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One-Pot Spicy Chicken Riggies

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One-Pot Spicy Chicken Riggies AKA Utica Chicken Riggies has the right amount of heat in a rich and creamy cheesy sauce that is on top of Al dente rigatoni pasta with chicken, and tender vegetables.

chicken riggies

I’m from central New York, and I’m serious about my chicken riggies. Riggies are a local specialty dish, and you can find them at almost every restaurant in the area. We even have competitions to see who makes the best riggies this is Riggie Wars where local restaurants compete to see who makes the best riggies.

You can also find my recipe for Instant Pot Utica Chicken Riggies.

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What is Utica Chicken Riggies?

Utica Chicken Riggies is an Italian-American rigatoni pasta dish that is made in Utica, New York. There are many variations to this dish but the basic recipe is with chicken, cherry peppers, a tomato sauce with spices, heavy cream, and cheese.

The Original Recipe is from a chef at Chesterfields Restaurant In Utica NY.

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Why You Will Love Chicken Riggies

  • One-Pot Meal. This dish comes together very easily.
  • Creamy, Cheesy, and Spicy.
  • You can control the amount of heat in each dish.
  • A new way to have pasta night.
Riggie Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • Chicken breast
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • Italian seasoning
  • crushed red pepper flakes
  • Onion
  • Green bell pepper
  • Red bell pepper
  • Baby Bella mushrooms
  • Hot cherry peppers
  • garlic
  • red wine, cabernet
  • chicken bouillon paste
  • tomato sauce
  • heavy cream
  • grated parmesan cheese
  • Rigatoni pasta
  • Parmesan cheese and parsley for garnish
Chicken Riggies in a bowl

Step by Step Chicken Riggies Recipe:

  • In a large pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat add the olive oil, chicken breast, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and crushed red pepper.
Olive Oil chicken and spices in large pot

  • Cook until no longer pink on the outside. About 5 minutes. 
  • To the pot or dutch oven and the onion, bell peppers, mushrooms and cherry peppers and cook until softened, about 5-7 minutes.
Add Onions Peppers cherry peppers mushrooms

  • Add the minced garlic and red wine and cook for another 5 minutes.
Add Red Wine

  • Add the chicken bouillon paste, tomato sauce, and heavy cream.
Add Heavy Cream and Tomato Sauce
  • Stir until incorporated and bring to a boil.
  • Turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.
Bring riggie sauce pot to a boil
  • Add the grated parmesan cheese and stir until fully incorporated and slightly thickened. 
Add Parmesan Cheese

  • Add the cooked pasta and mix.

Add Al dente rigatoni
  • Put in a serving dish and garnish with Romano cheese or grated parmesan cheese and chopped fresh parsley.
Utica Chicken Riggies in large pot

Chef Tips and Tricks

  • Chicken stock can be substituted for the paste. Use 1 cup of strong chicken stock and use 1 cup of tomato sauce and 1 cup of heavy cream instead. 
  • For a more spicy pasta add more cherry peppers and crushed red pepper flakes.
  • For a more mild pasta omit the crushed red pepper flakes.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to store leftovers

Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

How To Freeze Leftovers

You can freeze in an air-tight container for up to 3 months.

How To Reheat

You can reheat chicken riggies in the microwave for 1 minute or on the stovetop over medium-low heat for 5 minutes stirring frequently.

Can I use Jarred Sauce in Chicken Riggies?

You can use jarred sauce but it’s cheaper and easier to use crushed tomatoes or tomato puree.

More Recipes from Utica:

Utica Chicken Riggies

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One-Pot Spicy Chicken Riggies

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

One-Pot Spicy Chicken Riggies AKA Utica Chicken Riggies has the right amount of heat in a rich and creamy cheesy sauce that is on top of Al dente rigatoni pasta with chicken, and tender vegetables.

Ingredients

  • 3 Chicken breast, sliced (about 2lbs)
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon italian seasoning
  • 1 Teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 Onion, sliced
  • 1 Green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 Red bell pepper, sliced
  • 6oz Baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 Hot cherry peppers, chopped
  • 3 Cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ Cup red wine, cabernet
  • 2 Tablespoons chicken bouillon paste
  • 1 ½ Cups tomato sauce
  • 1 ½ Cups heavy cream
  • 1 ½ Cups grated parmesan cheese
  • 1lb Rigatoni pasta, cooked and drained
  • Parmesan cheese and parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat add the olive oil, chicken breast, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and crushed red pepper. Cook until no longer pink on the outside. About 5 minutes. Olive Oil chicken and spices in large pot
  2. To the pot or dutch oven and the onion, bell peppers, mushrooms, and cherry peppers and cook until softened, about 5-7 minutes.Add Onions Peppers cherry peppers mushrooms
  3. Add the minced garlic and red wine and cook for another 5 minutes.Add Red Wine
  4. Add the chicken bouillon paste, tomato sauce, and heavy cream.Add Heavy Cream and Tomato Sauce
  5. Stir until incorporated and bring to a boil. Bring riggie sauce pot to a boil
  6. Turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes.
  7. Add the grated parmesan cheese and stir until fully incorporated and slightly thickened. Add Parmesan Cheese
  8. Add the cooked rigatoni and mix. Add Al dente rigatoni
  9. Put in a serving dish and garnish with grated parmesan cheese and chopped fresh parsley.Utica Chicken Riggies in large pot

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 526Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 106mgSodium: 1768mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 27g

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