Chef Serge Krikorian is creating his Blackened Chicken with Cajun Cream Sauce recipe with Kaitie Gill from Kaitie Gill Weddings (formerly Sailboat Weddings) in Benton, Arkansas for the eighth episode of Cooking with the Kriks.  Kaitie is one of Arkansas’ premier wedding planners and started her business in 2017.  She loves “all things weddings,” her family and Jesus.  Due to her phenomenal organizational skills, in 2020 she decided to start up a Virtual Assistant business called Kaitie Gill Consulting where she helps other business owners keep things straight while offering her positive attitude to boot.  Whether hiring Kaitie to plan your wedding or virtually assist with your business, you can be certain that she is your go-to gal for streamlined processes and keeping life in order!  As a mother (and expecting mother during this taping!), Kaitie likes recipes that are simple to do after a long day of work that her picky little eater, Lincoln, will love to eat, too.  Learn this easy, creamy pasta recipe on the eighth episode of Cooking with the Kriks.  Please give us a follow on our Youtube channel to stay up-to-date on all the latest episodes here.
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Blackened Chicken Pasta with Cajun Cream Sauce

Ingredients

1 Tbls blackened seasoning*
4  6-8oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 Quart heavy cream
2 Tbls Cornstarch
¼ Cup of Cold Water 
1 Tbls Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
4 tsp blackened seasoning*
3/4 tsp salt 
1/8 tsp Louisiana Hot sauce
1 Pound ziti pasta (1 box)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare chicken breasts, then sprinkle with 1 Tablespoon of Blackened Seasoning — or more if you like it spicier! 

Heat a cast iron skillet on medium-high heat and add a little cooking oil. Place chicken in hot pan and cook for 3 minutes. Turn, and cook 3 minutes on other side. Then place breasts in an oven-safe pan and cover with foil. 

Bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes —until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

Cook bowtie pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside. 

In a small bowl, mix together cold water and cornstarch until smooth, and set aside. Heat heavy cream in a pot to the point of boiling, then slowly add the cornstarch mix to the heavy cream until thickened. Add 4 tsp of blackened seasoning, salt, and black pepper — tasting and adjusting as necessary.

To Serve: Spoon sauce over warm bowtie pasta and top with sliced blackened chicken. Mix together.

 

*Blackened Seasoning
1.5 Tbls Qty 
1/2 Tbls paprika 
1/10 Tbls salt 
1/4 Tbls cayenne pepper
1/4 Tbls ground cumin
1/4 Tbls dried thyme
1/10 Tbls ground white pepper
1/8 Tbls onion powder

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in an airtight container.