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Red Lobster Cajun Chicken Pasta Recipe

A creamy combination of spicy southern chicken and alfredo!

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Claire Onidi
Passionate about food and pastries since always, Claire spends most of her time in the kitchen to develop new recipes. She is French but lived many years abroad.
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Updated December 7, 2022

This Red Lobster Cajun Chicken Pasta recipe is the perfect dish to satisfy your pasta craving. With mouthwatering pieces of spiced chicken and a velvety alfredo sauce, it’s the ultimate comfort food.

Red Lobster Cajun Chicken Pasta recipe

No restaurant delivers family-friendly seafood and pasta like Red Lobster does. This American restaurant was born in 1968 in Florida but has grown to be a well-loved franchise across the country.

Founder Bill Darden had the goal of bringing delicious seafood to patrons from coast to coast. One of his main caveats is that the food had to be both delicious and affordable.

And this definitely fits the description of this mouthwatering creamy chicken pasta! All you need to make this restaurant-style dish at home is Cajun seasoning, chicken, pasta, and cream.

You can add whatever vegetables you want to make this dish complete. It’s become one of my favorite easy dinners when I’m craving good old-fashioned comfort food.

Try making this famous Red Lobster dish at home with this tasty and easy-to-follow recipe!

All About The Red Lobster Cajun Chicken Pasta Ingredients

Linguine Pasta

Linguine is a flat, long variety of pasta. Linguine and fettuccine pasta are very similar, but linguine is the wider of the two.

The name linguine comes from a region in Italy called Liguria. Liguria is near the ocean, so their pasta is often served with seafood like clams.

Linguine tastes delicious with both red and white sauces. It’s also a popular choice for chicken pesto pasta.

Chicken Breast

Chicken breast is a lean cut of meat, so it’s high in protein and low in fat. It’s one of the most popular cuts of chicken due to its versatility.

You can cook chicken breast by roasting, sauteing, baking, or barbecuing it. It can be eaten on its own, or added as an ingredient to stews, casseroles, or pasta!

Chicken breast will serve as the main protein in this alfredo pasta. It helps make the dish filling, and adds flavor and juiciness!

Cajun Seasoning

Cajun seasoning is a blend of all the spices and herbs that make Cajun food so delicious! Most Cajun spice mixes include cayenne pepper, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.

Together these spices give dishes a smoky and spicy kick! You can use Cajun seasoning on meats like chicken, or to flavor stews.

Heavy Cream

Heavy cream is classified as cream with a minimum of 36% milk fat. In some grocery stores it’s labeled “whipping cream”, but it’s all the same!

Heavy cream is often added to sauces to provide that rich velvety texture. The high fat content also helps add flavor to a dish.

Heavy cream is used to make macaroni and cheese, rose sauce, and chicken alfredo sauce.

Bell Pepper

The most popular varieties of bell pepper are red bell pepper and green bell pepper. Red bell pepper is sweeter, whereas green bell pepper has a more bitter, grassy flavor.

Raw bell pepper is often chopped and mixed into salads to add crunch and juiciness. You can also cook bell pepper to release more of its natural sweetness!

In this recipe, bell pepper helps add flavor and a pop of color to the dish.

Easy Tips for the Best Red Lobster Cajun Chicken Pasta


  • Season the chicken with a generous amount of Cajun spice. Coat both sides of the chicken and pat the spices into the meat for maximum flavor.

  • Cook your linguine pasta until it is al dente. It should still have some bite to it—this will keep the pasta from becoming too mushy when you mix it!

  • Halve the amount of Cajun seasoning if you’re not tolerant of spicy food. You can cut it with lemon pepper seasoning or another seasoning mix like Mrs. Dash if you prefer.

  • Add any other vegetables you see fit! Some of my favorite additions include green peas, artichokes, and spinach.

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Red Lobster Cajun Chicken Pasta Recipe

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time20 min
  • Total Time30 min
  • Servings2
  • Yield2 servings

Level: Easy

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  1. Boil Water

    Fill a large pot with water and add salt. Bring the water to a boil.

  2. Cook Linguine Pasta

    Add your linguine pasta to the water and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes.

    Drain the linguine in a colander and set it aside.

  3. Season the Chicken

    Place the thin strips of chicken breast into a plastic bag. Add Cajun seasoning and shake until chicken is coated.

  4. Sauté the Chicken

    Set a large skillet on the stove over medium heat. Add butter and chicken and sauté for 5-7 minutes until the chicken is almost cooked.

  5. Add Vegetables

    Add the diced bell peppers and green onion to the skillet. Cook for about 2-3 minutes.

  6. Mix in the Cream and Seasonings

    Lower the heat and add cream to the skillet. Add the salt, pepper, basil, and garlic.

    Cook until the cream is heated and the ingredients are blended.

  7. Add Pasta and Parmesan Cheese

    Add the cooked linguine to the skillet and toss with the cream sauce. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top and serve.


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What to Serve with Red Lobster Cajun Chicken Pasta

Green Salad

Round out this rich dish with a light side like a green salad. The freshness of the lettuce and vegetables will be a nice contrast to this ultra creamy pasta.

Try your green salad with a lemon juice or vinaigrette dressing. The acid will help cut through the fat.

Bread

What better side for a delicious creamy sauce than some freshly baked bread? Dip the bread in your pasta sauce, or use it to clean your plate!

Steak

Transform this pasta into a five-star meal with a side of juicy pan-seared steak. The perfect combination for special occasions or date nights!

Wine

Pasta and wine are a classic pairing. A light-bodied white wine like Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio would be the perfect companion for this rich meal.

The acidity of wine helps cut through the fat and also helps enhance the flavor of the chicken!

How to Store, Freeze and Reheat Red Lobster Cajun Chicken Pasta

You can store this Red Lobster Cajun Chicken Pasta in the refrigerator for up to five days. If you’re freezing leftovers, they will keep for a maximum of six months.

The best way to reheat this dish is in the microwave with a microwave-safe container. Make sure you cover the pasta to retain moisture and rotate it so it reheats evenly.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
  • 900Calories
  • 39g Fat
  • 97.1g Carbs
  • 40gProtein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories900
% Daily Value*
Total Fat39g 50%
Saturated Fat21.9g 110%
Cholesterol179mg 60%
Sodium540mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate97.1g 35%
Dietary Fiber5.5g 20%
Total Sugars9.3g
Protein40g
Vitamin C39mcg 196%
Calcium122mg 9%
Iron5mg 28%
Potassium925mg 20%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.
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