Low Carb Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

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344 CALORIES 23g CARBS 10g FAT 37g PROTEIN
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This low carb Creamy Cajun Chicken Spaghetti Squash has under 400 calories per serving and tastes every bit as indulgent as the restaurant version.

Cajun chicken pasta - it seriously has me drooling any time I see it on a menu. But with over 1500 calories at most restaurants, it's something that I have to reserve for rare indulgences and that's with only eating half.

Luckily it's easy to make a lower calorie and lower carb version at home using spaghetti squash, lots of veggies, lean chicken breast, and reduced fat cream cheese. Depending on how spicy you like things, you can add extra Cajun spice to pack in more flavor or add a couple of tablespoons of chipotles in adobo sauce. You can also use zucchini noodles, summer squash noodles, or any other veggie noodle since not everyone is a huge fan of spaghetti squash.

Looking for more spaghetti squash dishes? Try Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs with Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato Basil Spaghetti Squash with Sausage, or Spaghetti Squash with Shrimp and Asparagus.

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The Recipe

Low Carb Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

PREP TIME: 5 Min
COOK TIME: 25 Min
TOTAL TIME: 30 Min
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Ingredients

US METRICS
  • 1 U spaghetti squash
  • 1.33 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into chunks
  • 2 tbsp. Cajun seasoning, divided (or more)
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 U red pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 U green pepper, sliced thin
  • 1/2 U red onion, sliced thin
  • 2 U cloves garlic, minced (or more)
  • 14 oz. fire roasted diced tomatoes (not drained)
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup scallions

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Instructions

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Prepare the spaghetti squash in the oven or microwave. To roast, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Spray with cooking spray and place on a baking sheet covered in foil. Bake for 45-60 minutes until tender. To microwave pierce the squash all over with a knife or fork. Cook each squash whole for 10-12 minutes until tender. Carefully cut in half and remove seeds. Scrape the squash away from the skin using a fork.

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Toss the chicken with half of the Cajun seasoning. Heat the olive oil over medium high heat in a skillet. Add the chicken and cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring often, until cooked through. Set aside.

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Add the vegetables to the same pan and cook for 6-8 minutes until tender. If they begin to stick, add 1-2 tablespoons of water.

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Turn heat down to low and add the diced tomatoes (undrained), cream cheese, and remaining Cajun seasoning. Cook until cream cheese melts and the sauce is formed. Taste and season if needed.

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Stir in the chicken and spaghetti squash. Serve with scallions.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 2 cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 344
Calories from Fat 83
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
14%
Saturated Fat 3g
16%
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 90mg
30%
Sodium 447mg
19%
Total Carbohydrate 23g
8%
Dietary Fiber 5g
22%
Sugars 11g
Protein 37g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

Low Carb Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta
† SmartPoints™ and PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
4 Comments
On Low Carb Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta
February 27, 2018 - 13:43
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I served this over the spaghetti squash for me and over pasta noodles for the husband. Turned out great. Will adjust the seasoning a little next time to accommodate our level of heat, but over all a great dish. Will make again.
April 12, 2017 - 09:11
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This was delicious. I'm day dreaming about the leftovers I get to eat tonight!
January 18, 2017 - 18:21
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We enjoyed this recipe. Will definitely make again!
January 18, 2017 - 06:20
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I made this for supper last night, and my husband and I LOVED it!! The only tweaks I made were adding the whole 14 oz. can of fire roasted tomatoes since they are zero points on WW. This gave it a saucier consistency. Plus, instead of low fat cream cheese, I added 2 wedges of light Swiss Laughing Cow. Very flavorful recipe!!!
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