Cajun Chicken Pasta Skillet

This Cajun Chicken Pasta Skillet is creamy, cheesy and slightly spicy ! This easy dinner recipe is made in just one skillet too!

I’m so excited about this Cajun Chicken Pasta Skillet! It’s a creamy, cheesy and a slightly spicy chicken with pasta that’s all cooked in just one skillet!

This Cajun Chicken Pasta Skillet is creamy, cheesy and slightly spicy ! This easy dinner recipe is made in just one skillet too!

I hope you all had a fantastic Memorial Day Weekend!

We spent the long weekend in Mexico, camping in our trailer on the beach. It was seriously one of the most relaxing vacations I’ve been on in quite a while. We enjoyed the cool beach breeze, warm sun and a few splashes in the ocean.

This Cajun Chicken Pasta Skillet is creamy, cheesy and slightly spicy ! This easy dinner recipe is made in just one skillet too!

When you have 4 kids, going on vacation can get expensive.

We were able to camp on the beach for just $35 a night, which included full hook-ups for our tiny trailer. Before we left for Mexico we planned a menu and stocked our little fridge and cupboards with food. I think I spent $75 on all of the food we needed for the 6 days we were there.

This Cajun Chicken Pasta Skillet is creamy, cheesy and slightly spicy ! This easy dinner recipe is made in just one skillet too!

We also left some meals open for going out to eat, cause when in Mexico… eat chips and guacamole!

The first time we went to get some lunch with the kids at a restaurant we ended up spending nearly $70! I was shocked. Basically I never take my kids out to eat unless it’s to Chick-fil-A or Jimmy John’s, so spending practically the same amount for one meal as I did for the entire week… yeah, no bueno.

This Cajun Chicken Pasta Skillet is creamy, cheesy and slightly spicy ! This easy dinner recipe is made in just one skillet too!

Plus taking my kids out to a restaurant is the equivalent of me trying to pull my hair out while simultaneously stepping in a bucket of broken sea shells.

So yeah, I happily made more one skillet dinners in my tiny trailer kitchen for the remainder of our visit.

We don’t have an oven in our trailer, just a small three burner stove top so I made my Mexican Beef and Rice Skillet and this Cajun Chicken Pasta Skillet. We ate like kings.

This Cajun Chicken Pasta Skillet is creamy, cheesy and slightly spicy ! This easy dinner recipe is made in just one skillet too!

I’m obsessed with this easy skillet recipe. The chicken and pasta are all cooked in one skillet for an easy weeknight dinner.

I used chicken thighs for this recipe, but chicken breast would also work.

The creamy and cheesy pasta is paired perfectly with a slightly spiced cajun chicken. I’ve plumped up the skillet with diced onion and red bell peppers. You could also add some mushrooms like I did in this pasta skillet recipe I made years ago. So good!

This Cajun Chicken Pasta Skillet is creamy, cheesy and slightly spicy ! This easy dinner recipe is made in just one skillet too!

When in doubt, go with a delicious one skillet dinner to save time, money and just a little sanity!

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Cajun Chicken Pasta Skillet

  • Yield: serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tbsp cajun seasoning, divided
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 10 oz. uncooked campanelli noodles
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Season the diced chicken thighs with salt, pepper and 1 tbsp of the cajun seasoning.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat and cook chicken until browned on all sides, stirring occasionally. Add the bell pepper, onion and garlic to the skillet. Cook another couple minutes until the onions and pepper are tender.
  3. Add the chicken broth and uncooked noodles to the skillet, stir to combine. Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir in the heavy cream and remaining cajun seasoning until combined. Top with the shredded monterey jack cheese and broil about 5 inches away from the heating element in your oven for about 2 to 3 minutes, or until cheese is slightly browned and bubbly. Carefully remove from oven, let cool slightly, garnish with parsley if desired and enjoy!
About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes with a bit of life sprinkled in. Mom to 4 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
12 Responses
  1. Lacey Fields

    Hi. I’m wondering what Cajun seasoning you use? I made this tonight and it had delicious flavor but it was very salty. I’m wondering if it might be the Cajun seasoning I used which was Slap Yo Mama. Thanks 🙂

  2. Angelynn Cozadd

    I forgot that I was to cook the pasta with the other ingredients in the pan. I had cooked them prior to starting the recipe. After realizing what I ‘d done I added a little flour to the broth so the sauce would thicken. What would you have done in that case?

    1. I would have not added all of the chicken broth, maybe just a 1/4 cup of that along with the heavy cream and stirred it all together until warmed throughout. Hope you still enjoyed it!

  3. Colleen

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. This came out nicely, even though I used wagon-wheel pasta and unsweetened greek yogurt (instead of the cream).

    1. Hi Perri, Looks like I forgot to add that in there! You’ll want to put it in when you add the heavy cream. I’ve updated the recipe to reflect this. Thanks for bringing it to my attention! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  4. Denise

    I enjoy making your recipes. I would really like to know how you spent $75.00 for dinners n ate like like kings.
    Thank you
    Denise

    1. Hi Denise! Great question! I was able to make a menu before we left and used items that I already had in my pantry in addition to what I purchased at the grocery store.
      These are the dinners I prepared: Spaghetti with meatballs, Mexican Beef and Rice Skillet, Cajun Chicken Skillet, Tacos, and a Chicken Stir Fry. The last night we just ate all the leftovers and cleaned out the fridge.

      I buy chicken in bulk at Costco, I found a great deal on ground beef too, so I was able to use that to make great use of that. As for breakfasts we brought 4 dozen eggs (we have backyard chickens), so I was able to make breakfast burritos, eggs and sausage, pancakes, oatmeal and cold cereal.

      Lunches included sandwiches, wraps, and we left room in our budget to go out a couple times. 🙂 Hope that helps!!

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of four; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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