1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts (shrimp can be substituted)
2 Tbsp olive oil , divided
6 tsp cajun seasoning , divided (recipe in notes below)
12 oz dry linguine or fettuccine pasta
2 Tbsp butter
1 clove garlic , minced
3 Tbsp flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup heavy cream or half and half
1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 medium red bell pepper , sliced into thin strips then strips halved (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 medium yellow bell pepper , sliced into thin strips then strips halved (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 large red onion , sliced into thin strips
2 cups sliced button mushrooms (about 8)
Fresh parsley , for garnish
Heat a grill over medium-high heat. Brush chicken with 1 Tbsp of the olive oil and sprinkle with 2 tsp of the cajun seasoning (I used 2 chicken breasts and this is 1/2 tsp per side). Grill chicken until cooked through, about 8 - 10 minutes, rotating once halfway through grilling until chicken registers 165 degrees on in instant read thermometer in center of chicken. Transfer to a plate, cover with foil and let rest 5 minutes then cut into strips.
Boil pasta in salted water according to directions listed on package. Reserve 1/3 cup pasta water before draining.
In a medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Stir in garlic and flour and cook 1 minute, whisking constantly. While whisking slowly pour in milk and whisk vigorously to smooth lumps. Stir in 1 - 3 tsp cajun seasoning, to taste (season with additional salt as needed). Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly, then reduce heat to low, stir in parmesan and cream and cook until cheese has melted. Remove from heat and set aside.
Heat remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add red and yellow peppers and red onion and saute 2 minutes. Add 1 tsp cajun seasoning and mushrooms and saute 2 minutes longer.
Toss drained pasta with sauce mixture, adding reserved pasta water 1 tbsp at at time to thin sauce as desired. Toss in pepper mixture and chicken. Serve warm sprinkled with parsley and additional cajun seasoning to taste.
Recipe source: pasta - Cooking Classy, seasoning blend - allrecipes
Cajun Chicken Pasta