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
Keyword cajun chicken, parmesan pasta skillet meal
Cook Time 30minutes
Total Time 30minutes
16ouncesboneless skinless chicken breasts
2 and 1/2cupscavatappi pastauncooked
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.