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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.
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Keyword chicken, pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings or 4 large portions
Calories 343 kcal


  • 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


  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.

Recipe 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 Facts
Garlic Chicken Puttanesca
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 343 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 96mg32%
Sodium 782mg34%
Potassium 945mg27%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 1035IU21%
Vitamin C 42.8mg52%
Calcium 102mg10%
Iron 3.1mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.