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Creamy Cumin Chicken Linguine

I am a pasta slave! In any and every shape it comes in, I will totally and willfully bow at it’s glory. There are over 350 types of pasta in existence, about 30 being most common, and in this country, Spaghetti is the most common pasta type. Some people say all types of pasta taste the same, but the real ones know each type does taste different and they all bring something different to the table. Each type of pasta tastes different because they carry sauce differently, pair different with specific sauces, must be cooked a certain way for a specific time and the starchiness breaks down different in a mouthful.  My top three favorite types of pasta are penne, lasagna and linguine. And for today, I am letting my queen linguine shine!! I gave you a sneak peak of this on twitter in January and the day is finally here that you too get to indulge in this beauty.

It is saucy, it is creamy, it is rich, it is meaty and it is unforgettable!!

I made a dope vid to accompany the blog post. Do watch below, and subscribe!

PREP TIME: 10 min    COOK TIME:  25 min       SERVES: 4


250g of lingine

3/4 cup tomato paste

450 ml of double cream

1 cup of pasta water

2 red onion

6 cloves of garlic

1 bunch of dania

3 bay leaves

1 teaspoon of cumin

3 bay leaves

1 teaspoon of coriander powder

1 teaspoon of paprika

Salt to taste

For the chicken marination

500g of chicken breast, sliced

1 teaspoon of cumin

½ teaspoon of garlic powder

1 tablespoon of rosemary

½ teaspoon of thyme

3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon of soy sauce


Begin by preparing your linguine. Place the linguine into a sufuria with some salt and boiling water and proceed to boil until al dente. Boil your linguine whole – bila kuchonga chonga-  so that it is easier for you to twirl them on your fork once you eat.

Once done, save a cup of pasta water and drain the rest. Pass the pasta through some cold water so that they stay separate and set aside.

For stewing, we begin with the onion, dania stems and garlic. A great herby base always gives you a full bodied dish at the end of it all.

Once softened, add the tomato paste, followed by the spices, the pasta water and the bay leaves. Let this cook down for about 5 min on low heat so that the flavors come together and the spices properly cook down.

The pasta water is important because not only will it facilitate the cooking down of the spices, but because of it’s starchiness, it will also allow the sauce to beautifully thicken

There after, add the marinated chicken, and let this cook for a few minutes. It will not take long so do not stretch it as you want to retain it’s juiciness too. Once done, add the double cream, mix it in, then follow that by the cooked linguine. I used linguine for this, however other types of pasta that will work well for this recipe are spaghetti, penne and fetticini

This recipe MUST have double cream, and you can find some in any well stocked supermarket – Dairy Section.

Mix it in and then let it simmer for about 3 minutes. I forgot to take pics of this stage, but you can see the process form my video from 8.47 to 9.30. Once done, garnish with some fresh  dania leaves and serve!

Don’t you just want to slurp this up?!

The bold full-bodied spices brought this to life! I love how creamy this was; it really made the eating experience such  a delight! Not only was the chicken so so flavorful, but is also introduced protein to this and made this bowlful so filling.

Perfectly speedy for a weeknight and equally delicious for a weekend lunch with friends over some good wine!

I cannot wait to see you and your family enjoy this one!! Do watch the video too and see for yourself how making this beautiful bowlful is as easy as A B C!

You will love this one!

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  1. Diana

    Really love your blog….your food looks alive and your recipes are very doable

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Thank you!! I hope you try a couple out!

  2. Aline

    Looks so delicious!! I love cumin on everything!!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Oh man! Cumin really makes everything better! Its one of my top 2 favorite spices!

  3. Marta

    This linguine looks so flavorful! I can’t wait to make it!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      You will really love it!

  4. Lauren Branch

    I’ve never heard of coriander. Tell me more!

    • kaluhiskitchen


  5. Capri

    This linguini looks incredible! Do you have any recommendations on what I can use instead of heavy cream? I’d love to make this but without the dairy

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Double cream is a must for this unfortunately


    I love me some one pot linguini. This looks incredibly good and delicious.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Nothing beats a speedy, delicious meal!

  7. Tamara J.

    This dish is perfect for a quick weeknight meal! Such robust and delicious flavors, paired with pasta!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      A dry white would really make this unforgettable!

  8. Katrina Adams

    I love pasta and this looks like a winner!!

  9. Desirée

    This looks sooooo rich and creamy! I’m drooling over here!!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Lick that screen boo!!!

  10. Mila

    This looks wonderful, and it has so many great spices!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      It really is an outstanding one!

  11. Lituptech

    This is one of my favorite recipes for real, for real…

    • kaluhiskitchen

      You chose well! 🙂

  12. Jazz

    This is a beautiful dish. So colorful and simple. Pinned to make later!

    • kaluhiskitchen


  13. Njenga

    Complete amateur here. How do I marinate the chicken?🙈

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Please read the blog post and watch the video. It is literally explained

  14. Kinyua

    Hi Kaluhi. What did you marinade the chicken with

    • kaluhiskitchen

      The ingredients are written right there. I encourage you to PLEASE READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Mugure Kamau

    You made me love spices. Thanks for the recipes. Also where do you buy your plates? They’re beautiful.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Thank you! I buy from anywhere I get cute ones: MRP, Tuskys, Shoprite, Carrefour

  16. Deno wa Kakamega

    I love good food, and since I found you on Instagram, I have been following all your recipes. Practical and very lovely!!
    Could you do several Cheese dishes?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      I shall add more but you can check out the ones that are already on the blog via the search tab

      • Judy kibara

        Hi Kaluhi,please recommend me where I can buy this linguine I have been looking for it for so long.i eat it once in a hotel Malindi and I can’t wait to try it at home using ur recipe.keep it up gal I love ur cookin.thanks

        • Kaluhi

          Supermarket. Pasta is bought in supermarkets.

  17. CK

    Just made this now, super delicious 😋 I came across your page on Instagram last week!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Welcome to the family!

  18. Judy kibara

    Hey kaluhi,your show is amazing I tried the carrot cake yesterday and it was the best.please recommend my where u buy ur linguine I want to try it particularly.thanks gal

    • Kaluhi


  19. Betinah Onyango

    Just tried it my brother loved it ❤️

    • Kaluhi


  20. SP.Mawere

    You are talented in cooking. Count that as a blessing

    • Kaluhi


  21. Agnes

    Currently in uni & i always prepare this or the chicken lemon noodles recipe when I’m having friends over or over the weekend because they’re so quick, easy & delicious. Thanks for this 🙏🏾

    • Kaluhi

      So happy you loved this one Agnes!

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