Cajun Chicken and Sausage Pasta in Creamy Parmesan Sauce is easy to make in only 30 minutes! Smoked sausage, mushrooms and Worcestershire sauce here do a beautiful job creating the most amazing chicken penne meal inside your kitchen.
What kind of sausage to use in Cajun Chicken Pasta?
Smoked sausage is what I used in this recipe. Smoked sausage is a cooked sausage that is subsequently smoked. It’s usually made from ground pork, turkey, beef or a combination of meats — and they can include any variation of seasonings.
Andouille is another great choice of sausage to use in this recipe. It’s a spicy sausage made from smoked pork.
Spanish chorizo is seasoned with smoked paprika and would be a great choice in this recipe as well.
Smoked sausage and chicken combination is sooo good here!
A FEW THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN MAKING CAJUN CHICKEN AND SAUSAGE PASTA
- Brown whole chicken breasts without cutting them first to ensure nice color on the chicken.
- Slice sausage thinly to make it crisp and more enjoyable to eat!
- If not sure about heavy cream, use half and half instead.
Making Cajun Chicken and Sausage Pasta in Pictures
Brown whole chicken breasts first (don’t cut them up ahead of time). It’s easier and less messy to slice chicken when it’s cooked rathe than raw. Once browned, remove it from pan and slice into strips.
Next, sausage is browned in the same pan. Sausage should be sliced before cooking and it I recommend to slice it thinly.
Remove cooked sausage from the pan as well. When I removed it, I put it next to my chicken on the same plate.
After the sausage is cooked, add sliced mushrooms and brown for about 5 more minutes. Once cooked, mushrooms should be removed from the pan to make room for sauce.
How to make Creamy Parmesan Sauce:
Simply add chicken broth, heavy cream, Worcestershire sauce and bring to a slight simmer. Add all your seasoning: Cajun (or Creole) seasoning, Paprika and Garlic powder.
And finally add grated Parmesan cheese to thicken the sauce. Taste the sauce and add salt to your liking.
Lastly, add cooked pasta into the sauce and stir well to coat pasta with the cream sauce. Taste it at this point and adjust any seasoning (salt and Cajun seasoning).
Once pasta is mixed in with the sauce, add back sliced chicken, sausage chunks and mushrooms. Reheat the dish on low heat.
This amazing and delicious pasta dish is done! Enjoy this Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta with a glass of wine!
If you love pasta as much as we do, you might also enjoy these delicious pasta recipes:
- Chicken Pasta in Pesto White Wine Sauce
- Seared Chicken Pasta in Chardonnay Parmesan Sauce
- Pasta Bolognese in Creamy Vodka Sauce
- Chicken Pasta with Bacon and Spinach in Creamy Tomato Sauce
Watch how to make Instant Pot CAJUN Chicken and Rice:
Cajun Chicken and Sausage Pasta in Creamy Parmesan Sauce is easy to make in only 30 minutes! Smoked sausage, mushrooms and Worcestershire sauce here do a beautiful job creating the most amazing meal inside your kitchen.
- 3 Tbsp butter (divided)
- 1 lb. chicken breasts
- 6 oz. smoked sausage (sliced into 1/4 inch pieces)
- 8 oz. baby Bella mushrooms (sliced)
- Cajun seasoning to taste
- Italian seasoning to taste
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 8 oz. penne pasta
Boil pasta in salty water according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
Generously season chicken with salt, pepper, Cajun and Italian seasonings. Do not slice it yet - you will be cooking it whole. Slice sausage into 1/4 inch circles and slice mushrooms.
In a large skillet, add 1 tbsp butter and melt it over medium high heat. When the pan is hot, add whole chicken breasts and cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side until browned for a total of 8-10 minutes. Remove chicken onto a plate and slice into strips.
Add sliced sausage pieces and brown them on medium heat for 2-3 minutes on each side until darker in color around the edges. Remove from the skillet onto a plate.
Deglaze the pan with a splash of water and add 2nd tbsp of butter and sliced mushrooms into the skillet (add more butter as well, if needed). Saute until your mushrooms should look nice and moist, and dark. Once cooked, remove them from the pan as well.
To make the sauce, add remaining 1 tbsp butter to the pan, allow it to melt and then cook garlic in it until slightly browned – only for a couple of minutes. Next add chicken broth, Worcestershire sauce and heavy cream and bring to a light simmer. Add Cajun seasoning, paprika and garlic powder and mix into the sauce.
Add Parmesan cheese and whisk to blend for 2-3 minutes to thicken the sauce. Taste the sauce and add salt to taste.
Add cooked pasta into the sauce and mix in well. Next add the chicken, sausage and mushrooms back into the pan and allow them to reheat for 2-3 minutes. Close the lid to help the heat stay in. Serve immediately!
Our new favorite chicken pasta dish is this amazing Chicken Spinach and Bacon Alfredo Pasta. This recipe is so easy to make in only 30 minutes!