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Cajun-inspired 'chicken' pasta recipe

Cajun-inspired 'chicken' pasta recipe

8 ratings

Spice up your pasta repertoire with this easy dish. What the Cluck 'chicken' pieces are fried with Cajun seasoning then scattered on top of a tomatoey pasta along with some spring onions for added crunch. Tuck in! See method

  • Serves 4
  • 10 mins to prepare and 15 mins to cook
  • 461 calories / serving
  • Vegan
  • Dairy-free


  • 300g penne
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil​
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced​
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced​
  • 2 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 300ml tomato passata​
  • 2 large garlic cloves, crushed
  • handful baby spinach (roughly 50g)​
  • 3 tbsp coconut milk​
  • 160g pack The Vegetarian Kitchen What the Cluck
  • 2 spring onions, thinly sliced​

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If you haven't got penne, try using fusilli or another short pasta

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    13g 19%
  • Saturates

    3g 16%
  • Sugars

    13g 14%
  • Salt

    1.3g 22%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 70.5g Protein 18.9g Fibre 9.5g


  1. Bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil and cook the pasta according to pack instructions. Drain and return to the pan with 50ml of the cooking water.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp oil in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the onion and pepper and cook for 3 mins until softened. Add half the Cajun seasoning, the garlic and tomato passata and cook for 10 mins, stirring occasionally, until thickened. 
  3. Add the spinach to the pan and allow to wilt, then stir through the coconut milk until glossy. Season to taste with a pinch of caster sugar, salt and black pepper. 
  4. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 tbsp of oil in a large frying pan over a high heat. Add the What The Cluck and fry for 3-4 mins until lightly golden. Toss with the remaining Cajun seasoning. 
  5. Toss the sauce with the pasta until completely coated, then scatter over the What The Cluck and spring onions. 

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