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ONE POT CREAMY CAJUN CHICKEN PASTA

ONE POT CREAMY CAJUN CHICKEN PASTA




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ONE POT CREAMY CAJUN CHICKEN PASTA




INGREDIENTS
CAJUN SEASONING
1     2 tsp smoked paprika ($0.20)
2     1 tsp oregano ($0.10)
3     1 tsp thyme ($0.10)
4     1/2 tsp garlic powder ($0.05)
5     1/2 tsp onion powder ($0.05)
6     1/4 tsp cayenne pepper ($0.03)
7     1/4 tsp black pepper ($0.02)
8     1/4 tsp salt ($0.02)
CHICKEN PASTA
1     1 Tbsp olive oil ($0.16)
2     1 Tbsp butter ($0.13)
3     1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast ($5.47)
4     1 yellow onion, diced ($0.32)
5     1/2 lb. penne pasta ($0.75)
6     15 oz. fire roasted diced tomatoes ($1.00)
7     2 cups chicken broth ($0.26)
8     2 oz. cream cheese ($0.50)
9     3 green onions, sliced ($0.25)
INSTRUCTIONS
1     Combine the ingredients for the Cajun seasoning in a small bowl. Cut the chicken into 1/2 to 3/4-inch cubes. Place the cubed chicken in a bowl, pour the Cajun seasoning over top, and stir to coat the chicken in spices.
2     Add the olive oil and butter to a large deep skillet. Heat the oil and butter over medium-high until the skillet is very hot and the butter is melted and foamy. Add the seasoned chicken to the skillet and cook for a couple minutes on each side, or just until the outside gets some color. The chicken does not need to be cooked through at this point.
3     Add the diced yellow onion to the skillet and continue to sauté for about 2 minutes more, or just until the onion begins to soften. Allow the moisture from the onion to dissolve any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet.
4     Next, add the pasta, fire roasted diced tomatoes (with the juices), and chicken broth to the skillet. Stir just until everything is evenly combined, then place a lid on top and allow the broth to come up to a boil.
5     Once boiling, turn the heat down to medium-low and let the pasta simmer for about ten minutes, stirring every couple of minutes, until the pasta is tender and the liquid is thick and saucy.
6     Add the cream cheese to the skillet in chunks, then stir until it has melted into the sauce. Top the pasta with sliced green onions and serve.

NOTES
1     The deep skillet I use is a 4-quart capacity.
2         Depending on your cookware, you may need to adjust the heat up or down to maintain a simmer in the broth. Be sure to stir often to prevent the pasta from sticking.

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