Cheesecake Factory Louisiana Chicken Pasta (Copycat)

Cheesecake Factory Copycat Louisiana Chicken Pasta with Parmesan, mushrooms, peppers and onions in a spicy cajun cream sauce.

Cheesecake Factory Copycat Louisiana Chicken Pasta with Parmesan, mushrooms, peppers and onions in a spicy cajun cream sauce.Louisiana Chicken Pasta, my third favorite Cheesecake Factory Copycat is actually easier than you’d believe given the long list of ingredients. My two favorite Cheesecake Factory items, Spicy Cashew Chicken and Tamale Corn Cakes are my go-to order, without fail.

My husband on the other hand is all about trying new dishes. One day he ordered this Louisiana Chicken Pasta and I actually switched dishes with him. I know. Spicy Cashew Chicken has been my #1 for probably a dozen years.

What’s so great about this Louisiana Chicken Pasta? Well first of all the chicken is super crispy, seasoned with cajun spices and Parmesan Cheese. The sauce is creamy with a cajun bite and the veggies are a nice textural dimension. It’s all about cream, spice, cheese, chicken and pasta done well. Louisiana Chicken Pasta with crispy Parmesan chicken is the best Cheesecake Factory Copycat ever!

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I use Mountain Rose Herbs and Spices but if you have a cabinet full of spices and you’re looking to make your own cajun spice mix, here is an easy Cajun Spice Recipe Blend!

  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Tools Used in the Making of this Louisiana Chicken Pasta:
Cast Iron Skillet: This is my most used pan in my kitchen, heavy, keeps heat well and gives the BEST sear ever.
Chef’s Knife: This knife is one of the three most used tools in my kitchen (tongs and my pig tail flipper are the other two). I love it, I’ve had it for almost 10 years and it is as sharp today as the day I got it. (left column, second from the top). Mind you I love it this much even though I have a ridiculously expense knife set as well.
Cajun Seasoning: Using cajun spices is an easy way to pump up the flavor of the recipe.
Better Than Bouillon: I almost never buy boxes of broth because I keep the beef, chicken and vegetable version of this Better Than Bouillon.

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Louisiana Chicken Pasta (Cheesecake Factory Copycat)

Cheesecake Factory Copycat Louisiana Chicken Pasta with Parmesan, mushrooms, peppers and onions in a spicy cajun cream sauce.
Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder



  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese shredded


  • 4 chicken breasts butterflied
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil


  • 1 lb Farfalle pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper sliced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper sliced
  • 1/2 red onion sliced
  • 8 ounces crimini mushrooms sliced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup parsley for garnish (optional)


  • Mix the Sauce ingredients together and set aside.
  • Set a large pot of water to boil and cook the pasta to a minute shy of what is listed on the box.
  • Drain but do not rinse.
  • Mix the flour, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, Kosher salt and black pepper together in one bowl.
  • In a second bowl whisk the eggs.
  • Dredge each piece of chicken into the breadcrumb mixture, then into the eggs, and finally back into the breadcrumb mixture.*
  • Let chicken sit on a tray while you cook the vegetables.
  • Melt butter in cast iron skillet over medium heat and add the bell peppers, onion, garlic and mushrooms.
  • Cook for 3-5 minutes until just starting to brown but not break down.
  • Remove the vegetables from the pan.
  • Add the ¼ cup oil and cook the chicken until crispy and golden brown, 3-5 minutes on each side.
  • Remove the chicken from the pan and drain the oil.
  • Add the pasta and vegetables to the pan with the sauce mixture.
  • Let thicken and stir for 3-5 minutes.
  • While the sauce is cooking slice up the chicken.
  • Serve the pasta with the sliced chicken on top and extra Parmesan as desired.


*The first pass will leave mostly flour on the chicken, that is what we need, just to adhere the eggs, so don?t worry.


Calories: 1095kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 60g | Fat: 57g | Saturated Fat: 34g | Cholesterol: 289mg | Sodium: 1252mg | Potassium: 1165mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2405IU | Vitamin C: 37.1mg | Calcium: 424mg | Iron: 3.7mg
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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. I have made this for the fam about five times now and it always turns out great. I’m not a great cook but I have this one nailed, my wife says it’s better than the restaurant, which is one of her favorites. I get recipes from here all the time, I appreciate you so much! Everything that I have executed correctly has been fantastic, and I’m always to blame when it flops, lol.


  2. Hi Sabrina, Would you consider re-writing this post to reconcile steps 1 and 13? One would imagine that you’re not suggesting to add cooked chicken and pasta to cold chicken stock, cream and unmelted cheese that have been set aside on the counter top. Please advise. This looks really good and I’d like to try it. Thanks in advance!

    1. My chicken stock is room temperature as a general rule, but the cream is sitting out while I prepare the recipe, no need to warm the ingredients before adding, it’s an extra step you don’t need. I promise it will create a beautiful sauce.

  3. This is so delicious! I actually would rather have my homemade dish than the one from the restaurant! The whole family love it!

  4. Turned out pretty good! Left the mushrooms out and added some Cajun to the chicken breading. Chicken was super crispy even though I did the coating backwards. I made the recipe for 3 and still have soooo many leftovers. Will definitely try this recipe again!

  5. Love this recipe! Tastes about as close to the original as you are gonna get! Makes a large amount too. Definitely a keeper! Thanks for the recipe.

  6. For the sauce, is it really 1 cup shredded parmesan as indicated or 1 cup grated? I used a cup of grated because that was all I had and it came out great but I want to be sure for next time.

  7. Holy cow!! This is spot on!! I love the Cheesecake Factory original. This totally hits that spot I’ve been missing!! It also makes SO MUCH!! I didn’t even need to use half the cream sauce so I have enough to make a whole other batch!!! Thank you so much!! I will be keeping this one in my favorites!!

  8. This is a household staple! For everyone confused about the sauce.. mix it up in the beginning & set aside. Once you move to combine the veggies & pasta, then you throw it in. Mix it up & let it simmer/thicken! Delicious!!

  9. I’m confused by this recipe, as others have commented. When we mix the sauce ingredients together in the beginning, do we not cook it? What exactly do we do with the sauce?

    1. If you read the directions thoroughly they aren’t confusing. I try reading a new recipe 3 times before I make it so I don’t run into the same problem. You cook the sauce last.

  10. This was delicious!!! I added more cheyanne pepper and cilantro ! But everyone loved it and it taste like the real version. I would add Cajun seasoning to chicken so it taste less bland

  11. I followed this recipe to a T. I must say that every recipe I have followed off of Pinterest has been amazing and I have never had a complaint until this one. The directions in this recipe are very confusing. I have never been so disappointed in a Pinterest recipe. I feel that this was a waste of money any time. I see that other people love it and it turned out but I feel that it is just terrible I’m sorry for the negative comment but I don’t see how all of the comments are positive.

  12. I’m confused on the sauce, in the beginning it say to combine all ingredients and set aside. Are you saying not to cook it. Then it says to combine the sauce with the vegetables and pasta and then let it thicken. So when you say to set the sauce ingredients aside it is not cooked yet or do you go ahead and cook it and then set ît aside.

      1. There is no way she’s saying to add cold chicken stock and cream that have been set aside on the counter. I e would have to ensure that the ingredients are heated and the cheese is melted before adding. I’m a good cook but sauces are not my forte, I’d like clearer instructions as a few others stated.

        1. My chicken stock is room temperature as a general rule, but the cream is sitting out while I prepare the recipe, no need to warm the ingredients before adding, it’s an extra step you don’t need. I promise it will create a beautiful sauce.

  13. i tryed this last night. it was really goooooood. If my picky son ate it and said let me have more. I know it was really gooooood. i took one of my co-worker some to try. two more of them ask for some of her’s. they all tryed an asking for the recipe.
    this recipe is a KEEPER.

  14. We’ve loved this recipe for years but I’ve never left a review – figured I should! It is delicious! I agree with others about the time it takes. It’s definitely closer to double what this says. However, it is always so yummy that it is worth an hour to make it! We actually ordered this at CF and thought the homemade version what MUCH BETTER!!!

  15. Sauce was very good and pretty close to the real thing, but chicken was not.

    Something is missing from the chicken- maybe CF fries in butter? Maybe they add another spice or more salt?

    Not sure. Followed directions to the t and my chicken just tasted bland/like typical cutlets I usually make.

    Going to use this as a base recipe and will keep experimenting to get the chicken closer to CF.

    One other concern- as others have commented- the time it took to make it was double what this recipe says. I cut veggies quickly, flour/egg/breadcrumbed chicken quickly (I do this often so it’s a no brainer), took me well over an hour to make. I’m glad I saw the other comments because we had to be somewhere after dinner and we wouldn’t have made it if not.

    Still very good, 3 stars.

  16. Even with the little modifications I had to make (I had no chicken broth so I used a water/butter/spice mixture as well as cheated with pre-made chicken strips) this recipe was delicious! I can only imagine how good it will be when I get to make it properly. I live 4 hours and a border crossing from the nearest Cheesecake Factory so being able to make it at home is going to be amazing! Thanks for sharing this recipe, I’ll definitely have to pass it along

  17. I make this alllll the time and my boyfriend is obsessed with it! He has never had the cheesecake factory version but is already convinced this is better because of how amazing it is.

  18. This was INCREDIBLE. Tastes almost exactly like at the Cheesecake Factory! However I think 35 mins is definitely pushing it as it took me over an hour to make. But sooo worth it!! I added a little bit of tomato sauce in the end to make it a little less creamy and it was delicious! Thank you so much, I can’t wait to try all your other recipes

  19. I have never had the Cheesecake Factory version so I can’t compare but this was absolutely delicious. Will most definitely make it again.

  20. This is one of those recipes that I truly couldn’t believe I had made. It is literally restaurant quality. I have never ordered this from the Cheesecake Factory to be able to compare this recipe to, but WOW, the flavor was immense and delicious.

  21. I wish I could give this recipe more stars. This is a hit every time I make it! My mom is a great cook so I get a bit intimidated when I cook for her. Let’s just say she had seconds and maybe even thirds of this delicious dish! Tastes straight from the restaurant. Thank you for sharing!!

  22. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe! It was absolutely just as delicious, if not slightly better because I cooked my noodles longer then they typically do. Will be a go to when I’m in the mood for pasta. I can’t wait to try more of your recipes. Thanks again!!!

  23. I made this for my family and everyone loved it. We go to cheese cake factory just to get this and now we will make it at home from now on. Love love love

  24. My son and I worked together to make this for dinner. It was very delicious—no doubt. As far as the prep and cooking times go—it definitely took more like an hour with two people sharing the prep. We did make our own Cajun seasoning. We will definitely make this again, but probably not on a work day. Again, it was DELICIOUS and worth every bit of effort.

  25. Love the flavors of this recipe! I ended up taking 2 large chicken breasts & cutting them up into 1” chunks, salt & peppering them and sautéed them on md till cooked with no breading. Putting the chicken aside. I added chicken andouille sausage till warmed and put that aside. Trader Joe’s has a great frozen yellow, red pepper sliced combo so I added that. I did 1/2 cup heavy cream and 1/2 & 1/2 for the rest. I held off on the red pepper flakes as I was also feeding my 3 boys. This dish was amazing and super easy.

  26. I love this recipe it’s sooo good! I’ve made it a handful of times the only thing I do is take out the red onions and add more cream for the sauce. I also double up on the mushrooms and peppers. It’s a family favorite and a different take on pasta. I can eat leftovers for days.

    1. Good tasty recipe but the overall cook time took well over 1 hr and 20 minutes for one person. I am not a professional cook by any means but I consider myself to be pretty good.

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