Saturday, February 6, 2016

Getting Ready for the Superbowl

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. Must be delicious..the boys must lookforward to this dish..

  2. I can vouch that Debbie's Chicken Riggies are delicious! I make half a batch every couple of months...serve them with a salad and crusty bread.

  3. I would love to sink a fork into that plate, Debbie, and thank you for sharing your recipe! I need to make this for my boys :) They are pasta hounds :)

  4. I can vouch, like Marigene, and say what I great meal this is, Debbie! Isn't it nice to know that a little piece of you has spread around blogland with your famous Chicken Riggies?! I must make this again soon, as I have all the ingredients.
    Happy weekend to you and Joe!

  5. Debbie, I am passing this on to my son, on his own now in the real world of Boston and just learning to cook after a long day at work! He will LOVE it! Thanks for sharing this easy and yummy sounding recipe! Linda

  6. Yum, Yum, I order these often when we eat at Rico's - one of my fav's!!

  7. I've written Chicken Riggies on my inspiration board! We'll be having them soon for Sunday dinner-enjoy the game:@)

  8. We have a version of this and it is the perfect game dish. Enjoy the game fun………….

  9. I hope soon to be able to vouch that Debbie's Chicken Riggies are sooo good. I want to try them. I think I would love the peppers in this dish! Joni


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