Friday, January 29, 2021

Chicken Riggies for the Superbowl


This is a dish that we always served when our hungry sons joined 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 the Superbowl.

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 sliced peppers that come in a jar (or we have used fresh green peppers chopped) 
3 slices hot cherry pepper rings (this adds a little heat to it) 

Sauté above ingredients for about 30 minutes.

Add:
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!
Debbie

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..

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    1. I can't believe I haven't made these in almost a year :-( We used to have company for dinner all the time, but I will make these for Joe for the Superbowl.

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  2. Debbie if you don’t have the hot pepper rings, can you substitute a little hot sauce?
    Looks delicious.

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    1. Susan, I use red pepper flakes to kick it up a notch. Or you can use a little hot sauce. If you like them mild, skip the hot pepper. Enjoy!

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  3. LOL I love the quote. This is the first time I've heard of chicken riggies, and it sounds (and looks!) delish! It's fun to read about regional favorites. Have a relaxing weekend!

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    1. I think the quote is adorable. I have a feeling you would enjoy these riggies very much. Hope you're having a relaxing weekend!

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  4. I have been making your delicious recipe for many years, since GW or GB days, before I ever started blogging!

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    1. I remember when you told me you made them! Over the years, I reflect back on GW and GB and wonder where the years have gone. Nice to hear from you!

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  5. One of my favorite meals! I like a little cream in the sauce!

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    1. Cream in the sauce is very popular! Joe won't eat cream. LOL

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  6. Chicken Riggies is such a cute name! Sounds wonderful!

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  7. This sounds yummy. Please describe those peppers to me. Are they the roasted pepper strips that come in little glass jars? Also, would it be easy to half this recipe?

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    1. Hi Susan, I texted you a photo of the jar of peppers. They are called Sweet Pepper slices, and there are red and green in the jar. They are regular peppers that come in a brine, and you can substitute fresh green peppers if you wish. I typically make half the recipe for Joe and I. What I do is make the entire recipe of the sauce, and freeze half of it. Then just cook as much pasta as you would like which is half (or less). Hope that helps.

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  8. I've never heard of Chicken Riggies but it sure looks delicious. I make a similar pasta casserole, just no chicken. Happy February Deb..........

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    1. I'm sure your pasta casserole is wonderful Emily! Happy February.

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  9. I really need to make your chicken riggies, Debbie. I read in the comments about adding some crushed red peppers, and then in your recipe, that you can use chopped green peppers. Thank you for sharing again! 😘

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    1. Let me know if you make them Kitty. Any questions, just text me.

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  10. Those of us in Wisconsin are still sad that the Packers aren't in the Superbowl, but at least we can relax and watch the game, eat delicious food like this, and not be on edge :)

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    1. For me, it’s all about the food this year too :-)

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  11. Wonderful recipe Debbbie. I made the Chicken Riggies for dinner. We loved it. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe.

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    1. I’m glad you tried the riggies Linda. Thank you.

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