The first time I decided to get brave in the kitchen, I found myself wanting to cook a Cajun chicken pasta.  Now, I was still pretty limited as far as any kind of technique or general knowledge in the kitchen is concerned, so I stuck to what I was comfortable with and went forth.  Ever since that day, and my general success with this method, I have stuck to a creamy, spicy chicken bowties dish!  It is super easy to throw together, extremely versatile (if you have people in your life that don’t care for certain veggies – just swap them or omit them altogether!) 

This particular version of my recipe is a pretty basic one.  I urge you to throw in whatever you please, but this will be a good guide to get you the basic flavors and textures that I enjoy for this pasta.  I would love to hear your thoughts on particularly good additions or flavor enhancements if you like!
 © 2015 : a flavor journal : by sara alvord
spicy chicken bowties.
Serves 2
A simple chicken pasta dish with great veggies, spice and presentation!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  2. 1 small zucchini, diced
  3. 1 small off-the-vine tomato, diced
  4. 1 chicken breast
  5. 1 tsp. salt
  6. 1 tsp. pepper
  7. 2 tsp. crushed red pepper
  8. 1 tsp. dried oregano
  9. 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  10. 1 clove garlic, minced
  11. 1 shallot, minced
  12. 8 oz. regular whipping cream
  13. 2 servings bowtie pasta, drained
Instructions
  1. Heat large saucepan to medium heat, add olive oil. Season chicken breast with salt and pepper on one side, and add to pan once it is fully heated with seasoned side down. Cook 4-5 minutes on seasoned side, top unseasoned side with salt and pepper, and flip over. Cook another 4-5 minutes on this side, and then remove from pan and place back onto (clean) cutting board.
  2. Add zucchini and tomato to same saucepan. Sprinkle 1 tsp. of salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, and 1/2 tsp. basil onto veggies. Cook for five minutes, then add minced garlic and shallot.
  3. Add one more tbsp. of olive oil, and cook for another five minutes.
  4. Add regular whipping cream to veggies, bring entire saucepan to a quick boil. Turn back to a simmer, and let cook 15-20 minutes.
  5. In the meantime, dice or shred chicken on cutting board. (I prefer shredded, personally), and also cook the bowtie pasta according to instructions on pasta box.
  6. Once whipping cream has thickened, move chicken back into the saucepan with the veggies and cream. Coat all chicken evenly with cream sauce, and add one more tsp. crushed red pepper and one tsp. oregano.
  7. Remove pasta from heat, drain thoroughly, and combine with chicken and sauce in large saucepan. Coat all pasta evenly, and serve hot!
Notes
  1. please use as much or as little crushed red pepper as you like! The flavor is still fantastic without the heat, so make it to your liking! I also always serve garlic bread with this dish, and a salad if possible. I love it!
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 © 2015 : a flavor journal : by sara alvord