Friday, January 20, 2012

Three Cheese Cajun Chicken Pasta Alfredo



I have seen many many versions of this dish. I decided for me that it needed to be lightened up a bit. Well lightened up for that day anyway. I cook what I like to eat, trying to keep it healthy. What's a girl to do sometimes you just gotta throw in the cream and butter. Anyway....This has Parmesan, Fontina and Pecorino Roman cheeses in it along with tomatoes, shallots, chicken and whole grain pasta. Oh and just a little kick! It's ready in under 30 minutes too! Give it a try you will like it!



Ingredients:


4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
2 tablespoons of Cajun seasoning divided, I made my own recipe to follow
1 tablespoon of olive oil, more if needed
2 shallots chopped
1-8oz can plain diced tomatoes
1/4 cup white wine
1 1/2 cups light cream
1-½ cups mixed cheese, (I used 1/2 Cup Each Of Parmesan, Pecorino Romano, And Fontina)
1-1lb Box whole grain spaghetti, cooked drizzled with olive oil to prevent sticking ,and set aside


Preparation Instructions:


Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning. Brown chicken and remove with a slotted spoon. Set aside. 

Add shallots, cooking until shallot is clear. Add white wine and mix well scraping all the bits off the bottom, next add the can of diced tomatoes mix well. 

Pour the light cream into the pan with the tomato mixture, stirring constantly for 1 minute.


Continue to stir the cream mixture while it simmers for 3-4 minutes. The cream will reduce slightly.

Add the grated cheeses, to the cream sauce. Next add the remaining tablespoon of Cajun seasoning, Stir constantly until all the cheese has melted, and sauce is smooth.

Return chicken to pan and mix cook for 5 minutes until everything is incorporated.

Top spaghetti with sauce and chicken mixture. Sprinkle with more cheese. Enjoy!


*Cajun Seasoning:
3 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt 
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne powder 
1 tablespoon black pepper 
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon thyme

Combine all ingredients in a covered jar, shake well to mix.



4 comments :

  1. That looks delicious I'd love for you to share this recipe @CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet party going on now through
    Sunday...Have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. What a great idea! This sounds delicious and perfect for a week night meal!

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  3. Love that you included a recipe for cajun seasoning! But what to the stars next to certain ingredients mean?

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  4. Thanks so much for linking up this weekend @ CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet party..Have a wonderful week!

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