Cajun Chicken and Spinach Parmesan Pasta Skillet Meal by The Toasty Kitchen

Cajun Chicken and Spinach Parmesan Pasta Skillet Meal

My Cajun Chicken and Spinach Parmesan Pasta Skillet Meal makes a quick and easy weeknight dinner. Cavatappi pasta and spinach are coated in a flavorful Parmesan cream sauce, which is topped with Cajun seasoned chicken breasts. The best part is this meal comes together in just 30 minutes in a single pan.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword cajun chicken, parmesan pasta skillet meal
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 520
Author Heather


  • 16 ounces boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 and 1/2 cups cavatappi pasta uncooked
  • 2/3 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 cups spinach


  • Pound chicken breasts to about 1 inch in thickness. Season both sides of chicken breasts with salt, pepper, oregano, paprika, and cayenne pepper. 
  • Heat saute pan over medium heat. Add olive oil to pan. When heated, add chicken breasts and cook about 3 minutes per side, or until juices run clear. Remove chicken from pan, set aside, and cover to keep warm.
  • Add diced onion to pan and cook until translucent. Then add garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. 
  • Add chicken broth, water, and pasta to pan. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 8-10 minutes (or according to your pasta's package directions). Most of the liquid should be absorbed. 
  • Remove lid and add heavy cream and Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine and allow cheese to melt, about 1-2 minutes. 
  • Remove pan from heat. Add spinach and stir to incorporate. Allow pan to set for 3-4 minutes to allow spinach to wilt and sauce to thicken. Meanwhile, slice chicken into thin strips. 
  • Chicken can be stirred into dish or served on top of pasta. Optionally, top with more freshly grated Parmesan cheese.


Serving: 0g | Calories: 520kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 1300mg | Potassium: 786mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2825IU | Vitamin C: 17.7mg | Calcium: 266mg | Iron: 1.9mg