slow-cooker cajun chicken pasta

by Amy on 26 September 2012

hi, my name is amy + i’m a pastaholic. i could easily eat pasta every day, preferably multiple times a day, accompanied by homemade bread (recipe for the bread pictured here will be on the blog within a few weeks!). you won’t see me doing a low-carb diet any time soon.=)

i’ve already told you about my love for my new-ish crock-pot + slow-cooker recipes, so it was only natural that i combine my love of pasta with my love of the slow-cooker. + thus, this cajun chicken pasta was born! so, how did it turn out? absolutely amazing. it was my husband who suggested that i come up with a cajun chicken pasta recipe + after eating this, i must’ve thanked him, no joke, 20 times for suggesting it. it really might be my new favorite pasta recipe. it’s full of flavor, from the juicy, tender chicken to the savory, spicy peppers + onions, + the rich, addictive, creamy cajun sauce.

so, fellow lovers of scrumptious pasta dishes, give this seriously fantastic recipe a try – you’ll love it!

this recipe is also linked up at foodie friends friday!

slow-cooker cajun chicken pasta

serves 6-8, adapted from tasty kitchen + the pioneer woman

ingredients

2 lbs chicken breasts (about 4-5 large chicken breasts), cut into 2″ pieces
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons dried italian seasoning
1 teaspoon cajun seasoning
olive oil for sautéing
1 onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 red pepper, sliced
1 yellow pepper, sliced
2 jalapeño peppers, seeds + ribs removed, sliced
1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 14 oz. can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 cups whole milk (or half + half)
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 pound pasta (i used fettuccine)

note: this recipe makes for a medium-spicy recipe. for a less-spicy version, you can omit the crushed red pepper, cayenne pepper, + jalapenos.

directions

combine the first 9 seasonings in a large bowl + stir to combine. add the cubed chicken, toss to cover well, + allow to sit while you prep the rest of the ingredients.

heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large sauté pan. add the onions + garlic + saute until just softened, about 5 minutes. put the onions/garlic in the crock-pot.

return the pan to the heat, add another tablespoon of olive oil + add the chicken. cook until just seared on all sides, about 1-2 minutes per side. if your pan isn’t big enough to sear all the chicken at once, do this in batches. when chicken is seared, add it to the crock-pot.

return the pan to the heat once more, add another tablespoon of olive oil, then add the red + yellow peppers + jalapeno peppers. cook until peppers are softened, about 5 minutes, then transfer the peppers to the crock-pot.

add the crushed tomatoes, fire-roasted tomatoes, + chicken broth to the crock-pot. stir everything until well-combned. cook on LOW for 4 hours, until chicken is cooked through.

whisk together the milk, yogurt, + cornstarch in a small bowl. add to the crock-pot, cover, + allow to cook on LOW for 30 minutes more, until sauce has thickened.

when the chicken has about 15-20 minutes left, cook pasta as instructed on the package. drain, return to pot, + toss with about 1/2 cup (or more, depending on your preference) of the creamy cajun sauce from the crock-pot. top with chicken + peppers mixture, + serve with fresh bread.

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1 Kathryn September 26, 2012 at 7:41 am

I’m another pastaholic, I could eat it for every meal. Love this version with all its spicy cajun flavours; it looks really delicious.

2 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray September 26, 2012 at 7:48 am

Equally a pastaholic, and equally enticed by my (not new) crockpot. Hooray!

3 Jocelyn @BruCrew Life September 26, 2012 at 8:10 am

I could seriously eat pasta every single day too!! Love that carb loaded goodness so much! What a fun twist to do a cajun pasta in the slow cooker…I have got to try this for sure:-)

4 Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker} September 26, 2012 at 8:44 am

I’m right there with you gurl. My nick name was the “pasta queen” for YEARS! I still cook more pasta than anything else! This recipe looks fab!!

5 amy September 26, 2012 at 8:53 am

The only thing I love as much as pasta is soup, + my husband has referred to me as the ‘soup queen’ in the past. =) hooray for fellow food royalty!

6 elizabeth @ chronic venture September 26, 2012 at 9:15 am

this looks SO GOOD. amy, you have such great slow cooker recipes–making this soon for sure!

7 amy September 26, 2012 at 9:16 am

awww, thank you, elizabeth – I hope you try it + absolutely love it!

8 Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel September 26, 2012 at 9:42 am

Oh em gee–I love Cajun food and flavors. One of my faves by far. And throwing a pasta sauce in the slowcooker is so stinkin’ genius! Talk about easy. I’ll be dreaming of this pasta all day now.

9 danielle September 26, 2012 at 10:10 am

As a fellow pastaholic in a house full of pastaholics – I am loving this recipe – must try!

10 Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations September 26, 2012 at 10:20 am

This looks soo yummy! I used to have pasta all the time. But my husband is not a fan at all, for him it’s all about rice. We meet in the middle somewhere. Lately, however, being in Asia and all rice seems more predominant. Lots more of that around than pasta.

11 amy September 26, 2012 at 10:43 am

My husband is the same way – he almost always prefers rice to pasta, so we meet in the middle, too. =)

12 Jed Gray (sportsglutton) September 26, 2012 at 10:53 am

Nothing wrong with being a pastaholic Amy. I’m married to an Italian, so pasta is always in the house ready to prepare. Actually, please go ahead and send me some of this chicken so that I can douse a heaping bowl of leftover pasta with it. 😉

Hope you enjoyed the Titans win this weekend. Cheers!

13 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel September 26, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I love that you’re both a slow cooker convert and a carboholic too!

14 Cassie September 26, 2012 at 12:48 pm

fabulous idea to make this in the slow cooker. i’m a fool for pasta and cajun spices are one of the first places i turn for a quick pasta dish. love this amy!

15 Ashley@BakerbyNature September 26, 2012 at 1:04 pm

I too have a pasta addiction… it’s just too easy to love! This looks AMAZING!!!

16 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious September 26, 2012 at 2:48 pm

I’m so thrilled you got a slow cooker because you’re posting such amazing recipes, all of which I have to make one by one. And you know I’m a sucker for cajun flavors too!

17 amy September 26, 2012 at 3:22 pm

awww, thanks chung-ah! hope you try ’em out + love ’em!

18 Renee September 26, 2012 at 3:39 pm

cajun is all i needed to see and i am so liking this recipe. bring on the spicy, flavorful, heat!

19 sally @ sallys baking addiction September 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm

ok yeahhhhh it’s time for me to get a crockpot and stop borrowing my mom’s lol!! i’ve had a super creamy cajun chicken pasta at a restaurant once before but your pictures alone convince me that your version is MUUUUUCH better amy!!

20 amy September 26, 2012 at 4:46 pm

aww, thanks Sally! I definitely recommend getting a crock-pot – i’m in love with mine!

21 Choc Chip Uru September 26, 2012 at 5:06 pm

If I could make pasta as awesome as you no wonder id be a pasta-holic too 😉
Love it!

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

22 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction September 26, 2012 at 5:11 pm

pastaholic. . .i like it! definitely am a lover of pasta myself! this sounds like a great new dish to try!

23 Nicole @ Lapetitebaker September 26, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Pasta is my most favorite food group! And yes to me it is a group onto itself. I’ll have to add this dish to my revolving dinner menu. Thanks for another great recipe.

24 Jen @ Savory Simple September 26, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Man would I love to have this for dinner tonight! YUM!

25 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef September 26, 2012 at 6:14 pm

i am definitely trying this! yum!

26 claire @ the realistic nutritionist September 26, 2012 at 6:59 pm

HOLY EFFING. I need this immediately for my mouth.

27 amy September 26, 2012 at 7:04 pm

bahahaha, best comment ever!

28 Elizabeth September 26, 2012 at 7:12 pm

I love chicken and pasta! This looks SO good..

29 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl September 26, 2012 at 7:20 pm

You know me–we love spicy stuff, so Cajun food ranks high on our list around here! I’ve never tried a crock pot version, but I’ll have to remedy that soon. This sounds fab!!

30 Kristen @ notsodomesticated September 26, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Pasta + the crock pot? Sign me up! You know I’m all about the crock pot! 😉

31 Tracey September 26, 2012 at 8:35 pm

I’m bookmarking so many of the slow cooker recipes you’ve been making! I haven’t really broken mine out yet – that won’t happen for another month or so, but when it does, I am ready thanks to you :)

32 amy September 26, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Awww, thanks Tracey. can’t wait to hear what you think of ’em once you break out the crock-pot!

33 Anna @ hiddenponies September 26, 2012 at 10:01 pm

YES, pastaholics unite!! Yummmm. I love you and your slow cooker awesomeness.

34 amy September 26, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Awww, thanks Anna – you just made my day!

35 The Squishy Monster September 26, 2012 at 10:06 pm

I haven’t delved into the wonderful world of crock-potting and it’s silly bc I should—this is some inspiration =D

36 ea-the spicy rd September 26, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Yay! Another slow cooker recipe to add to my “to try” collection! I have finally started using mine again, including today to roast a chicken. I finished it up in the broiler and it was delish! Love Cajun food, but haven’t cooked any myself, so this is definitely one to try! Oh, and I love pasta too BTW :-)

37 ATasteOfMadness September 26, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Haha, I think I am a carboholic as well 😉 This looks so good. And you have also reminded me: I haven’t had pasta in FOREVER. Thank you!

38 master chef September 27, 2012 at 4:28 am

WOW, looks amazing :) Love your blog

39 Angela @ AnotherBitePlease September 27, 2012 at 6:58 am

WOW – this looks sooooo goood. And even better that I get to use my slow cooker. YEAH!!!! Thanks to your hubby for the suggestion – can’t wait to make for my family!

40 Monet September 27, 2012 at 7:43 am

Amy, how did you know that we were just talking about what to eat for dinner and that this recipe would make both of us stop with all our other boring suggestions? This looks so perfect! Thank you for making me hungry. A good start to my day. I hope you have a wonderful end to your week and an even better weekend.

41 amy September 27, 2012 at 7:59 am

you are so sweet, Monet – i’m so happy that I helped you all come up with a fun new dinner idea. Hope you love it + have a fabulous rest of the week + weekend, friend!

42 Meghan September 27, 2012 at 9:21 am

Oh, the pasta I was drooling over on twitter last week!! My slow cooker will be put to good use this season thanks to you! Can’t wait to make this!!

43 Beth September 27, 2012 at 12:08 pm

You and I are two of a kind. I love any kind of pasta (and this one looks especially good). And I go weak in the knees for homemade bread! Yum!

44 amy September 27, 2012 at 12:14 pm

any friend of carbs is a friend of mine! =)

45 baking Serendipity September 27, 2012 at 8:28 pm

I can’t get enough pasta! And simple crockpot meals :) I’ve basically decided if I do a semi-long run a few times a week, all my carbo loading is for a good cause. Right? Right.

46 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings September 27, 2012 at 11:45 pm

That’s it!!! I’m borrowing my mom’s crock pot! You need to be in sales! You totally sold me on cooking with a crock pot! So, I called my mom and asked to borrow hers. I think I will start with your pulled pork recipe, then move on to this Cajun chicken pasta! Woot-woot!

47 amy September 28, 2012 at 7:35 am

Ha, that is fantastic, Jen! Can’t wait to hear what you think of both cooking with the crock-pot AND the recipes. Hope you love ’em all!

48 Jennie @themessybakerblog September 28, 2012 at 8:06 am

This cajun chicken pasta looks delish. I adore my crockpot. Dump everything in, turn it on, come home from work to the aroma of perfectly cooked food, and dig in. It really doesn’t get any better than that.

49 Cindys Recipes and Writings September 28, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Great slow cooker idea! Thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday Linky party! Please stop back on Sunday and vote your favorites!
Cindy

50 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com September 28, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Hi! I am Kiran, and I’m a pastaholic too!! That looks amazing. I love cajun flavors :)

ps: I need CROCKPOT!!!!!!

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