Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Quick Cajun Chicken Penne

For one of my Christmas presents, my Grandmother gifted me with a year-long subscription to Taste of Home. At first, I was not excited about this. To the point that I left the first magazine in the wrapper for like a month. But, after finally deciding that I should at least look at it, I opened it, and to my surprise, ended up ripping out 10 pages of recipes I wanted to try. This magazine has transformed from something I thought was lame to something that I look forward to receiving in the mail every month! I've tried some recipes and look forward to sharing!

Photo Courtesy of: Taste of Home
Serves: 6
Prep & Cook Time: 30 minutes

What you need:

  • 1 lb penne pasta
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • cajun chicken seasoning (I made my own!)
    • 4 tsp cayenne pepper
    • 3 tsp salt
    • 2 tsp black pepper
    • 2 tsp cumin
    • 2 tsp paprika
    • 2 1/2 tsp dry mustard
    • 1 tsp dried thyme
    • 1 tsp dried oregano
    • 2 tsp onion powder
    • 2 tsp garlic powder
    • 2 tbsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 10 oz. containers refrigerated Alfredo sauce (I used Bertoli)
  • 2 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced

What to do:
Cook the pasta according to package directions. Melt your butter, and dip your chicken breasts in the butter and place on a plate. Sprinkle with the cajun seasoning and cover on both sides of the chicken. Grill the chicken, covered, over medium heat for 5-8 minutes on each side. Once cooked, cut into bite size pieces.

On the stove, heat the 2 containers of Alfredo sauce until warm. Once warm, toss with the cooked pasta, chicken, chopped tomatoes, and sliced green onions. TA-DA! 

***Warning, this recipe does have a bit of kick to it, so beware if you're not the biggest fan of spicy foods. Being someone who LOVES spicy food, this was pretty mild for me, but absolutely delicious. LOVED the flavor of this one! Enjoy!


Allison said...

I have a Taste of Home cookbook, and it is hands down the best wedding gift I received!

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