Monday, March 3, 2014

Copy Cat Louisiana Chicken and Pasta Recipe

One of my favorite places to dine out is the Cheesecake Factory.  One if I am eating there it probably means I am out with friends and not the kids.  You know girls night out.   I am not sure what my favorite item on the menu is.  Everything I've tried has been pretty top notch. They have great hamburgers, I'm a pretty big fan of the chicken parmesan . If its a girls night out we'll usually all get something different and share.  Win Win right.  One of Jamie's favorites is the Lousiiana Cajun Chicken Pasta.  As much as I love to eat out or have a girls night out I don't do it very often.  I simply can't afford the expense . Specially when I can recreate the meal for a fraction of the cost.  And your family will agree it's great. 

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Louisiana Cajun Chicken Pasta Recipe

serves 4 

Ingredients for the chicken: 

  • 4 chicken breast 
  • 2 teaspoons of Cajun seasoning
  • 1 cup of croutons crushed (I use the garlic herb ones)
  • 1/4 cups Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
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Ingredients for the pasta:

  • 1 lb Penne pasta
  • 1 Tablespoon of butter
  • 1 Tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 red pepper / 1 yellow pepper chopped
  • 1 cup of chicken stock
  • 2 1/2 cups half and half
  • 1 Tablsepoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1 cup Paremsan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper
What to do: 

For the Chicken 

  • Season both sides of your chicken with salt , pepper and Cajun Seasoning.
  • Beat egg and water together in a bowl for dipping chicken.
  • Combine croutons and Parmesan cheese in a bowl for breading chicken.
  • In a pan heated with olive oils coat your chicken in egg mixture, dip into crouton mixture and add to pan.  Cook until done about 8-10 min.
For the Pasta and Sauce
  • Put water on to boil for pasta. Add salt. The cook pasta according to directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a frying pan and butter on Medium heat. Add in your onion, garlic, and red pepper.  (you can omit the pepper if it is to hot for you)  Saute for about 3 minutes. 
  • Add in your chopped peppers and saute about 5 more minutes
  • Whisk in your chicken broth and half and half until bubbly. Add in Cajun seasoning and cook on low.
  • Add cheese and basil to your simmering sauce. Add in cooked pasta. Give a good stir. 
Serve chicken on top of the pasta. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if you'd like. You might also enjoy our Copy Cat Bennigan's Monte Cristo Sandwich recipe

 We changed a few ingredients and steps from the original copy cat recipe by Written on Her Heart .  We recommend you checking both recipes out and make our own substitutions for your pantry.  We're sure you'll come up with a family winner.