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Jerk Chicken Pasta (Rasta Pasta)

Jerk chicken pasta is a delicious 30-Minute pasta dish, also called pasta rasta. This Jamaican-inspired pasta is super easy to make and so flavorful. It's made with well-seasoned chicken, crunchy bell peppers, and cheesy creamy sauce. You'll come for seconds!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Jamaican-inspired
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 539kcal
Author Aleksandra

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb penne pasta 225g
  • 1 lb (450g) chicken breast
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Jerk seasoning or more, to taste
  • 3 bell peppers
  • 2 green onions
  • 2 tablespoons frying oil
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream 30-36%
  • 1/4 cup pasta cooking water
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth or pasta cooking water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 70g
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta al dente according to the package instructions (it should have a bite to it). Reserve about 1/4 cup of pasta cooking water.
  • Prepare all the ingredients: Cut chicken breasts into 1-inch (2.5 cm) thick strips, cut bell peppers into thin strips, grate the Parmesan on the small holes of a box grater. Cut the white parts of green onions into thin slices and the green part into large chunks.
  • Rub the chicken with the Jerk seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 1-2 minutes without stirring, letting the chicken brown, then cook, stirring, until the chicken is cooked through and browned. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
  • Add the bell peppers and green onions. Cook over high heat just briefly, until bell peppers are browned (don't cook them until soft).
  • Add the heavy cream, pasta cooking water, and chicken broth. Cook for a couple of minutes over medium heat until the sauce is thickened and bell peppers soft.
  • Add the chicken back to the pan, add grated parmesan, and cooked pasta. Stir everything together until well combined. Season with salt, pepper, and lemon juice.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Jerk seasoning is spicy so you can add less seasoning if you're sensitive to heat. You can always add more when the dish is ready. I'm usually adding 1 1/4 tablespoons of seasoning for my heat level, but this would be too spicy for my kids. If you like spicy/hot dishes, 1 1/2 tablespoons would be too little. Adjust the amount of seasoning to your preferences. I used the Badia brand, spiciness can vary depending on the brand.
  • You could also add minced garlic to the sauce (cook it briefly for 30 seconds along with green onions). I omitted it because the Jerk seasoning already adds so much flavor to the dish and I didn't think it was necessary. Green onions are optional for the same reason.
  • Calories = 1 serving (1/4 of the recipe). This is only an estimate!

Nutrition

Calories: 539kcal