With the pandemic, I have been devoting a lot of my kitchen time to recreating recipes from famous restaurants at home. After a few trials, when I am happy with the end result, I usually share it on Reddit with you guys and/or make a YT video.

A recent recipe that I am SO SUPER happy with is Jambalaya Pasta from the Cheesecake factory. If you try this recipe, please come back and share your feedback with me! I would love to hear your response.

Recipe Suggestion: If you are vegetarian, use tofu wherever the recipe calls for chicken/shrimp. And follow the exact steps.

Alright, here we go!

Cajun Spice Blend:

Before you start, make this Cajun spice blend:

  1. Garlic Powder 2.5 tsp

  2. Smoked Paprika 2 tsp

  3. Crushed Black Pepper 1.5 tsp

  4. Onion Powder 2 tsp

  5. Cayenne 2 tsp

  6. Dried Oregano 1 tsp

  7. Dried Thyme 1 tsp

  8. Red Pepper Flakes 1.5 tsp

  9. Salt 1 tsp

Combine the spices in a bowl and mix well to combine. Use what’s needed for this recipe and store the rest in a dry air-tight container.

TIP: You can double or triple the quantities, make this in bulk, and use it for all Cajun recipes!

Ingredients: for 4 regular sized portions:

  1. Olive oil – 4 oz

  2. Chicken Breast, 1-inch slices – 6-8oz

  3. Shrimp, shell off & cleaned – 6 oz

  4. Cajun Spice blend we just made: 2.5 Tbs & more for garnish

  5. Bell Peppers, assorted colors: 8 oz

  6. Red Onions: 4 oz

  7. Canned & diced tomatoes: 4 oz

  8. Tomato Paste: 2 tbsp

  9. Chicken plus seafood stock: 5 oz each, total 10oz

  10. Garlic, minced: 1 tbsp

  11. Pasta, linguine: 12 oz, fresh OR packet either is fine

  12. Flat leaf parsley, for garnish: about a 3 tsp

  13. Salt: to taste

Directions:

  1. Have all the prep ready. When your chicken and shrimp are cleaned and sliced, in 2 separate bowls mix 2 tsp each of Cajun mix to both.

  2. Heat a pot of water for the pasta. Add salt – salty like the sea!

  3. Heat a heavy bottom pan. If you’re using a pot, go for the widest pot you have. We need surface area!

  4. When the pan is hot, add in the olive oil and let it heat. ~15 seconds

  5. Chicken takes the longest – add that first. Flip and cook on both sides ~ 1 min on each side.

  6. Now add garlic and mix well to avoid burning.

  7. Add shrimp and cook. Till the shrimp cooks, chicken will also fully cook.

  8. Season chicken and shrimp. Keep stirring.

  9. You will know shrimp is ready when the color changes and it curls. At this point, remove the shrimp and chicken from the pan. Leave behind as much oil as you can. We will cook the veg in the same oil.

  10. Add in the red onions and bell peppers to the same pan and sprinkle 2 tbsp of the Cajun mix. Toss well and let cook on medium heat. Don’t cover.

  11. If you’re using pasta from a packet, start to cook it now – drop it in the boiling water you prepped in step 2. If you are using fresh pasta, you will need to cook it when we add stock to the veg in step 13, since it takes less time to cook.

  12. Back to the vegs., add in tomato paste and canned tomatoes and mix well. Cook this for ~2mins till the raw tomato smell cooks off.

  13. Then, add stock to the vegetables. And stir well. If you are using fresh pasta, now is the time to drop that in the hot boiling water from step2.

  14. Back to the vegetables, let it bubble away on medium heat until the stock reduces, and you have a thick sauce. Took me ~6 mins. Best to not cover the pan at all.

  15. Add the chicken and shrimp to the vegetables when the sauce has reached desired thickness. Bubble away for a min or so – to combine all flavors. Check for seasoning and adjust if needed.

  16. When the pasta is ready, plate it like the Cheesecake Factory – hot pasta on the bottom, scoops of sauce on top, extra shrimp on top of that. Generous sprinkle of finely chopped parsley. Don’t forget the Cajun mix that they sprinkle on the plate’s rim! To do this, I took the Cajun mix in a small strainer with a fine mesh and sprinkled some on the empty parts of my plate. 🙂

This is such a satisfying dish! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did at our end!

Thank you for reading! If you like this recipe, and would like to watch such quick recipe videos, you can also choose to support my YT Channel. I usually have new content every week. 🙂



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