Before I got home from work my intention was to make a Chicken Tortellini Bake. Then I got home only to find that I didn't have the tortellini that I thought I had. I was in the mood for a creamy chicken pasta dish so I went to allrecipes.com and went on the hunt. I came across a recipe for Cajun Chicken Pasta and the reviews people were leaving were really good. I saw restaurant quality menu several times. I had all the ingredients and it sounded like it would be a quick toss together for me so I got on the ball and started cooking!
I did make a few adjustments of my own to match what I had for ingredients. I tend to use fresh herbs when I have them and since my son and DIL had given me some pots of fresh herbs (one being basil) I substituted some fresh basil leaves chopped instead of the dried. While the recipe calls for heavy cream, which I know would make this even better, I don't keep it on hand because I don't need the calories involved :) Here is how I made the meal!
Cajun Chicken Pasta
adapted from allrecipes.com
6 ounces dried bow tie pasta
2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, sliced into small pieces
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 cups sour cream
4-5 small leaves fresh basil, cut into small pieces
1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt1 clove fresh garlic, minced
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente.
In a sandwich bag, place the 1 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning. Add chicken and shake bag to distribute seasoning to coat.
Heat butter and oil in non stick skillet until hot. Place chicken in pan and cook until no longer pink. Add red bell pepper, mushrooms and green onions and cook 2-3 minutes more. Stir in sour cream through black pepper and heat through. Stir in cooked, well drained pasta and serve. You can top this with some grated parmesean cheese if you wish.
Note: The recipe states it is enough for two servings - which it may be if I had used the amount of pasta listed in AR's recipe. We had enough for Grumpy and I to have a serving last night and enough for lunch for both of us today. A great meal, with perfect portions for us!