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Cajun Chicken Pasta

This post was originally published May 17, 2012

Cajun Chicken Pasta - Supper for a Steal

Every few weeks I’m going to be republishing an older recipe that I have remade with updated photos. Looking back through the archives of when almost no one read this blog I am finding so many great recipes that have been buried by years of newer recipes.

When I originally made this dish I used frozen pepper strips. I used to keep them on hand all of the time. I have updated the recipe below to use fresh peppers, but either works great. I don’t have the frozen peppers around much anymore, but they were always so convenient I may need to re-think that.

We loved rediscovering this Cajun Chicken Pasta. It is most definitely not diet friendly, but on a night you are looking to indulge in a little spicy comfort food it really hits the spot.

Cajun Chicken Pasta

Most of the time I try not to brag about dishes I make, like this is the best thing ever, Top Chef here I come, etc. But this was amazing. It was hard to stop at one serving. Even though I was full I kept sneaking over to the skillet with my fork to grab a few more bites. Now I didn’t write the recipe so I can’t take all the credit. I just gave it a few tweaks to my liking. If you are a fan of a little spice add this to your list. Another pasta dish that feeds a crowd with just 1 chicken breast. Can you get more frugal than that?

You might spend a little more time in the kitchen preparing this one. And seriously only a little, 45 minutes start to finish, tops. But every heavenly bite is worth it. It keeps and reheats for lunches wonderfully. As with all creamy pasta dishes a little splash of milk will keep it moist when reheating.


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Cajun Chicken Pasta
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Serves: 4-6
  • 1 large boneless skinless chicken breast, diced
  • 2 tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 8oz Farfalle, penne, or similar pasta
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp Cajun seasoning
  • ¼ tsp cayenne (red) pepper
  • 1 ½ cups half and half
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 3-4 scallions chopped
  1. Season chicken generously with Cajun seasoning, about 2 tbsp or more depending on preference. In a non stick skillet over medium high heat cook the chicken until lightly browned. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  3. While pasta is cooking heat the same skillet used for the chicken over medium. Add the butter and olive oil. Sauté the white onion for 1-2 minutes then add the peppers. Add garlic powder, Cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper, and allow to cook until peppers have softened, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add half and half to the skillet and bring to a simmer. In a small bowl combine cornstarch and water. Add to the skillet and allow to cook until thickened about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. After the sauce has thickened add the cooked pasta and chicken to the pan, stir well, and allow to warm over medium low heat for 3-5 minutes. Stir in the chopped scallions and add extra Cajun seasoning, if desired.

Approx cost per serving: $1.07

Adapted from Annie Eats

Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas for #SundaySupper

The #SundaySupper group put forth a challenge for us. Could we make a delicious dinner with just five ingredients?

Right before this theme was announced I had made these enchiladas, and if you made salsa verde for these from scratch they wouldn’t cut it. I had taken the easy route with store bought salsa verde. I don’t think it makes these super easy enchiladas any less tasty. Believe me they are spicy and delicious.

Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas

Pepper jack cheese is key for flavor here. I have been on such a spicy food kick during my pregnancy and I’m thankful for none of that miserable heartburn I hear others talk about. I crave spicy foods and I just could imagine not indulging that craving.

As you can see, a delicious meal is just 4 ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time away. Make sure to add these enchiladas to your meal plan this week.

Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas - Supper for a Steal

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Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas
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  • 16oz jar salsa verde
  • 8oz shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1 large chicken breast, shredded (I used a rotisserie chicken breast)
  • 8 fajita size soft flour tortillas
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray a glass baking dish with cooking spray. Spoon ½ cup salsa verde into the bottom of the dish.
  2. In a large bowl combine chicken, 1 cup salsa verde, and 1½ cups cheese. Spoon into the center of each tortilla, roll up, place seem side down in the baking dish. Top with remaining salsa verde and cheese. Bake un covered 20-30 minutes until browned and bubbly.

Approx cost per serving: $1.94

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Better than Panera: Frontega Chicken Panini

Honestly I’ve never been Panera’s biggest fan. I like it well enough. I go there when it’s convenient and I want a sandwich or bowl of soup, but I would never go out of my way to eat there.

When I do end up there I always order the Frontega Chicken Panini and a cup of black bean soup.

Sandwiches aren’t tough to make at home, which might explain my lack of enthusiasm for Panera. After a huge stock up trip to Costco where I had picked up a rotisserie chicken these sandwiches were on the menu for the week.

Frontega Chicken Panini


What makes these better than Panera is you get to put as much of the yummy stuff in there as you want. I can’t tell you how many times my husband looks at his sandwich to find one tiny little piece of chicken. He complains he leaves hungry every time and his supposed to be hot sandwiches are always cold.

He was pretty happy with these sandwiches served along side Trader Joe’s Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup. I loaded his up with chicken, slathered on some extra spicy chipotle mayo and pressed them until piping hot on the panini grill.

Better than Panera: Frontega Chicken Panini
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  • 3 tablespoons lite mayo
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 2 ciabatta rolls
  • 1 chicken breast, roasted then shredded or use a deli rotisserie chicken
  • ½ tomato, sliced
  • ¼ red onion, sliced
  • 4 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil
  1. In a mini food processor combine mayo and chipotle pepper. Process until smooth.
  2. Split ciabatta rolls, spread both sides of the bun with chipotle mayo, layer on chicken, tomato, red onion, mozzarella cheese, and basil.
  3. Heat panini press to medium high, press about 5 minutes until cheese is melted.

Adapted from Iowa Girl Eats

Approx cost per serving: $3.23

Crockpot Red Beans and Rice

I know I’ve been slacking on the blogging lately, and I fully expect it to continue for the foreseeable future. I’m thinking 1-2 new recipes a week is what you can realistically expect to see from me, unless you are interested in my daily lunch salad (aka whatever I find in the fridge).

Crockpot Red Beans and Rice - Supper for a Steal

For the last few weeks we have been planning a 3 year anniversary trip and also calling it our babymoon, our last long vacation before baby. Sure we have a few weekends around Florida planned, but nothing else that requires flying after this trip. While I was all set to go to Hawaii, Hagin was a little leery of me flying that far, eventually we settled on San Antonio and Austin, but not before strongly considering New Orleans.

My sole motivation for New Orleans was the spicy Cajun food, and maybe a beignet or two…

But alas I decided that would probably be a better trip once I’m no longer pregnant. So instead I just whipped up this easy red beans and rice.

And I’m talking easy. My job was going to keep me away from the house from 6am until 6pm so I knew this was the perfect day to make this red beans and rice. I chopped and prepped everything the night before and around 10am I had Hagin add the 7 cups of water and start cooking it. When I got home the only thing I had to do was cook up some rice.

FYI: Trader Joe’s makes some awesome frozen rice products. I always keep my freezer stocked with them because they are the easiest and best rice. Three minutes in the microwave and they are done. I like the brown rice and the jasmine, but on this last trip I also picked up a wild rice blend that I’m looking forward to trying. It doesn’t get any easier than these bags of rice.

Crockpot Red Beans and Rice


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Crockpot Red Beans and Rice
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  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 14oz smoked turkey sausage, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun/Creole seasoning
  • 1lb dried red beans
  • 7 cups water
  • rice, for serving
  1. Place all ingredients except rice in the crock pot, cook on high for 6-7 hours, check beans for doneness. Crack the lid open and simmer for an additional 30 minutes to thicken.
  2. Serve over cooked rice. We used Trader Joe's 3 minute frozen brown rice.

Adapted from Iowa Girl Eats

Approx cost per serving: $.83

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo for #SundaySupper

This #SundaySupper we are celebrating Fat Sunday! No, not gluttonous Sunday, but sharing our favorite Cajun recipes for our take on Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras.

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo - Supper for a Steal

I love the hot and spicy flavors of Cajun food. I know I would be in foodie heaven after a long weekend in New Orleans.

So I knew I had to find a good recipe to share for this week’s Fat Sunday theme. I turned to the master of Cajun food, Emeril, for a good recipe. He sure delivered with this Chicken and Smoked Sausage Gumbo.

Since it was my first time making gumbo I pretty much followed the recipe to a T, but added some clarification to it. While cooking I quickly realized this was going to make a ton of food. I started texting friends to see who was available to come help us eat this. Jenny was the lucky one who got to have dinner with us and I’m pretty sure she was happy to help us out, saying it was awesome.

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Gumbo is definitely not a meal you are going to throw together quickly after work. It is the kind of dinner you start cooking after having a light lunch. Get it going in the dutch oven so there is plenty of simmer time.

There was a bit of heat to this dish, which we love, but it may not be for the spice adverse. Scoop a mound of white or brown rice into a deep bowl and top with lots of delicious gumbo. Kick it up a notch with your favorite hot sauce and enjoy!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Chicken and Sausage Gumbo for #SundaySupper
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  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 lb smoked sausage, sliced into ½ inch slices
  • 1½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 lb chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • ½ cup chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon gumbo file powder
  1. In a large dutch oven combine oil and flour. Cook over medium heat, stir slowly and constant until a medium to dark brown roux forms. Pull up a chair, this could take about 45 minutes.
  2. Add onion, bell pepper, and celery and continue to stir for 5 minutes.
  3. Add sausage, salt, cayenne, and bay leaves. Cook and stir for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add water and stir to combine with roux. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium low. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour.
  5. Season chicken with Cajun seasoning and add to the pot. Simmer for 2 hours, skimming off fat as it rises to the surface.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in parsley, green onion, and file powder. Remove bay leaves. Serve over white rice in bowls.
Gumbo file powder can be found in the spice aisle. It is powdered sassafras leaves.

Approx cost per serving: $1.50

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Chicken Parmesan Hoagies

Chicken Parmesan Hoagies

Chicken Parmesan is one of my husband’s favorite foods, but I don’t make it nearly enough. After scoring a major deal on hoagie rolls and trying to think of millions of ways to use them. I decided to whip up some chicken parmesan hoagies. Combining my love of sandwiches and my husbands love of chicken parm.

These sandwiches, although taking a little more time then your standard sandwich, came together pretty quickly. Making them a great weeknight dinner. Plus these are a crowd pleaser, who isn’t happy eating chicken parmesan on a soft hoagie roll.

Chicken Parm Hoagies

Chicken Parmesan Hoagies
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  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup seasoned Italian breadcrumbs
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • marinara sauce
  • 4 hoagie rolls (about 6")
  • 1 - 1½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  1. Slice chicken breasts in half lengthwise, to yield two cutlets. Pound them until thin.
  2. Spread breadcrumbs in a wide bowl. Lightly coat each piece of chicken with olive oil. Then dip in the breadcrumbs to coat both sides.
  3. Bake 7-10 minutes. Switch oven to broil.
  4. Split hoagie rolls, spread a thin layer of marinara on the bottom of each, place a piece of chicken on top, another thin layer of marinara, then mozzarella cheese. Broil sandwiches to melt cheese for 2-3 minutes until browned and bubbly.


Approx cost per serving: $2.63

Thai Green Curry Turkey Meatballs for #WeekdaySupper

To say we are obsessed with Thai food might be a mild understatement. I purchased a whole tub of Thai green curry paste to make a few dishes and now I am always on the hunt for recipes using green curry.

When I came across this meatball recipe at Mel’s Kitchen Cafe, I just knew we would love it.

Some of our friends called to invite us out to dinner after I had already prepared these meatballs. Knowing they are kind of picky, my husband tricked them into eating at our house by telling them I made turkey meatballs for dinner. He knew if he told them Thai Green Curry Meatballs they wouldn’t come over.

But they did come over and enjoy them and my overcooked brown rice.

Thai Green Curry Turkey Meatballs


When making turkey meatballs or burgers I always use lean turkey breast. If you just buy regular ground turkey and check out the fat and calories you will see it’s not all that different from lean ground beef. So yes, ground turkey breast is usually significantly more money than regular ground turkey, but I think it’s worth it.

Thai Green Curry Turkey Meatballs
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  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup old fashion oats
  • 2 tablespoons fat free milk
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey breast
  • ½ tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • ½ tablespoon Thai green curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ white onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • For sauce:
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 1½ tablesoon green curry paste
  • juice from ½ lime
  1. In a large bowl combine eggs, oats, and milk. Mix together thoroughly and let stand 5 minutes. Add turkey, ginger, curry, fish sauce, sugar, cilantro, salt, garlic, and onion. Mix to combine.
  2. Shape meatballs (I use a 1½ tablespoon +cookie scoop) and working in batches brown 1-2 minutes per side in a large skillet with coconut oil. Remove to plate and brown the rest of the meatballs. Once they are all browned, add coconut milk and green curry paste, mixing well. Add meatballs back to skillet and simmer 10 minutes, flipping once, until they are cooked through. Stir in lime juice.


Approx cost per serving: $2.38



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Spaghetti Squash with Kale and Chicken Apple Sausage

You guys, it is horrible, I live with a man who does not like spaghetti squash!

I love the stuff and want to make it all the time, but then I feel a little bit guilty feeding him the one food he really can not stand.

Oddly enough my husband is a big fan of every other kind of squash. I think it’s the fact that it’s trying to be spaghetti that throws him off.  Actually I’m not a huge fan of it trying to be spaghetti either. I’ve tried it with marinara once, and it’s not for me. But I do enjoy it in a slightly sweet dish like this, with just a simple wine sauce.

Spaghetti Squash with Kale and Chicken Apple Sausage


When I was checking out the chicken sausage offerings at the store I found a new brand that I was unfamiliar with, Holmes Smokehouse, offered a Chicken Sausage with Apple and Gouda. They had me at gouda. I checked out the label and it was lower calorie than the other apple sausage on the shelf. Sold.

But the best part of this whole dish, just over 200 calories per serving. Perfect for a low cal, healthy, filling dinner.

Spaghetti Squash with Kale and Chicken Apple Sausage
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  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil, divided
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 links precooked chicken sausage with apple, sliced thin
  • 1 bunch of kale, rinsed, destemmed, and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut squash in half and drizzle with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Bake for 45-60 mins until tender and shreds easily with a fork. Sprinkle with salt and pepper immediately after removing from oven. Shred with fork after allowing to cool for a few minutes.
  2. In a large skillet heat 1 teaspoon of oil and saute chicken sausage until lightly browned. Remove and add an additional 1 teaspoon of oil if needed. Add garlic and kale and saute 2-3 minutes. Add chicken stock and wine and cook 6-8 minutes until kale is wilted. Add chicken sausage, Parmesan cheese, and spaghetti squash. Toss to combine.


Approx cost per serving: $2.75

Harvest Turkey Cheddar Panini

In honor of National Sandwich Day that was sometime earlier this week. I have a delicious sandwich that I whipped up not to long ago on the grill.

Yes, I decided to grill a sandwich because I already had veggies on. Plus look at the beautiful grill marks I got on my sandwich. My panini maker sure can’t do that (but feel free to make this on your panini press or indoor grill.)

Harvest Turkey Cheddar Panini

This is about as complicated as the recipes I have been making are. Sandwiches, salads and wraps are pretty much what we are living on at this point. Although we are very, very close to having a functioning kitchen again and I have a million ideas swimming around in my head for when we do.

In college we had panini day, which was pretty much the best day ever. Our chef would make turkey and cheese paninis with a magical cranberry mayo. We used to request extra cranberry mayo for dipping. It was so good. Although I’m about 99% sure he didn’t use lite mayo.

Finally I decided to try it on my own. I whipped up a small batch of cranberry mayo, which is ridiculously easy, and assembled a yummy, filling sandwich.

Harvest Turkey Sandwich

Harvest Turkey Cheddar Panini
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  • ⅓ lb roasted deli turkey
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced
  • 8 slices of bread
  • ¼ cup whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 3 tablespoons light mayo
  1. Mix together cranberry sauce and mayo in a small bowl until well combined.
  2. Divide turkey, cheddar, apple slices and cranberry mayo among the 4 sandwiches.
  3. Preheat panini press to medium high heat. Press until warmed, about 3-5 minutes.


Approx cost per serving: $1.92

Thai Style Chicken Noodle Soup

I’m going to let you in on a little secret… I don’t like Chicken Noodle Soup. I know it’s probably Un-American of me to announce, but I’ve just never been a fan. Add a Thai twist and lots of spice and I can get behind that kind of Chicken Noodle.

Since the kitchen renovation is still ongoing (but inching closer to completion everyday) I am cooking up easy recipes with minimal cleanup that are still delicious. I’m working with the range and a large wooden cutting board. And that’s it.

Thai Style Chicken Noodle Soup - Supper for a Steal

I wanted to lighten the typical Chicken Noodle and that is accomplished with the use of bean noodles, found in the Ethnic/Asian aisle. The whole bag I picked up was only 280 calories and made for 6 servings with this soup. Add in lots of fresh veggies and use homemade stock to control the sodium and you are looking at a pretty healthy, nutrient rich soup.

The jalapeno adds quite a kick, leave in the seeds and membrane if you like it hot or discard them for a milder flavor. Use only half a jalapeno for just a little heat.

I couldn’t have made this soup at a better time, just yesterday we experienced our first taste of fall down here in Florida. I enjoyed this leftover soup out on the patio for lunch.

Thai Style Chicken Noodle Soup

Thai Style Chicken Noodle Soup
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  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 large cooked chicken breast, chopped or leftover rotisserie chicken
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, bruised
  • 3-4 kaffir lime leaves or the peel of 1 lime
  • 1" peice ginger, minced
  • 8-10 baby carrots, chopped
  • 1 bunch of bok choy, washed and chopped
  • 8 oz mushrooms
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • ⅔ cup light coconut milk
  • 10 oz dry bean noodles
  • fresh cilantro, chopped
  1. In a large pot combine chicken stock, chicken, lemon grass, lime leaves or peel, ginger, carrots. Bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and allow to cook 5-6 minutes.
  2. Add bok choy, mushrooms, jalapeno, garlic, lime and fish sauce. Continue to simmer 1-2 minutes. Reduce heat to low and add coconut milk.
  3. Soak dry noodles in hot water to 5 minutes. Scoop noodles into each bowl and top with soup.

Approx cost per serving: $2.42