Friday, April 6, 2012

Creamy Creole Chicken Pasta

Creamy Creole Chicken Pasta

Let’s just pretend for a moment that your life is crazy.  Let’s pretend like you have things going on every night of the week, that you are constantly being pulled in 13 different directions, and that you run around like a chicken with its head cut off from sun up to sun down.

What?  That is your real life?  Mine.  Too.  So not only do I have a one-skillet, 30-minute meal for you, I also have a pretty stellar giveaway from the nice folks at BigKitchen.

Creamy Creole Chicken Pasta

Because who doesn’t love new non-stick skillets?  I do, for one.

Creamy Creole Chicken Pasta

They have a stainless steel base so they are hefty.  They are hard-anodized and the surface is very smooth.  The non-stick power is great and probably my favorite thing about these pans.

Oddly, they are dishwasher safe.  I haven’t been brave enough yet to try it but that could be a big positive.  The handles are stainless steel which make them oven safe, another big positive for me.

There were two things that I would consider if purchasing these pans.  They do not come with lids which isn’t all bad but some meals really do require covering.  They are heavy, and there wasn’t a great way to hold onto the pan to transport it.

Overall, I have really enjoyed the pans so far.  We have made grilled cheese, quesadillas, oh and this creamy creole chicken pasta that you see up there.  It’s a new favorite for us, it’s lightened up, it’s spicy, it’s creamy, it’s dreamy and it’s so. stinking. simple.

The secret is this: Good ol’ Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning.  It saves even the busiest of days.  Oh, and a little heavy cream and cream cheese never hurt.

Creamy Creole Chicken Pasta

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Creamy Creole Chicken Pasta

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into small bite-sized chunks
2 tsp. olive oil, divided
1/2 medium yellow onion, minced
1 large clove garlic, minced
2 tsp. Creole seasoning, divided
1 cup diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 cup heavy cream
4 ounces 1/3 less-fat cream cheese
1/2 cup pasta cooking water
12 ounces whole-wheat pasta (I used rotini)
Salt & pepper, to taste
Freshly grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

Cook pasta according to package directions.

While the pasta is cooking, heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the chicken and 1 tsp cajun seasoning blend and cook until the chicken has just cooked through—about six minutes.

Transfer the cooked chicken to a plate and heat the remaining 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Add the minced onion and garlic to the hot skillet and oil. Saute until the onion is tender and then add the chicken back to the pan, stir in the tomatoes and oregano and cook until the tomatoes start to break down. Add the cream, cream cheese, and additional Creole seasoning. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring frequently, for a couple minutes, until the cream cheese melts. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Add pasta to the pan and toss to combine. Serve pasta with a grating of Parmesan cheese if desired.

Cassie's Notes:
I don't add any extra salt to this, and only a little pepper. I find that the seasoning has plenty of both. You can adjust accordingly if you use a different seasoning or a lower-sodium version.

I think this would be excellent with shrimp instead of chicken!

This giveaway is now closed.  The winner is:

#90 – Sarah K. who said:

I love to make this one skillet meal: http://thepajamachef.com/2011/06/16/creamy-taco-mac/ and there are so many things on big kitchen that would be great, but I am in desperate need of a new food processor.

Creamy Creole Chicken Pasta

 

117 Responses to “Creamy Creole Chicken Pasta”

  1. #
    Marnely Rodriguez — April 6, 2012 @ 6:35 am

    I love making one skillet chicken alfredo with brocoli! SO good!

  2. #
    Marnely Rodriguez — April 6, 2012 @ 6:35 am

    I follow you on Twitter

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    Marnely Rodriguez — April 6, 2012 @ 6:36 am

    I follow BK on twitter

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    Marnely Rodriguez — April 6, 2012 @ 6:36 am

    I like you on FB

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    Marnely Rodriguez — April 6, 2012 @ 6:37 am

    I like BK on Facebook!

  6. #
    amy marantino — April 6, 2012 @ 7:14 am

    i like the SMITHS BLACK AND RED CAST ALUMINUM MANDOLINE ELITE SLICER. alot.

  7. #
    amy marantino — April 6, 2012 @ 7:15 am

    i follow BigKitchen on twitter (onitnaram)

  8. #
    amy marantino — April 6, 2012 @ 7:15 am

    i follow @BakeYourDay on twitter (onitnaram)

  9. #
    Robin @ Simply Southern Baking — April 6, 2012 @ 7:18 am

    I’d like to have the Chicago Metallic 20 cup tea cake pan. I’d make chocolate tea cakes and fill with a peanut butter filling mixture.

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    Robin @ Simply Southern Baking — April 6, 2012 @ 7:18 am

    I follow Bake Your Day on Twitter.

  11. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — April 6, 2012 @ 7:45 am

    The 10 ” non stick grill pan looks pretty awesome and I love that pasta, I will have to try it because I do run around like a chicken with my head cut off!

  12. #
    Bev Weidner — April 6, 2012 @ 9:10 am

    I want the 10″!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 6, 2012 @ 9:16 am

    Mmmm, ooey goeey creamy pasta. I’m in!

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I’d love to make mongolian beef 🙂

  14. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — April 6, 2012 @ 10:19 am

    love creamy cajun salads like this! 🙂

  15. #
    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — April 6, 2012 @ 10:33 am

    This dish is perfect for my family! Things have been so hectic for us too that simple and easy meals has been on the menu. I have been looking at investing in new cookware. These pans are amazing. I checked out their site too and I see they have some awesome products that would be great for my kitchen! 🙂

  16. #
    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — April 6, 2012 @ 10:34 am

    I like both you and BigKitchen on FB.

  17. #
    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — April 6, 2012 @ 10:35 am

    I follow both you and BigKitchen on Twitter.

  18. #
    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — April 6, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    I follow you on Pinterest and pinned this. 🙂

  19. #
    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — April 6, 2012 @ 10:40 am
  20. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — April 6, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    Holy yum, Cassie! It’s that horrible time right before lunch where I’m getting hungry but it’s still too early to eat lunch and this was just the wrong time to read this post today! haha

  21. #
    Kate — April 6, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    My favorite one pan meal..chicken curry!

  22. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — April 6, 2012 @ 11:16 am

    The pasta looks delicious, Cassie! I just won a prize from Big Kitchen so I am going to sit this one out!

  23. #
    Steph@stephsbitebybite — April 6, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

    This pasta look SUPER creamy!! I want some, ok, I want a lot of it. And I don’t want to share!

  24. #
    Michelle — April 6, 2012 @ 12:16 pm

    I would like the Staub Royal Blue Oval Cocotte Enameled Cast Iron 5 Quart and I would make a beef roast with veggies in it.

  25. #
    Michelle — April 6, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

    I like Big Kitchen’s page on facebook.

  26. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — April 6, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

    First off, pasta looks wonderful! So creamy and full of flavor, yum!
    BigKitchen has blenders, I need a blender! So not on your one pot meal thing here, but I don’t have a blender. I would make smoothies, salad dressings, sauces, and so much more!

  27. #
    Michelle — April 6, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

    I liked your page on facebook.

  28. #
    Michelle — April 6, 2012 @ 12:19 pm

    I am following Big Kitchen on twitter

  29. #
    Michelle — April 6, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

    I am following you on twitter.

  30. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — April 6, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

    I follow both of you on facebook

  31. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — April 6, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

    I follow both of you on twitter

  32. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — April 6, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

    I follow you on Pinterest, and pinned this post!

  33. #
    Russell at Chasing Delicious — April 6, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

    That 10″! I’d cook oh so much! ANd what a scrumptious recipe here. I love how simple and delicious it is!

  34. #
    Sheila — April 6, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

    We can’t get that Creole seasoning back in Mi, but I saw it here in Walmart (Fl). Might need to bring me some home ; )

  35. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — April 6, 2012 @ 1:23 pm

    I love quick and easy dinners, especially when they include pasta! ps I have the same plate! 🙂

  36. #
    Carrie — April 6, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

    Grilling time’s a coming here in NH! The Picnic Time BBQ set looks GREAT!

  37. #
    Carrie — April 6, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

    I “liked” both pages on Facebook!! Can’t wait to see more!

  38. #
    Carrie — April 6, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

    Following both on Pinterest – love it!!

  39. #
    Carrie — April 6, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

    Shared the giveaway on my FB page. Thanks!

  40. #
    Kristin — April 6, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

    I’d love the 8.5 quart pressure cooker and then I could make my mom’s chicken spaghetti!! Yum!!

  41. #
    Kristin — April 6, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

    I like Bake Your Day on Facebook!

  42. #
    Kristin — April 6, 2012 @ 3:19 pm

    I’m following your boards on Pinterest and pinned this post!

  43. #
    Ryan — April 6, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

    Wow, this sounds delish! I love skillet meals and this looks perfect for a weeknight meal! What a great giveaway!!

    Hmmm, so fun to peruse the BK website and, I would go with the 14 cup Cuisinart Elite food processor so I could make double batches of pie crust! So nice!!

  44. #
    Ramona — April 6, 2012 @ 3:38 pm

    Creamy Creole pasta looks comforting and yummy! Hope you have a great weekend and Easter!

  45. #
    Rachel — April 6, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

    Followed on Pinterest

  46. #
    Rachel — April 6, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

    I like th emini cupcake pan–for my son’s 3rd birthday!

  47. #
    Athena — April 6, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

    My favorite one skillet meal is usually some type of veggie stir fry with shrimp or chicken.

  48. #
    Jennie — April 6, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

    I want to make carrot cake!

  49. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — April 6, 2012 @ 5:35 pm

    I’m diggin the terracotta stoneware mixing bowls. I live for my stoneware bowl, but after two broke I need a new set. They help my bread rise perfectly.

  50. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — April 6, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

    I like you and BK on Facebook 🙂

  51. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — April 6, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

    I follow you and BK on Twitter, too.

  52. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — April 6, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

    And I pinned your giveaway here XOXO

    http://pinterest.com/pin/21040323229251567/

  53. #
    Sarah L — April 6, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

    I would like set of 6 mini tart pans. I’d love to make my mom’s tart recipe, but in miniature form!

  54. #
    Liz — April 6, 2012 @ 6:46 pm

    I have that exact seasoning in my pantry! I’m so glad you’ve given me a delicious excuse to break it out 🙂 Love a quick and yummy meal. Happy Easter, Cassie!!!

  55. #
    NJampani — April 6, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

    I would like to have the 8 inch saute pan from bialetti aeternum collection. I would like to make a dessert made from chickpea flour, sugar syrup and clarified butter. You need to have loads of patience and strong arms to make it. One thing goes wrong and you end up with a different texture. There are lot of varities to make this recipe, but i like the version presented here: http://vardhiniskitchen.blogspot.com/2011/07/celebrating-100th-post-with-mysore-pak.html

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    NJampani — April 6, 2012 @ 7:22 pm

    liked bake your day and big kitchen on facebook. My facebook id is Visitr kit.

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    NJampani — April 6, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

    Following bake your day and big kitchen on twitter. My twitter id is Visitr Kitchen.

  58. #
    NJampani — April 6, 2012 @ 7:28 pm
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    NJampani — April 6, 2012 @ 7:32 pm
  60. #
    Kim — April 6, 2012 @ 8:24 pm

    My favorite is a fritata

  61. #
    Rhyann — April 6, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

    I love to make a moroccan sweet potato and chickpea one skillet meal. It is so satisfying and so delicious

  62. #
    Rhyann — April 6, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

    I follow you on Pinterest

  63. #
    Rhyann — April 6, 2012 @ 8:30 pm

    I follow you on twitter

  64. #
    Ann — April 6, 2012 @ 9:51 pm

    First off, thanks for the giveaway and the pasta looks terrific! Thanks for the introduction to a new site – it’s awesome!

    Since I’m all about pizza on the grill, I have to say, I like the Nordic Ware pizza pan that has holes on the bottom…it’s work beautifully for me!

  65. #
    Ann — April 6, 2012 @ 9:53 pm

    I’ve been a fan of your Facebook page for a while!

  66. #
    Ann — April 6, 2012 @ 9:53 pm

    ….and now I’m a fan of Big Kitchen’s Facebook page!

  67. #
    Ann — April 6, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

    I already follow you on twitter!

  68. #
    Ann — April 6, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

    ….and I follow you on Pinterest, too!

  69. #
    Ann — April 6, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

    I just tweeted! Best of luck to everyone…what a fun giveaway!

  70. #
    Deb — April 6, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

    What a great giveaway! Big Kitchen Store has a lot of great items. The teal ceramic Parisian style footed cake pedestal would certainly look lovely filled lemon cupcakes.

  71. #
    Asmita — April 6, 2012 @ 11:14 pm

    The pasta looks so creamy and delicious!

  72. #
    Angie@Angie's Recipes — April 7, 2012 @ 1:25 am

    The pasta looks so tasty!

  73. #
    Erin M. — April 7, 2012 @ 11:40 am

    I’d go with either the blender or the cake pedestal. I’d love to make an Italian cream cake for my boyfriend’s birthday and place it on that pedestal!

  74. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — April 7, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    awesome giveaway! i think their 2-quart pan looks pretty tempting … we need new pots/pans in a big way, so i’d love winning this giveaway!

  75. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — April 7, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    i follow you both on twitter!

  76. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — April 7, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    pinned. =)

  77. #
    Meryl — April 8, 2012 @ 12:34 am

    I like Southwestern Chicken Skilletwith my own tweaks:
    http://www.recipezaar.com/223623

  78. #
    Louis — April 8, 2012 @ 12:37 am

    PASTA WITH GARLIC OIL AND TOASTED BREADCRUMBS from Cook’s Illustrated:
    http://www.recipezaar.com/176655

  79. #
    Laura Jacobson — April 8, 2012 @ 2:27 am

    I would love to have the TYPHOON VINTAGE GREEN RECTANGULAR BAKING DISH to make lasagna in! Our favorite!

  80. #
    Laura Jacobson — April 8, 2012 @ 2:29 am

    I like you and Big Kitchen on facebook

  81. #
    Laura Jacobson — April 8, 2012 @ 2:29 am

    I follow you and Big Kitchen on twitter
    ilovemybeagle2

  82. #
    Laura Jacobson — April 8, 2012 @ 2:30 am
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    Laura Jacobson — April 8, 2012 @ 2:32 am
  84. #
    Kesha — April 8, 2012 @ 5:35 am

    I like the Nopro doughnut baking pan!

  85. #
    Kesha — April 8, 2012 @ 5:44 am

    I Like Bake Your Day on Facebook & BigKitchen on Facebook

  86. #
    Kesha — April 8, 2012 @ 7:55 am

    I Shared the giveaway on Facebook

  87. #
    Kesha — April 8, 2012 @ 7:56 am

    I Tweeted about the giveaway

  88. #
    Kesha — April 8, 2012 @ 7:57 am

    I Follow @BakeYourDay and BigKitchen on Twitter

  89. #
    Kesha — April 8, 2012 @ 8:00 am

    I Follow Bake Your Day on Pinterest and repined this post

  90. #
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — April 8, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

    i love to make this one skillet meal: http://thepajamachef.com/2011/06/16/creamy-taco-mac/ and there are so many things on big kitchen that would be great, but i am in desparate need of a new food processor.

  91. #
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — April 8, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

    i like both pages on facebook!

  92. #
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — April 8, 2012 @ 6:36 pm

    twitter follower for both of you!

  93. #
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — April 8, 2012 @ 6:37 pm

    tweeted! @thepajamachef

  94. #
    jacquie — April 8, 2012 @ 8:58 pm

    oh there were many things i liked on the site. while i would really like a dutch oven, i am desperate need of a set of mixing bowls or a basic set of knives so would start there.

  95. #
    Mb — April 9, 2012 @ 12:23 am

    the eco friendly nested mixing bowls!

  96. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — April 9, 2012 @ 7:29 am

    I can’t enter but what a neat giveaway!

    And I also make Cajun chicken pasta with Tony Chachere’s. 🙂 I love your rotini noodles. The ones I’ve had are longer and not as interesting looking. I wish I had the ingredients around to make this now!

  97. #
    Bobbie {the vegan crew} — April 9, 2012 @ 9:13 am

    One of our favorite one-skillet meals is pineapple-cashew-quinoa stir-fry. I think it’d be pretty tasty made in one of these skillets 🙂

  98. #
    Katerina — April 9, 2012 @ 9:44 am

    Quick meals are perfect for me especially on hectic days like the one you’ve described here!

  99. #
    Valerie — April 9, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    Hey! Reading food blogs after lunch does not help the work day go by at all- instead it makes me daydream of all the food I want to make and eat! Working hard will surely pay off when I have enough to get my KitchenAid Artisan Mixer! I have been in love with the tangerine one since I first saw it, but have been diligently paying back student loans and making do with a little hand held mixer. Oh, and thanks for the healthy baked elvis oatmeal recipe…I added a spoonful of nutella and turned off my cell phone- HEAVEN.

  100. #
    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — April 9, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

    Yummy! I am intrigued with creole recipes. Need to visit Louisiana soon 🙂

  101. #
    Susan Wickards — April 9, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

    I liked Bake your Day and Big Kitchen on Facebook.

  102. #
    Susan Wickards — April 9, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

    I followed Bake Your Day on Pinterest.

  103. #
    Susan Wickards — April 9, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

    My favorite one skillet meal is chicken stir fry!

  104. #
    lindsay — April 9, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

    I shared your giveaway post. Also liked Big Kitchen on Facebook.
    I would like the 8 piece knife set from Big Kitchen. I love the summer time with all the fresh produce. Love to make salsa and grilled veggies and would love some new knives to use.

  105. #
    Jenny — April 9, 2012 @ 6:44 pm

    I’d like the Wilton 3-in-1 cupcake caddy so I can finally tote around cupcakes without worrying about ruining them.

  106. #
    DessertForTwo — April 9, 2012 @ 8:07 pm

    Fun!
    My favorite one-skillet meal is this:
    pan-fry potato wedges.
    remove, add can of black beans, Ro-Tel tomatoes, cumin, and fresh cilantro.
    When hot, add potato wedges back in.
    It’s like a Tex-Mex vegetarian skillet thing.
    When I feel like a side dish, I make green rice.

  107. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — April 10, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    My favorite one pan meal is Shrimp Creole with lots of tomatoes and peppers and some good kicked up spice! Thanks for the giveaway Cassie!

  108. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — April 10, 2012 @ 9:36 am

    I follow Bake Your Day and Big Kitchen on Twitter!

  109. #
    elaine — April 11, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

    i’d get CUISINART CHEF’S CLASSIC 24 CUP MINI MUFFIN PAN and bake mini red velvet cupcakes!

  110. #
    elaine — April 11, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

    i’m following both on twitter! twitterid: elaine633

  111. #
    elaine — April 11, 2012 @ 2:44 pm
  112. #
    Linda S. — April 11, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

    I’d love a KitchenAid mixer, and I’d begin using it by making snickerdoodle cookies.

  113. #
    Linda S. — April 11, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

    I’m following both on twitter: ljskop

  114. #
    Julie — April 15, 2012 @ 9:32 am

    like making chicken stir fry in skillet thanks

  115. #
    Julie — April 15, 2012 @ 9:33 am

    like both on fb Julie A scott Laws

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