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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Cajun Chicken Linguine

My mother used to use cajun seasoning in everything when I was growing up so it is a flavor I am used to and really love. Cajun seasoning is typically a mixture of salt, garlic, onion, cayenne and paprika and usually an herb such as oregano or thyme. The cayenne gives it heat and so cajun seasoning is usually spicy although how hot depends on the brand. Here the chicken is coated in cajun and browned which really brings out the flavor of the seasoning but beware that this dish has some heat-not enough to stick your tongue in the freezer but just enough to make things interesting. Of course another reason I loved this was because it was a meal in a pot again- can't get enough of those!

4 chicken breasts, cut into small cubes
11/2  tsp cajun seasoning
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp granulated garlic powder
1 onion, sliced
2 zuchinni, sliced
1 red pepper, sliced
1 yellow pepper, sliced
3 ripe tomatoes, cubed
4 cloves garlic, minced
cajun seasoning
2 cups chicken broth
1/2  cup white wine
1 cup non-dairy cooking cream or 1 cup tofutti sour cream
1 tsp cornstarch
1 lb linguine

Boil the linguine and set aside. Season the cubed chicken with the cajun, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Heat a little oil in a frying  pan and "blacken" the chicken cubes over high heat in batches until cooked through. You want the chicken to look dark and well seasoned. Remove the chicken from the pan and add the vegetables and garlic. Sprinkle some cajun, salt and pepper over the vegetables and cook over high heat for about 2 minutes. You want the vegetables to still have a little crunch. Remove the vegetables and place with the chicken. In the same pan, heat the broth and wine scraping up all the bits on the bottom and cook for about 5 minutes until it reduces a little. Add the cream and whisk well and add the cornstarch and whisk well and cook for another 2 minutes or until it thickens. Taste the sauce for seasoning and re-season with salt and pepper if necessary. If you want it spicier add some cayenne pepper or more cajun. Add the chicken and vegetables back into the pan and add the linguine as well. Cook all together over medium heat while mixing everything together for about 3 minutes so that the sauce can absorb into the pasta. Enjoy!


2 comments:

  1. No fish, nuts, sesame, or weird cheese??? This looks like the best dish you've posted so far!!!

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  2. Looks delicious ! Well-balanced one-dish meal.

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