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Rasta Pasta Recipe With Chicken

If you’re a fan of spice then you’re in the right place. This Creamy Rasta Pasta Recipe is a great recipe for anyone who wants to step outside of the normal pasta scene. Jamaican-inspired seasoning with peppers and a cream sauce makes this dish a must-try. 

You can adjust the seasoning accordingly depending on how mild or spicy you like this dish and really dial in your heat level. One thing is for certain though, this pasta packs a lot of flavor.

Chicken

rasta pasta chicken

I am using chicken breast cut into 1-inch pieces for the jerk chicken in this Rasta Pasta recipe but you can use many different proteins of your choice and can choose to cut, shred, or leave them whole and serve them over the pasta.. Some popular options are shrimp, salmon, chicken thighs, or rotisserie chicken if you’re in a hurry.

Pasta

Penne pasta is one of my favorites and works well with rasta pasta dish. You can change this up if you prefer something other than penne pasta. Some good options would be rotini or rigatoni.

Bell Peppers and Green Onions

rasta pasta bell pepper

For this rasta pasta recipe, I am using green, yellow, and red bell peppers. These colorful bell peppers add a nice texture and sweetness to go with the spice of the jerk seasoning and the colors make it a visually appetizing dish. The Green onions add a nice subtle flavor and additional texture.

Sauce

This cream sauce brings the whole dish together. The seasoning alongside chicken broth, heavy cream, garlic, and Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese brings all the flavors to this pasta dish. You can also use pre-shredded parmesan cheese.

Seasoning

rasta pasta seasoning

Caribbean Jerk seasoning is the magic of this recipe. It’s a great balance of flavors and spice. You can choose to make your own homemade jerk seasoning or take the easy way and just buy store-bought jerk seasoning. 

Rasta Pasta with chicken

Servings

8

Prep Time

15 Minutes

Calories

380

Cook Time

25 Minutes

Total Time 40 Minutes

*Please note that the nutritional information provided is an estimate only and may vary depending on the ingredients used. Calories listed are per serving.*

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 LBS Chicken Breasts (Cut Into 1 Inch Pieces)
  • 1 LB Pasta of choice ( I used Penne)
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Green Onions (Diced)
  • 1 TBSP Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Chicken Broth
  • 4 Tablespoons Caribbean Jerk Seasoning Divided (Use half if you are sensitive to spice)
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese

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What You Will Need:

Directions:

Step 1

Cut chicken into 1-inch pieces or cubes. Season with half of the Jerk Seasoning.

Step 2

Slice bell peppers length-wise and set them aside. Chop Green Onion and set it aside.

Step 3 

Boil water and begin cooking pasta as directed on the packaging. Once it is done drain the cooked pasta, return the cooked pasta to the pot, and set it aside.

Step 4

Preheat Skillet to medium-high heat and add chicken. Cook chicken 4-5 minutes stirring occasionally until cooked. Remove and set aside. Return pan to heat and reduce heat to medium.

Step 5

Add olive oil and peppers to the pan and cook until tender. usually 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. Return the empty pan to stove. 

Step 6

Add garlic and olive oil to the pan and cook until fragrant, usually 1 minute. Add the chicken broth, heavy cream, and the other half of the jerk seasoning to the pan and whisk until combined. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 2 minutes, add parmesan cheese and simmer for an additional 2 minutes.

Step 7

Add Bell peppers and green onions to the sauce and cook for 1 minute. Pour sauce over the pasta and mix well. Add the Chicken and stir. 

Step 8

Serve and Enjoy!

Notes:

  • Do your prep work of cutting the vegetables and measuring ingredients for this rasta pasta recipe before you begin cooking. This will save you some time and stress from going back and forth in the kitchen.
  • Adjust the jerk seasoning amount higher or lower to control the spice level of the dish.

What Is Rasta Pasta?

Rasta pasta is a Jamaican-inspired pasta dish. Rasta pasta is made with tri-color peppers, spicy jerk seasoning, pasta, and a creamy sauce. It’s more popular for being used with chicken but you can use jerk seasoning on many proteins such as shrimp, and salmon.

What is in Jerk Seasoning?

Jerk seasoning is a variety of spices usually consisting of allspice, thyme, scotch bonnet, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, brown sugar, red pepper flakes,  and other Caribbean seasonings.

How Long will Rasta Pasta Last in the Fridge?

You can cover any leftovers from this pasta dish in an airtight container or with plastic wrap and save them in the fridge for 3-4 days. I would recommend reheating in a sauce pan if possible because it will preserve the sauce and texture better than a microwave.

rasta pasta

Rasta Pasta

David
If you're a fan of spice then you're in the right place. This Rasta Pasta Recipe is a great recipe for anyone who wants to step outside of the normal pasta scene. Jamaican-inspired seasoning with peppers and a cream sauce makes this dish a must-try. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8
Calories 380 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 LBS Chicken Breast Cubed
  • 1 LB Penne Pasta pasta of choice
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Green Onions
  • 1 TBSP Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Chicken Broth
  • 4 TBSP Caribbean Jerk Seasoning adjust to desired spice level
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese

Instructions
 

  • Cut chicken into 1-inch pieces or cubes. Season with half of the Jerk Seasoning.
  • Slice bell peppers length-wise and set them aside. Chop Green Onion and set it aside.
  • Boil water and begin cooking pasta as directed on the packaging. Once it is done drain it, return it to the pot, and set it aside.
  • Preheat Skillet to medium-high heat and add chicken. Cook 4-5 minutes stirring occasionally until cooked. Remove and set aside. Return pan to heat and reduce heat to medium.
  • Add olive oil and peppers to the pan and cook until tender. usually 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. Return the empty pan to stove. 
  • Add garlic and olive oil to the pan and cook until fragrant, usually 1 minute. Add the chicken broth, heavy cream, and the other half of the jerk seasoning to the pan and whisk until combined. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 2 minutes, add parmesan cheese and simmer for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Add Bell peppers and green onions to the sauce and cook for 1 minute. Pour sauce over the pasta and mix well. Add the Chicken and stir. 
  • Serve and Enjoy!

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Notes

  • Do your prep work of cutting the vegetables and measuring ingredients for this rasta pasta recipe before you begin cooking. This will save you some time and stress from going back and forth in the kitchen.
  • Adjust the jerk seasoning amount higher or lower to control the spice level of the dish.

Nutrition

Calories: 380kcal
Keyword carribean jerk, chicken, pasta,
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