Crock Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

November 18, 2018

Crock Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

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Crock Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta is a delicious Crock Pot meal full of classic Cajun flavours.  Green pepper, onion, and celery, known as the Trinity in Cajun and Creole cooking, is enhanced by the addition of cream cheese, half and half, and Parmesan.  Add in the unique,  slightly spicy,  flavours of the Andouille sausage, and tender Cajun rubbed chicken and this Crock Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken  is a complete and satisfying meal.

A warm and comforting dish, that will be ready and waiting for you when you get home from work.  Serve it with some warm crusty bread, and a simple side salad with a nice balsamic vinaigrette and everyone is sure to leave the table super satisfied.

With a few basic ingredients that you likely have on hand in your fridge and pantry, and 10 minutes of prep time,  this Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta is a family favourite that tastes like you cooked all day.   I won’t tell, if you don’t!

Excellent for Meal prepping, with very little additional steps needed on cooking day, I guarantee you will be adding this to your favourites list.

A date night dinner, now a family favourite

This is a recipe I created for date nights, after having had a to die for dinner in an amazing little restaurant in Shelburne Nova Scotia, I wanted to be able to have this again without travelling 24 hours by car with 3 kids and 2 dogs in tow!

The original recipe had Gorgonzola cheese sprinkled on top, which my husband and I love, but the kids found the flavour too strong.  Feel free to crumble some on top of your plate if you wish!  It’s super delicious, and yes, I know, it’s not traditional Cajun food…

I have now tweaked this Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta and turned it into a Crock Pot Pasta dish to make dinner time even easier now that we have kids and busy busy evening schedules.  Meal Planning, Meal Prepping and an arsenal of easy to make, but delicious tasting homemade recipes are a must at our house, and I’m guessing yours too!

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Crock Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

Prep Time3 hrs 12 mins
Cook Time3 hrs 12 mins
Author: loveonaplate

Ingredients

  • boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup Andouille sausage thinly sliced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 10  ounce  can diced tomatoes with green pepper & celery
  • onion sliced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 green bell pepper sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 3 Tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • hot sauce to taste
  • 4 ounces cream cheese cubed
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 pound linguine par cooked & drained
  • 1 cup heave cream OR evaporated milk
  • Fresh chopped parsley

Instructions

  • Sprinkle Cajun seasoning on both sides of the chicken breasts.  Place in crockpot
  • Add all remaining ingredients except the cooked Rigatoni and cream.
  • Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  • With 30 minutes remaining stir in Rigatoni and cream.  Let simmer with lid off the Crock Pot.
  • Serve topped with fresh parsley
  • On cooking day pour Chicken & Sauce mixture into the crock pot, cook on low for 7-8 hours, or high for 4 hours.
  • Using 2 forks, shred chicken, add in partially cooked pasta, and stir well.  If sauce seems too think, add 1/4 cup of chicken broth.
  • Top with remaining 1 cup of shredded cheese.  Cook 15 more minutes to allow pasta noodles to heat through and cheese to melt.
  • Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and fresh chopped parsley if desired.

Notes

To Make this ahead, place all ingredients in a Zip Lock bag except for the Rigatoni, Cream and Parsley.  Cook the pasta until al dente, as it will cook more in the Crock Pot.  Drain, but don't rinse.  Place in a separate Zip Lock bag.   Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
On cooking day, follow directions listed above.


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