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Cajun Inspired Chicken & Andouille Penne Pasta

Cajun Inspired Chicken & Andouille Penne Pasta combines some of my favorite food items, Penne Pasta, Cajun Seasoned Chicken, Andouille Sausage, diced tomatoes with chiles, fresh Okra and a Delicious Cajun Cheddar Cheese sauce, all combined to make an excellent new comfort food you are going to love.

Now and then I get bored and like to have a little fun with the dinner menu.  I enjoy Penne Pasta and Cajun foods, so I thought I might combine the two of them the other night. The ingredients we often have on hand, many are a staple at our house, so this would be an open market free dinner, which is my favorite. Most you may have on hand as well, or you will find at your local market.

 

Cajun Inspired Chicken & Andouille Penne Pasta 1This recipe is a fairly forgiving recipe that you can easily make adaptations to. For instance, being that I am located in the South, I usually do not have an issue finding Andouille sausage; however, if you find your market does not carry Andouille Sausage, you can easily use a smoked sausage of your choice.  Brown as you would the Andouille Sausage and use instead.

Also, if you would like to make this and notice your market does not have fresh okra, or it is out of season, no fear most stores carry it in the freezer section, instead of steaming for 1 minute, thaw and add to pasta. You do not have to worry about cooking the okra; it has been blanched to be frozen, which equates to steaming for one minute.

Don’t have time to make a Homemade Cajun Cheese sauce? No worst-case worries scenario; you can always use a jar of your favorite brand Cheddar Cheese Sauce and add Cajun Seasoning to it. Our recipe is a remarkably adaptable menu item you can play around with as needed.

 

 

 

 

Things you will need:

  • 1-2 tablespoons of  olive oil
  • cajun seasoning, your brand
  • 1 and 1/2 pound boneless and skinless chicken
  • 1 pound of Andouille Sausage, sliced
  • 1 (10  ounces) can dice tomatoes with chiles
  • 1 cup fresh sliced okra, steamed 1 – 2 minutes
  • One recipe for cheese sauce, recipe below
  • 1 pound cooked penne pasta, al dente
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, for topping
  • One teaspoon of olive oil. to coast pasta, if desired
  • Sliced, green onions if desired

 

 

 

5 from 7 votes
Cajun Inspired Chicken & Andouille Penne Pasta 1
Cajun Inspired Chicken & Andouille Penne Pasta
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

Cajun Inspired Chicken & Andouille Penne Pasta combines some of my favorite food items, Penne Pasta, Cajun Seasoned Chicken, Andouille Sausage, diced tomatoes with chiles, fresh Okra and a Delicious Cajun Cheddar Cheese sauce

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Cajun, Southern
Keyword: Cajun Chicken and Andouille Pasta
Servings: 6 People
Author: hmccallum
Ingredients
Cajun Inspired Chicken & Andouille Penne Pasta
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Cajun seasoning your brand
  • pounds boneless and skinless chicken
  • 1 pound andouille Sausage sliced
  • 1-10 ounce Can of diced tomatoes with chiles
  • 1 cup freshly sliced okra steamed 1 – 2 minutes
  • 1 recipe for cheese sauce recipe below
  • 1 pound cooked penne pasta al dente
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese for topping
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil. to coast pasta if desired
  • sliced green onions if desire
Cheese Sauce
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning your brand
  • Kosher salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 cups freshly shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
Directions
  1. Season boneless and skinless chicken thoroughly with Cajun Seasoning. Add 1 teaspoon olive oil to a metal skillet that has been heated to a medium – high temperature, sear chicken on both sides about 1 minute each side.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the meat is no longer pink and the juices run clear.
  3. This should take 8 to 12 minutes. As the chicken cooks, you will want to turn it occasionally so that it browns evenly. If the chicken starts to brown too quickly reduce the heat to medium-low. Once done place on the dish and set to side to cool. Once cool dice into 1 x 1-inch pieces.
  4. In the same skillet on medium heat, add sliced Andouille sausage, cook about 6 minutes or until lightly brown and completely cooked through. Set to side till needed.
  5. Using package directions for pasta cook al dente method. Drain and rinse pasta. lightly toss will 1 teaspoon of olive oil if desired. A place to side till needed.
  6. Using directions provided below, make cheese sauce for pasta.
Directions for cheese sauce
  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add flour then whisk for about 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in whole milk and heavy cream, season with salt and pepper and switch to a wooden spoon. Stir and cook until thickened, about 4-5 minutes.
  2. Turn off heat then add cheese and stir until melted and smooth.
  3. Taste and season with additional kosher salt and fresh pepper if desired.
Recipe Notes

To assemble:
In a large Pasta bowl or serving the dish, place pasta, add chicken, sliced Andouille sausage , 1 can of diced tomatoes with the chiles juice and all,1 cup fresh sliced okra that has been steamed for 1 minute, and cheese sauce made from recipe above. Toss pasta to coat with sauce and mix ingredients. Top with cheddar cheese, and sliced green onions. Serve immediately.

 

 

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13 Comments

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    dishofdailylife
    August 17, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    This is a pasta dish I definitely will be making. My family will love this! And I love that it’s so easy! I’m sharing it on my FB page tomorrow afternoon!

    Thanks for linking it up with us at Foodie Fridays. I’m doing a lot of traveling this month but I’ll be back to link up with you all shortly…I love your link party! Always so many great recipes there!

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    Michaela ~ An Affair from the Heart
    August 14, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    I always LOVE your Cajun recipes!! This Cajun Inspired Chicken & Andouille Penne Pasta makes me DROOL!!

  • Reply
    auntbeesrecipes
    August 13, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Cheese sauce, Andouille Sausage, Chicken and pasta! I can’t think of anything better!!!!

  • Reply
    Joanne/WineladyCooks
    August 13, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Wow, this Cajun Inspired Chicken Andouille Penne Pasta recipe sounds delicious. The recipe looks so easy I will just have to give it a try, I know grampy will enjoy it.

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      August 14, 2014 at 4:14 am

      Thanks Joanne! It was so delicious! You know how much I love my Cajun and Creole foods!!

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    savoryexperiments
    August 12, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Looks fabulous! I love a good spicy pasta- specifically with sausage. Okra is an added bonus.

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    Platter Talk
    August 11, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    This looks fantastic; love the combination of the chicken and andouille!

  • Reply
    Nicole Neverman
    August 11, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    I love everything about this pasta dish! The addition of cajun seasoning to the cheese sauce is lovely! Great to see the use of okra in there too. YUM!

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