It's amazing how what you can learn when you are cooking. Whenever I learn something new when I am cooking I get really excited. For me, it was no different because when I was preparing this Cajun Chicken Alfredo Pasta I learned how to make my own chicken broth. I was very proud of myself. I didn't realize how easy it was to make. I have the full directions in the recipe but all you have to do is boil the chicken in a large pot filled with water for a certain amount of time. There! You have it. You just made yourself chicken broth. Congratulations!!! 😊 You can either pour it into an airtight container and freeze it for six months or use it to cook the pasta. 

Back to the recipe 

The night I made this my brother's friend came over to spend the night. To my amazement, both my brother and his friend not only ate it but they too LOVED IT!!! It was practically gone the next day. This Cajun Chicken Alfredo makes an excellent 30-minute-meal for a busy weeknight! I promise that it will become a new favorite in your family. 

Cajun Chicken Alfredo Pasta

Ingredients

8 oz. bowtie pasta (or your favorite type)
1 head of broccoli, cut into pieces 
 2 Tbsp butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
 2 - 3 tsp Cajun seasoning, to taste 
 4 oz cream cheese, softened and cut into small pieces
 1 C milk
 3/4 C freshly grated Parmesan cheese
 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
 1/2 tsp salt, more to taste, if needed

Directions

1. Place raw chicken breast in a large pot. Fill the pot with water until the chicken is covered. Place the pot on the stove and cook on medium/high heat for fifteen to twenty-five minutes or until it's cooked through. When the chicken is finished remove from the heat. Place a colander on top of a large bowl carefully pour the chicken into the colander to let it drain. Then cut the cooked chicken into bite size pieces. Set the chicken aside.

2. Meanwhile, pour the chicken broth back into the pot.  When it comes to a full boil add the uncooked pasta to the large pot of boiling water/broth. Cook until noodles are tender, but add the broccoli to the pot of boiling pasta water/broth about one minute before the noodles are done. Drain and set aside.

3. In the same large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for about two minutes, stirring constantly. Add the cooked chicken pieces and season with cajun seasoning. Cook for two-three minutes. 

4. Add the cream cheese, stirring well until melted and smooth, two-three minutes. Gradually add milk and stir until it's fully incorporated into the sauce. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Stir until the cheese is melted and the sauce is the desired consistency. Add broccoli and hot cooked pasta and stir to combine.

Source Tastes Better From Scratch

 

Court's Cooking Notes: If you're not quite yet comfortable cooking on the stove you can also bake your chicken. But, this time I am not going to tell you what to do because I want to challenge yourself to figure out what to do and how to do it.