Chili’s Copycat Cajun Chicken Pasta

Cajun chicken pasta is so creamy and rich with a spicy kick that keeps you digging in for more.  It is a great way to mix up your usual weekly meals.  The cajun spice will wake up your tastebuds and your night! It is a meal you will be excited to make and even more excited to eat!

Cajun is a little bit of spice and a little bit of sweet! If you love cajun chicken seasoning southwest blackened cajun chicken with rice or cajun chicken alfredo pasta.

Cajun chicken pasta on a white plate with two tomatoes in the background.

Cajun Chicken Pasta

True Story:  I tricked the hubby tonight into thinking I actually got Chili’s take-out. He couldn’t tell a difference. It was awesome! We love Chili’s. It isn’t a five star restaurant or anything fancy, but their two for $20 deal for a date night is great for us and we love it! I have been getting this cajun chicken pasta every time we went for years.  I have many great memories of eating this meal with my man! Maybe that’s why I just had to try to make it myself!

This tastes just like the real thing. I tried making it once a few years back, but it was not nearly as close as this recipe was! Try it yourself and see!  I think you will be so happy with it!!

Ingredients for Cajun Chicken Pasta:

  • Chicken breasts: Boneless and skinless
  • Cajun seasoning: This is where the spice of this dish comes from.
  • Butter or margarine: Use half to cook the chicken and half for the sauce.
  • Heavy cream: Add to the saucepan for the sauce when the chicken is almost done.
  • Lemon pepper seasoning: The clean flavor of the lemon balances the spice from the cajun seasoning.
  • Salt: Helps bring out all the flavors.
  • Black pepper: Add to taste.
  • Garlic powder: Adds garlic flavor without having to add in garlic cloves and risk them burning.
  • Penne pasta: Cooked and drained
  • Roma tomatoes: Diced
  • Parmesan cheese: Fresh shredded, to taste

How to Make Cajun Chicken Pasta:

  1. Prep the Chicken: Rinse the chicken in water and put in a Tupperware container or large resealable bag. Add the cajun seasoning and shake to coat thoroughly.
  2. Cook the Chicken: In a large skillet, melt the 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat.  Add the chicken and turn when needed. Make sure to check with a knife to make sure it is no longer pink.
  3. Make the sauce: When the chicken is almost done, in a saucepan combine the heavy cream, 2 Tbs butter, lemon pepper, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder.  When the cream mixture begins to bubble, add the pasta and remove from heat stirring well.
  4. Cut the Chicken: Once chicken is cooked, cut thin strips on cutting board.
  5. Plate it up: Spoon the pasta onto a plate and top chicken, diced tomatoes and parmesan.  Sprinkle with more cajun seasoning if desired!  Best when served with a side of Texas garlic toast.

The process of cajun chicken pasta in four photos. The first photo is the chicken in a ziplock bag with seasoning then cooked the chicken in the skillet. Next photo is cooking the pasta and then plating the pasta and chicken together.

Tips for Making Cajun Chicken Pasta:

  • I added a little bit of cornstarch to the sauce to thicken it up a little.  If yours is too think add more heavy cream.
  • Wisk the sauce continually as it cooks to prevent burning.
  • Adjust the heat in this sauce by making your own Cajun seasoning and including less cayenne.
  • Slice the chicken before cooking for a faster cook time.
  • For extra creamy sauce add 2oz. of cream cheese to your sauce!
  • You can make this with shrimp instead of chicken, or use a combination of both.
  • Make this vegetarian by leaving the chicken out or replacing it with tofu and swap the chicken broth with vegetable broth.
  • You can also make this gluten-free by using brown rice pasta and replacing the flour with 1 teaspoon of gluten-free flour.

Cajun chicken pasta on a plate garnished with shredded parmesan.

 

Chili's Copycat Cajun Chicken Pasta

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 6

 I have been getting this cajun chicken pasta for years. I even made it a few years back, but nothing was as close as this recipe was! This tastes just like the real thing. Try it yourself and see!

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Caribbean, Italian, Italian American
Keyword cajun chicken pasta, chilis copycat, copycat recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts boneless skinless
  • 4 teaspoons cajun seasoning
  • 4 tablespoons butter or 4 tablespoons margarine
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 ounces penne pasta cooked and drained
  • 2 roma tomatoes diced
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese fresh shredded, to taste

Instructions

  1. Rinse the chicken in water and put in a Tupperware container or large resealable bag. Add the cajun seasoning and shake to coat thoroughly.

  2. In a large skillet, melt the 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat.  Add the chicken and turn when needed. Make sure to check with a knife to make sure it is no longer pink.

  3. When the chicken is almost done, in a saucepan combine the heavy cream, 2 Tbs butter, lemon pepper, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder.  When the cream mixture begins to bubble, add the pasta and remove from heat stirring well.

  4. Once chicken is cooked, cut thin strips on cutting board.

  5. Spoon the pasta onto a plate and top chicken, diced tomatoes and parmesan.  Sprinkle with more cajun seasoning if desired!  Best when served with a side of Texas garlic toast. 😉

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Recipe Notes

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Originally Posted on November 27, 2012 

Nutrition Facts
Chili's Copycat Cajun Chicken Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 745 Calories from Fat 513
% Daily Value*
Fat 57g88%
Saturated Fat 34g170%
Cholesterol 237mg79%
Sodium 725mg30%
Potassium 539mg15%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 2899IU58%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 195mg20%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. We heart Chili’s too!!! The 2 for $20 is one of our go to date places:-) The cajun chicken pasta is one of my all time favorites there. I can’t wait to make this:-)

  2. I can’ t wait to try this. This is my husband’s favorite dish from Chili’s ( I have to admit, mine too). Thanks!!!!!!!!!

  3. I made this. Seriously the best pasta I’ve ever made!!! I only did two things differently:
    1. Simmered the cream longer, stirring it with a wisk until it thickened up enough. And…
    2. Sprinkled chopped chives over the finished product.
    This was better than Chile’s!!!
    And for those who asked, I used heavy whipping cream. There are 4 cups in a quart, so if you buy the quart at the store, you will have 1 cup leftover after making this recipe.

  4. I just made your One Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta recipe tonight, and if this is as delicious as your other recipe, then I’m on board! It was super easy to make also. Can’t wait to try this one. Thanks so much!

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