September is National Chicken Month (I love chicken!), and today (the 15th) is National Linguine Day (who doesn’t love pasta?). So, when I thought about what I might blog about for today, Red Lobster’s Cajun Chicken Linguine Alfredo naturally popped into my head. It’s one of my favorite things to eat when I go there. I know, I know. Who goes to Red Lobster to eat chicken? Well, sometimes I do!
The Internet is full of copycat restaurant recipes, and this particular one from Red Lobster is one of them. There are many variations out there, but I finally found one (after a few tweaks here and there) that I thought tasted pretty much like the real thing.
And I love the fact that (did you guess?) you can use your leftover crock pot chicken to make this!
Here’s what I came up with. A definite whole-family pleaser!
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast (shredded or cut into strips)
- 2 cups half and half
- 1 tbspn flour
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp lemon pepper
- 1/2 tsp basil
- 8 ounces linguine
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese (optional)
- In a 2-quart sauce pan, melt the butter and add the cooked chicken.
- Sautee over medium heat for about five minutes, until chicken just begins to brown.
- Reduce heat to a simmer.
- Stir in the half and half, flour, and seasonings.
- Simmer for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Fill a large pot halfway with cold water, add a pinch of salt, and bring to a boil.
- Add the pasta to the water and put in one tablespoon of olive oil.
- Reduce heat slightly (to a gentle boil), and cook pasta for 8-10 minutes.
- Drain the pasta immediately and toss with the sauce.
- Sprinkle the parmesan cheese over the pasta and sauce, if desired.
Now you can buy the book that includes this recipe plus six others that are aimed at helping you turn your disappointing chicken leftovers into something that you and your whole family will look forward to eating.