Cajun Chicken Pasta + Weekly Menu

I’m so glad I’m not all-out Whole30-ing. It was in the upper 60’s and STUNNING outside on Friday. My mom came to visit and we went to a brewery – we were sitting outside, without jackets, and simply loving life. I had my favorite people in my favorite weather…drinking my favorite adult beverage. It was a pinch-me kind of moment seeing as this is southwest Michigan in FEBRUARY…and my two littles so rarely remain on their best behavior while in public.

So, to say the weekend got started off right is quite the understatement.

Saturday was full of tennis for me, gymnastics with Shea, and a walk downtown with my mom and Piper while Shea napped. We spent tons of time outside, and some time with my new (to me) double stroller. Thank goodness for Craigs List!

We went out for dinner and had a delicious salad and some mediocre pizza…and ran into lots of people we knew who were out and about, also enjoying the unseasonably amazing weather. And the best part? Bed before 10pm.

I know, I’m such a livewire.

Begrudgingly, I’ll need to spend a portion of this beautiful day grocery shopping. At least my laundry is all done for the week? All 32 loads or so. (Ridic.) I’ve also given up on elaborate meals for the week – the weather is supposed to be AMAZING this week and I refuse to spend any more of it indoors than I have to. Grill, I’m comin’ for ya.

Quick and easy like the grill, there’s always pasta. We all love it and it’s so, so easy. This one-pot meal has enough to please the toddler, enough protein to appease my husband, and few enough dishes I’m over the moon. Plus, it has loads of flavor from the bit of chorizo and some good-for-you ingredients like spinach, tomatoes, peppers, and onion. Enjoy!


4.8 from 5 reviews
Cajun Chicken Pasta
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Serves: 4 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1½ Tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 3 oz chorizo
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 3 cups (~8 oz) uncooked pasta
  • 1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • ¼ cup whipping cream
  • 5 oz fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the onion and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened.
  2. Add chicken to skillet and sprinkle with Cajun seasoning. Cook for 5-6 minutes, until no longer pink. Add chorizo and break-up with a wooden spoon; cook for 2 minutes or until fragrant. Add garlic and cook an additional 30-60 seconds.
  3. Add peppers, pasta, diced tomatoes, and chicken stock; stir well. Bring to a boil, stir, then place a lid or some foil over the pan. Turn the heat down and let the pasta simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir in the cream, and cook 1-2 minutes more. Add spinach and tomatoes. Carefully stir and allow spinach to wilt for 1-2 minutes. Serve hot.
Notes
Recipe slightly adapted from Kitchen Sanctuary
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ recipe (about 2 cups) Calories: 561 Fat: 21.5 Carbohydrates: 55.3 Sugar: 9.0 Sodium: 978 Fiber: 5.3 Protein: 38.0 Cholesterol: 90

Weekly Menu: February 19th – 23rd

  • Sunday: Roasted Red Pepper “Bisque”
  • Monday: Cobb Salad with salmon
  • Tuesday: BBQ Chicken Tostadas with Avocado Spread
  • Wednesday: Grilled salmon, potatoes, and vegetables
  • Thursday: Book Club – dinner out!

Be well,

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10 Comments

  1. February 20, 2017 / 10:16 am

    “I’m so glad I’m not all-out Whole30-ing” I couldn’t stop laughing!

    Sounds like a great weekend, so glad you got to enjoy it!

  2. Debbie
    February 22, 2017 / 6:44 am

    We had this for dinner tonight. Wow, it was fantansic, and this will become a regular in our house. Thank you so much!

    • Nicole Morrissey
      Author
      February 22, 2017 / 10:29 am

      So glad you enjoyed it, Debbie!

    • Nicole Morrissey
      Author
      February 23, 2017 / 9:17 pm

      So glad you loved it!

  3. February 24, 2017 / 3:19 am

    Hi Nicole. Yummy Cajun chicken and pasta recipe. I cant go wrong with it having the list of ingredients lol Or can I? lol I absolutely love pasta and I adore Cajun chicken but have never tried the two together and for some odd reason. It hasn’t even entered my head. So I must thank u very much for this.

  4. February 24, 2017 / 5:51 am

    I made this for dinner tonight and omg is this INCREDIBLE. I subbed the chicken broth for veggie broth to make it vegetarian and I am sure it tastes just as good — if not better! I am definitely saving this and making it again. And again. Thanks for the post!!!

    • Nicole Morrissey
      Author
      February 24, 2017 / 8:21 am

      Awesome! Glad you loved it!

  5. November 20, 2017 / 8:44 am

    Looks delicious.

    Thanks for the recipe.

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