Blackened Chicken Pasta

Celebrate Mardi Gras with some tasty Cajun food!
This Cajun Chicken Pasta is one of our favorites!

Celebrate Mardi Gras with some delicious Cajun food! This Cajun 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.)

Celebrate Mardi Gras with some delicious Cajun food! This Cajun Chicken Pasta is one of our favorites!

Cajun Chicken Pasta

On one occasion, Ralph & Kacoo’s had recipe cards printed up for their Cajun 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 Cajun 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.

Celebrate Mardi Gras with some delicious Cajun food! This Cajun Chicken Pasta is one of our favorites!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 Cajun 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!

Celebrate Mardi Gras with some delicious Cajun food! This Blackened Chicken Pasta is one of our favorites!

Blackened Chicken Pasta

Celebrate Mardi Gras with some delicious Cajun food! This Blackened Chicken Pasta is one of our favorites!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 890kcal

Ingredients

For the Cajun Blackened Seasoning

  • Tbsp paprika
  • tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ Tbsp black pepper
  • ½ Tbsp onion powder
  • ¾ tsp kosher salt
  • Pinch cayenne pepper

For the Cajun Chicken Pasta

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 medium white onion sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 3 ½ cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 medium tomatoes diced
  • ¾ cup green onions chopped
  • 16 oz. ziti pasta
  • parmesan cheese grated

Instructions

For the Cajun Blackened Seasoning

  • Using a small bowl, combine all ingredients until well blended.

For the Cajun Chicken Pasta

  • Preheat grill (outdoor) or grill pan (indoor) to medium heat.
  • Brush chicken with melted butter and rub both sides with 3 Tbsp of Blackened Seasoning. (Note: The remaining Blackened Seasoning will be used later.)
  • Place chicken on grill and grill over medium heat until done, flipping once (~6-7 minutes per side).
  • Meanwhile, place the olive oil in a deep sauté pan over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the sliced onion and peppers; continue cooking over medium heat until onion and peppers are soft (~10 minutes).
  • Add the heavy whipping cream and remaining Blackened Seasoning. Increase heat to high and bring mixture to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add diced tomatoes and continue cooking over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens noticeably (15-18 minutes).
  • While the sauce is cooking, cook the pasta according to the package directions.
  • Once sauce has thickened, add green onions and stir until well combined.
  • Divide the cooked pasta into 4 bowls and top with sauce.
  • Slice blackened chicken breasts into strips and lay on top of pasta.
  • Before serving, garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Notes

Cajun Chicken Pasta recipe slightly adapted from Ralph & Kacoo’s.

Celebrate Mardi Gras with some delicious Cajun food! This Cajun Chicken Pasta is one of our favorites!

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21 Comments

    1. Yes! I totally agree, Dannii. I love chicken, but it’s way too boring unless you make it fancy. 🙂 With Mardi Gras coming up tomorrow, I think this blackened chicken is an excellent way to celebrate!

  1. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a restaurant that was giving away their recipes – but then again, I don’t eat out often – time to step it up eh?!
    That blackened spice mix sounds fabulous – if I had made this for guests, I’d have to eat all the blackened chicken before they got there and serve them the pasta! Works right?! 🙂

    1. Haha…I don’t think many restaurants willingly give away their recipes. That’s why I was surprised when I saw those cards. I grabbed one, and then promptly forgot about it for at least 4 years. To be fair though, the blackened seasoning is my own creation…they just said ‘blackened seasoning’ on their recipe card. But here’s the thing…blackened seasonings can vary so much! I went through a phase some years back trying all of the different blackened seasonings I could find. I ended up making up my own version. 🙂 And yes, I think the guests will be quite happy with the pasta…just don’t tell them about your belly full of chicken!

    1. Nope, that is another 15-18 minutes in that step. Basically it takes about 20-25 minutes to reduce the sauce once you add the cream. I’m not quite sure why it was broken into two stages there, though…the extra few minutes certainly wouldn’t have hurt the diced tomatoes. Either way, good eye, my friend! I’m impressed with your attention to detail! 🙂 Happy Mardi Gras, Kevin!

  2. This seasoning is genius- I first tried ‘blackened catfish’ when I wast in New York and as delicious as that was, I fell in love with the collard greens- much to my mate’s disgust. Who knew such a flavourful seasoning was doable! I’ll need to blacken (insert protein here) this week!

    1. Dude! You need to make No Bake Blackened Cookies this week. Now that would be epic! Haha…just kidding! Blackened seasoning does require having a handful of spices on hand…but they are fairly normal spices. I often keep a little container of the stuff pre-mixed when I need a quick pop of flavor for a dish. I’m thinking you need to travel in the Southern part of the U.S. You will love the food down there!

  3. David, Wow! I’ve never seen a restaurant give away their own recipes! I would have snatched that recipe card too!!! this Blackened Chicken Pasta looks amazing and love that you made your own Cajun Blackened Seasoning!! double wow! love this!

    1. Haha…I know, Alice! It made no sense to me why they had recipe cards to give away. I think it was a promo of some sort, and they only had one recipe available. Heck, for all I know, they were leftover from some sort of cooking event. Either way, I snagged that card…and then I promptly forgot about it for several years. Good thing I rediscovered it! Happy Mardi Gras!!

    1. This is totally one of my favorite comfort foods, Ali! Nothing beats a good creamy pasta with just a hint of spicy. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! 🙂

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