If you are looking for an easy meal that your entire family will enjoy, try Spicy Creamy Chicken Pasta Recipe. It is loaded with tender chicken, cream cheese and more. It is creamy and delicious! This one pot meal is packed with flavor.

Spicy Creamy Chicken Pasta in a cast iron skillet

Spicy Creamy Chicken Pasta Recipe:

This Spicy Creamy Pasta Recipes is loaded with flavor. It has the perfect level of spice with every bite. This skillet pasta dish is easy to make, creamy, hearty and delicious. The combination of these ingredients makes this one of my favorite pasta dish.

The Spicy Creamy Pasta Sauce has all the flavor you would expect. Mixing butter, heavy whipping cream and cayenne pepper makes the best sauce to cover the cook chicken.

Add your favorite pasta and top with parmesan cheese this pasta dish becomes a favorite weeknight meal. Serve this dish with some garlic bread and a side salad and your meal is complete.

Spicy Creamy Chicken Pasta in a cast iron skillet

Do you Cook Pasta Separately?

Before adding the pasta to this creamy pasta dish, you will need to cook them in a separate pan. Cook the pasta al dente according to the package.

We used ziti noodles, but you can any type of noodles that you prefer.

Ingredients needed - chicken, onion, italian seasoning, salt and pepper, cayenne pepper, butter, heavy whipping cream, parmesan cheese, pasta

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Breasts
  • Onion
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Salt and Black Pepper
  • Cayenne Pepper – If you don’t have Cayenne check out Best Cayenne Pepper Substitute post.
  • Butter
  • Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Ziti Pasta

How to Make Spicy Creamy Chicken Pasta Recipe:

  • Melt butter in a skillet – In a large skillet heat about a tablespoon of the butter or use olive oil.  
  • Cook chicken and onions in skillet – Add chicken and the onions and allow it to brown, stirring occasionally. Let it get nice and brown and cook until the onions are soft.  
  • Add seasoning to skillet – While chicken is browning season it with salt and pepper. Add the Italian seasoning and the cayenne pepper.  
Cooking the chicken and onions together in a skillet
  • Top with Butter and Heavy Cream – Then mix in the remaining butter and heavy whipping cream.  
  • Boil mixture – Bring the mixture to a boil.  
  • Cover and Simmer – Cover, reduce the heat to low. Simmer for approximately 10 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.  
  • Prepare Pasta – While the chicken is cooking, cook the ziti to al dente based on the package instructions.  
  • Remove Chicken from Heat – Remove the chicken mixture from the heat.  Then stir in the grated parmesan cheese gradually until the cheese is melted and all mixed in.  
  • Stir in Ziti and Enjoy – Then stir in the cooked ziti.  Serve warm and top with additional parmesan cheese.  Enjoy! 
Spicy Creamy Chicken Pasta in a cast iron skillet with a serving on a wooden spoon

Spicy Creamy Chicken Pasta Recipe Tips:

  • Pasta – Make sure to cook the pasta according to the package. I usually cook it al dente which means it is cook through but still has a bite to it.
  • Variation of Pasta – Any type of pasta will work with this recipe. We recommend ziti or rigatoni.
  • Pasta – I like to add salt to the pasta to prevent them from sticking.
  • Sauce – If you prefer a thinner sauce, you can add in some chicken broth or a little of the pasta water.

How to Adjust the Heat in the Recipe:

This recipe is so simple to adapt. You can easily make it spicier to less spicy by adjusting the Cajun seasoning. Feel free to add or omit based on your family preferences.

Spicy Creamy Chicken Pasta in a cast iron skillet

What to Serve with Creamy Chicken Pasta?

This Creamy Chicken Pasta is a heavy meal, so we like to keep the sides simple. But we also like to make sure they are easy to prepare. These are some of our favorite sides to serve.

  • Salad – We often serve a simple salad with this meal. It is quick and easy and goes great with the pasta.
  • Vegetables – You could also try Roasted Green Beans or learn how to steam broccoli in the microwave. Both of these make for a super easy veggie side dish.
  • Garlic Bread – We love to serve this creamy pasta with breadsticks or cheese sticks. We love to dip our bread with the sauce.

Recipe Variations:

  • Change the Chicken – We used diced chicken breast in this recipe, but you can also dice up chicken thighs. Chicken tenders will also work in this recipe.
  • Add in Smoked Sausage – Another idea is to try smoked andouille sausage instead of chicken. You can even mix the two.
  • Add Vegetables – This is a great recipe to add in red peppers, green bell peppers, onions, or mushrooms.
  • Diced Tomatoes – Mix in some Rotel for additional spice to the recipe. It gives it some much flavor. You can also just add a can of tomato sauce.
  • Change the Seasoning – Cajun seasoning is great but you can use different seasoning blend if you prefer. You can also add in some smoked paprika for added flavor. Red Pepper Flakes can also make the dish spicier.
  • Cream Cheese – If you want the sauce to be more creamier you can add in some cream cheese. Combine with the heavy cream makes the sauce yummy.
  • Garlic Powder – Add in some garlic powder, minced garlic or fresh garlic for added flavor. If adding fresh garlic, cook it when you add in the onion.
Spicy Creamy Chicken Pasta with a serving on a wooden spoon

How to Store:

Storing Creamy Chicken Pasta is easy to do. Place leftovers in an air tight container in the refrigerator for about 5 days.

We think the leftovers taste even better the next day as the ingredients really marinate together.

Print this Creamy Chicken and Pasta recipe below:

Spicy Creamy Chicken

5 from 6 votes
Spicy creamy chicken pasta recipe is a one pot meal that makes dinner time easy! This Creamy Chicken pasta is packed with so much flavor. The cream cheese and chicken combine to make an amazing dish.You will love Creamy chicken pasta recipes! Try this Creamy chicken and pasta today!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 6
Cuisine Italian
Course Dinner
Calories 868
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts diced into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 6 Tbsp butter
  • 2 cups Heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
  • 16 oz Ziti Pasta

Instructions

  • In a large skillet heat about a tablespoon of the butter.
  • Add chicken and the onions and allow it to brown, stirring occasionally. Let it get nice and brown and cook until the onions are soft.
  • While chicken is browning season it with salt and pepper. Add the Italian seasoning and the cayenne pepper.
  • Then mix in the remaining butter and heavy whipping cream.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Cover, reduce the heat to low and simmer for approximately 10 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
  • While the chicken is cooking, cook the ziti to al dente based on the package instructions.
  • Remove the chicken mixture from the heat. Then stir in the grated parmesan cheese gradually until the cheese is melted and all mixed in.
  • Then stir in the cooked ziti. Serve warm and top with additional parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*This pasta has a mild spice.  You can serve topped with additional red pepper flakes if you want the dish to be spicer.  
*Refrigerate the leftovers in an air tight container for up to 5 days.  

Nutrition Facts

Serving 6g, Calories 868kcal, Carbohydrates 61g, Protein 37g, Fat 53g, Saturated Fat 32g, Polyunsaturated Fat 3g, Monounsaturated Fat 15g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 204mg, Sodium 904mg, Potassium 504mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 3g, Vitamin A 1863IU, Vitamin C 2mg, Calcium 452mg, Iron 2mg

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  1. I’m sorry I keep reading that it has tomatoes in the recipe but I don’t see where or when they are added in the recipe. Please help