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Bayou Pasta with Chicken

Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 25 mins
Yield 4 Servings
We love Chili's flavorful Southwestern fare. One of the most satisfying dishes is the spicy, creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta. Order a bowl tonight, or try our easy version at home.


  • 12 ounces penne
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Cajun spice blend
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 2 firm-ripe Roma tomatoes, cored and diced

Nutrition Information

  • calories 720
  • fat 28 g
  • satfat 15 g
  • protein 45 g
  • carbohydrate 72 g
  • fiber 3 g
  • cholesterol 131 mg
  • sodium 640 mg

How to Make It

  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook penne according to package directions.

  2. Melt butter over medium heat. Add flour; stir for 1 minute. Add half-and-half; stir until thickened, 6 minutes. Remove from heat; add Parmesan, salt and pepper. Cover.

  3. Place chicken between 2 sheets of plastic wrap; pound with a rolling pin to 1/2-inch thickness. Rub Cajun spice and cayenne, if using, evenly over chicken. Warm oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook, turning once, until no longer pink in center, 6 to 8 minutes. Slice chicken.

  4. In a bowl, toss pasta with sauce. Top with chicken and tomatoes and serve.