This low-carb Cajun chicken "Pasta" is comfort food at its finest. Creamy, slightly spicy, and full of flavor - all while packing a BIG veggie punch! It comes together quickly and cooks all in one skillet - so clean-up is a breeze!
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This recipe is one of my favorites for busy weeknights. It's also a great way to introduce pasta alternatives to picky eaters because the sauce is so flavorful, that you really can't taste the zoodles much at all.
You can save some time by buying zucchini noodles from the produce section of most major grocery stores (I don't suggest using frozen) But you can also save some money and make them yourself using a spiralizer.
I use a veggetti pro (affiliate) which I really like. There are plenty of fancier spiralizers out there, but this one gets the job done at a decent price. Note: I absolutely DO NOT recommend the regular handheld vegetti. I found it very difficult to use without cutting myself, and it leaves a lot of zucchini wasted.
You will also need a large skillet to prepare this dish. I used my green pan, but I have since converted to the Ninja NeverStick Possible Pan (affiliate) and I am telling you it is hands down the best non-stick skillet I have ever used!
Tips and FAQs
Yes! Thanks to the boom in keto and low-carb dieters, there are plenty of low-carb pasta options. For this recipe, I would suggest using Pasta from The Great Low Carb Bread Co or Palmini (affiliate) both of which would be great substitutes for the zucchini.
You can use coconut cream or almond milk as non-dairy alternatives to heavy cream in the sauce, and vegan cream cheese in place of the traditional.
TIP: I don't know about you, but I LOVE using zucchini as a substitute for pasta. Texture wise it is the most similar to pasta, and it is bland enough to go with just about any dish. If you are feeding picky eaters - try peeling the zucchini before spiralizing so that it looks more like pasta.
I always use Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning in this dish (and so many more!) Tony's can be a little spicy - so be sure to taste as you go and adjust the seasoning to suit your heat tolerance.
Since I am feeding my kids, I usually add less seasoning to the dish - then just sprinkle some extra on mine before eating.
Keto Cajun Chicken "Pasta"
- 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 2 Bell Peppers cut into strips (yellow, red or orange peppers work best)
- 2 cloves Garlic minced
- 1 tbsp Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning adjust to taste
- ¼ Medium Red Onion sliced
- ¼ cup Heavy Cream
- 2 Large Zucchini
- 1 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Sliced into thin strips
- 1 cup Unsweetened Original Almond Milk
- 2 oz Cream Cheese
- ½ cup Parmesan Cheese grated, divided
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. While the oil is heating coat the chicken with 1-2 teaspoon of Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning. When the oil is hot add your chicken to the pan.
- While the chicken is cooking, Spiralize the zucchini and slice the peppers and onion - set aside.
- When the chicken is cooked through, remove it from the pan and set aside. Using the same pan, reduce the heat to medium and add in the chopped peppers, onion, and garlic. Cook until the onion is beginning to turn translucent and the peppers start to soften (3-5 minutes). Remove from skillet and set aside.
- Still using the same pan, increase the heat to medium-high and add almond milk, cream cheese, heavy cream, and ¼ cup of shredded Parmesan cheese. Stir continuously using a whisk until the cheese is melted and the sauce begins to thicken (about 5 minutes. At this point, taste your sauce and add more Tony's if needed.
- Return the chicken and veggies to the pan and continue cooking until hot, still stirring frequently.
- Turn off the heat and stir in the zoodles (or serve the chicken and sauce over a bed of zoodles)
- Serve topped with additional Parmesan cheese
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The nutrition information listed here is only an estimate and is simply provided as a courtesy. It nor any other information within this post should constitute medical or nutritional advice. Be sure to read all packaging and ingredient labels for potential allergens. Optional ingredients are not included unless otherwise specified.