One-Pot Spicy Chicken + Rigatoni

by Amy on 11 November 2014

One-Pot Spicy Chicken + RigatoniOf all the recipes on my blog, some of the most popular are the one-pot pasta meals, like this and this. I’m not surprised that y’all love one-pot meals as much as I do! They’re usually simple to make, they tend to make enough for dinner PLUS provide awesome leftovers, and of course, there’s only one pot to clean at the end. I’ve recently added a new one-pot pasta to our dinner rotation – this AMAZING Spicy Chicken + Rigatoni – and I think it officially holds the spot as my current favorite one-pot meal. I know my husband thinks so, since he requests it for dinner weekly. =)

It is SO wonderfully delicious, bursting with bright, complex flavors, and surprisingly (considering how flavorful it is), it’s actually pretty easy to make! You start by sauteeing onion, garlic, roasted red peppers, + hot cherry peppers, then add in chicken, tomatoes, broth, seasonings, + pasta. Everything simmers together until the pasta is al dente, then you add in parmesan cheese, cream, + basil. The result is a wonderful combination of tender chicken + perfectly-cooked pasta, in a divine spicy, creamy, cheesy, roasted red pepper-and-tomato sauce. While it has some good spicy heat, it’s mellowed significantly by the cream + cheese in the sauce, so I took a chance and let my toddler eat it, too. I wondered if the spice might be too much for her, but she LOVED it! If you do have spicy-averse diners, you can make this milder by reducing the cherry peppers to just 2 or 3. However you tweak it to make it perfect for your household, I hope you love it as much as we do!

One-Pot Spicy Chicken + Rigatoni

One-Pot Spicy Chicken + Rigatoni

serves 6, adapted from Host The Toast


2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1.5 lbs chicken breast, cooked + shredded
2 large roasted red peppers, diced
6 cherry peppers, de-seeded + diced (I used DeLallo Tri-Color Pepperazzi peppers, found in the Italian section of my local grocery store)
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
4 cups chicken (or vegetable) broth
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 lb rigatoni (or other short pasta)
1 cup Parmesan cheese (plus extra for serving)
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons fresh basil (plus extra for serving)
Crushed red pepper flakes, (optional, for serving)


In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat and add in the onion. Saute for 5-7 minutes, until onion is translucent. Add the garlic, roasted red peppers + hot cherry pepper, and saute for 2 additional minutes, until the garlic is fragrant. Add in the shredded chicken and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes, until it is incorporated completely with the onions, garlic, and peppers. Add in the crushed tomatoes, broth, salt, + pepper, and stir everything to combine well. Bring to a boil, then add in the pasta, stirring to combine. Reduce heat to a simmer. Cook, stirring often, until the pasta is cooked al dente, about 15-20 minutes.

Reduce heat to low + add in the heavy cream, basil, + Parmesan cheese. Simmer for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cheese is melted. Add more salt + pepper if needed, to taste. Serve hot, topped with chopped basil, extra parmesan cheese, + red pepper flakes for extra spicyness, if desired!

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1 Caitlin November 11, 2014 at 7:17 am

This looks delicious! We love spicy around our house and my husband complains I don’t make pasta enough, so I think I’ll give this a shot. And he’ll be happy there’s only one pot to clean :)

2 danielle November 11, 2014 at 7:33 am

I love the cherry peppers in here – I bet this dish is delicious! I just posted a one pot pasta dish too – great minds :)

3 amy November 11, 2014 at 7:52 am

This was my first time cooking with cherry peppers and I LOVED them! Off to check out your one-pot pasta, too! =)

4 Kathryn November 11, 2014 at 8:37 am

I love the sound of this! I can definitely see this going into our dinner rotation, the flavours sound amazing!

5 Amy (Savory Moments) November 11, 2014 at 10:45 am

I love one-pot meals and this one looks delicious! I really like all the peppers in it.

6 Beth November 11, 2014 at 2:59 pm

This looks delicious, Amy. One-pot dinners are the best!

7 ATasteOfMadness November 11, 2014 at 10:12 pm

I love one pot meals! Because I don’t like doing dishes that much…

8 sarah k @ the pajama chef November 12, 2014 at 3:02 pm

sounds awesome! i still have to try a one pot pasta dish. yours always look amazing!

9 Anna (Hidden Ponies) November 12, 2014 at 6:21 pm

I’ve never used hot cherry peppers – sounds amazing! I’m trying one pot pasta for this first time tonight (finally!) and can’t wait to eat it :)

10 Nancy November 12, 2014 at 7:30 pm

I’ve got this on the stove cooking as I write and it smells wonderful. I love the idea of cooking pasta this way and have never tried it. Thanks for sharing. BTW, I’m using farfalle noodles.

11 amy November 12, 2014 at 7:34 pm

I just made it again a couple nights ago, so I know that wonderful smell that you’re smelling. =) Do report back how it goes! The farfalle may not take as long as to cook as the rigtaoni, so keep an eye on it not to overcook! =) Report back how it goes!

12 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie November 12, 2014 at 8:38 pm

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen cherry peppers but I’d love to get my hands on them to make this! Some of my most popular recipes on my blog are also the easier/less messy ones to make. Maybe I should take a hint 😛

13 amy November 12, 2014 at 9:13 pm

I had never cooked with cherry peppers (or noticed them in the grocery store, honestly) before making this, Erin + Anna! I found them really easily – in the ‘gourmet’ italian section of our local Kroger grocery, where the gnocchi / tomato paste / anchovy paste / fancy-shaped pasta is. I also found some other ones in the section where the pickles and condiments are. They were fantastic and gave such a great flavor and heat to the meal!

14 marcela November 13, 2014 at 3:19 am

Oh! Your spicy chicken rigatoni looks delicious! I totally love spicy tastes, so it’s definitely a dish for me! I can’t wait to give this recipe a try!

15 Kumar's Kitchen November 13, 2014 at 7:56 am

we are absolute fans of your one pot pasta treats…they are always a hit and save so much time when in a rush,thanks for this recipe…it is so going to be another favorite at home :-)

16 Nancy November 13, 2014 at 10:55 am

The farfalle was superb and so was this dish! Thank you for sharing! The farfalle actually took longer so it was at the 20 min mark before I added the cream and cheese. Anyone using farfalle definitely needs to check it after 15 min and you probably need more time.You wouldn’t have a great recipe for one pot chicken stroganoff would you?

17 amy November 13, 2014 at 1:33 pm

I am SO thrilled you loved it, Nancy! And thanks for the info on the cooking time for farfalle – that’ll be helpful for others! I don’t have a one-pot chicken stroganoff recipe, but I’d love one, too! Let me do some searching and see if any of my other blog friends have a recipe!

18 amy November 13, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Update, Nancy – I haven’t found a great one-pot chicken stronganoff recipe for you, unfortunately. =/ Maybe that means I need to create a version of my own, and share it here? =)

19 Kelly November 13, 2014 at 10:47 pm

This looks absolutely amazing!!! I love one pot meals, they’re perfect for less clean up. I can totally see why they are so popular too, I am always drooling over your dishes! Love the cherry peppers and roasted red peppers in here too – all that flavor action is just making me drool!

20 john holm@cheap surveillance camera November 15, 2014 at 12:55 am

I have to try your recipe Amy, it seems kids will love it! Btw, I just found your blog and I will definitely visit here often, keep those recipes coming :)

21 amy November 15, 2014 at 1:08 am

Will do, John! Hope your kids love it. =)

22 marcela November 15, 2014 at 5:36 am

Wow! I totally adore your spicy chicken rigatoni!

23 easyfoodsmith November 16, 2014 at 12:00 pm

My pasta crazy daughter is going to love this!

24 Dedy@Dentist Chef November 16, 2014 at 9:36 pm

Damn delciious!!!
just perfect meals to starting a day…..

25 Choc Chip Uru November 19, 2014 at 11:51 pm

That is such a vibrant and inviting summery dish 😀

Choc Chip Uru

26 plasterer bristol January 13, 2015 at 4:55 am

oh wow, this looks and sounds delicious, thanks for sharing this recipe.


27 amy January 13, 2015 at 1:56 pm

Thank you so much, Simon! Hope you love it if you try it! Cheers. =)

28 Kayla February 27, 2015 at 1:47 pm

I just made this last night and it is absolutely delicious! 6 cherry peppers does add quick a kick- and I do love heat, but I might only use 4-5 next time. Is this a rendition of Utica Riggies from NY?

29 amy February 27, 2015 at 1:57 pm

Thanks for the feedback, Kayla! And yes, this is a rendition of “Utica Riggies” – I’ve never been been to the Utica-Rome area but I’ve heard of Chicken Riggies from friends from there, and it is TOTALLY my type of meal. I hope to one day get up to that part of NY to try it! =)

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What a delicious pasta recipe, love the results!

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