Right before Meesh left, she invited me to raid her pantry. All of a sudden Jambalaya, Gumbo and Cajun are all within arm’s reach. I decided to christen it by making Cajun Chicken Pasta ala Pioneer Woman.
CAJUN CHICKEN FETTUCINI
(adapted from Pioneer Woman)
2 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
2 tsp Cajun Spice Mix – more if needed!
Fettucini for 2 – I used whole wheat Fettucini
1 tbsp OO
1 tbsp butter
Half green bell pepper, seeded & sliced
Half red bell pepper, seeded & sliced
Half medium-sized onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large tomato, chopped
1 C (250ml) tomato sauce
1 C (250 ml) Chicken Broth
1/4 C (60 ml) White Wine
1/3 C (78 ml) Cream
Parsley, to garnish
- Cook pasta according to package directions to al dente.
- Sprinkle 1 teaspoons Cajun spice over chicken pieces. Toss around to coat. Heat half tbsp oil and half tbsp butter in a heavy skillet over high heat. Add the chicken in a single layer and brown the chicken on all sides. Set aside.
- Add remaining olive oil and butter. When heated, add peppers, onions, and garlic. Sprinkle with 1 tsp Cajun spice. Cook over very high heat for 1 minute, stirring gently.
- Add tomato and tomato sauce. Stir and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Remove all vegetables from the pan and set aside.
- With the pan over high heat, pour in the wine and chicken broth. Cook on high for 3 to 5 minutes, scraping the bottom of the pan to deglaze.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and pour in cream, stirring/whisking constantly until cream starts to thicken the mixture. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
- Add back the chicken and vegetables into pan, making sure to include all the juices that have drained onto the plate. Stir and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until mixture is bubbly and hot.
- Add drained fettuccine and toss to combine. Top with chopped fresh parsley and serve immediately.
My Cajun Chicken looked a lot more orangey than PW’s. I suppose using canned tomato sauce does that. But still, we absolutely loved it. Even H broadcasted to his colleagues that he’s now eating cajun dishes. My little (BIG) liar, I tempered the level of spiciness.
If only I can eat all these without putting on a single kg. That would be awesome, wouldn’t it? Heh!