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One-Pot Cajun Chicken and Sausage Pasta in a pot
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5 from 6 votes

One-Pot Cajun Chicken and Sausage Pasta

This One-Pot Cajun Chicken and Sausage Pasta is full of rich, smoky flavor with a creamy sauce!

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¾ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¾ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper, if you want the dish spicier, feel free to increase to ½ teaspoon
  • 1 lb raw boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into small bite-sized pieces
  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 (13 oz) rope of turkey smoked sausage (I used Hillshire Farm), sliced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 ¾ cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (15 oz) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 12 oz dry pasta such as penne, campanelle, farfalle or rotini, use whole wheat pasta if following the WW purple plan
  • 2 oz of 1/3 less fat cream cheese, cut into cubes (also labeled Neufchatel cheese)
  • 2 medium scallions, sliced (optional)

Instructions

  • Combine the smoked paprika, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, onion powder, salt, black pepper and cayenne in a small dish and stir to combine into a Cajun spice mix. Place the cut up chicken in a bowl and add the spice mix. Stir until chicken is coated.
  • Add the oil to a 5 QT dutch oven or pot and bring to medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the chicken and stir to coat. Cook the chicken for 2-3 minutes, stirring once or twice until the outsides of the pieces are browning. Add the sausage and onion and stir together. Cook for another 2-3 minutes, occasionally stirring and scraping up any browned spice mix stuck to the pan until the onion is softened. Add the broth, fire-roasted tomatoes, and pasta and stir to combine.
  • Cover the pot and turn the heat to high to bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove the lid and reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through and the liquid has thickened some.
  • Stir in the cream cheese cubes until dissolved into the sauce. Remove from heat and allow to sit for 5 minutes to thicken the sauce before stirring again and serving.

Notes

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Nutrition Information per (1 ¼ cup) serving:
366 calories, 40 g carbs, 4 g sugars, 11 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 28 g protein, 4 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)
MYWW SMARTPOINTS PER (1 ¼ cup) SERVING: (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Green: 8 SmartPoints/ Blue: 8 SmartPoints/ Purple: 4 SmartPoints
Weight Watchers Points Plus:
9 per (1 ¼ cup) serving (PP calculated using a Weight Watchers PointsPlus calculator and the nutrition info below)
Adapted from Budget Bytes