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Garlic Chicken Puttanesca

Garlic Chicken Puttanesca. One of the quickest, easiest and most flavourful pasta dinners ever. Sure to become a weekday family favourite.

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Garlic Chicken Puttanesca.

It’s back to work and school after the holiday season. At our house that also means a return to a reliance on quick and easy dinner ideas.

This simple throw together recipe for Garlic Chicken Puttanesca is a kid favourite at our house. Plus, it can be on the table in about 20-30 minutes.

Kalamata Olives in a white bowl.

I love Kalamata Olives in this recipe but if you don’t they are completely optional.

It’s also a pretty versatile, simple and forgiving recipe. Not everyone os a fan of capers or anchovies, so both of these ingredients can be left out if you prefer.

The same goes for the chili flakes. Leave them out entirely or add more or less to suit your tolerance for spicy heat.

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Garlic Chicken Puttanesca, an ideal quick and easy weekday dinner.

If serving this as a quick weekday dinner for guests, we like to serve it with one of our favourite and most flavourful salads ever, Radicchio Almond Caesar Salad.

Radicchio Caesar Salad with Almonds - a different delicious twist on a classic!

Radicchio Caesar Salad

We’ve served our Garlic Chicken Puttanesca on some cheese tortellini in the photos here. You can simply substitute your own favourite plain pasta for a bit of a lighter meal.

Buy some fresh pasta in the supermarket deli aisle to make it just that little bit more special if serving it for dinner guests.

If you liked this Garlic Chicken Puttanesca recipe be sure to check out another of our most popular pasta dishes ever, Creamy Garlic Scallop Spaghetti.

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TIP:

I like to debone my own chicken breasts so that I can roast the bones and skins for stock later. I freeze them until I have enough to cover a baking sheet then use the instructions in my post on making Chicken Stock here. 

Deboned chicken breasts for Chicken Parmesan Lasagna.

Deboned chicken breasts for Oven Fried Chicken Nuggets.

Updated Jan 2021.

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Yield: 6 servings or 4 large portions

Garlic Chicken Puttanesca

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Garlic Chicken Puttanesca. One of the quickest, easiest and most flavourful pasta dinners ever. Sure to become a weekday family favourite.

Ingredients

  • 4 small chicken breasts, cut in strips/spears
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 4 cups canned tomatoes, or 8-10 large fresh tomatoes diced
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes, optional or to taste
  • 3 tbsp chopped capers, optional
  • 1/2 tsp anchovy paste, optional
  • 2 tbsp chopped basil
  • 2 tbsp chopped oregano
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 2/3 cup kalamata olives
  • 1 small red pepper chopped

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat and quickly brown the chicken pieces on both sides. 
  2. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute to soften the garlic. 
  3. Remove the chicken pieces and set aside.
  4. To the same pan add all of the remaining ingredients except the olives and peppers.
  5. Simmer together for about 10 minutes until a thick sauce develops.
  6. Add the cooked chicken along with the olives and red pepper.
  7. Cook together for another 2 to 3 minutes and serve over cooked pasta. Garnish with additional fresh herbs and fresh grated Parmesan cheese.

Notes

Nutritional information does not include the pasta, only chicken and sauce.


The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1 serving

Amount Per Serving Calories 360Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 68mgSodium 581mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 8gSugar 18gProtein 30g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Anonymous

Saturday 11th of September 2010

I made this recipe for my family for dinner tonight. I omitted the anchovy paste and the chili flakes and only used 1 1/2 tbsp of capers. Everyone really enjoyed it! It was delicious! Thank you for the recipe! We will make it again.

Dan

Saturday 11th of September 2010

This looks great. Perfect for a friday/end of the week dinner!

Jason @ Jason's BBQ Adventures

Friday 10th of September 2010

Great simple recipe. It must have been full of great flavor and see why it is a favorite. To me the 3 optional ingredients would be a must (specially the capers).

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