Pioneer Woman Cajun Chicken Pasta

READY IN: 25mins
Recipe by Krista Roes

From one of my favorite websites: The Pioneer Woman Cooks.

Top Review by DuChick

Chow down, we did! This dish was a little "out of our box" as far as what we normally eat around here. A few sniffs of the wonderful aromas brought the family to the kitchen and I piled on the servings. I was a bit short on the cajun seasoning and glad I was since it was plenty spicy! I used leftovers from a rotisserie chicken and fresh linguine rather than fettuccine. Also a bit time intensive for a weeknight, but worth it. My photos didn't do this justice, but will try again. Thanks for posting this one, Krista! Wonderful.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain when pasta is still al dente; do not overcook!
  2. Sprinkle 1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun spice over chicken pieces. Toss around to coat. Heat 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a heavy skillet over high heat. Add half the chicken in a single layer; do not stir. Allow chicken to brown on one side, about 1 minute. Flip to the other side and cook an additional minute. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a clean plate.
  3. Repeat with remaining chicken. Remove chicken, leaving pan on high heat.
  4. Add remaining olive oil and butter. When heated, add peppers, onions, and garlic. Sprinkle on remaining Cajun spice, and add salt if needed. Cook over very high heat for 1 minute, stirring gently and trying to get the vegetables as dark/black as possible. Add tomatoes and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Remove all vegetables from the pan.
  5. With the pan over high heat, pour in the wine and chicken broth. Cook on high for 3 to 5 minutes, scraping the bottom of the pan to deglaze. Reduce heat to medium-low and pour in cream, stirring/whisking constantly. Cook sauce over medium-low heat for a few minutes, until cream starts to thicken the mixture. Taste and add freshly ground black pepper, cayenne pepper, and/or salt to taste. Sauce should be spicy!
  6. Finally, add chicken and vegetables to sauce, making sure to include all the juices that have drained onto the plate. Stir and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until mixture is bubbly and hot. Add drained fettuccine and toss to combine.
  7. Top with chopped fresh parsley and chow down!

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