One Pot Cajun Chicken Alfredo – Tender chunks of chicken with smoky pieces of sausage in a rich and delicious homemade alfredo sauce.
Cajun Chicken Alfredo
This Cajun Chicken Alfredo is one of our favorite meals. I first published this recipe in October of 2015 and it quickly went viral. It’s been a reader favorite since. Because so many have told me that this is one of their family’s favorite recipes, I’m not making any changes to it, just updating the photos and adding some tips.
Cajun Chicken Alfredo 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 leftovers are amazing.
How to Make Cajun Chicken Alfredo
- In a large pot – make sure you have a lid that fits – heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper and add to the pot.
- Once the 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 for this step so it doesn’t burn in the pan while the chicken and sausage are cooking.
- 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.
- Once the pot is simmering, cover and turn heat to low. Let cook covered for 15-20 minutes, just until pasta is tender.
- 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.
- Stir in freshly chopped flat leaf parsley and sprinkle with additional seasoning to taste.
- Make sure to use heavy cream. I prefer Knudsen or Lucerene Heavy Cream. They are thicker and have a higher fat content. That is the key to having the sauce come together.
- If you are using a thinner cream, like whipping cream, decrease the amount of the chicken broth by 1/4 cup or 1/2 a cup to help the alfredo thicken.
- The starch from the cooked pasta also helps the sauce thicken, so the sauce will continue to get thicker as the pasta cools. You can add more cream or chicken broth to loosen up the sauce as needed and for reheating purposes.
- It’s best to use freshly shredded parmesan cheese for this recipe. Shredded parmesan cheese from a bag generally will not melt smoothly.
You are going to love this rich and flavorful pasta! For leftovers, reheat slowly over a low flame and add more chicken broth and cream as needed to keep the sauce from separating.
More One Pot Meals
Check out a few more of my favorite dinner recipes that are just as easy and delicious as this cajun chicken alfredo!
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound 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 garlic, minced
- 1 quart low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 1 pound penne pasta, uncooked
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning, plus more to taste
- 4 oz parmesan cheese freshly shredded, more as needed
- Italian Parsley garnish
Start with a large cooking pot that has a lid.
- Season chicken with salt and pepper and brown in olive oil over medium high heat.
- Add sausage and continue to cook until lightly browned.
- Stir in garlic and cook for for about two minutes.
Add chicken broth, heavy cream, dried pasta, and cajun seasoning to pot.
- Stir together and bring to a simmer over medium high heat.
- Reduce heat to low and let cook covered for 15-20 minutes, or until pasta is tender.
Remove pot from heat and slowly stir in parmesan cheese.
Stir in chopped parsley and sprinkle with additional cajun seasoning to taste.
Cajun Chicken Alfredo Photos originally published in October 2015
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