There is this Cajun Chicken Alfredo pasta recipe that I make for at-home date nights that is A-MA-ZING! Seriously, it is rich and delicious and all kinds of good…but…it is labor intensive and creates a lot of dishes.
That at-home-date-night pasta recipe is from Comfortably Domestic (click that link to get it) and it is well worth the extra time, but it’s not something I can whip up for the whole family because in a family our size, it’s eaten in minutes and then those dishes don’t seem as worthwhile, especially when the growing teenage boys eat so much that I can’t even enjoy seconds!
This created quite a dilemma because I craved those flavours but needed an easier way to make this dish. I experimented and came up with a one pot version. It’s not quite as rich as the other version, but for the time it saves, it’s worth that small sacrifice!
Cajun Chicken Alfredo Recipe:
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. butter
dash of salt and pepper
1 Tbsp. cajun seasoning
5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced or minced
3 cups chicken broth
2 cups 2% milk
16 oz. fettuccine
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 oz. herb goat cheese
Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and butter and allow the butter to melt. Add the cubed chicken and seasonings and cook for 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.
Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute.
Add the chicken broth, milk and dry pasta to the skillet. I broke my noodles in half because they fit in my skillet better that way.
Cover and bring to a boil, being sure not to let it boil over.
Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 10-15 minutes, covered. You’ll want to stir it every few minutes so that the noodles don’t stick together.
When the pasta is cooked to your liking and the sauce has reached the thickness you’re going for, remove from heat and stir in the goat cheese and parmesan. This is the good part because that cheese is where all the richness come from!
Continue stirring until the cheeses have melted.
It was all kinds of good. The kids loved it and all my cheese-lovers had seconds. The next day, they were asking me if there was any more of “that delicious white sauce pasta” that they could heat up for lunch. If a recipe has my kids actually WANTING leftovers, it’s a winner!
The best part for me? I got to have that cajun chicken alfredo flavour and only had one pot to clean up! Less dishes makes for a happy momma!