Hunk of Meat Monday: Cajun Chicken Pasta with Smoked Sausage

Anyone else noticing a good deals on pork sausages and hot dogs. I have stocked up on grillers, polish sausages and hot dogs. Now figuring out what to make with all these sausages. I decided to change up a recipe I saw in couple of different places like The Pioneer Woman and Plain Chicken. Score. Loving this Cajun chicken pasta with smoked sausage recipe and could easily make this with all polish or smoked sausage.

Cajun chicken and polish sausage pasta

Start by dicing up a half a pound of chicken tenderloins or breasts into bite sized pieces. Sprinkle with your favorite Cajun or creole seasoning.

Tony Chaceres Creole Seasoning
I used 2 teaspoons to cover the chicken.

Chicken covered in seasoning
I then sauted the chicken in one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and one tablespoon of butter till the chicken was completely cooked.

cooked chicken
While the chicken is cooking, slice up a red onion, bell pepper and one polish sausage link that is approximately a half of a pound.I personally like using the skinless smoked sausage.

smoked sausage
Slice the sausage up and set aside.

 

sliced smoked sausage
Have the veggies along with two finely diced cloves of garlic set aside as well.

diced veggies
diced garlic
Once the chicken is cooked, remove chicken from the pan and add the veggies, garlic and smoked sausage to the pan.

veggies and smoked sausage in skillet
Start cooking y0ur pasta now too. Any shape will do. I used a 12 ounce box of bowties for this dish.

Bow tie pasta
When the veggies and sausage are cooked, remove from pan and get your liquids ready.

Heavy Cream and white wine
Pour a half a cup of the white wine into the skillet to work up the brown pieces from cooking the chicken, sausage and veggies.

white wine deglazing the pan
When the pan is deglazed, pour in two cups of heavy whipping cream, half and half, or milk. Stir to combine and heat through.

cream and white wine sauce
Then pour chicken, sausage and veggies back into the pan.

mixing together cajun chicken pasta
Once the meat and veggies are stirred into the sauce, add the pasta.

pasta stirred into the cajun chicken sauce
I added paprika, a dash of cayenne pepper, and salt at this point.

cajun seasoning on pasta
Stir to coat all the pasta completely.

cajun chicken sausage pasta
Since I had an open bottle of wine, I of course drank wine with this dish.

Cajun chicken and smoked sausage pasta

New favorite of the kids too. But, remember my kids like heat in their food. And my kid eats green peppers like apples.

Cajun Chicken and smoked sausage skillet
Cajun Chicken and Smoked Sausage Pasta

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A quick and easy weeknight meal that can be made in under 30 minutes that is full of flavor. Add a little extra cayenne to kick it up a notch.
Ingredients
  • ½ lb chicken tenderloins or breasts, cut into bite size chunks
  • ½ pound of smoked sausage, cut into slices
  • 12 ounces pasta, cooked al dente (bow ties, rotini, fettuccine)
  • 2 teaspoons cajun or creole seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 bell peppers sliced
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ½ cup dry white wine (chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio)
  • 2 cup heavy whipping cream (I used half 1% milk and half whipping cream)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Fresh Basil, optional
  • Parmesan Cheese, optional
Instructions
  1. Place chicken and Cajun seasoning in a bowl and toss to coat. In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté chicken in butter and oil combination until chicken is tender and cooked, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from pan.
  2. Reduce heat and add onion, peppers, garlic, and smoked sausage, cook until veggies are tender. Remove from pan.
  3. Pour wine into skillet to deglaze, and slowly add heavy cream, heat till just bubbling.
  4. Add meat and veggies to sauce. Mix together and then stir in pasta.
  5. Add seasonings and stir to combine. Garnish with fresh basil and parmesan cheese.
  6. Pour over hot linguine and toss with Parmesan cheese.


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  1. says

    I am not much for heat or green peppers, so will reduce the seasoning and use red peppers and give this a try. Today I bring Spaghetti Pepperoni Pie. Thanks for hosting and sharing.

  2. says

    We tried this tonight, with just some cayenne, salt, chipotle, and black pepper on the chicken, as I didn’t have any cajun seasoning on hand. We both loved it! Thanks for spicing up a previously bland dish that I otherwise would have likely over looked!

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