One super busy day when I didn’t really have too much time to research our Food 2 Test Queue Pinterest board for dinner inspiration I scrolled over towards the bottom and remembered this hidden little gem! I’ve actually made this recipe before and I knew I loved it, so I tucked it deep inside the depths of our food queue since I thought it definitely needed to be shared with the world and reviewed by 2girlsandapin! So, here we are, giving this ragin’ Cajun some much deserved TLC
Unfortunately, I was in such a rush that I don’t think I even turned my Pandora on! GASP! I know, I know…it’s total insanity to cook without music, but this time I just had to run with it. ALSO, please keep in mind that I take these pictures with my phone camera….so the rush was evident since the images suck a little more than usual. However, you’re still cordially invited to this truly authentic testing experience, so I hope you enjoy.
You’re supposed to combine these in a mixer, but I found that the good ol’ whisk does the trick as well.
The recipe calls to split the chicken in half and cook the sections individually, but since I was in a rush, the little chicken fellas got a tight squeeze until they were done.
Step 32: You can add some chopped scallions on top. I didn’t have any, so the pasta stayed bare and delicious smelling.
Either way, I actually prefer it this way since I love having extra sauce on my pasta.
The ingredients: The recipe this spicy deliciousness came from lists all the ingredients in a neat and convenient way. In terms of ingredient availability, everything that was used today you probably either already have in your fridge/pantry or you can easily find in your local supermarket. Instead of regular linguine, I decided to use up one of the delicious spinach linguine I had from Trader Joe’s. This dish has a very healthy serving of vegetables, but I figured, one more couldn’t hurt.
The recipe: As the original recipe’s creator notes, this dish comes together rather quickly, once you have all your veggies prepped, protein seasoned, and the cream cheese/flour/milk bit ready. Although gorgeous in terms of presentation, the way this recipe lists the cooking directions can be a little confusing. The post comes with an abundance of useful, beautifully colorful images, but the directions are kind of grouped together and don’t always correlate with the image you see. However, this is really not too distracting because the recipe truly is simple and straightforward to follow.
Better yet, the recipe offers detailed nutrition information in addition to any possible substitutes that could work with a different meat or if you wanted to turn it vegetarian. So, for all our vegetarian followers, this one is definitely vegetarian conscious.
The flavor: This pasta is not only rather healthy, but tastes absolutely fantastic! It has everything you’d want in a pasta dish, really. You have your wonderfully seasoned chicken (or tofu if you so choose), a gorgeous array of fresh vegetables sauteed to perfection, a good amount of kick (if you opted for it, but if you’re not a fan of big flavor, the recipe allows for that option as well) and a wonderfully flavorful sauce to coat your linguine! I cannot recommend this one more! And it’s so quick and easy to make too!
Issues: The only recipe issue (if you can call it that) I had was the choice to split the chicken cooking in half. This may be because the recipe creator was worried about overcrowding the pan (which in itself is a totally legitimate concern), but because I was in a bit of a hurry, I neglected this part and cooked the chicken all together.
In addition, you’ll notice that my final dish ended up a lot saucier than the original recipe’s plate. I have no idea why this happened, but I was absolutely okay with it and actually preferred having a little extra sauce. This issue practically disappears if you have any leftovers and reheat this dish the next day (which it does equally wonderfully). The pasta will be as juicy and delicious the next day.
Comments: The only comments I can think of is to take advantage of the fact that this recipe is very versatile and allows a lot of room for creativity. The original recipe creator has wonderful suggestions of subbing or adding shrimp to the chicken mix and/or opting for the vegetarian delight of tofu. Either way, this recipe’s secret is the delicious combination of seasoning, that cream cheese sauce, and wonderfully sauteed vegetables. Either way, a quick, delicious, healthy dinner option.
Final Verdict: This recipe’s yum factor is a solid 10/10. As I mentioned, I’ve prepared this dish before and I’ve loved it then and I love it now! It is definitely in my to-go quick dinner solutions folder.