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Quick Cajun Chicken Penne

I used to work at a restaurant that served a variation of chicken with penne pasta. I didn't know how easy it would be to make until I gave it a shot at home—now it's always a requested meal around my house. —Rusty Koll, Elmwood, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (5 ounces each)
  • 2 teaspoons blackened seasoning
  • 2 containers (10 ounces each) refrigerated Alfredo sauce
  • 2 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced


  • Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
  • Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, lightly coat the grill rack. Sprinkle chicken with blackened seasoning. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 5-8 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 170°. Cut into bite-size pieces.
  • In a large skillet, heat Alfredo sauce over medium heat until warm, stirring frequently. Add the tomatoes, onions, pasta and chicken; toss to coat and heat through.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 660 calories, 31g fat (12g saturated fat), 90mg cholesterol, 1015mg sodium, 63g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 34g protein.

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  • justmbeth
    Jan 20, 2020

    Very good chicken pasta recipe. I used jarred sauce rather than refrigerated.

  • Lisa Friesen
    Oct 13, 2014

    Chicken was better than shrimp. My grilled shrimp got tough. I probably cooked them too long. If I tried it again with the shrimp I would probably saute them in the pan vs the grill. I didn't use the scallions just some diced onion in the pan. Will make again!!

  • hmswthm
    Mar 9, 2014

    This is one of our main go-to meals that I make several times a month. It's that good!

  • Twiliightmoon
    Apr 30, 2013

    Love this recipe. So simple and so good.

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    Aug 13, 2012


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  • paularobinson
    May 25, 2012

    This was terrific and easy to make. We used spaghetti noodles. The sauce was delicious with garlic french bread! I think next time I will use shrimp instead of chicken!

  • pamdevone
    Apr 30, 2012

    This was very quick and fast, it was prefect for a hungry crowd, I used my homemade Alfredo sauce and the whole dish tasted like it came from a restaurant. Thanks.

  • thomsoha
    Apr 23, 2012

    This was really good & easy to make. I only used one jar of sauce and it was perfect