Cajun Chicken and Broccoli Pasta

This recipe was shared with me a few years ago, and I can’t remember who it was from but am so grateful to them for it because it’s easy to make in a pinch. It has all the comfort food vibes yet is loaded with broccoli to help balance out the meal. Hands on time is right around 20 minutes and is so easy that even I have it mastered!

SERVES: 3-4

INGREDIENTS:

  • about 8 oz rotini or bow tie pasta (I use Trader Joe’s Quiona and Brown Rice Rotini for a gluten-free option)
  • 6 cups chopped broccoli (raw)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 clove fresh garlic
  • 1 lb chicken breast, cubed (1 inch pieces)
  • 2.5 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • about 4 oz plain cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Put cubed chicken onto a foil/parchment lined baking sheet and cook for about 20 minutes, flipping the chicken halfway through. Be aware that time can vary quite a bit from oven to oven.
  2. Meanwhile prepare pasta according to the package directions, adding chopped broccoli to the pot 1 minute before the noodles are done.
  3. Drain and set the pasta aside.
  4. In a large pot or skillet, melt 2 tbsp butter over medium heat. Add garlic clove, cooking for about two minutes.
  5. Add chicken pieces and season with Cajun seasoning for another minute or so.
  6. Add cream cheese, stirring well until melted and smooth; about 2-3 minutes.
  7. Gradually add 1 cup of milk, stirring until fully incorporated into the sauce. Then stir in the Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper until cheese is melted and sauce is the desired consistency.
  8. Add broccoli and hot cooked pasta, stir to combine, and enjoy!

If this is your recipe, please let me know so I can credit you! We’ve literally used this for years, and I have no record of who it belongs too. 😦

HOW WE’VE ENJOYED THIS DISH:

  • Prepared as is for lunch or dinner on its own.
  • Made for dinner with a simple side salad (romaine, tomato, cucumber and balsamic vinaigrette) and small bread roll to sop up all the sauce at the bottom of the bowl.
  • Substituted the chicken for another veggie you enjoy; we’ve tried spinach and liked it just as much.