Saturday, 22 July 2017

Recipe- One Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta



One pot dinners – I LOVE them!

Especially speedy pasta versions. Perfect for getting dinner on the table before the kids start having an after-school hunger meltdown!

This one has piles of cajun chicken & chorizo all cooked together in a creamy tomato sauce. I like to add plenty of veg such a spinach, peppers & fresh tomatoes too. Because, hey, who doesn’t like getting one over on the kids & making them eat extra veg without even thinking about it! 

This quick Cajun chicken one-pot is a winner for the family dinner table. Cajun spiced chicken in a creamy tomato sauce – with pasta & extra veg. With just 10 minutes prep time & 25 minutes cooking time, that's a double winning in my eyes! 



Ingredients- Serves 4

  • ๐Ÿ”น1x Tbsp Olive Oil
  • ๐Ÿ”น1x Regular Onion, peeled & chopped
  • ๐Ÿ”น1.5x Tbsp Cajun Seasoning
  • ๐Ÿ”น2x Chicken Breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • ๐Ÿ”น75g (2.6 oz) Chorizo, cut into small chunks
  • ๐Ÿ”น2x Cloves Garlic, peeled & minced
  • ๐Ÿ”น½x Red Bell Pepper, deseeded & sliced
  • ๐Ÿ”น½x Green Bell Pepper, deseeded & sliced
  • ๐Ÿ”น½x Yellow Bell Pepper, deseeded & sliced
  • ๐Ÿ”น200g (2.5 cups) Dried Pasta Shapes
  • ๐Ÿ”น1x400g (14oz) Tin Chopped Tomatoes
  • ๐Ÿ”น480mls (2 cups) Chicken Stock
  • ๐Ÿ”น60ml (¼ cup) Double (heavy) Cream
  • ๐Ÿ”นLarge handful of Fresh Baby Spinach
  • ๐Ÿ”น10x Fresh Cherry Tomatoes, sliced in half
  • ๐Ÿ”น50g (1/2 packed cup) Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • ๐Ÿ”น 2x Tbsp Freshly Chopped Parsley 

Method

  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan (skillet) & add the onion. Cook on a medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onion begins to soften.
  • Sprinkle the Cajun seasoning on the chopped chicken breast, then add to the pan. Heat for 5-6 minutes until the chicken is sealed on all sides.
  • Add in the chorizo & garlic then fry for a further two minutes, until the chorizo starts to release it’s oils, then add peppers. Stir, then add the pasta shapes, tin of tomatoes & chicken stock. Bring to the boil, stir, then place a lid or some foil over the pan. Turn the heat down & let the pasta simmer for 15 minutes. Check & stir once or twice during this time.
  • After 15 minutes, remove the lid & test the pasta. It should be just cooked (if it isn’t, cook for a couple of minutes more with a splash of boiling water if needed). Stir in the cream, heat through for a minute then turn off the heat & stir in the spinach. It should wilt very quickly.
  • Sprinkle on the sliced tomatoes, grated cheese and parsley, then serve.