This one-pot chicken pasta dish with Cajun seasonings is a snap to whip up. Here we use the technique of stirring often to help the starches release for natural creaminess. We love the spicy flavor profile of Cajun seasoning, but you can substitute different spices depending on what you have on hand.

EatingWell.com, December 2021

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Credit: Photography / Greg DuPree, Styling / Ruth BlackBurn / Julia Bayless

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active:
20 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Combine paprika, oregano, thyme, salt, pepper and cayenne in a medium bowl. Add chicken; toss to coat.

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  • Heat oil in a large, high-sided skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and cooked through, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Do not wipe the pan clean. Reduce heat to medium.

  • Add scallion whites and garlic to the pan; cook, stirring constantly, until softened, about 1 minute. Stir in pasta; cook, stirring often, until lightly toasted, about 1 minute. Add broth and tomatoes; increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring often, until the pasta is al dente and the liquid is mostly absorbed, about 10 minutes.

  • Stir in cream cheese and the chicken; cook, stirring constantly, until the cheese is melted and the chicken is heated through, about 1 minute. Sprinkle evenly with scallion greens and parsley.

Nutrition Facts

about 2 cups
580 calories; fat 15g; cholesterol 92mg; sodium 644mg; carbohydrates 71g; dietary fiber 10g; protein 42g; sugars 7g; niacin equivalents 24mg; saturated fat 4g; vitamin a iu 1396IU; potassium 820mg.
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