Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Cajun Chicken Pasta

I don't claim to know anything about food other than I like good food. I don't usually take pictures of food mainly because the food I usually prepare is nothing that anyone else wants to see. I'm no Foodie Girl (who, by the way, is amazing)! But this week I am on a roll with making some good stuff! Granted it's only Tuesday. With that being said, I must recommend this next recipe. I found it on Pinterest, shocking. It's easy, I don't like to make dinner that isn't, and it is "mmmm" as the Beans said after his first bite :)

 Ingredients

8 ounces uncooked linguine
1 pound chicken breast strips
1-2 tsp Cajun seasoning (or to taste)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 medium yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/2 red onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1 cup fat free low sodium chicken broth
1/3 cup skim milk
1 tbsp flour
3 tbsp light cream cheese
fresh cracked pepper
2 scallions, chopped
salt to taste
cooking spray
What to do
1. Prep all your vegetables. 
2. In a small blender make a slurry by combining milk, flour and cream cheese. Set aside. 
3. Season chicken generously with Cajun seasoning.
4. Prepare pasta in salted water according to package directions. 
5. Heat a large heavy nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; spray with cooking spray and add the chicken. Sauté until done and set aside. 
6. Add olive oil to the skillet and reduce to medium; add bell peppers, onions, and garlic to skillet, sauté 3-4 minutes. 
7. Add mushrooms and tomatoes and sauté 3-4 more minutes or until vegetables are tender. 
8. Season with 1/4 tsp salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste. 
9. Reduce heat to medium-low; add chicken broth and pour in slurry stirring for about 2 minutes. 
10. Return chicken to skillet; adjust salt and Cajun seasoning to taste, cook another minute or two until hot, then add linguine; toss well to coat.




This particular recipe makes enough pasta to feed a small army so be prepared for a lot of left overs if you are feeding a family of 2 adults and 2 small kids.

Also, it takes about an hour from start to finish. My 'little chef' got tired of helping and waiting. Cutie :) It's not difficult, just time consuming.


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