Skip to Content

Chicken Tortellini in Spicy Blush Puttanesca Sauce

Chicken Tortellini in Spicy Blush Puttanesca Sauce. So quick & easy! Use this sauce on practically any pasta for a delicious 30 minute meals any time.

Chicken Tortellini in Spicy Blush Puttanesca Sauce close up featured image

Chicken Tortellini in Spicy Blush Puttanesca Sauce

This chicken tortellini in blush puttanesca sauce is another great work week recipe. It is one to serve on busy days when you can really use a 30 minute meal idea.

For flavour, I’d stack this recipe up against any dish you’d spend hours slaving over. Very satisfying!

fresh red organic tomatoes on the vine

Vine ripened tomatoes are great for this recipe but you can use the same amount of canned tomatoes out of season.

It’s terrific with the cheese tortellini but really the sauce can go with whatever pasta you have on hand or like the best.

This dish is also one that I absolutely love to serve to guests. It is impressive enough to be dinner party ready.

A background of bulbs of fresh garlic for sale at a market

Can you ever get enough garlic? When not serving it to guests, I may even double the garlic.

So many people have told me that this is one of the recipes they choose when they want to serve a meal that is restaurant worthy.

Truth be told, it is far better than a lot of restaurant pasta dinners I have sampled over the years. Try it and see if you agree.

Chicken Tortellini in Spicy Blush Puttanesca Sauce wide shot of single serving on a white plate

Chicken Tortellini in Spicy Blush Puttanesca Sauce

If you can’t get enough of great pasta dinner recipes, please check out our collection of 20 Best Pasta Dinners!

Best Pasta Dinners photo with title text for Pinterest

Like this Chicken Tortellini recipe?

Find many more like this in our Italian Inspired Recipes Category.

It’s easy to keep up with the latest home style cooking & baking ideas from Rock Recipes. Be sure to follow Rock Recipes Facebook Page and follow us on Instagram

Plus you’ll see daily recipe suggestions from decadent desserts to quick delicious weekday meals too. 

Chicken Tortellini in Spicy Blush Puttanesca Sauce photo with title text for Pinterest

You can also sign up for our FREE newsletter to know immediately when we add new recipes. You’ll also get weekly suggestions for great family friendly  meals and desserts too!

Rock Recipes a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites. Our product recommendations are almost exclusively for those we currently use or have used in the past.
Visit my Amazon Store for my favourite kitchen gadgets and appliances, plus recommendations from my personal cookbook collection.
Chicken Tortellini in Spicy Blush Puttanesca Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
This amazing blush puttanesca sauce is just terrific with cheese tortellini or practically any pasta in one of the most delicious 30 minute meals ever.
Course: Dinner, Quick & Easy Dinners
Cuisine: Italian Inspired
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 807 kcal
Author: Barry C. Parsons
  • 1 large package of fresh cheese stuffed tortellini (about 4 cups)
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
For the sauce
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 medium tomatoes diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 medium red onion diced
  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil
  • cup pitted kalamata olives
  • 1 roasted red pepper diced
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes or 2 tbsp hot sauce optional
  • 3 tbsp chopped capers optional
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste optional
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
  2. Grill the chicken breasts until fully cooked and cut in cubes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  4. Add the garlic and onions and sauté for about a minute.
  5. Add the olives, tomatoes, brown sugar, chilli flakes, anchovy paste and capers and cook until the tomatoes just start to break down.
  6. Add the red pepper and basil and cook for an additional minute.
  7. Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. If the sauce is too thick you can add a little of the pasta water to thin it down.
  9. Add the whipping cream and simmer for an additional minute.
  10. Cook the tortellini as directed on the package.
  11. Toss the sauce with the pasta and chicken and serve with freshly grated or shaved parmesan cheese.
Recipe Notes

Season the chicken very lightly in this recipe. The olives, capers and parmesan all have salt, so little extra is needed. To cut the sodium in less than  half, you can use half of those ingredients and perhaps forego the parmesan to finish the dish.

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Monday 16th of January 2012

Sounds and looks delish! Perhaps a meal for Wednesday evening when I don't have a rehearsal after work!!!!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Sharing is Caring

Help spread the word. You're awesome for doing it!