliced andouille sausage, bell peppers, collard greens, kale, swiss chard, green beans, etc.
Note: Store bought cajun seasoning often contains a lot of salt. I like to use homemade cajun seasoning to control the amount of salt. If you are using store bought seasoning, you may want to use less.
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