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Spicy Chicken Riggies

This spicy chicken riggies (rigatoni) is a true comfort food – warm, hearty and brings the whole family to the dinner table. Quick & easy too!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 596kcal
AUTHOR Neli Howard | Delicious Meets Healthy


  • 16 oz gluten free rigatoni
  • 1.5 lbs chicken boneless, skinless breasts, cut into 1" pieces
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 pickled hot cherry peppers, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 24 oz pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp fresh basil, for garnish


  • Boil rigatoni pasta according to package instructions.
  • Season chicken with salt, black pepper, garlic, and paprika. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, and cook chicken until cooked through, about 6-7 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate.
  • Heat remaining 1 Tbsp olive in the same skillet, and add sliced bell peppers, cherry peppers, onion, and garlic. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook for 4-5 minutes until vegetables have softened.
  • Add cooked chicken, cooked pasta, pasta sauce, heavy whipping cream to the skillet and toss to combine. Add some red pepper flakes if you want to make it more spicy.
  • Serve topped with chopped fresh basil and parmesan cheese. Enjoy!


  • Cook the pasta al dente. It will continue to cook after you have drained it and when it is added back into the sauce.
  • To save on even more time, you can use pre-cooked chicken. Chicken thighs will also work if that's what you have.
  • If you are sensitive to heat, you can omit the pickled hot cherry peppers and red pepper flakes.


Nutrition Facts
Spicy Chicken Riggies
Amount Per Serving (274 g)
Calories 596 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 105mg35%
Sodium 1069mg45%
Potassium 1054mg30%
Carbohydrates 67g22%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 39g78%
Vitamin A 1695IU34%
Vitamin C 36.5mg44%
Calcium 154mg15%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
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