Cheesecake Factory Louisiana Chicken Pasta (Copycat)

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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 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 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.

Recipe

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Louisiana Chicken Pasta (Cheesecake Factory Copycat)

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

Ingredients

CAJUN CREAM SAUCE

  • 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

CRISPY PARMESAN CHICKEN

  • 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

PASTA

  • 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)

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Mix the Sauce ingredients together and set aside.
  2. Set a large pot of water to boil and cook the pasta to a minute shy of what is listed on the box.
  3. Drain but do not rinse.
  4. Mix the flour, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, Kosher salt and black pepper together in one bowl.

  5. In a second bowl whisk the eggs.
  6. Dredge each piece of chicken into the breadcrumb mixture, then into the eggs, and finally back into the breadcrumb mixture.*
  7. Let chicken sit on a tray while you cook the vegetables.
  8. Melt butter in cast iron skillet over medium heat and add the bell peppers, onion, garlic and mushrooms.
  9. Cook for 3-5 minutes until just starting to brown but not break down.
  10. Remove the vegetables from the pan.
  11. Add the 1/4 cup oil and cook the chicken until crispy and golden brown, 3-5 minutes on each side.
  12. Remove the chicken from the pan and drain the oil.
  13. Add the pasta and vegetables to the pan with the sauce mixture.
  14. Let thicken and stir for 3-5 minutes.
  15. While the sauce is cooking slice up the chicken.
  16. Serve the pasta with the sliced chicken on top and extra Parmesan as desired.

Recipe Notes

*The first pass will leave mostly flour on the chicken, that is what we need, just to adhere the eggs, so don’t worry.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 servings, Amount per serving: calories

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WE LOVE THIS Copycat Cheesecake Factory Louisiana Chicken Pasta!
Cheesecake Factory Copycat Louisiana Chicken Pasta with Parmesan, mushrooms, peppers and onions in a spicy cajun cream sauce.
Louisiana Chicken Pasta with crispy Parmesan chicken is the best Cheesecake Factory Copycat ever!

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  1. I just want to chime in and say great recipe! I a even more excited about the button at the top of the page that allows me to jump to the recipe! It was that alone that got me to subscribe! Looking forward to more

  2. In the recipe it says to dip the chicken into breadcrumbs, then oil, then back into breadcrumbs. I’m assuming you meant to dip into the eggs, not oil? Also, how much pasta, a whole 16 oz box? Just making sure there is enough sauce to cover that much pasta. Thanks! 

    1. Yes, thank you for catching that! I edited to show correctly now. You’ll want to use a whole 16 oz pasta box for this recipe. Hope you enjoy!

  3. I’ve made this twice now I almost can’t believe how delicious this is and I MADE IT! haha my husband and a couple of buddies came over tonight and they ate the whole thing couldn’t stop bragging about how good it was this has been a go to dog for me at cheese cake and I’m so happy I can make it at home now! Thanks so much 

    Rating: 5
  4. This recipe was AMAZING!!!!!  Soooo delicious!  My whole family (husband, 16,17, and 19 yr. children and myself) ALL loved it and my boys can be pretty picky.

    Rating: 5
    1. Thank you so much for catching that, sorry. You’ll want to use 1 pound of Farfalle pasta for this recipe. I edited the recipe card to add that part in.

  5. I made this today. It was a great hit. five persons enjoyed for lunch and little left over. I cheated on the cajun spice by putting two teaspoons in instead of one but the effect was still minimal. I am going to do it again and soon but next time I am making my own cajun seasoning. My daughter is a finicky eater but she said that she expect me to do again next week. Please do not tell her there iscream.

    Rating: 5
  6. I made it ! Came out great but the sauce didn’t really thicken too much. Maybe I did something wrong. My sauce was also very light in color. Not yellow/brown like the photo. Still tasty ! Thank you ! 

    Rating: 5
    1. Next time you make it, if your sauce still seems thinner you could always add a bit more cornstarch to thicken it up. Also the coloring could be different depending on how long the vegetables were browned. I’m glad you still enjoyed it!

  7. I made this tonight following your post!! It was AMAZING!!!!!! Definitely a crowd pleaser!!! So so tasty!! 

    Rating: 5
  8. I have been trying to change my menu and this worked well the grocery store didn’t have unseason breadcrumbs  used panko instead turned out ok. This is my favorite dish at Cheesecake Factory I also didn’t have red pepper flakes used cayenne pepper. I won’t stop making it do you have any suggestions?

    1. I would suggest making this following the ingredient list to achieve the taste that’s spot on. If your grocer doesn’t have unseasoned breadcrumbs you could always use day old bread and pulse it in a food processor or even order it off of amazon. Using cayenne instead of red pepper flakes is quite a different flavor so make sure to use red pepper flakes next time as well. I’d love to know how it turns out next time.

  9. This is my absolute favorite meal at Cheesecake Factory. I cannot believe how spot on the flavor is. Now I can make it at home whenever I’m craving it

    Rating: 5
  10. Just made this recipe tonight, was so so so delicious!! Tasted almost exactly as the same one from The Cheesecake Factory. I used the Louisiana Fish Fry company’s Cajun seasoning and cayenne pepper instead of the red pepper flakes and it tasted amazing! I also added another half tablespoon of cornstarch to make it a little more thick! I honestly can’t thank you enough for sharing this recipe!!!!

    Rating: 5
  11. AhhhhhhhMAZING! I added some panko to my bread crumbs to add crunch without double breading. This was a HUGE hit at my dinner party! Thank you for making me look like a decent cook!!! 

    Rating: 5
  12. This is one of the top 5 BEST dishes I have ever made, and that’s saying A LOT because I LOVE to cook! I’m making it again for my whole family this weekend and I can’t wait to see their faces! 

    Rating: 5
  13. I eat this from cheese cake factory at least 4 or 5 time a month. This that can get quite expensive. This recipe is spot on! Thanks also this is great without the meat for vegetarians!

    Rating: 5
  14. So so good! Even my picky boyfriend loved it!  I doubled the cajun seasoning and it still could have used more. I dont like spicy food and it definitely wasnt-so dont worry about it being too spicy.  This will be on our rotations for sure.  Thanks for the recipe! 

    Rating: 5
  15. This was beyond good! Made this tonight because I’m obsessed with this pasta dish from the Cheesecake Factory, but can’t pay $18 every weekend for it… This was really, really close to the real thing! Super amazing. I’m already dreaming about eating it for lunch tomorrow. 🙂 Thank you so much!

  16. Great recipe! This is my absolute favorite dish to get at Cheesecake Factory. Now that I no longer live near a Cheesecake Factory, I knew I had to make this because I have a constant craving for it. Tastes almost identical to the real one! I made a few changes per my taste and what I had around the house (more Cajun seasoning, panko instead of breadcrumbs, etc) but it was still amazing. And I impressed all my friends and family with photos. Excited to try other recipes! 

    Rating: 5
  17. I have done this recipe at least a dozen times and every time it came out a winner. My finicky daughter loves it and this recipe is on the menu tonight for Ramadan iftar. Thanks.

    Rating: 5
  18. Oh my goodness!! This has become one of my all-time favorite meals. My mom’s birthday is in June, and she is specifically requesting this as her birthday meal she loves it so much!

  19. I’ve tried other recipes for this but this was the best! I used twice the amount of seasoning using your recipe but we like it spicy! Thank you!

    Rating: 5