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Bento: Cajun Chicken Pasta Modified (280)


Last week, I ate the same thing nearly everyday for lunch: a modified version of Cajun Chicken Pasta.  The recipe was modified because I didn’t have one of the key ingredients to making the sauce for the dish: cream.  It was the evening time after work.  The recipe is quick to make…if you have all the ingredients.  I was comfortable: out of the work clothes and in my PJs for the evening.  There was no way I was getting back into another outfit to go to the grocery store to spend $1 and some change on a small carton of heavy cream to make this one dish.  It…just…wasn’t…gonna…happen.

Instead, I looked in my fridge and realized I had some creamy French salad dressing by Brianna’s that might work in a pinch.  This particular salad dressing is a bit spicy.  I opted to not add the heat factor in the original recipe, add the other seasonings, and poured a liberal amount of the creamy dressing over the chicken right near the end of the cooking time.  It worked.  And it worked like a charm.

In fact, I might have to make it like this in the future.  It ended up making a really great lunch/dish.  Along with the pasta, I brought steamed carrots.  Simple, yet colorful with the tri-color pasta.

Be the bento everyone!  A picture of today’s lunch will post this evening.


  1. Andi Hays says:

    I just recently came across your website and love all the pictures. I also like that your bento meals are traditional. This makes me feel like I can do this. I just got a couple boxes I intend to use. And I am really excited. I was also wondering if you could post or email me the recipe you used for this cajun chicken. It looks fabulous! Thanks! I will be a constant reader from now on!

    • Jenn says:

      Thanks Andi! I’m sorry I’m so late in responding. I’ve been a bit busy with work, but am trying to get back into the blog groove. I sent you an e-mail to the one you listed in your comment. I hope you enjoy the recipe.

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