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Chef John's Chicken Riggies

Rated as 4.79 out of 5 Stars

"This results in a sauce that seems much richer than it actually is, and I think you'll love the subtle sweetness the wine imparts, which works wonderfully with the heat from the peppers."
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1 h 35 m servings 1051
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir sausage, mushrooms, onions, salt, and black pepper in hot oil until vegetables are softened and sausage is browned, 6 to 7 minutes.
  2. Stir chopped chicken to sausage mixture; cook and stir over medium-high heat until browned, about 5 minutes. Pour in wine and cook, stirring to remove any browned bits off the bottom of the pan, until most of the wine is evaporated, 2 to 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, chicken broth, and cream; simmer for 30 minutes. If needed, add water to create a thick sauce.
  3. Stir peppers, olives, and garlic into sauce. Continue to simmer until thickened, 15 to 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste and stir in parsley.
  4. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook rigatoni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until nearly cooked, about 11 minutes. Drain.
  5. Combine sauce and cooked pasta, stir in cheese, cover and set aside until pasta has absorbed the sauce, 1 to 2 minutes.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Any jarred or fresh peppers will work, but cherry peppers are a good choice.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 1051 calories; 41 110.2 56.4 167 1002 Full nutrition

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I have never made a bad recipe from Chef John but this one is insanely good! I used more italian sausage and less chicken but only because thats what I had. My husband raved about this dish. I w...

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I figured I would try this recipe to switch my usual riggie recipe up a bit, figured the sausage and Marsala wine would be an interesting twist. Boy, was I wrong. The sausage overpowers everythi...

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I have never made a bad recipe from Chef John but this one is insanely good! I used more italian sausage and less chicken but only because thats what I had. My husband raved about this dish. I w...

I RARELY give a 5 star rating. I'm not a picky person but to me 5 star signifies top restaurant quality, and THIS dish does that. I was searching for a chicken based pasta dish that was not the ...

Very good overall with excellent flavor. We followed the recipe as written since we’ve not eaten chicken riggies before and wanted to taste something resembling the local version (an image searc...

i am a prepper. I prep all the ingredients and then start cooking. I didn't have marsala so I used white wine and therefore got the wine and the water mixed up and put the water in when the wi...

Fantastic Recipe. I slightly changed it b/c I don't like mushrooms or olives, so I added a jalapeno & half a red & green bell pepper. Extremely tasty.

Really good, and the leftovers were excellent too. Chef John tends to season a little hotter than my family likes, but easy enough to add a little less hot peppers and I also used mild italian ...

I am from Central NY (Syracuse, specifically) and Chicken Riggies is something my family makes every time I am home, because as Chef John says, you don't see this on a menu anywhere else. This ...

Chef John does it again. Awesome dish. Family loved it. I made it as written and used some of my peppers/chilis in my garden.

OMG...I never made this dish before nor did I ever hear of it but after watching the video and just loving all of Chef John's recipes and my success with them, I thought well, sounds good, let's...