Spicy Chicken Rigatoni


A few weeks ago, we were really craving pasta and I wanted something quick and easy since it was a weeknight. I mean, who doesn’t love pasta? While this isn’t the “healthiest” meal idea i have ever posted…it was certainly delicious. It is all about portions and balance, people!


What You Need:

chicken breasts (I used rotisserie chicken because it is easy!! I just pulled off the white meat and boom. Done.)

1 box of rigatoni noodles

2 teaspoons crushed red pepper

2 teaspoons of minced garlic

pinch of salt

pink of black pepper (a pinch is about 1/8 teaspoon)

1 cup marinara sauce

3/4 cup Alfredo sauce

olive oil

What You Do:

1. Cook noodles according to package instructions

2. Heat oil in a pan on medium heat.

3. Add red pepper, black pepper, salt and garlic. Let heat for about one minute.

4. Add chicken and saute to coat/flavor the meat.


5. Add marinara and Alfredo sauce and bring to a simmer. Make sure to cook long enough for the sauce to thicken some and the chicken to be heated through.



6. Turn off heat, toss cooked rigatoni noodles to mix.


Notes: You can garnish this with a little extra red pepper on top. The dish certainly has a kick to it, you could make it without the red pepper…then garnish with red pepper at the end for only the people who like spice. Also, feel free to add some vegetables to this if you like. I think peas or green beans would taste delicious. Or even some pancetta.

We have made this recipe twice now, and the first time I made it as above the second time I only added red pepper to my dish, as it was too spicy for Chris the first time.

I sprinkled a little Italian cheese mixture over top and served it with a slice homemade garlic bread.



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  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph May 20, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Rigatoni is my favorite pasta. Just some trivia for you.

    Using rotisserie chicken rules, especially for weeknight cooking.

  • Reply Kristen May 20, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    ummmm yum. i am spicy intolerant, haha so i would make this without spice fo shiz. but it looks so yum, i love the idea of using rotisserie chicken. i am intrigued to think of some more veggies that would go well.

  • Reply Jessi May 20, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Ahhh, my pre-paleo self is drooling.

  • Reply Kateri Von Steal May 20, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Looks tasty!

    As often as I try to be “healthy” with the eating.. every once in a while something has to give.
    If it’s an unhealthy meal.. it’s a healthy portion size? Ya’know?

    Like on Sunday, when I made Curry Cheese Fries… hahahaha

  • Reply Ashley May 20, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Yum – this looks delicious! My husband would love this, so I’ll definitely be giving it a try!

  • Reply Amanda May 20, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    This sounds yummy! And very easy to make vegetarian! 😀

  • Reply Meredith May 20, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Mmmmm my mouth is watering! Chicken + pasta + spicy = perfection.

  • Reply Meegan May 20, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Yum! I just ate breakfast and I am now drooling. I love spicy things!

  • Reply Lindsay | Broke and Bougie May 20, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Yum!! Gonna have to try this when my stove works again!

  • Reply Girl Brooks May 20, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    I would be doing a 21 Day Fix when you post this cause it looks SO freaking good!

  • Reply brooke lyn May 20, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    rumor has it there are even quinoa made pasta !! i need to try this out

  • Reply Kerry May 20, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    This sounds delicious! I love that it is pasta sauce and alfredo sauce!

  • Reply kathy@vodka and soda May 20, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    i don’t care what anyone says; pasta isn’t the devil. eat it in moderation, eat whole wheat pasta and always eat with protein. never feel guilty. i just had pasta for lunch and it was YUM!!! not even sorry either.

    Vodka and Soda

  • Reply Brews and Tunes May 20, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    I can say this is a very good meal 🙂 One of my favorite ones Nadine has made!

  • Reply Laura May 20, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    That looks incredible. Please have this prepared when I just happen to stop by!! 🙂

  • Reply Jana @ The Townhouse Pioneer May 21, 2014 at 1:40 am

    I have chicken thawed in my fridge that I didn’t know what to do with. I do now. This look so. Damn. Good.

  • Reply Duckie May 21, 2014 at 2:06 am

    Omg that looks sooooo good! I’m a big fan of pasta and an even bigger fan of easy and quick recipes! Definitely adding this to my list of things to make!

  • Reply Morgan May 21, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Yum!! I could seriously eat pasta for every single meal, every single day. I mean, I would weigh a billion pounds if I did so, but I could.

  • Reply Stephanie May 21, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    I love spicy anything, I definitely have to try this!

  • Reply Jezz Dallas May 24, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Great now I am totally hungry and want pasta….this looks so yummy!!!!!


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