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Cheesecake Factory Louisiana Chicken Pasta (Copycat Recipe)

Save some money and make this delicious Cheesecake Factory Louisiana Chicken Pasta at home.

Like my creamy Cajun chicken pasta, it’s rich, creamy, and just a little spicy.

It’s also shockingly easy to make at home!

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Louisiana Chicken Pasta

Dining at the Cheesecake Factory can get a little bit expensive.

But for the same price, you can make multiple portions at home.

Better yet, you can enjoy this copycat Cheesecake Factory Louisiana chicken pasta over and over again. 

This fantastic dish has two main components. 

1. The parmesan-crusted chicken. It’s tender and juicy inside. But the crust on the outside is incredibly, deliciously crispy. 

2. The pasta. It’s loaded with sauteed mushrooms and peppers. And it’s practically drowning in a creamy, spicy, Louisiana-style sauce. 

This is not diet food. This is comfort food

Chicken Pasta Ingredients - Chicken Breasts, Flour, Cajun Seasoning, Panko Breadcrumbs, Parmesan Cheese, Whole Milk, Mushrooms, Heavy Cream, Butter and Farfalle Pasta

Ingredients

  • Chicken Breasts- The breasts should be butterflied and pounded very thin. Other cuts of chicken won’t work well. 
  • Flour- For dredging your chicken. This helps your chicken get a great crust and stay nice and juicy.  
  • Cajun Seasoning-  You need Cajun seasoning for both the chicken and the pasta. You can use a pre-made brand or make it yourself.    
  • Panko Breadcrumbs- For that extra crunchy crust.
  • Parmesan Cheese- Again, use Parmesan twice, once for the chicken coating and once for the pasta sauce. It adds such a lovely deep flavor to both. 
  • Whole Milk- For the chicken and for the pasta sauce. Whole milk has the best flavor. 
  • Hot Sauce- For a delicious kick! It wouldn’t be Cajun without some heat. 
  • Oils– Use both vegetable oil and olive oil.
    • The vegetable oil is for frying the chicken. 
    • You need olive oil for sauteing the veggies. Use it to saute aromatics for the sauce. 
  • Bell Peppers I use both red and yellow for their lovely colors. They also have a slightly sweeter flavor than their green counterparts. 
  • Mushrooms– This recipe uses cremini mushrooms.  
  • Other Herbs, Seasonings, and Aromatics- You need green onions, parsley, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Hello, flavor! 
  • Heavy Cream- A cream sauce needs cream. It’s rich and delicious. 
  • Butter– A cream sauce also needs butter. 
  • Farfalle Pasta Otherwise known as bowtie pasta. It’s chewy and delicious. The Cheesecake Factory uses farfalle. 
  • Pasta Water– Reserve some pasta water to finish the sauce.
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How To Make Louisiana Chicken Pasta

Step One- Make the chicken. Butterfly and thin the chicken breasts. Prepare three large, shallow bowls. In the first bowl, mix the flour and Cajun seasoning. 

In the second bowl, whisk together the milk and hot sauce. In the third, mix the panko and Parmesan.

Dredge the chicken in the flour mixture, then the milk mixture, and then the panko mixture. Fry the chicken in vegetable oil over medium heat for 3-4 minutes on each side. 

The chicken should be cooked through and golden brown. Keep it warm in the oven. 

Step Two- In the same skillet you fried the chicken, saute the veggies until they’re tender. When they’re done, transfer them to a bowl and set them aside.   

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Step Three- Prepare the Pasta. Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil. Add salt and your pasta and cook it al dente. Reserve some pasta water for the sauce. 

Step Four- Make the Sauce. In the same skillet, saute the garlic and red pepper flakes. When they’re fragrant, pour in the cream. 

Bring the cream to a boil and then lower the heat. When the cream has been reduced by half, add in the milk, butter, and Cajun seasoning. Whisk it to combine and remove from heat. 

Step Five- Assemble. Add the pasta and veggies to the sauce and toss it to combine. Slowly add in the pasta water until you achieve your desired creaminess. 

Remove the chicken from the oven and slice it. Serve the chicken over the pasta and garnish with parsley.   

Step Six- Enjoy! 

Homemade Chicken Pasta with Farfalle, Mushrooms and Bell Peppers

Recipe Tips and Variations

  • Prep and measure out all your ingredients before you start cooking. This will make juggling all the steps so much easier. 
  • For crispier chicken, double-coat the breasts in the milk and panko mixtures.
  • For lighter chicken, skip the breading. Grilled or sauteed chicken is just as scrumptious!
  • If you’re spice sensitive, skip the hot sauce and red pepper flakes.
  • Watch your cream sauce carefully. You don’t want it to burn or to separate. 
  • Make it vegetarian by skipping the chicken completely! Or, try breading a portobello!

How to Store and Reheat

Store any leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge. Store the pasta and chicken separately. It will last up to 4 days. 

Reheat the pasta in the microwave for 2-3 minutes, stirring halfway. 

Reheat the chicken on a separate plate in the microwave until it’s heated through. You can also heat it in the oven. Wrap it in foil to keep it crispy. 

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Cheesecake Factory Louisiana Chicken Pasta (Copycat Recipe)

Servings

4

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes

This copycat recipe for Cheesecake Factory Louisiana Chicken Pasta couldn’t be easier! Give it a try tonight!

Ingredients

  • Chicken
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast (2-3 breasts), butterflied and pounded thin (1/4 inch)

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning

  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (I use Tabasco)

  • 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil

  • Veggies
  • 2 tablespoonss olive oil

  • 1 cup red bell pepper, diced

  • 1 cup yellow bell pepper, diced

  • 1 cup cremini mushrooms, sliced

  • 1/4 cup green onion, thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoonss fresh parsley, finely chopped, for garnish

  • Pasta and Cream Sauce
  • 2 tablespoonss olive oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 1/2 cup whole milk

  • 2 tablespoonss butter

  • 4 teaspoons Cajun seasoning

  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated

  • Salt, for pasta water

  • 1 pound farfalle (bowtie) pasta

  • 1/4 cup reserved pasta water

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • While the oven preheats, gather three large, shallow bowls. In the first bowl, combine the flour and Cajun seasoning. In the second, whisk together the milk and the hot sauce. In the third, mix the panko breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese.
  • Take your first chicken breast and dredge it through the flour. Coat it well on all sides. Then, dip it in the milk mixture. Finally, coat the chicken breast with the panko mixture. Set it on a clean platter. Repeat with the remaining chicken.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When the oil shimmers, place 2 pieces of chicken into the skillet. Fry for 3-4 minutes on the first side. It should be dark golden brown.
  • Flip the chicken pieces and fry for 3-4 minutes. The chicken should be cooked through and dark golden brown all over. Set them on a clean, oven-safe platter.
  • Repeat with any remaining chicken. Move the platter of chicken to the oven to keep it warm.
  • In the same skillet, over medium heat, add the 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Add in the bell peppers, mushrooms, and green onions. Saute for 7-8 minutes or until everything is tender. Transfer the vegetable mix to a bowl and set it aside.
  • Fill a (separate) large pot with water. Cover it and bring it to a boil. Once the water is boiling, season it generously with salt. Add in the farfalle pasta.
  • 10. Cook the pasta until al dente. Save 1/4 cup of pasta water. Then, drain the pasta.
  • 11. While the pasta cooks, start making the sauce.
  • 12. In the same skillet you made the chicken and veggies, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add in the garlic and red pepper flakes.
  • 13. Once the garlic is fragrant, add in the heavy cream. Let it come to a boil (watch carefully) and then immediately reduce the heat to low. Let the cream simmer for 8-10 minutes. It should be reduced by half.
  • 14. Add the milk, butter, and Cajun seasoning to the reduced cream. Whisk it to combine. Remove it from the heat.
  • 15. Add the Parmesan cheese and cooked vegetables to the sauce. Stir them to combine, adding in the reserved pasta water until you reach your desired creaminess.
  • 16. Remove the chicken from the oven and slice it into thin pieces.
  • 17. Serve the pasta with the chicken slices on top. Garnish with chopped parsley and enjoy!
Cheesecake Factory Louisiana Chicken Pasta (Copycat Recipe)

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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