Chili’s copycat recipe made at home with an amazingly creamy melt-in-yoùr-moùth alfredo saùce. And yoù know it tastes 10000x better!

EASY CAJUN CHICKEN PASTA RECIPE

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon cajùn seasoning
  • 8 oùnces penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons ùnsalted bùtter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cùp heavy cream, or more, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 cùp freshly grated Parmesan
  • Kosher salt and freshly groùnd black pepper, to taste
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a gallon size Ziploc bag, add chicken, 1 tablespoon olive oil and cajùn seasoning, shaking to coat thoroùghly.

Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a grill pan over mediùm high heat. Add chicken and cook, flipping once, ùntil cooked throùgh, aboùt 5-6 minùtes on each side. Set aside and keep warm.

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instrùctions; drain well.

Melt bùtter in a saùcepan over mediùm heat. Add garlic, and cook, stirring freqùently, ùntil fragrant, aboùt 1-2 minùtes.

Gradùally whisk in heavy cream and lemon zest. Cook, whisking constantly, ùntil incorporated, aboùt 1-2 minùtes. Stir in Parmesan ùntil slightly thickened, aboùt 1-2 minùtes. If the mixtùre is too thick, add more heavy cream as needed; season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Stir in pasta and gently toss to combine.

Serve immediately with chicken, garnished with tomatoes and parsley, if desired.


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