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One Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta

One Pot Cajun chicken pasta is a delicious dinner recipe that uses chicken, andouille sausage, onions, and tomatoes. Pasta is cooked in the skillet to absorb all the flavors and it’s finished with Neufchâtel Cheese. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 303kcal

Equipment

  • Stove Top

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 3 teaspoons Cajun seasoning divided
  • 4 andouille sausage links cut in 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 14.5 oz can organic diced tomatoes
  • 1 lb. penne pasta
  • 32. Oz chicken stock unsalted
  • 8 Oz. Neufchâtel Cheese 1/3 less fat than cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh Italian flat leaf parsley minced

Instructions

  • Preheat a large skillet on medium heat. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning on top of the chicken breast, turn over and sprinkle the remaining seasoning on the chicken breast. Add 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil in the skillet followed by the chicken breast. Cook for five minutes. While the chicken cooks, slice the andouille sausage into half inch thick pieces. Remove the lid , turn the chicken breast, add in the andouille sausage and cook for an additional five minutes with the lid on.
  • Remove the chicken and andouille sausage from the sauté pan. Add in the onion and salted butter. Cook for 2 minutes until the onion starts to become golden in color. Next, Add in the canned tomatoes and the penne pasta. Mix well. Then pour the container of chicken stock into the pan.
  • Next, place the burner on high heat and bring to a boil with the lid on. Set a timer for 12 minutes. Once the pasta has come to a boil lower to medium heat. Stir at the half way point.
  • While the pasta cooks, slice the chicken breast, and set to the side.
  • Once the pasta is done cooking and most of the liquid has absorbed turn the heat off. Add in the Neufchâtel cheese and sprinkle in the remaining 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning. Mix until creamy and combined. Then add in the chicken and andouille sausage as well as the freshly chopped parsley. Divide evenly among plates, and enjoy.

Notes

To freeze the cooked creamy pasta, you’ll want the food to cool to room temperature. Then, spray a metal disposable cooking container with cooking spray. Add the pasta to the container, seal tight, label and freeze!

Nutrition

Serving: 1c | Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 728mg | Potassium: 587mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 814IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 2mg
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