Friday, January 2, 2015

Lightened Up Creamy Cajun Chicken Penne Alfredo


Happy 2015! I took a much needed break from all social media over the last 2 weeks to spend time with my family. Needless to say it was great and so nice having the kiddo's home, without having to run around fro all the usual weeknight activities. With the new year always come a resolution right? Well mine pretty much never changes. It is always to be healthier and to make better choices when it comes to food and maybe wine. Yes I said wine!



With that being said this dish is one of mine and my sons all time favorites. When you hear alfredo you instantly thing yum, how ever clearly it has like a bazzilion calories in it. Along with a ton of salt. So since I do make it often it was time to lighten things up a bit. Simply cutting out the heavy cream makes a world of difference and you wont even notice!
You get the same creamy great tasting salt and a fraction of the calories. You can't go wrong with that my friends!

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Ingredients
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cut into thin strips 

2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning, I make my own

1 teaspoon olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon butter

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 

1 1/3 cups, low-fat milk I use 2%

1 1/4 cups grated fresh Parmesan cheese, divided 

2 tablespoons low fat cream cheese

1/2 teaspoon salt 

2 teaspoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Cracked black pepper 

1 box penne, cooked and drained

Directions
Place chicken and Cajun seasoning in a bowl or resealable plastic bag, toss or shake to coat. In a large skillet over medium heat sauté chicken in olive oil until almost tender, about 5-7 minutes. Remove the chicken and set aside.

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Stir in flour. Gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk. Cook 6 minutes or until mixture thickens, stirring constantly. Add 1 cup Parmesan, cream cheese, and salt, stirring with a whisk until cheeses melt. Toss sauce with hot pasta. Add the chicken and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley. Garnish with black pepper, if desired. Serve immediately.
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11 comments :

  1. Whooooaaa... this looks AWESOME! I'm dying- definitely pinning this to try SOON! Love the pics, they made me soooo hungry! Happy Friday!

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  2. This looks so good! I get this when I go to chili's but I bet yours is so much better! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. What a great and unique flavor combo! Super yum! Pinned :)

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  4. I love a good yummy recipe without crazy ingredients! This looks soooo yummy. We love spicy food in this house :) Although pregnancy changed my taste buds and I can't handle as much heat...I'm going to keep trying! Hubby will love this. Thanks!

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  5. A nice twist on alfredo, which we all love! Love that it is lighter too! Pinned!

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  6. You have won over my foodie heart three times (sweet potato chicken fajita, spicy kale, and now this recipe)! You now have another loyal reader. I cannot wait to try this dish!

    Thank you for linking up at #InspireMeMondays ! I pinned your post to the Inspire Me Mondays group board at http://www.pinterest.com/morselsoflife/inspire-me-monday/

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  7. I need to make this! It looks awesome, and I KNOW my family will love this! Thanks for the recipe!

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