It’s been a stressful week with me being sick and still super busy at work. I look forward to Fridays and am very grateful for little things such as having a wonderful lunch with great friends. Today I had Indonesian food with my dear friend from work. I had never had Indonesian food until my friend took me to this little place at the market that sells the best red curry with basil chicken that comes with a wonderful salad and coconut milk rice. One of these days I’ll have to attempt to make such a recipe.
But for now, I made this quick, easy and somewhat healthy Cajun chicken linguine for dinner. I’ve been buying these whole grain whole wheat pasta from the grocery store, and I have to admit they taste just as good as your regular pasta and they have fewer calories and are better for you. The Cajun spice I used here I made myself, but if you already have the store bought one, feel free to use that.
For this dish I like to cut the chicken in small thin strips and season it with lots of Cajun spice. Of course, feel free to use as much or as little spice as you can handle heat. Once the chicken sliced thin and seasoned, coat a skillet with cooking spray and saute the chicken until cooked through, about 5 minutes.
Set the chicken aside and slice your peppers and onion.
I used red and yellow bell pepper here because that’s what I had in the fridge, but feel free to use any colors you prefer, a little bit of green would have been nice here. Place the onions and peppers in the same skillet, and season with salt and pepper. You can also throw in some more Cajun spice if you can handle the heat.
I love mushrooms in my pasta, so I threw in some white mushrooms which I sliced and diced and threw them in here with the peppers and onions.
Saute them until tender, then add the chicken back to the skillet, and add about a cup of skim milk. Cook until it comes to a boil and taste for seasoning and adjust as needed.
Add the cooked linguine to the skillet, throw in some parsley and toss.
I served this with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese and it was a meal to remember. I love quick dishes like this that are easy and full of flavor.