Sunday, 16 November 2014

Penne all'Arrabbiata with Chicken !

Next in Italian week is... Penne Arrabbiata. My favourite of all pasta dishes just because it is spicy :)

Arrabbiata means angry in Italian and as the name says this is one of the hot and spicy dish that tastes heavenly with the tanginess of tomatoes , hotness of red chillies with the flavours of Garlic.

Arrabbiata sauce is available in stores and can be just tossed with cooked Pasta. But making at home is not so tough.. after all the sauce tastes best and flavourful with fresh ingredients made at home.
I have added chicken pieces but you can make it vegetarian with some fresh broccolis, carrot or mushrooms.
And when making the sauce for any pasta, when it is Italian, make it Italian not Indian way of Italian. Please avoid chilli powders, sambar powder and garam masala etc. If you want to add all these give it a diff name sounding Indian and dont call it Arrabbiata. 

Italian dishes call for very less number of ingredients but good quality ones. Better dont replace them with something else if you want a good Italian dish.


  • 100 gms Penne Pasta (or any pastam of your choice)
  • Lot of water to boil pasta
  • Salt

  • 3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • 100 gms Chicken Breast / Boneless chicken pieces
  • 3 Garlic Cloves - Finely Chopped
  • 4 Extra hot Red Chillis (Deseeded and finely chopped)
  • 300 gms Italian Tomatoes from can
  • 6 -7 Basil Leaves
  • Salt as needed
  • 1 tsp crushed black pepper
  • Dried Oregano & Thyme (or Mixed Italian Seasoning)
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan Cheese (or Pecorino Romano)


  • Boil the pasta in lot of hot water with salt until aldente. Then drain the pasta and keep aside.
  • In a pan add a half of mentioned Olive oil, and once hot add the chicken breasts and cook in medium heat. 
  • Sprinkle some salt and pepper on it and flip the pieces and cook on both sides.
  • If the chicken breasts are really thin , it would take only 7 - 10 minutes to get cooked. Without burning the chicken flip them often and let it turn to a little golden brown here and there. Remove and keep aside. 
  • In the same pan add the remaning Olive oil, and add the garlic and saute for a minute.
  • Then add the finely chopped red chillis (or chilli flakes) and saute for few seconds.
  • Now add the chopped tomatoes from can and cook them in medium heat. Add salt and pepper and the dried herbs and let the tomatoes cook nicely and turn soft.
  • You can also add normal ripe tomatoes instead of canned ones. Blanch the tomatoes and remove skin and seeds and chop them finely and use it.
  • Once the tomatoes become soft and mushy, add the drained pasta and mix well.
  • Cut the chicken breasts into bite size pieces and add it to the pasta. Add the grated Parmesan and give a mix.
  • Turn off the stove and transfer to a serving bowl/plate and sprinkle some grated cheese before serving.

See you soon with another yummy Italian recipe.

With Love,

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