Grilled Chicken With Cajun Cream Sauce and Linguine

Grilled chicken with cajun sauce

The Spruce

  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
2155 Calories
121g Fat
106g Carbs
152g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 2155
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 121g 155%
Saturated Fat 50g 249%
Cholesterol 561mg 187%
Sodium 844mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 106g 39%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Protein 152g
Calcium 234mg 18%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These simple grilled chicken breasts are served with linguine and an easy Cajun cream sauce. The chicken takes just minutes to cook, and the sauce is a simple combination of cream and seasonings.

The chicken breasts are seasoned with blackened or Cajun seasoning spices and then they're grilled or broiled to perfection. Use an indoor or outdoor grill, broiler pan, or a stovetop grill pan to cook the chicken in this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless chicken breast halves (without skin)
  • 1 teaspoon blackened seasoning mixture (or Cajun seasoning)
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning (Emeril's Louisiana Spice, Chachere's, etc.)
  • Dash Frank's Red Hot Sauce (or Texas Pete's, or Tabasco, or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash freshly ground black pepper
  • Dash salt (or to taste)
  • 16 ounces linguine
  • 1 large tomato (seeded, diced)
  • 4 green onions (thinly sliced)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients
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  2. Place the chicken breasts between sheets of plastic wrap and pound to flatten slightly and make uniform in thickness. 

    Place the chicken between sheets of plastic wrap
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  3. Lightly sprinkle the chicken with a blackened seasoning blend or Cajun seasoning. Set aside. 

    Sprinkle chicken
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  4. In a medium saucepan, simmer the cream for about 4 minutes to reduce slightly.

    Simmer cream
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  5. Blend flour with butter and whisk into the cream.

  6. Add the Cajun seasoning and hot sauce, to taste, along with Worcestershire sauce. Taste and adjust seasonings, as needed. Keep warm.

    Add cajun seasoning
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  7. Cook linguine or fettuccine in boiling salted water, following package directions; drain well.

    Cook linguine
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  8. While the pasta is cooking, heat a grill pan over medium-high heat, or preheat broiler or outdoor grill. 

    Heat over a grill pan
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  9. Sear chicken for about 2 minutes on each side.

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  10. Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook, turning, for about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and keep warm.

    Reduce heat to medium
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  11. Arrange hot cooked linguine on serving plates. Slice chicken and arrange on each serving of linguine. Spoon sauce over each serving.

    Arrange cooked linguine on serving plates
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  12. Sprinkle servings with diced tomatoes and green onions.

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  13. Serve and enjoy!

Tip

  • According to the USDA, chicken must be cooked to a minimum safe temperature of 165 F (74 C). If you're unsure or the chicken breasts are quite thick, check with an instant-read food thermometer.