Creamy Cajun Chicken

Ingredients

Cajun Seasoning:

  • Paprika 1 teaspoon / 5g: Adds a mild heat and rich color.
  • Cayenne Pepper 1/4 teaspoon / 1.25g: Adds a spicy kick.
  • Oregano 1/4 teaspoon / 1.25g: Adds earthy notes.
  • Thyme 1/4 teaspoon / 1.25g: Adds a subtle herbaceous flavor.
  • Salt 1/4 teaspoon / 1.5g: Balances the spices.

Chicken:

  • Bell Peppers 2 small, thinly sliced, approx. 300g / 0.66 lbs: Adds sweetness and crunch.
  • Chicken Breasts 4 small, approx. 680g / 1.5 lbs: Provides a tender and juicy base.
  • Garlic 4 cloves, minced: Adds aromatic flavor.
  • Cream Cheese 6 oz, cold and sliced into 8 slices, approx. 170g: Adds creaminess to the dish.
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese 1/2 cup / 60g: Adds a sharp, cheesy flavor.

Instructions

  • Create the Cajun Seasoning: Blend together paprika, cayenne pepper, oregano, thyme, and salt in a small bowl.
  • Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Prepare the Dish: Layer the thinly sliced bell peppers at the bottom of your casserole dish.
  • Season the Chicken: Arrange the chicken breasts atop the peppers, then sprinkle generously with your homemade Cajun seasoning. Don’t worry about using all of it.
  • Add Garlic and Cheese: Sprinkle minced garlic over the chicken, followed by a couple of cream cheese slices on each breast. Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese atop the chicken.
  • Bake the Chicken: Bake the chicken uncovered at 375°F in the preheated oven for 20-30 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. Optionally, broil for 2 minutes for a delightful golden finish.
  • Serve: When serving, scoop the bell peppers from underneath the chicken. Distribute them evenly around the chicken and on top for a vibrant presentation.

Notes

This Creamy Cajun Chicken Recipe is adaptable to your taste. Feel free to adjust the amount of cayenne pepper to suit your heat preference. You can also try other types of cheese for a different twist. Remember, this dish is best served hot, straight from the oven, for the ultimate creamy, melty experience. This recipe is not only delicious but also provides a good source of protein, making it a nutritious choice for your family.
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