Again, I apologize for the delay. I’ve spent the past week cooped up in the cinema school’s editing labs, tirelessly piecing together a couple of short films. (Ok, I lied—I get pretty tired of it after being there for 6+ hours at a time.) And while it feels amazing to finally break free from the labs and walk home at the end of the night, the little journey unfortunately leads me right past a Wendy’s.
This puts me in a bit of a pickle. Sure, the burgers are sloppily put together and the fries are kind of pathetic, but it’s ready right then and there. On the other hand, I could go home and make something delicious but probably time-intensive.
Or, I could have the best of both worlds.
That’s why I make my Cajun Chicken Pasta. It’s super easy to prepare and takes next to no time. Not to mention, it’s pretty damn tasty. The creamy sauce compliments the ever-so-slight kick of the chicken, which is just enough to give it some character without overwhelming the taste buds.
Really, it blows fast food out of the water without taking that much more time. Best of both worlds indeed.
Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta
½ lb linguine pasta (half a package)
1 chicken breast
2 tsp Cajun seasoning
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1/3 cup heavy cream
½ cup milk
¼ cup grated parmesan
½ tsp salt
Chopped parsley and additional parmesan for garnish
Boil the pasta in salted water according to the box’s instructions.
Cut the chicken in half horizontally, then slice these halves into strips. Toss them in the Cajun seasoning and set aside.
In a large saucepan, bring the butter to medium heat. Once completely melted, add the chicken and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the olive oil and garlic. Stir for about 30 seconds, then mix in the pepper. Allow it to simmer for several minutes.
Pour in the cream and milk, stirring constantly. Bring the pan back to medium heat and mix in the parmesan until thoroughly incorporated. Continue to cook until the milk no longer sits at the bottom of the pan and has thickened into a creamy sauce. Dish up the pasta and garnish with chopped parsley and additional parmesan. Makes 2 generous servings.