This is Utica, New York's, specialty dish. Rigatoni (riggies) pasta is paired with chicken and spicy peppers in a creamy red/white sauce. Some other popular additions are mushrooms and black olives.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil over high heat. Add rigatoni pasta and cook until tender yet firm to the bite, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and keep warm.

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  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and cook in the hot oil until lightly browned on all sides, and no longer pink in the center, about 7 minutes. Remove the chicken from the skillet and keep warm.

  • Stir onion, Cubanelle peppers, and garlic into the skillet. Cook and stir until onion softens, about 4 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and hot cherry peppers. Bring to a simmer. Stir in cooked chicken and heavy cream; simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in cooked pasta.

  • Serve garnished with Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts

613.5 calories; 38.2 g protein; 70.8 g carbohydrates; 91.6 mg cholesterol; 576.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
06/12/2008
Good combination of ingredients but for our taste it needed a little more. I added half a cup of canned mushrooms and 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes. I only used a 16ounce can of red tomatoes and didn't add the red cherry pepper (didn't have any!) The biggest improvement for me was that I blended the veggies in a blender after cooking. (Just a bit!) This made it much creamier and smoother. (Plus my kids didn't pick out the chunks of veggies!) I also added a whole cup (rather than a 1/2) of heavy cream as another reviewer wrote. I also boiled the chicken in chicken broth to cook it (juicier) and then cut it up and added it to the sauce to simmer for 30 minutes. Yummo! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/29/2008
I took the other reviewers advice by doubling the cream and sticking the tomato/red pepper mixture in the food processor. I didn't have any hot cherry or cubanelle peppers so that may account for the lack of flavor. The recipe was OK but nothing great...definitely needs more flavor. Read More
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63 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 39
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
06/12/2008
Good combination of ingredients but for our taste it needed a little more. I added half a cup of canned mushrooms and 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes. I only used a 16ounce can of red tomatoes and didn't add the red cherry pepper (didn't have any!) The biggest improvement for me was that I blended the veggies in a blender after cooking. (Just a bit!) This made it much creamier and smoother. (Plus my kids didn't pick out the chunks of veggies!) I also added a whole cup (rather than a 1/2) of heavy cream as another reviewer wrote. I also boiled the chicken in chicken broth to cook it (juicier) and then cut it up and added it to the sauce to simmer for 30 minutes. Yummo! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/12/2008
Good combination of ingredients but for our taste it needed a little more. I added half a cup of canned mushrooms and 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes. I only used a 16ounce can of red tomatoes and didn't add the red cherry pepper (didn't have any!) The biggest improvement for me was that I blended the veggies in a blender after cooking. (Just a bit!) This made it much creamier and smoother. (Plus my kids didn't pick out the chunks of veggies!) I also added a whole cup (rather than a 1/2) of heavy cream as another reviewer wrote. I also boiled the chicken in chicken broth to cook it (juicier) and then cut it up and added it to the sauce to simmer for 30 minutes. Yummo! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/14/2008
I was so excited to see a chicken riggies recipe here! i'm from CNY but now live in Northern California. This was great I couldn't find all the ingredients so I had to make substitutions; still was delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2008
Yum! It's about time I got some home cookin! I added more cream and doctored it with some red pepper flakes and it was awesome my family loves it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/08/2013
Of all the Riggie recipes on Allecipes this one is the closest to the traditional NY recipe. My husband is from Mohawk NY near Utica and this is one of his favorite all time meals. I did make a few changes so that it was more like his sisters recipe. For the peppers I used 3 jalapenos 1 habanero pepper and 3 teaspoons of Asian chili garlic sauce (for all of you who thought this needed a kick you should try adding the chili garlic sauce it makes any dish pop!). I also added a small can of black olives a small can of mushrooms (you could use fresh) and I increased the the cream to 1 cup (to save calories you could use milk). The key to this recipe is letting it simmer before adding the rigatoni and cream. Just let everything else simmer on low covered in the pan for about 1 - 1 1/2 hours. This makes everything soft and flavorful. Them after an hour or so add the cream let simmer for 10 minuets. Then cook your rigatoni. Then add the sauce to the cooked rigatoni. Stir well and serve. It's even better the next day after the sauce has absorbed into the rigatoni. Delicious! My Upstate New York Husband loved it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2011
I loved this recipe... I had added some things but it went well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2010
Excellent! We are from Central NY and this is as good as any restaurant there! Great for an informal dinner party and easy to modify if you like. Used some beautiful white pasta bowls and served it with crusty bread. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/16/2013
this recipe is one of the better riggie recipes i have tasted but if you omitt the chicken and add sausage want a flavor kick to an old favorite Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/25/2011
I live about an hour from Utica and this is a central new york MUST at all events and get together's. This is the Classic Chicken Riggies recipe that we all know and LOVE!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/17/2012
EXCELLENT! The only thing I did differently was to use a jar of pasta sauce in place of the crushed tomatoes...PERFECT! This was very easy to make and the taste was amazing. I will be using this recipe often YUM! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/29/2008
I took the other reviewers advice by doubling the cream and sticking the tomato/red pepper mixture in the food processor. I didn't have any hot cherry or cubanelle peppers so that may account for the lack of flavor. The recipe was OK but nothing great...definitely needs more flavor. Read More
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