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Cajun Chicken Pasta Bake

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.

Makes

2 casseroles (6 servings each)

My family loves pasta, so I decided to get in the kitchen and come up with my own chicken pasta bake. 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
Cajun Chicken Pasta Bake Recipe photo by Taste of Home

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 shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. 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 same pan, saute onions and peppers in remaining oil until tender. Add broth, soups, milk, Cajun seasoning and garlic powder. Bring to a boil; remove from heat.
  3. Drain pasta. Add pasta and chicken to soup mixture; toss to coat. Divide between two greased 13x9-in. baking dishes. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and bake casseroles 20-25 minutes or until bubbly.
    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°.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/2 cups: 465 calories, 16g fat (7g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 928mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 29g protein.

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