1 lb penne pasta
1 lb jumbo shrimp
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 tbsp garlic, minced or chopped about 4 cloves
1/2 cup jerk seasoning of choice I use Grace’s Jerk Seasoning (mild)
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp all spice
1 tbsp olive oil
6 tbsp butter
2 cups heavy cream
4 oz cream cheese, softened
2 tsp cajun seasoning
1 cup pasta water
1 tbsp chicken bouillon I use Better Than Bouillon
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
4-5 fresh thyme sprigs
vegetable or canola oil for cooking
salt & pepper to taste
fresh chives for garnish chopped
Cook pasta according to package. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water.
In a small bowl, mix together jerk seasoning, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, all-spice, brown sugar and olive oil.
In a another small bowl, mix shrimp with 2 tbsp of jerk seasoning mixture. Pound chicken breast with a skillet or meat mallet to tenderize and flattened chicken (This will ensure chicken cooks thoroughly. Rub a tbsp of the jerk seasoning mixture on one side of each chicken breast, then flip over and rub a tbsp of the mixture on the other side of each chicken breast. You should have 1 tbsp left. Set it aside for sauce.
Heat 2 tbsp. of oil in another skillet over medium high heat, and cook your chicken on each side until you reach an internal temperature 165 degrees. This should only take about 7 minutes on each side. Once your chicken is done, add another 2 tbsp. of oil to skillet and cook shrimp 2 – 3 minutes on each side.
Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add bell peppers and onion, then cook until tender, stirring occasionally, approximately 3 minutes. Stir in garlic, cajun seasoning and last tbsp. of jerk mixture, and mix together thoroughly.
Stir in heavy cream, cream cheese, pasta water and chicken bouillon. Bring to a simmer, and cook for approximately 10 minutes. Stir in parmesan cheese and fresh thyme from sprigs. Taste sauce and add salt and pepper if needed. Toss cooked pasta in sauce.
Top with cooked chicken and shrimp. Garnish with chives and serve warm.