Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Chicken Riggies

This is a dish that we serve when our hungry sons join us for dinner. It is a local favorite, and I was reminded how popular it is when they offered it at a cooking presentation at the New York State Fair. There are many versions, but the main difference is some add cream to their sauce and we don't. In Central New York, this dish can be found on every Italian restaurant menu. It's a quick and easy meal, and perfect for a crowd.

My chicken riggies are drenched in a red tomato-based sauce with sweet and hot peppers. Others have a chunky tomato sauce, red and green peppers, mushroom, olives, cream and prosciutto. Some recipes are never revealed, but I am happy to share ours. I have shared this recipe with many, many people over the years. 

What is a Riggie?  Just read on....

Chicken Riggies

1 stick butter, melted
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
About 20 oz. of sweet peppers in the jar (sliced with seeds removed) 
3 slices hot cherry pepper rings (this adds a little heat to it) 

Sauté above ingredients for about 30 minutes.

1 cup Parmigiano cheese
2 lbs. boneless chicken breast, cubed
1 can chicken broth
1 can tomato sauce (15 oz)

Simmer for 20-30 more minutes.

Pour sauce over 1 1/2 boxes of cooked Rigatoni pasta. Serve with fresh Italian bread. 

Bon Appetit!


  1. This is one of our favorite recipes you shared with me and I just searched your blog last week for it after I lost the copy you gave me several years ago! I bought all the ingredients from memory and was going to email you. I can't wait to serve this to J & S tonight :)

  2. I LOVE this...anytime we are at a local Italian recipe, that is what I have - especially from Ricos in E Syracuse!

  3. Looks delicious, Debbie. I have had this recipe in my to try stack for ages, maybe it is time to give it a test drive!

  4. Love the recipe, only I don't like butter but I can substitute some evoo, I think. Yours looks very delicious. I never knew there was a nickname for rigatoni lol. xo

  5. I get it know - riggitoni pasta :) It sounds delicious, Debbie, and perfect for hungry appetites.

  6. That is my kind of food! Pasta dishes are so delicious, filling and usually not so expensive. Your recipe sounds like a very good one. Thanks.------- Shannon


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