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Chicken Lazone is an easy-to-make dinner loaded with rich, zesty flavor. Tender chicken breast is covered in a robust spice blend, sauteed to perfection, and combined with one of the most delicious cream sauces you’ll ever taste!
Try your hand at this Chicken Lazone recipe for a quick weeknight dinner with serious gusto! Juicy chicken is bathed in a rich, robust cream sauce and served over tender pasta noodles to soak up all the goodness. Don’t want pasta, try it over Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes. I promise this one is a crowd-pleaser!
Chicken Lazone can be made in just under 30 minutes! And, I’m willing to bet you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry right now. It is a great example of how much you can accomplish with simple, quality ingredients and a bit of creativity.
Table of Contents
- Chicken – Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are perfect. Choose thinner breasts if possible, or simply butterfly before cooking.
- Linguine – I prefer long, flat linguine noodles for creamy dishes like this one. Feel free to substitute spaghetti, fettuccine, or any pasta you prefer.
- Olive Oil – A high-quality olive oil is excellent for enhancing flavor without adding too much heaviness.
- Heavy Cream – Gives the sauce a rich flavor and smooth, creamy texture.
- Garlic Powder – Milder than fresh garlic, it adds a mild pungency and slightly sweet flavor.
- Onion Powder – Adds a deep, savory-sweet onion flavor without the sharpness of fresh onions.
- Chili Powder – Infuses the dish with layers of spicy, smoky, and zesty flavor. You can find it in the spice aisle, but I highly recommend you check out my easy DIY version. It’s more cost-effective and way, way tastier.
- Paprika – Offers just the right dash of subtle, fruity heat.
- White Pepper – Gives the recipe another kick of peppery spice. If needed, you can substitute black pepper. Just keep in mind that black pepper is a bit zestier and will be visible in the sauce.
- Parsley – Freshly chopped parsley adds a lovely splash of green color and a clean, peppery flavor.
Did you know…
Chile powder refers to the pepper itself and usually is one type of finely ground chile pepper. Chili powder, on the other hand, refers to a blend of spices that includes chile peppers.
Watch me make this from start to finish in the video located in the recipe card below.
- Blend the Spices. Use a small bowl to whisk together the garlic and onion powder, chili seasoning, paprika, salt, and white pepper. Mix well, separate out 2 tablespoons, and set aside.
- Season the Chicken. Process any large chicken breasts into smaller pieces by slicing them horizontally and butterflying into two pieces. Use a large bowl to toss the chicken with the spice blend, pressing to adhere the spices on all sides. Reserve any leftover spice blend to use in the sauce.
- Cook the Chicken. Place a large skillet with the olive oil over medium heat. Working in batches to avoid overcrowding, add the chicken and sear for several minutes on each side, or until nice and browned. Remove from the pan, set aside, and cover to keep warm.
- Boil the Pasta. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the pasta, and cook according to package directions. Drain, transfer to a bowl, and combine with a bit of olive oil and half of the freshly chopped parsley. Cover and set aside.
- Craft the Sauce. Using the same saute skillet, add the reserved spice mix and cook for about one minute. Stir in the cream, bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Let the sauce cook and reduce for about 15-20 minutes, or until the sauce can coat the back of a spoon.
- Serve. Place the chicken over the seasoned pasta, then cover with sauce and a sprinkle of fresh parsley.
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This Creole-inspired dish was created at Brennan’s Restaurant in New Orleans in the mid to late 1990s. Its creator and namesake was executive chef Lazone Randolph, who developed the recipe for a cookbook entitled Sugar Bust for Life with the Brennans.
The recipe has evolved a bit since then (hence the pasta) but still has the same basic foundation of boneless, pan-fried chicken in a Creole-flavored cream sauce.
I included pasta in this recipe, but it certainly isn’t the only thing to pair with Chicken Lazone. Instead, you could spoon the chicken and sauce over steaming Dirty Cajun Rice or enjoy it on top of Roasted Mashed Potatoes.
This Chicken Lazone recipe is also great served alongside Roasted Vegetables, Grilled Cauliflower, or a Classic Caesar Salad.
This dish is best served freshly made, so I don’t recommend preparing the whole thing ahead of time.
However, you can set yourself up for success by blending the spices, butterflying the chicken, and possibly even applying the spice rub. Then, once you are ready to cook, you’ll just have to heat up the pan, saute the chicken, and whip up the sauce.
Leftovers will keep for 2-3 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Southern Chicken Lazone Recipe
- In a small bowl whisk together the garlic, onion and chili powders with the paprika, salt and white pepper. Reserve 2 teaspoons and set aside.
- If chicken breasts are large, split by cutting each horizontally to butterfly and create two pieces. Season both sides of each chicken piece in a large bowl, pressing spice mixture with your hands to adhere. Reserve any leftover spice mix for the sauce.
- In a large skillet over medium heat add olive oil and sauté chicken several minutes each side to brown. Cook in batches to not over crowd if necessary.
- Remove chicken from the pan, cover and keep it warm.
- In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions and drain. In a bowl, toss pasta with some olive oil and half of the chopped parsley. Set aside and keep covered.
- Add the reserved spice mix to the sauté pan and cook for a minute. Add the cream, stirring to mix and bring to a boil. Turn heat to low and cook to reduce by half and sauce coats the back of a spoon, about 10-15 minutes.
- Serve chicken over pasta dressed with olive oil an seasoned with salt and pepper. Pour sauce over all and sprinkle chopped parsley over top.
- Feel free to substitute Half and Half cream for heavy.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.