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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This is delicious. Thank you for the recipe. Great for a quick dinner.
Judy Goldin says
You put the cajun spice in twice? It sounds lovely as does the cajun spice.
Yes! There is cajun seasoning on the chicken and in the sauce. Enjoy!