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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Grilled Cajun Ranch Chicken Pasta


This is one of our new favorite dishes! We wanted to try something new for dinner last weekend and came up with this grilled chicken pasta dish. One word - delicious! The chicken was so juicy and packed full of flavor. It would be good on its own, but the creamy pasta really put it over the top. Chicken Legs is still raving about this dish! We both agreed this was the best thing we ate last weekend. The sauce uses heavy cream, but you can substitute evaporated milk if you are counting calories. I also made my own Cajun seasoning to cut down on the sodium in the dish. Enjoy!






Grilled Cajun Ranch Chicken Pasta
(Printable Recipe)

Chicken
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup ranch dressing
3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp Cajun seasoning
2 tsp salt
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp white vinegar
1/4 tsp ground black pepper, or to taste
1 Tbsp white sugar, or to taste
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

In a medium bowl, stir together the olive oil, ranch dressing, Worcestershire sauce, cajun seasoning, salt, lemon juice, white vinegar, pepper, and sugar. Let stand for 5 minutes. Pound chicken breast to 1/4" thickness. Place chicken in the gallon size ziplock bag, and stir to coat with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (the longer the better). Preheat the grill for medium-high heat. Grill chicken for 8 to 12 minutes, or until the chicken is no longer pink in the center, and the juices run clear. Slice and serve over pasta.

Pasta
16 oz bowtie pasta
2 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream (can substitute evaporated milk)
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 Tbsp pepper
2 tsp Cajun seasoning
1/4 cup butter
1/2 c. shredded Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain; set aside.

In a small saucepan, melt butter, add garlic, whipping cream, Cajun seasoning, pepper, and parmesan cheese. Whisk together on low heat for 5-6 minutes. In a large bowl, pour over cooked, drained pasta. Top with Cajun ranch chicken and sprinkle a little bit more shredded parmesan cheese on top.

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62 comments:

  1. Goodness! You post amazing-looking recipes faster than I can try them! So glad now that I can "save recipe" so that I don't forget to come back to try later!! :)

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  2. I know what's for dinner tonight!

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  3. This dish looks so yummy!

    Just curious what kind of grill do you use? (charcoal/gas & indoor/outdoor). I usually don't grill chicken because it ends up dry--what am I doing wrong?

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  4. this looks amazing! i just happened upon your blog and so glad i did! thanks for sharing!

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  5. Jamie - we use a charcoal gill. You are probably over cooking the chicken. We grill ours about 12-15 minutes.

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  6. looks delish! The pictures are making my mouth water!

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  7. This was Fab-U-Lous! A new favorite for my whole family! Used mostly milk/evap milk instead of cream and toned down the pepper in the sauce (1 tsp) because of the kiddos, but it still had a nice kick and was SOO delicious! I'll be back for more recipes!

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  8. The Ranch dressing is it the premixed kind you use on salads, right? The recipe looks amazing!

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  9. We made this yesterday. It was very delicious and everyone like it a lot! Thanks!

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  10. Saved to my infinitely large "try soon" queue. It sounds absolutely perfect, both dishes.

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  11. Another one I must try. I think my daughter will love this. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  12. This was fabulous! I have liked many of your recipes, but, so far, this is my favorite. Restaurant-quality! Thank you for sharing.

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  13. I made this last night, but didn't realize I would have to marinate for 2 hours. SOOO, I changed it up a bit. I used a plain rotisserie chicken, chopped it up, and mixed it with the marinade. I heated up the mix and then combined it with the my buttered noodles. The family loved it!

    I LOVE your blog. I have already made several of your delicious recipes and plan on many more!

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  14. I agree with the commenter who said this one is "restaurant quality!" DELICIOUS!

    Thank you! Definitely going in my "make this for company" rotation!

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  16. I tried this and it was delicious! Wanted to let you know that I featured it on my blog :)

    http://www.estherfox.com/2012/02/cajun-ranch-chicken-cream-sauce-garlic-pasta/">

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  17. i dont think I have seen one thing on your blog that I wouldnt enjoy cooking and eating! This is going into this week's menu plan! Thank you for sharing!! BTW - pinning on my board too!!

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  18. Made this for dinner tonight and my husband (a picky eater) said it was the best pasta dish I had ever made. My 23 year old son loved it too.

    Having a group of people over for a casual dinner and I am going to serve this grilled chicken topped with cheese as a sandwich!

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  19. This sounds nice and simple and tasty!

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  20. Love the marinade for the chicken but I can't seem to get the sauce for the pasta to thicken. What am I doing wrong? I even added more cheese and less whipping cream...

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  21. Robin - try heating on a little higher heat or adding a little bit of flour.

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  22. I cooked this last night and it turned out amazing!!! Everyone that came over to my house asked me for the recipe! The marinade for the chicken is amazing! Love it! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!!

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  23. My husband and I LOVED this! I made half of the recipe and we had enough for two meals. I think I could have eaten it for at least 4 more days before moving on to something else!

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  24. I made this for dinner this week and the flavors were great. I did let the chicken marinate overnight since I don't have a two hour window before dinner on weekdays.

    Everything tasted great, but I did have one question. I went with evaporated milk instead of cream, and my sauce didn't thicken at all. Even when I let it sit. Did I miss a step somewhere? :-(

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  25. I don't really like ranch dressing... Is there anything I could use instead? Dry ranch packet??

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  26. Ashley - you could substitute sour cream or greek yogurt and add a tablespoon of dry ranch mix.

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  27. I want to try this but don't have a grill or a grill pan. Any suggestions on the best way to cook the chicken without these?

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  28. Abby - you can pan sear the chicken for 2-3 minutes on each side and then finish it off in the oven at 425 for about 10 minutes

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  29. Delicious! It will definitely be making the rotation!

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  30. Oh wow my husband would looove this, looks amazing!

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  31. Would the same method work for shrimp or salmon?

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  32. Camille - yes, this would work with salmon or shrimp as well. Hope you enjoy it!

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  33. This was great! Not too much heat, so even the kids loved it! I wished I had leftovers for lunch tomorrow but my son just finished it off!

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  34. I made this tonight and it was really good! Except, for some reason, the sauce was really runny. I did notice that I wasn't thinking and put a half cup of butter instead of a quarter... maybe that's it? Hehe. Thanks for the recipe!

    Anestazia @ Eccentric Delirium
    http://yourworkistodiscoveryourworld.blogspot.com/

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  35. Grilled chicken and pasta by themselves are great enough. Combining them like that looks like something worthy of being on a high level corporate catering menu.

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  36. Hi just had to comment to say thank you for this recipe.and who ever pinned it. My son and husband loved it and i'm actually making it for second time. know I know make extra! :-)

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  37. This recipe is so good! The seasoning is absolutely perfect!! My sauce was also a runny, but hopefully will turn out better next time.

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  38. Made this last night and it was a big hit at my house!!!

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  39. If you haven't tried this yet, you're really missing out. It's in all honesty, restaurant quality, if not better. Everyone in my family (including extended) is obsessed with this meal. Push it to the top of your "must try" list , it's worth it.

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  40. WOW. I was really skeptical when comments said, "Restaurant quality," but they were right on! My husband said this is the best dish I've made from Pinterest BY FAR. I wish I wasn't full so I could eat more right now. Thank you so so so much!

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  41. This has become a family favorite in my house!! Any special event we do everyone wants me to make it! Thanks so much for this amazing recipe! And the homemade seasoning makes it just right!

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  42. OMG, this was absolutely amazing. I'm making it again in a few days (I was crushed there were no leftovers and wanted to eat it the next day already) The best thing I've eaten in a while. I've begun counting calories to lose some weight however, so I had to do some major portion control with the pasta and all. Going to eat very light so I can have more next time and make more so I can have amazing leftovers.

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  43. Absolutely fantastic. I made this exactly as directed except two things: I only used 1 tsp of pepper in the sauce (for the kids.) And I used Emeril's Cajun Seasoning rather than her homemade version. I may try the evaporated milk next time, as I'm sure the calories are outrageous! Will definitely make again and again.

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  44. Made this the other night. Delicious. The person who said this was restaurant quality was absolutely right. My very, very, picky eater asked for seconds! Stores well too. Made a big batch and portioned it off for lunches.

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  45. this is BY FAR the BEST homemade alfredo sauce recipe I've ever used. not too cheesy, not too thick. the chicken marinade is SO good as well!

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  46. Can't wait to try this one. Every recipe of yours has been a hit with my family. BUT my husband is on low-sodium so can you share your homemade Cajun recipe? Thanks again for all the work you put into this blog - it has expanded our menus tremendously. Love all you do.

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    1. I linked to the homemade seasoning in the post - just click Cajun Seasoning in the ingredients.

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    2. Thanks Stephanie! My laptop didn't show it as a link so I had to hunt a little. Perfect! I've added both recipes to my next week's menu! Can't wait. You are AWESOME!

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  47. I made this for dinner and yummy, however if you're not one for spicy cut back on the pepper a bit. I also added some more parm (I subed it for the kind you put on spaghetti so 2x the grated kind for anyone who wants to know) BUT DELICIOUS! thank you for this.

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  48. Today is my boyfrirend's birthday and he requested i make this again! It's his favorite.

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  49. I can't say enough great things about this recipe! The chicken marinade is amazing, we use it so often and I have gotten many compliments on it!

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  50. My daughter recommended this recipe and said, "Mama, it is the best dish I have ever cooked!" And it is absolutely delicious!!!

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