Do you have your “regulars” – those dishes you seem to always gravitate to on a restaurant menu?
I kind of pride myself on being adventurous and daring and wanting to try something new and different when I eat out (which admittedly is not very often, not very often at all) but that’s only achieved when I stay far, far away from the cajun chicken pasta on any menu.
I don’t know why but it always calls my name. Shouts to me. Right along with Caesar salad.
Brian about falls off his chair in frustration when I order either of those (because I always regret doing so and proceed to eat his entire entree instead of my own).
Well, I’m happy to report that now I’m good because I’ve finally prefected my own version of cajun chicken pasta and it doesn’t call for a quart of heavy cream (love the stuff but trying to not down cups of it at dinner) like most of the restaurant versions do.
I’m not saying this is health food, exactly, but it’s definitely a lightened up version of my true love.
Don’t be intimidated by the ingredient list. It’s actually really quick and easy (and I’m not just saying that).
Once the flavorful, lightly spicy seasoning mixture is tossed together, it’s simply a matter of cooking that chicken until golden and juicy, adding the peppers and onions and then whipping up the light and creamy sauce which takes mere minutes (and if you’ve made the quick Garlic Alfredo Sauce on my site, you’ll be an old pro; just keep your eye on a few little changes).
All those fabulous ingredients are combined with the tender pasta and then armed with a warning (warning: prepare to be in creamy cajun chicken pasta heaven), you are ready to dig in.
Now that we’ve moved to the land of real, live restaurants (our premove location was remote, to say the least), I can now go forth prepared to order something unique and out of the box on date night* since I can get my cajun pasta fix at home.
*Official date nights being once a quarter, just to clarify. Getting a babysitter for five precious kiddos isn’t exactly economical so usually we do the date night at home thing which consist of Netflix and lots and lots of ice cream (dark chocolate fudge crunch for me, marionberry pie for Brian) after the kids are snug in their beds.
The ingredient list looks a bit long for this recipe but don't be intimidated - most of the ingredients are for the seasoning mixture which takes seconds to mix together. This pasta is best served right away since it loses a bit of it's creaminess if left to sit for a while. Also, you could use a full pound of fettuccine noodles if you want it to serve a few more people but it won't be quite as saucy/creamy.
Chicken and Pasta:
The ingredient list looks a bit long for this recipe but don't be intimidated - most of the ingredients are for the seasoning mixture which takes seconds to mix together.
This pasta is best served right away since it loses a bit of it's creaminess if left to sit for a while. Also, you could use a full pound of fettuccine noodles if you want it to serve a few more people but it won't be quite as saucy/creamy.