Cajun Chicken is just as tasty with a low-carb noodle alternative. The spicy sauce and seasoned chicken makes a delicious dish that you’ll definitely enjoy.
If you don’t like alternative noodles, like Miracle Noodles, you probably aren’t going to spontaneously start liking them because of this dish. I don’t want to promise something I can’t deliver. But if you don’t mind the taste and texture of alternative noodles, then you definitely should give this a try.
If you’ve ever tried Miracle Noodles, or a variation, you know that they don’t have the same texture as pasta. They aren’t meant to be a true substitute, but they can be a great way to have a bowl of noodles without all the carbs.
I love the spicy Cajun flavor in this dish. I used to make it with penne pasta – and still serve it that way for my husband who isn’t on a low-carb diet. But I still wanted to enjoy it myself once I went low-carb, so I just gave it a try, and I was very pleasantly surprised by the outcome.
The creamy and spicy sauce is great served with low-carb noodles. Any unpleasant odor from the noodles – when you open them, there’s a slight fishy smell – is completely gone once you’ve cooked them, and the sauce coats the noodles, just as it would with regular pasta.
What Noodles to Use
Miracle Noodles are the easiest to find low-carb alternative noodles. They are called shirataki noodles and are made with the konjac plant. They are no calorie, soy and gluten free noodles that can be used in any noodle dish as an alternative.
You may or may not like these noodles. It really comes down to a personal preference. For me, I don’t mind them once they’re drenched in sauce and cooked. For some people, they are just too different and gummy to enjoy.
I always say to give something a try at least once and if you don’t like them, you never have to eat them again.
The noodles I use are called Slim Noodles. I use the spaghetti and the angel hair pasta versions. However, I live in the UK and I don’t think these noodles are available in the US. A similar product is called Better Than Pasta. It’s a konjac noodle, like Miracle Noodles.
You can also use spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles in this recipe.
What is Cajun Seasoning?
Cajun seasoning is a blend of spices that originated in Louisiana, particularly the southwestern corner of the state where Cajun culture is most concentrated.
The seasoning gives a spicy kick to any food you use it on. It’s a robust blend of things like paprika, garlic, chili, coriander, oregano, thyme and marjoram.
Of course, every seasoning blend varies depending on taste. You can find some that are very spicy and hot, and some that are more mild. What you use depends on your own flavor preference and tolerance to heat.
You can buy a seasoning mix, which makes it super easy. Just be sure to find one that’s not too hot for you! Look at the ingredients and see where chili falls in the list. If it’s near the top, that means there is more chili in the blend and it’s likely to be quite hot.
If you want to make your own Cajun seasoning, here’s a great recipe to try.
Also be sure to check if the seasoning you use already includes salt. Some do, some don’t. If it does, you won’t want to add any extra or the food will be overly salty.
How to Make Cajun Chicken Pasta
I use 2 chicken breasts to make 4 servings. Cut them in half through the middle to make 4 thinner fillets.
Use about half the cajun seasoning to season the chicken fillets on both sides, reserving the remaining seasoning for the sauce. If the seasoning you use is very spicy, you might only want to use half the amount.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the chicken fillets and cook until done, about 6 minutes per side, depending on thickness. If you like blackened Cajun chicken, sear the chicken over a grill or on high heat for a shorter time to get a nice char.
When the chicken is done, remove it from the pan and set it aside. Lower the heat under the pan to medium. Add the butter to the pan and let it melt. This will help you whisk up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan before you add the mushrooms, bell pepper and onion.
Sauté the veggies for about 5 minutes to soften them.
Pour in the heavy cream, chicken stock, and the remaining Cajun seasoning. Stir and let simmer for 5 more minutes. The flavors will all begin to meld and develop.
Add the noodles to the sauce in the pan. Stir to coat the noodles. Simmer for a few more minutes until slightly thickened.
Slice or cube the chicken fillets. Incorporate the chicken before serving, or lay it over the top of each serving, as you prefer.
- You can use chicken thighs in the recipe if you want. It’s easiest to use boneless, skinless chicken thighs.
- If you’re not sure about the spiciness of your Cajun seasoning, you might want to use just half the amount at first and add more to taste. This will keep you from making the pasta too spicy to enjoy.
- You can use any different shape of noodle that you like, but I find that the spaghetti shirataki noodles are the right size for this dish.
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Low-Carb Cajun Chicken “Pasta”
- 4 chicken fillets 400g
- 1 1/2 tbsp Cajun seasoning to taste divided
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 packages Miracle Noodles about 16 oz
- 4 mushrooms sliced 60g
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 red bell pepper diced 115g
- 1/2 onion diced 70g
- 1/2 cup heavy cream 125ml
- 1/2 cup chicken stock 125ml
- Using half the Cajun seasoning, season the chicken fillets on both sides, reserving the remaining seasoning for the sauce. If the seasoning you use is very spicy, you may want to use less.
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the chicken fillets and cook until done, about 6 minutes per side, depending on thickness.
- When the chicken is done, remove it from the pan and set aside. Lower the heat to medium. Add the butter to the pan. Once melted, whisk the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Then add the mushrooms, bell pepper and onion. Saute for 5 minutes.
- Pour in the heavy cream, chicken stock, and remaining Cajun seasoning. Stir and let simmer for 5 more minutes.
- Drain and rinse the Miracle Noodles. Add them to the sauce. Stir to coat the noodles. Simmer for a few more minutes until slightly thickened.
- Slice or cube the chicken fillets. Incorporate the chicken before serving, or lay it over the top of each serving, as you prefer.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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