Chicken Riggies


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

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 1 (16 ounce) package rigatoni pasta

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 ½ pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut in bite-sized pieces

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 2 Cubanelle peppers, seeded and thinly sliced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

  • 3 roasted red peppers, drained and chopped

  • 2 hot cherry peppers, seeded and minced

  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. Stir in pasta, then garnish with Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

614 Calories
21g Fat
71g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 614
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 92mg 31%
Sodium 576mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 71g 26%
Dietary Fiber 7g 23%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 52mg 259%
Calcium 171mg 13%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 760mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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