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Spicy Chicken Pasta

November 22, 2019

This Spicy Chicken Pasta is the perfect level of spice, whilst absolutely bursting with flavour. It’s easy, creamy, hearty and delicious!

overhead shot of pasta in skillet with parsley to garnish

The BEST Spicy Chicken Pasta Recipe!

Yep, you heard it here first 😂 Chicken, spice and pasta is one of the most delicious combos of all time. It’s also mainly responsible for 90% of my food comas. Delicious food comas none the less. 

This recipe is actually a recent obsession of mine and quite frankly I can’t get enough of it. Here’s why I think you’ll love it as much as I do:

  • Flavoursome – This pasta is more than just spicy, it’s got a gorgeous complex flavour.
  • Creamy/Tomatoey – You should never have to choose between a tomato pasta or a creamy pasta, this is the best of both worlds and it works SO well!
  • Date Night Dinner – This recipe is based on 2 servings, perfect for a cosy night in. It’s easily doubled for a family!

It’s also easy and relatively quick to make! Follow me…

fork twizzling into chicken pasta in skillet

Spicy Chicken Breast

The spicy chicken is the heart and soul of this dish, so it’s important to make it shine. Nothing worse than bland chewy chicken in any context, let alone in your pasta 😩

Flavour

To ensure it’s bursting with flavour, we’ll first coat it in a mix of olive oil, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper and s&p. This give the chicken itself a nice kick of spice and a gentle wiff of smokiness too.

Tenderness

Equally as important. Here some tips to avoid chewy chicken:

  • Bring the chicken to room temp before you fry it (cold chicken seizes up).
  • Butterfly to make two thinner breasts (cooks quicker and more evenly).
  • Allow to rest after cooking (retains more juices)
  • Slice at an angle and against the natural grain of the chicken (soft chicken strips instead of large and chewy)

How to make Spicy Chicken Breast (quick summary)

  1. Take one chicken breast.
  2. Butterfly.
  3. Add spicy marinade.
  4. Rub into meat.
  5. Fry until nicely charred.
  6. Flip, fry then remove.

How to make spicy chicken breast - 6 step by step photos

Creamy Spicy Chicken Pasta

Cream and spice is such an underrated combo, especially in this context. The cream not only adds richness, but also helps the spice not get too all up in your face. 

How to make Spicy Creamy Chicken Pasta (quick summary)

  1. Fry off onion, garlic and chilli flakes in butter.
  2. Add sun dried tomatoes, then reduce down white wine.
  3. Fry tomato puree.
  4. Deglaze with chicken stock, then pour in cream.
  5. Add pasta.
  6. Toss through parmesan, parsley and chicken.
Top Tip – It’s important to fry and caramelize the tomato puree. It completely transforms the flavour and adds a nice sweetness to the sauce.
White Wine – Firstly, make sure it’s a dry wine, not sweet. It’s also important reduce it right down to burn off the alcohol. The wine will cut through the richness of the sauce, but if for whatever reason you don’t want to use it, just sub more stock.

How to make spicy chicken pasta - 6 step by step photos

How Spicy is ‘Spicy’?

It’s a really tricky one to judge as everyone’s spice thresholds are different. It’s definitely spicy, the kind that makes your lips tingle, but not so overpowering you can’t taste the other flavours. For those of you who like spice I’d say it’s a medium spice. If you’re at all wary just reduce the amount of chilli flakes and adjust at the end. 

What to serve with Spicy Chicken Pasta?

Garlic Bread is always a winner with pasta. If you want to take it one step further then check out my Cheesy Pesto Garlic Bread and Caprese Pull Apart Bread!

This dish is the perfect dinner for two, so do check out my other Date Night Dinners if you fancy! Also, whilst you’re here I’ve got a sneaky suspicion you might like these too:

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Alrighty, let’s tuck into this Spicy Chicken Pasta recipe shall we?!

closeup shot of pasta twizzling around fork

How to make Spicy Chicken Pasta (Full Recipe & Video)

fork twizzling into chicken pasta in skillet

Spicy Chicken Pasta

This Spicy Chicken Pasta is the perfect level of spice, whilst absolutely bursting with flavour. It's easy, creamy, hearty and delicious!
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Dinner / Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 2
Calories: 766kcal
Cost per serving: ยฃ5 / $6.50

Equipment:

  • 12" Skillet & Wooden Spoon
  • Large Pot & Pasta Tongs
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Fine Cheese Grater
  • Small Pot/Bowl (for chicken marinade)

Ingredients (check list):

Chicken

  • 1x 9oz/250g Chicken Breast, at room temp
  • 2 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper

Pasta

  • 7oz / 200g Linguine (or other long cut pasta)
  • 2/3 cup / 160ml Heavy/Double Cream
  • 1/3 cup / 80ml Chicken Stock
  • 1/4 cup / 60ml Dry White Wine
  • 1oz / 30g Parmesan, finely grated
  • 6 (2oz/60g) Sun Dried Tomatoes, finely diced
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Puree (tomato paste in US)
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Parsley, finely diced
  • 1 small Onion, finely diced
  • 1 tsp Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli Flakes
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  • In a small bowl, combine 2 tsp olive oil, 1/2 tsp smoked paprika and cayenne pepper, and 1/4 tsp salt and black pepper.
  • Butterfly your chicken breast right the way through to make 2 even sized breasts. Coat in spicy marinade.
  • Place in a skillet over medium-high heat and fry for 3mins each side, or until nicely charred and just cooked through the centre (depending on thickness may take more or less time). Place to one side and when ready, slice into thin strips, ensuring you slice against the natural grain of the chicken and at a slight angle.
  • Turn heat down to medium and melt in 1 tbsp butter, scraping off the flavour from the chicken with a wooden spoon. Add your onion and fry until it begins to soften and pick up colour. Add 1 tsp garlic, fry for 1-2mins longer, then add 1/2 tsp chilli flakes. Fry for 1 min longer, then add sun dried tomatoes. Fry for another minute just to soften them, then pour in 1/4cup/60ml dry white wine. Allow the wine to completely reduce (important to burn off the alcohol, should take 5 or so mins).
  • Meanwhile, add 7oz/200g pasta to salted boiling water and cook until al dente. Retain a cup of starchy pasta water towards the end of cooking.
  • Add 2 tbsp tomato puree to the pan. Fry this for 2mins (important to sweeten the taste) then deglaze the pan with 1/3cup/80ml chicken stock. Pour in 2/3cup/160ml heavy/double cream and season to taste with salt & pepper.
  • Use pasta tongs to add pasta in and toss to combine. Add 1oz/30g freshly grated parmesan, 1 tbsp fresh parsley and your chicken strips. Toss again to coat, using your starchy pasta water to thin out if needed.

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes:

a) How spicy is 'spicy'? - It's really difficult to measure this, as it's so subjective. It's got a definite kick, the kind that makes your tongue tingle. The heat is definitely there, but it doesn't over power the other flavours. If you like spice, I'd put this at a medium. But again, very difficult to say. If you're at all wary, start off with less chilli flakes and adjust at the end.
b) White Wine - Firstly, just make sure it's dry wine, not sweet. Secondly, I do recommend adding it. It's not a lot, but does add a nice background flavour and cuts through the richness of the sauce. The alcohol will burn off, but if for whatever reason you don't want to use it just sub with more chicken stock.ย 
c) Date Night Dinner - This recipe serves two, however I do recommend adding a side. Either Roasted Garlic Bread or Cheese Pesto Garlic Bread works great! If you're feeding a family just use the slider to adjust the measurements (just consider starting off with less spice just in case!).
d) Calories - shared between two with no extra parmesan or sides.

Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Chicken Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 766 Calories from Fat 421
% Daily Value*
Fat 46.73g72%
Saturated Fat 24.588g123%
Trans Fat 0.135g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.026g
Monounsaturated Fat 15.283g
Cholesterol 221mg74%
Sodium 746mg31%
Potassium 970mg28%
Carbohydrates 43.47g14%
Fiber 6.9g28%
Sugar 7.78g9%
Protein 39.47g79%
Vitamin A 2296IU46%
Vitamin C 10.5mg13%
Calcium 214mg21%
Iron 2.31mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Toni
    November 22, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    5 stars
    This was really ahh-mazing! A great meal for weeknights!

  • Reply
    Ashley
    November 22, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    5 stars
    Oh yes!!! Deliciously spicy, and the perfect amount of heat to warm you up on a chilly winter’s night.

  • Reply
    kim
    November 22, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    5 stars
    What a great recipe! This had so much delicious flavor and it was so easy to make. Will be making again for sure!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      November 22, 2019 at 2:24 pm

      That’s awesome to hear! Thanks, Kim ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Kelly Anthony
    November 22, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    I love the ingredients in this Spicy Chicken Pasta! It looks so creamy and flavorful! Do you think it would be too spicy for kids?

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      November 22, 2019 at 2:24 pm

      I’d definitely recommend leaving out the chilli flakes in the first instance and adjusting at the end ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Michelle
    November 22, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    5 stars
    Woah! That sauce sounds delicious, I love the cream and spice combo! I’m totally on board with this pasta, cannot wait to make it.

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