Celebrate Mardi Gras with some tasty Cajun food!
This Blackened Chicken Pasta is one of our favorites!
I’ve always loved spending time in the kitchen. I grew up in a traditional Southern household, which meant there were always sweet treats and freshly baked snacks around. After graduating from college, I developed a love for cooking and baking for myself. This partially grew out of necessity since cooking your own meals is typically a lot cheaper than going out to eat. However, this interest soon turned into a passion, and I began looking for opportunities to cook and bake for friends. This Blackened Chicken Pasta has been in my recipe box for many years, and it’s definitely one of my favorites!
Even though I love cooking at home, I certainly still enjoy going out to eat. I moved to south Louisiana after college, and if you know anything about that area of the U.S., then you certainly know about delicious Cajun food! There was no shortage of awesome Cajun and Creole restaurants down there. Whenever friends and family came to visit, one of my favorite places to go was Ralph and Kacoo’s. Not only did they serve a great selection of Cajun food, but the Baton Rouge location often had a live band playing Zydeco music. Tasty food, good music and even a bit of Cajun Two Step dancing. Talk about a good way to introduce folks to southern Louisiana! Of course, the Blackened Alligator Bites were another good way to introduce folks to Louisiana. (For some reason, I’ve had a hard time finding good blackened alligator up here in upstate New York. Go figure.)
On one occasion, Ralph & Kacoo’s had recipe cards printed up for their Blackened Chicken Pasta. You don’t often see restaurants handing out their recipes, so I grabbed one and stuck it in my recipe box at home. I didn’t find it again until a couple years later when I had moved away from south Louisiana. My wife and I invited a couple of friends over, and we made a big pan of this Blackened Chicken Pasta. It was delicious, and it totally reminded me of the tasty Cajun food that I had grown to love in Louisiana! This recipe is nearly identical to the one from Ralph & Kacoo’s. I made my own Cajun Blackened Seasoning, but you could certainly use a store-bought version instead. I also slightly reduced the butter in the recipe, and I finished the dish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
Mix things up a bit tonight! Pop open an Abita beer, turn on some Cajun Zydeco (look for a station on Pandora) and enjoy a plate of this delicious Blackened Chicken Pasta. If you’re looking for more tasty Cajun food, check out this Cajun Grilled Shrimp or the classic Creole Red Beans & Rice. Laissez les bon temps rouler!