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Spicy Chicken Rigatoni (Chicken Riggies)

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"A popular dish in upstate New York, where my boyfriend is from. It's a spicy chicken and tomato-based sauce ladled over fat rigatoni pasta. Not for the meek who are afraid of heat!"
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1 h servings 505
Original recipe yields 6 servings (6 to 8 cups)


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  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook rigatoni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until tender yet firm to the bite, about 13 minutes. Drain.
  2. Heat butter and oil together in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and shallot to the skillet; cook and stir until fragrant and shallots are translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Add chicken; cook and stir until it is no longer pink and the internal temperature reads at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C), about 5 minutes.
  3. Mix cherry peppers into chicken mixture; cook until soft, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce; mix thoroughly. Lower heat to medium and simmer, 7 to 10 minutes.
  4. Pour sherry into tomato sauce mixture; simmer, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Pour in milk and simmer, about 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and mix in torn basil leaves. Spoon tomato sauce over pasta to serve.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Boneless chicken breasts can be used instead of chicken thighs.
  • Substitute a 6-ounce jar of cherry peppers, drained and rinsed, for the fresh peppers, if desired.
  • Use 1/4 cup cream instead of the milk, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 505 calories; 16.7 67.9 22.8 52 542 Full nutrition

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