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Cajun Chicken Pasta

Ingredients

INGREDIENTS

  • Ingredients
  • 1.5 whole Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, Cut Into Cubes
  • 3 teaspoons Cajun Spice Mix More To Taste
  • 170 g Macaroni
  • 1 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1/2 wholeGreen Bell Pepper Seeded And Sliced
  • 1/2 whole Red Bell Pepper Seeded And Sliced
  • 1/4 whole Large Red Onion Sliced
  • 2 cloves Garlic Minced
  • 1 small or 1/2 medium Tomato Diced
  • 1 1/4 cups Low Sodium Chicken Stock
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 3/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper or Kashmiri chili powder
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper To Taste
  • Salt To Taste
  • Chopped Fresh Parsley To Taste

Instructions

DIRECTIONS

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain when pasta is still al dente; do not overcook!
  • Sprinkle 1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun spice over chicken pieces. Toss around to coat.
  • Heat 1/2 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a heavy skillet over high heat. Allow chicken to brown on both sides. Remove and place on a clean plate.
  • 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 as possible.
  • Add tomatoes and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Remove all vegetables from the pan.
  • With the pan over high heat, pour in the chicken broth. Cook on high for 3 to 5 minutes, scraping the bottom of the pan to deglaze till the liquid is reduced to about 3/4 cup.
  • 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, cajun spice and/or salt to taste. Sauce should be spicy!
  • 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 macaroni and toss to combine.
  • Top with chopped fresh parsley.

Notes

Notes:
You can get cajun spice from any big supermarket. If didn’t find, it can be made at home by combining the following ingredients-
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1/4 teaspoons dried oregano
1 1/4 teaspoons dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
I used the store bought one so I’m not sure of the taste of the home-made mix.
For the stock, I used 1/4th of less salt Maggi chicken stock cube and mixed it in 1 1/4 cup of boiling water.