Creamy Cajun Chicken

chicken food Aug 06, 2021

I decided to go back to some old, favorite recipes to spice up the menu at home.  I came across an oldie but a goodie is given to me by a friend who also likes to cook.  I used to only make this on occasion because it was "fattening" and it induced major feelings of guilt whenever I succumbed to the temptation of this rich and creamy dish. 

After a drastic change in my thoughts against fattening foods and a "conscious uncoupling" from fat-free food products, I have learned to embrace the so-called fattening foods.  In addition, as I have to eat a gluten-free diet, I have found ways to make these pre-gluten-free recipes OK for me to enjoy.

The protein from the chicken and fat from the cream will help balance out that blood sugar so doesn't undo that with a heaping mound of pasta, even if it is whole grain.  Keep the pasta serving to a 1/2 cup. 

Here is a variation of the recipe given to me by Patti.  I hope you enjoy it!

4 boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips

1 bunch green onions, sliced

1 green pepper, diced

1 red pepper, cut into strips

2 T cajun seasoning (less or more depending on how hot you like your food)

1 t garlic powder

1-2 C heavy cream (depending on how much sauce you want)

1/2 - 1 c Parmesan cheese (splurge on the real stuff - not the stuff in the shaker canister), this is for thickening the sauce

2 T. Coconut Oil

Salt & Pepper to taste.

Optional:  Add mushrooms (add-in with green onions), broccoli (with peppers), or any other veggie you like.

Directions:  Slice chicken into strips and season with Cajun spices and set aside to cut up the other veggies.  Heat pan to medium-high and add 2 T coconut oil.  Cook chicken until tender.  Drain extra liquid.  Add peppers and other seasonings to the pan and cook until crisp-tender.  Once veggies are done, lower heat and add heavy cream, green onion, and Parmesan cheese.

Serve over 1/2 C linguini or if grain-free/gluten-free serve over spaghetti squash, or eat it plain as I do.  So good and easy!!

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