Chicken Riggies

Chicken Riggies 1Have you ever had Chicken Riggies? It’s a dish that originated around Utica, New York (about an hour away from us here in the Capital Region) and I’ve never met a person who tried it and didn’t love it.

In it’s simplest form, Chicken Riggies is composed of rigatoni, chicken, spicy and sweet peppers, and a tomato cream sauce. It’s quick and easy to make and is a terrific weeknight alternative to more traditional pasta and red sauce. My favorite version includes lots of mushrooms and is lightened up with fat free half and half. It’s also one of the first recipes that I’ve shared as a blogger for ShopRite, so if you want my recipe pop on over to their blog, Potluck.

If you were expecting a recipe in my Cooking for One series today, I apologize. I spent the weekend at the New York City Wine and Food Festival, and I’m totally wiped out. I’ll be back with a new recipe for that series and with a full recap of my weekend soon.

In the meantime, let’s just say there was lots food that looked like this:

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Celebrity chefs that looked like this:

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And more tacos than I could count.

Until then, I leave you with this video of Alton Brown opening a wine bottle with a drill:



By on October 3rd, 2011

About Lauren

Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook.

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7 thoughts on “Chicken Riggies”

  1. Im just browsing the web for some recipes and I am currently in school in Albany… previously did undergrad in Buffalo and originally from Syracuse. I was shocked to see New York dishes on here such as Buffalo’s Beef on weck and Utica’s riggies.. I was like this lady MUST be from New York, and now I just saw in this blog entry you wrote capital region… it all makes sense now! haha. Looking forward to trying out some of these recipes of yours, thank you!

  2. OMG FABIO!!!! My favorite Top Chef contestant!!!!!!!! Hahahaha!

    Riggies sound like a cute name. It looks super good, too: sweet, spicy, creamy, tangy. Yummm….

  3. Can’t wait to see more pics from your weekend. Hope you had the time of your life. Gonna make sure Matt looks at the Chicken Riggies recipe and the cooking for one.

  4. Wish I could have gone to the food festival, but it took place right as I left.

    This recipe sounds great. I like having different options than the standard red sauce.


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