Cajun Chicken Pasta with sausage, colorful peppers, and shrimp is a quick and easy one-pan recipe with a Cajun flair.

A family favorite of ours is about to be a family favorite of yours. This Cajun Chicken Pasta is hearty, bursting with flavor, and so easy to make. The medley of chicken, shrimp, and sausage is perfection and perfectly balanced with the crisp-tender bell peppers.

This easy Cajun chicken pasta is such a special recipe. Not only is it a dish my whole family loves, but it’s a recipe from my dad who is a wonderful cook.

If you’ve been reading my blog, you already know my dad was a firefighter and has a lot of easy, wonderful firehouse recipes up his sleeve. This Cajun pasta is one of the best – it’s hearty, filling, and makes a big batch.

My dad loves it so much it’s now one of his go-to recipes for his catering company, Fire Hot Catering, and he was so excited to share it with you all here on my blog.

Recipe Highlights

  • This is a simple one-pot pasta recipe that is loaded with flavors and textures. It’s so easy, but it doesn’t taste simple – it’s all about the flavor.
  • It has a combination of chicken, sausage, and shrimp cooked with Cajun spices and fresh vegetables. So, it’s hearty but still light.
  • You can easily halve this recipe, but the leftovers are wonderful so don’t be afraid to make a big batch.
cajun chicken pasta in a bowl.

Our Favorite Cajun Seasoning

There are quite a few Cajun seasoning brands but for us, there is only one: McCormick’s Cajun seasoning. It is the best and the only one we use. They are not all created equal and McCormick’s has the best balance of spices and heat.

If you can’t find it at your local grocery store, you can find it on Amazon. That’s where we order it!

peppers, seasoning, and parsley.

Ingredients

  • Penne pasta
  • Olive oil
  • Boneless, skinless, chicken breast cut into cubes
  • Sliced Polska kielbasa
  • Sliced bell peppers – we use red, yellow, and green.
  • Sliced sweet onion
  • Peeled and deveined shrimp
  • Cajun seasoning
  • Grated or shredded Parmesan cheese
sliced sausage.

Recipe Steps

Cook pasta according to package directions and then drain and set it aside.

In a large pot or dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.

Saute the chicken until it just starts to turn brown on the outside. Add the kielbasa and cook for about three minutes.

the vegetables and chicken cooking in a pan.

Stir in the sliced peppers and onions and cook for another three to five minutes. Add in Cajun seasoning.

the Cajun seasoning being added to the skillet.

Add the shrimp to the pot and cook for about two to three minutes or until they are cooked through.

the penne pasta being added to the pan.

Add the pasta and cheese to the pan and stir to combine.

the cheese added to the pan.

Recipe Tips

I like to serve it with extra shredded Parmesan on the side so everyone can add more if they like.

This recipe makes a big batch that serves ten. For our family of seven, that means we always have some leftovers. The leftovers keep well for a few days in the refrigerator – just warm them in the microwave.

Sometimes I just reheat the leftovers, but sometimes I make a batch of my light Alfredo sauce and spoon it over the pasta. I also add a touch more seasoning to wake up the flavors – it’s delicious and makes it taste like a new meal.

You can easily adjust this recipe – if you don’t like shrimp, leave them out and add more chicken and sausage. Or, just do one type of meat if that’s what you prefer.

This dish holds a special place in my heart, so from my dad’s firehouse recipe file to your kitchen – I hope you give this Cajun chicken pasta recipe a try!

Enjoy! XOXO San

close-up shot of a fork digging into a bowl of pasta.

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Cajun Chicken Pasta

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 735 kcal
A family favorite of ours is about to be a family favorite of yours. This Cajun Chicken Pasta is hearty, bursting with flavor, and so easy to make. The medley of chicken, shrimp, and sausage is perfection and perfectly balanced with the crisp-tender bell peppers.
overhead shot of cajun chicken pasta.

Ingredients
 

  • 1 lb penne pasta
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 lbs chicken breast cut into cubes
  • 1 lb Polska Kielbasa sliced
  • 3 bell peppers, sliced we use one red, one green, and one yellow
  • 1 large sweet onion sliced
  • 1 lb large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 3 tablespoons cajun seasoning we use McCormicks
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese grated or shredded

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Set aside.
  • In a large pot or dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Saute the chicken until it just starts to turn brown on the outside.
  • Add the kielbasa and cook for about 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the sliced peppers and onions and cook for another 3-5 minutes. Add in cajun seasoning.
  • Add the shrimp to the pot and cook for about 2-3 minutes or until they are cooked through.
  • Place the pasta and parmesan in the pot and stir to fully combine. Serve with additional parmesan if desired, and enjoy!

Notes

The leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for two to three days.
Calories: 735kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 45gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 121mgSodium: 839mgPotassium: 905mgFiber: 5gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1624IUVitamin C: 61mgCalcium: 272mgIron: 4mg
overhead shot of cajun chicken pasta.
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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Such a lovely and delicious dish! Bursting with so many flavors and one of our new favorites, so excited to make this for dinner again!

    1. It depends on your taste! Homemade can sometimes be better because you can adjust it to your preference. If you find a store-bought you really enjoy, it can be just as good. Either way you choose, I hope you enjoy!

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