Chicken Arrabbiata Recipe

Spicy Chicken Arrabbiata with Penne Pasta
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Get ready to enjoy the spicy and delicious Chicken Arrabbiata recipe! This dish combines tender chicken with a zesty tomato sauce and penne pasta, making it perfect for anyone who loves a bit of heat in their meals. With aromatic herbs and a kick from red pepper flakes, this recipe is sure to become a favourite at your dinner table.


Did you know that “Arrabbiata” means “angry” in Italian? This funny name refers to the spiciness of the sauce. Chicken Arrabbiata comes from the Lazio region of Italy, where it’s been enjoyed for many years. Traditionally made with penne pasta, this dish captures the bold and spicy flavours of Italian cooking.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Chicken Arrabbiata with a fresh green salad to cool down the heat. A simple arugula salad with a lemon vinaigrette or a classic Caesar salad works well. For a heartier meal, pair it with garlic bread or roasted vegetables like zucchini, bell peppers, or asparagus. Garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of basil and parsley for extra colour and flavour.

Storing Instructions

Keep any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. For longer storage, freeze the dish in a freezer-safe container for up to three months. To keep the best texture, store the sauce and pasta separately when freezing.

Reheating Instructions

To reheat, preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F). Put the Chicken Arrabbiata in an oven-safe dish, cover with foil, and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until it’s hot. You can also reheat it on the stovetop over medium heat, stirring occasionally. If the sauce is too thick, add a splash of chicken broth or water.


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How to Make Chicken Arrabbiata Recipe

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Chicken Arrabbiata Recipe

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 15 mins Cook Time 30 mins Total Time 45 mins
Cooking Temp: 180  °C Servings: 4 Calories: 640 kcal per serving
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Enjoy a bold and zesty meal with this Spicy Chicken Arrabbiata recipe! Tender chicken cubes are cooked in a fiery tomato sauce, then tossed with penne pasta and garnished with fresh herbs and Parmesan cheese. This dish is perfect for spice lovers and brings a taste of Italy to your table.


For the Chicken:

For the Sauce:

For the Pasta:


Prepare the Chicken:

  1. Heat

    Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

  2. Season

    Season the chicken cubes with salt and pepper.

  3. Add the chicken

    Add the chicken to the skillet and cook until browned on all sides, about 5-7 minutes. Remove the chicken and set aside.

Make the Sauce:

  1. Heat the oil

    In the same skillet, add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil.

  2. Cook the onion

    Add the chopped onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

  3. Add garlic and spices

    Stir in the minced garlic and red pepper flakes, cooking for another 30 seconds until fragrant.

  4. Add tomatoes and seasonings

    Add the canned tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, and sugar (if using). Stir to combine.

  5. Simmer the sauce

    Pour in the chicken broth and bring the sauce to a simmer. Let it cook for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens.

Cook the Pasta:

  1. Boil the water

    While the sauce simmers, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

  2. Cook the pasta

    Add the penne pasta and cook according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.

Combine and Serve:

  1. Add the chicken

    Return the cooked chicken to the skillet with the sauce and let it simmer for an additional 5 minutes to ensure the chicken is cooked through.

  2. Combine with pasta

    Toss the cooked penne pasta with the sauce until well coated.

  3. Serve

    Serve the Chicken Arrabbiata hot, garnished with fresh basil, parsley, and grated Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 640kcal
Calories from Fat 135kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g24%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 95mg32%
Sodium 670mg28%
Potassium 1200mg35%
Total Carbohydrate 83g28%
Dietary Fiber 6.5g26%
Sugars 13g
Protein 40g80%

Vitamin A 1500 IU
Vitamin C 25 mg
Calcium 200 mg
Iron 3.5 mg
Vitamin E 2.5 IU
Vitamin K 40 mcg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


  • Adjust the amount of red pepper flakes to control the spiciness.
  • If you prefer a thicker sauce, let it simmer for a few extra minutes.
  • Fresh basil and parsley add a burst of flavour and colour to the dish.
  • Grating your own Parmesan cheese will give you a fresher taste compared to pre-grated options.
  • This dish can be made ahead and reheated, making it perfect for meal prep.
  • For a vegetarian version, substitute chicken with tofu or additional vegetables.
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