Cajun Chicken Pasta Skillet

It’s a creamy, cheese and slightly spicy chicken pasta that’s cooked in one skillet!

2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
1-2 teaspoons store-bought or homemade cajun seasoning (see below for recipe)
12 ounces farfalle or bow tie pasta noodles, cooked according to package’s instructions
1 red bell pepper, diced
¼ cup diced white onion
fresh parsley
4 tablespoons butter
¼ cup flour
1 cup whole milk, heavy cream, or half and half (I used fat free half and half)
2-3 teaspoons store-bought or homemade cajun seasoning (see below for recipe)
⅓ cup diced tomatoes
optional: homemade cajun seasoning (make it, it takes two seconds!)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon onion salt
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
heaping ½ teaspoon oregano
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients for the cajun seasoning (may sub store-bought seasoning if desired). Sprinkle 1-2 teaspoons of seasoning over chopped chicken pieces. Spray a large pan or non stick skillet with cooking spray and cook chicken over medium heat 5-8 minutes, stirring throughout until cooked through. Place chicken in a bowl and set aside.
In the same pan, melt butter and sauté peppers and onions 2-3 minutes. Stir in flour until mixture clumps together or comes together in a “ball”. Slowly whisk in milk. Stir in diced tomatoes. When mixture is smooth and creamy, stir in 2 teaspoons of cajun seasoning (or more if you like it a little spicier). Add pasta and chicken and stir to coat. Continue to stir until chicken is heated through. Serve warm and garnish with fresh parsley.
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