CULINARY

14 Sep
2010

This post is thanks to a sweet Twitter follower - she has a private profile so she'll remain nameless but she knows who she is. Last week I asked everyone what they were having for dinner because I was at a loss as to what to cook that day. I received a link to this Cajun Chicken Pasta recipe from Southern Living via myrecipes.com. It was SO easy to make and a GIANT success with my husband!


Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Yield: Makes 4 servings




Ingredients



  • 12  ounces  uncooked linguine

  • 2  pounds  chicken breast strips

  • 1  tablespoon  Cajun seasoning

  • 1 1/4  teaspoons  salt, divided

  • 1/4  cup  butter

  • 1  small red bell pepper, thinly sliced*

  • 1  small green bell pepper, thinly sliced*

  • 1  (8-oz.) package fresh mushrooms

  • 2  green onions (white and light green parts only), sliced*

  • 1 1/2  cups  half-and-half

  • 1/4  teaspoon  lemon pepper

  • 1/4  teaspoon  dried basil

  • 1/4  teaspoon  garlic powder

  • Garnish: chopped green onions



Everything reallllly good starts with butter, right!?











Preparation


1. Prepare pasta according to package directions.

2. Sprinkle chicken evenly with Cajun seasoning and 1 tsp. salt. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add chicken, and sauté 5 to 6 minutes or until done.


Remove chicken.



3. Add bell peppers, mushrooms, and green onions to skillet, and sauté 9 to 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender and liquid evaporates.



4. Return chicken to skillet; stir in half-and-half, next 3 ingredients, and remaining 1/4 tsp. salt. Cook, stirring often, over medium-low heat 3 to 4 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Add linguine; toss to coat. Garnish, if desired, and serve immediately.



*1/2 (16-oz.) bag frozen sliced green, red, and yellow bell peppers and onion may be substituted. For testing purposes only, we used Birds Eye Pepper Stir-Fry.




My notes:



  • I added quite a bit more Cajun seasoning to mine than the recipe called for. I added more in the beginning before cooking the chicken, as well as sprinkled more on top after I tossed the mixture in the serving bowl. I think my Cajun seasoning might be lame.

  • I added a little more butter in the beginning because... well no reason, just because I figured a little more butter will make it all the more tasty!

  • I added red pepper flakes to the top of JH's serving because he has no taste buds ;)



Original location & author of this recipe: Lilann Hunter Taylor, Savannah, Georgia, Southern Living, MAY 2007


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  • Erin

    I am making this wonderful dish right now! I smells delicious – thanks for the recipie!

  • Sara

    That looks so good! I’ll definitely be making it soon!

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    that looks DELISH!!
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  • colleen

    Yum, I have to make this soon. Thanks for sharing!

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    That looks amazing!!
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