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Cajun Chicken Pasta Bake Recipe
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Cajun Chicken Pasta Bake Recipe

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My family loves pasta, so I decided to get in the kitchen and come up with my own chicken pasta. This recipe is quick and simple to make, and it tastes so good, they all go back for seconds. I serve it with a tossed salad and garlic bread. —Kim Weishuhn, Pensacola, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (12 ounces each) bow tie pasta
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch strips
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 bunches green onions, chopped
  • 2 medium green peppers, chopped
  • 2 medium sweet red peppers, chopped
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups equals 465 calories, 16 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 65 mg cholesterol, 928 mg sodium, 52 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 29 g protein.

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions to al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, saute chicken in 1 tablespoon oil until juices run clear. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. In the same pan, saute onions and peppers in remaining oil until tender. Add the broth, soups, milk, Cajun seasoning and garlic powder. Bring to a boil and remove from the heat.
  3. Drain pasta. Add pasta and chicken to soup mixture; toss to coat. Divide between two greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dishes. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and bake casseroles at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly. Yield: 2 casseroles (6 servings each).
Freeze option: Cool unbaked casseroles; cover and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake casseroles, as directed, increasing time to 55-60 minutes or until heated through and a thermometer in center reads 165°.
Originally published as Cajun Chicken Pasta Bake in Simple & Delicious April/May 2012, p61

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups equals 465 calories, 16 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 65 mg cholesterol, 928 mg sodium, 52 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 29 g protein.

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

Reviews for Cajun Chicken Pasta Bake(11)

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Reviewed Nov. 11, 2013

So good!

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2013

As I watch my husband on his second bowl...I can tell you it's a keeper. I reduced the noodles as suggested. I put 20 oz in instead of 24. I had to use yellow bell peppers because I was out of the red. Used Tony's for the cajun seasoning. Other than that...it's all the same as stated. When my husband-hating-casseroles came home and saw what was on the stove, I thought I was going to have to pay him to eat it. However, a little salt later and he's on his second bowl! He LOVED it!!! Kids...not so much...but they don't like much. Will be eating the frozen one next week!

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 15, 2013

We are still enjoying this dish over and over and over again! So easy to make.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2013

I tripled this recipe and froze it when I was expecting my first child. I'll admit, the flavor combination was a little different, and I wasn't 100% sure about it when I first made it. But it really grew on me - it's a favorite now, and I find myself cooking extra chicken when I make other meals just so that I can have leftover chicken to use in this recipe. I love it!! I did follow the advice of other reviewers and I slightly reduced the amount of noodles I used and I've had no problems with the dish being dry. For some reason I can't click on the "stars" to rate the dish, but I would give it 5 stars!

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2013

I have made this many times and my husband keeps asking for me. It is so easy to make and is very delicious!

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