One Pot Cajun Chicken and Sausage Alfredo Pasta

One Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta Alfredo with Sausage

I’m so excited to share this new one-pot recipe with you! This One-Pot Cajun Chicken and Sausage Alfredo is one of our new favorite meals. It is so simple to make and absolutely packed with flavor. Tender chunks of chicken with smoky pieces of sausage in a rich and delicious homemade alfredo sauce. This meal serves a crowd but takes less than 30 minutes to make. You can divide this recipe in half to serve a smaller group too, just keep all the cooking times the same. I like the big batch though. The leftover where amazing.

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Let’s get started! In a large pot, make sure you have a lid that fits:0), heat olive oil over medium high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper and add to pot. Once chicken has started to brown, stir in smoked sausage and let brown as well. Then stir in fresh garlic, I like to save the garlic and add it in this step, so it doesn’t burn in the pan while the chicken and sausage are cooking.

 

One Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta Alfredo with Sausage

 

Add chicken broth, heavy cream, uncooked pasta and cajun seasoning to pot and bring to a simmer. For the best consistency and results, make sure to use heavy cream versus whipping cream or light cream.

 

One Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta Alfredo with Sausage

 

Once the pot is simmering, cover and turn heat to low. Let cook covered for 15-20 minutes, just until pasta is tender.

 

One Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta Alfredo with Sausage

 

Remove pot from heat and stir in freshly grated parmesan cheese. I grate my parmesan using a microplane so it melts smoothly into the sauce. If you use store-bought shredded cheese, you may have to adjust and use less in the recipe. Pre shredded cheese has additives that keep the shreds from sticking together in the bag or container and those tend to over thicken the sauce or keep the cheese from melting smoothly.

 

One Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta Alfredo with Sausage

 

Stir in freshly chopped flat leaf parsley and sprinkle with additional seasoning to taste.

 

 

One Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta Alfredo with Sausage

 

You are going to love this rich and flavorful pasta! It’s one of our new favorites. For leftovers, reheat slowly over a low flame and add more chicken broth and cream as needed to keep sauce from separating.

 

One Pot Cajun Chicken and Sausage Alfredo Pasta

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 8-10 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound of chicken, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 14 oz smoked sausage, sliced on the diagonal
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 quart of low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 1/2 cups of heavy cream
  • 1 pound of dried penne pasta
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of Cajun seasoning plus more for topping
  • 4 oz of freshly shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup of Italian flat leaf parsley, minced

Instructions

  1. Start with a large covered cooking pot.
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper and brown in olive oil over medium high heat.
  3. Add sausage and continue to cook until lightly browned.
  4. Stir in garlic and cook for for about two minutes.
  5. Add chicken broth, heavy cream, dried pasta and cajun seasoning to pot.
  6. Stir together and bring to a simmer over medium high heat.
  7. Reduce heat to low and let cook covered for 15-20 minutes, or until pasta is tender.
  8. Remove pot from heat and stir in parmesan cheese.
  9. Stir in chopped parsley and sprinkle with additional cajun seasoning to taste.
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This recipe is adapted from my reader favorite One Pan Chicken Alfredo!

One Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta Alfredo with Sausage

 

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Kathy Harris says:

    Looks and sounds wonderful!

  2. Oh yummy!! This looks amazing!

  3. Thanks Melissa! First I had found your One-Pan Chicken Burrito Bowls. And it was wonderful. So I came back for more! Last week this one. It was awesome! My family loved it. After I had already started cooking tho, I realized that I no longer had any cajun spice….but I did have my homemade version of Emeril’s Essence (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/emerils-essence-recipe.html), so I used that instead. It worked perfectly. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I’ll be back for more! :)

  4. Made this recipe for my husband tonight and he loved it. Very flavorful and quick to make!

  5. Jordan Votteler says:

    My fiance and I made this recipe tonight for dinner. It was delicious! This dish has so much flavor and was perfect on a cold winter night like tonight! Thanks, we will definitely be making this one again in the future.

  6. I had to make dinner for 40 high school robotics students and coaches, and I found this recipe. I quadrupled the recipe and then made one version without meat for the vegetarians of the group. My husband cut the chicken the night before and I sliced the sausage, so on cook day it was simply follow the recipe. Turned out great. They all loved it. And it was super easy (wasn’t one pot for that many… but only 3 pots! :-).

  7. Wow! This was truly amazing! I made this last night and it was full of flavor. I kicked it up a bit and added a few dashes of cayenne. Great recipe!

  8. P.johnsin says:

    the chicken alfredo was the bomb I added shrimp & cajin Greek seasoning

  9. Christina Giovenco says:

    This was excellent! Halved it to serve 3 and we had a little left over. Very flavorful with just the right amount of kick! Def use the freshly grated (microplanned) parm. It melts smooth into the final dish :)

  10. I will be trying this tonight. I have a potluck tomorrow with my truck/merchandise team. So praying that it will work.

  11. Eruiz1966 says:

    I tried this tonight and it was delicious. I didn’t need to add any salt to the chicken as the sausage and Parm are already highly salty. I’m so happy I came upon this post. I’m definitely trying out your other one pot meal recipes. Thanks a bunch!

  12. Johnnie says:

    OMGoodness! I made this tonight! My family loves it!👍

  13. Hello,

    What will happen if use heavy whipping cream instead heavy cream?
    Thank You

  14. Samantha says:

    Every time I make the dish the sauce is super soupy and just liquid. What am I doing wrong? We love the dish and the flavors though

    • Hi Samantha!

      I’ve notice that some creams, like whipping cream are not as thick as heavy cream. When I pour the heavy cream, you can see how thick it is. If you are using frozen chicken, it may be letting off extra water into the pan when it cooks. Are you making any changes to the recipe?

  15. Thanks very much for this recipe! I’ve made it a few times now using your recipe, and it’s always delicious and seems pretty fool-proof. I had a similar dish at a restaurant and loved it, and was looking to recreate it – this fulfills my craving!

    I stopped adding the salt after the first try, as I was using regular chicken stock and it was much too salty. I always use andouille sausage as it’s my favorite. Delish!

  16. Since nobody ever leaves reviews of a recipe they found online AS IS, here it is. I made this recipe without substitution or addition to any ingredients and it is fantastic. There’s a restaurant not far from my house that has rattlesnake pasta on the menu and it’s one of the best dishes they serve. This very much reminds me of that dish.

    My household is highly skeptical of a recipe requiring the pasta to be baked directly into the dish with other ingredients. For whatever reason, they just don’t believe it works. Well, this was a major crowd pleaser. My mother, who barely eats anything, went back for seconds and had leftovers for lunch the next day.

    People. Don’t fuss with substitutions. Try the recipe as is — there is a reason it was made that way and the reason is that it’s absolutely spectacular!

  17. Jelisa Hall says:

    Can you use water instead if you don’t have chicken broth ?

  18. Devin Ventre says:

    I made this for dinner tonight and everyone loved it! A top notch recipe! :)

  19. Robyn Engelage says:

    Made this tonight! Everyone loved it. Thank u

  20. Tia Green says:

    I absolutely loved the flavor of this dish (so does the hubby!). The only issue is that my sauce came up thin. I’m not sure if it’s becayse I used heavy whipping cream? I saw you said to use heavy cream but I didn’t see any cartons labelled as just “heavy cream”. They only had heavy whipping cream. Ito till delicious though and we’re going to eat it. I tthink I’ll just reduce the liquids next time and grate the cheese instead of store bought. :-)

  21. GregtheExplorer says:

    Tried this tonight – it was an absolute winner with everyone – even the kids!

  22. Made this tonight but didn’t have any penne pasta. Or anything similar so I broke linguini in half. It works ok but I wouldn’t recommend it. The flavor was good, though. I’ll definitely make it again with the correct pasta

  23. Ruth Harrison says:

    I have made this several times since I found the recipe. It is really good! I cooked some shrimp in cajun seasoning and added it on top after I plated it. Family really enjoyed this!

  24. What kind of Cajun seasoning would you recommend? Just trying to find the ones that seem to be the best flavor! Thank you!!!

  25. Lindsay Blake says:

    Made this for dinner tonight. Was absolutely delicious!!

  26. Made it for dinner. SO Easy, tastes great, and quick to make! No fuss recipe, I like!

  27. I made this to bring to a Cajun-themed potluck. After seeing so many comments here about how easy it was to make, I figured I’d give it a try. Ya’ll don’t lie – super easy and a HUGE HIT with the crowd! Definitely adding this into my regular dinner rotation at home. Thank you! (FYI – the grocery store I went to didn’t have Heavy Cream, only Heavy Whipping Cream. Seeing people’s comments that the sauce would be thinner, I decided to double the cheese to help thicken it up. So that might be a good work-around if you only find whipping cream.)

  28. Anita Mitchell says:

    This is a great recipe which my son asks for at least once a week! I swapped the chicken for shrimp and cut the amount of pasta, heavy cream, and chicken broth in half and added some onion while cooking the sausage!

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