Spicy and Creamy Chicken Rigatoni Recipe

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Vincent Published: February 12, 2021 Modified: May 31, 2021

How To Make Spicy and Creamy Chicken Rigatoni

Whip up a filling meal with this chicken rigatoni recipe! It’s made with al dente pasta, tossed with a creamy marinara sauce with a bit of a kick.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 45 minutes
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes



  • 2tbspextra virgin olive oil
  • ½cupyellow onion,chopped
  • 4garlic cloves,minced
  • 28oztomatoes,(1 can), crushed
  • tbspfresh basil,chopped
  • tspfresh rosemary,chopped
  • 1tspfresh thyme,chopped
  • 3tspred pepper flakes,crushed, to taste
  • ½tspgranulated sugar
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper,to taste
  • 1lbrigatoni pasta
  • 2tbspbutter
  • 2tbspall purpose flour
  • cupshalf and half
  • 3ozparmesan cheese,finely shredded, plus more for topping
  • 3cupschicken breast,boneless skinless, cooked, diced into small strips
  • ¾cupbaby peas,cooked


  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.

  2. Once the oil is hot, add the onion and sauté for about 4 minutes until tender, adding in garlic during the last 30 seconds of sautéing.

  3. Add in crushed tomatoes, fresh basil, fresh rosemary, fresh thyme, red pepper flakes, sugar and season with salt and pepper to taste.

  4. Bring the mixture just to a bubble, then reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until thickened slightly.

  5. Cook the pasta to al dente according to directions listed on package.

  6. In a separate medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, whisking constantly, for 1 minute.

  7. While whisking, slowly pour in the half and half. Bring the mixture just to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in parmesan cheese, then season with salt and pepper to taste.

  8. Pour the creamy white sauce into red sauce, then stir to blend. Drain the cooked pasta, return to the pot along with the cooked chicken, then toss with the sauce mixture.

  9. Place over low heat and let cook for several minutes, allowing the sauce time to absorb into the noodles.

  10. Serve warm garnished with peas, additional parmesan and more red pepper flakes, and enjoy!


  • Calories: 632.55kcal
  • Fat: 26.56g
  • Saturated Fat: 11.15g
  • Trans Fat: 0.23g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 10.17g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.23g
  • Carbohydrates: 61.26g
  • Fiber: 4.44g
  • Sugar: 8.30g
  • Protein: 36.57g
  • Cholesterol: 98.16mg
  • Sodium: 864.54mg
  • Calcium: 252.67mg
  • Potassium: 775.26mg
  • Iron: 2.47mg
  • Vitamin A: 183.71µg
  • Vitamin C: 20.35mg
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