Cajun Chicken Skillet with Pasta – a take on Basic Chicken Skillet meal builder


Cajun Chicken Skillet with Pasta


My family loved this meal.  Give them pasta, chicken and lots of flavor and they are happy people!

This Cajun Chicken Skillet with Pasta is a take on the Basic Chicken Skillet I showed you a few weeks ago.

You start with the basics:

Basic Chicken Skillet


And then you accessorize to make it something special.

In this case, I added tomatoes, creamy half & half, linguine, a little Parmesan and plenty of Cajun Seasoning from McCormick.

Cajun seasoning McCormick


These simple ingredients come together to create a meal that’s worth gathering around the table to eat together.  Not only that, but it’s easy to fix.  And any leftovers can be reheated for the stragglers.  In our house, we never know if we’ll have 7 or 8 people at dinner or just 3!

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Back to the story of this pasta.  This is easy, family pleasing pasta dish.  The Cajun Seasoning adds bold flavor to the meal.  Pair this with a crisp, green salad for a complete dinner.  Here’s what you’ll need to make Cajun Chicken Skillet with Pasta:  

Cajun Chicken Skillet with Pasta ingr


Cajun Chicken Skillet with Pasta – a take on Basic Chicken Skillet meal builder

Serves: 8 servings

  • 1½ lbs. boneless chicken, cut in bite size pieces
  • 2-3 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 15oz can diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 2-3 tsp. McCormick Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 cup half and half, warmed
  • 1 lb. cooked linguine
  • Parmesan for topping
  1. Heat oil in skillet and cook chicken over medium heat until nearly done.
  2. Add onion, green pepper and garlic.
  3. Finish cooking until chicken is cooked through and onion is soft.
  4. Pour in tomatoes with their juice.
  5. Add Cajun Seasoning.
  6. Stir in half and half, turning the heat low so sauce doesn't boil.
  7. Toss the Cajun chicken and sauce with cooked pasta.
  8. Top with Parmesan, if desired.
Adjust the amount of Cajun Seasoning for your family's tastes, using more if you like it spicy and less for mild flavor.

I want to tell you about a new tool from McCormick called the FlavorPrint Tool.  This thing is cool!  You rate different foods and tastes and FlavorPrint makes recommendations  of recipes and spice blends based on your preferences.  My preferences were Coffee/Chocolatey, Fruity and Smoky.  Playing around with the FlavorPrint Tool not only had my mouth watering, but it had my mind spinning with new recipe ideas.

Disclosure:  I am partnering with McCormick Spice and have been compensated for my time.  All opinions are my own.

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  1. kaswanson says:

    Would creole seasoning be an appropriate substitute for the cajun seasoning? Thanks!

  2. heather jones says:

    I do a recipe similar to this and but I use Italian sausage. And I use whatever spices we are in the mood for. My kids love the dish. U could probably add seafood to it as well.

  3. Oh my, this looks ridiculously amazing!

  4. This looked fabulous and I was searching for a new chicken dish for tonight’s supper. I substituted a red pepper for the green pepper (it’s what I had on hand). I made my own cajun spice mixture and then used 1 T of the mix in the dish. Turned out nice and spicy without being blazing hot. We really liked this dish because we have nothing with these spices in our regular dinner lineup. I think it would also be great with shrimp instead of chicken. Thanks so much for another great recipe.

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