It's almost embarrassing how much I have been making this lightened up Cajun chicken pasta lately. We just can't get enough of the creamy, spicy, smoky sauce and pasta - it's like a bowl full of comfort. Plus you can make it in about thirty minutes with ingredients you probably already have at home. Perfect for a busy weeknight. This dish was inspired by the many restaurant versions of this dish, except...it's not a heart attack in a bowl. If you want to be scared for a minute, do a quick Google search. Some of these restaurant versions have up to 1500 calories and 75 grams of fat. Luckily it's not that hard to make a delicious and healthier version at home with under 400 calories.
In terms of making this recipe your own, there are lots of delicious and easy ways to modify the recipe depending on what you have at home and how spicy you like things. You could easily add mushrooms to pack in more veggies, switch out the chicken for shrimp, or make a vegetarian version with all veggies or some black beans. In terms of spice, if you prefer a less spicy version use less Cajun spice and add some extra paprika and oregano for flavor. Now if you love spice, you could add some cayenne pepper, adobo sauce from canned chipotles in adobo, or use poblano or jalapeno peppers instead of the green bell pepper. Anyway you mix it up, it makes one delicious and easy meal.
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This recipe is delicious with shrimp as well instead of the chicken. You could also add mushrooms as well when you are cooking the peppers and onions.
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