This Spicy Chicken Pasta is a simple dinner recipe that the whole family will enjoy!

This spicy chicken pasta recipe is simple to make for an easy weeknight dinner or a fancy dinner party.You may have seen me mention before that I’m first generation Portuguese-American, I was born in America but my parents are from Portugal. I grew up within the tightly knit Portuguese community and there every event revolves around food. My mom would spend days in the kitchen getting ready for a party, making her Rissóis de Camarão (shrimp croquettes) and Filhos (Portuguese Doughnuts). I loved spending those days in the kitchen with her and now that I’m grown with my own daughter I am trying give her some of the same memories of cooking with mom.

This spicy chicken pasta recipe is simple to make for an easy weeknight dinner or a fancy dinner party.Of course she’s still little so I don’t have to get too fancy with the recipes. The other day I grabbed some Barilla® Spaghetti on my weekly trip to Walmart and I found their recipe for Barilla® Spaghetti with Chicken & Spicy Tomato Sauce. It was simple enough that I had time to let Harper hang out with me in the kitchen while I chopped up chicken and jalapeno pepper (she didn’t get to help with that!) and I let her tear up the fresh oregano.

This spicy chicken pasta recipe is simple to make for an easy weeknight dinner or a fancy dinner party.The oregano and jalapeno went in the hot pan first and then I added the cubed chicken. Once it was browned I added white wine and let it reduce by about half while I added my Barilla® Spaghetti to a pot of boiling water. When the white wine had reduced I added crushed tomatoes, water and salt and brought the whole thing to a boil. When the noodles were done I drained them and put them in the sauce.

This spicy chicken pasta recipe is simple to make for an easy weeknight dinner or a fancy dinner party.Harper helped me finish everything off with some Cotija cheese (you can substitute Feta cheese if you can’t find Cotija). It was such a simple thing but it brought back so many memories of spending the day in the kitchen with my mom, learning how to make all of her recipes, and just learning to love cooking.

This spicy chicken pasta recipe is simple to make for an easy weeknight dinner or a fancy dinner party.The pasta was delicious! Not too spicy, with the crumbly Cojita cheese adding a little tang to the sauce. The whole family loved it and Harper made sure Daddy knew that she helped Mommy make it.

This spicy chicken pasta recipe is simple to make for an easy weeknight dinner or a fancy dinner party.I enjoyed the day so much that when I talked to my mom that night I told her I wanted to have a Mother-Daughter cooking day on Mother’s Day. She is going to come over and we are going to cook some of our favorite Portuguese dishes. Three generations of Portuguese women cooking up a storm…it’s going to be fun!

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins

Spicy Chicken Pasta

Spicy chicken pasta made with jalapenos, fresh oregano, and a sprinkling of Cojita cheese to finish it.

Ingredients

  • 1 box Barilla® Spaghetti
  • 4 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Oregano, leaves only
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper, or to taste
  • 1/2 c White Wine, dry
  • 2 lbs Plum Tomatoes, crushed
  • Salt to Taste
  • 1/2 c Cojita Cheese

Instructions

  • Place a pot of water to boil.
  • In a skillet brown the chicken thighs with 1/2 the olive oil and add the jalapenos and oregano.
  • After 1 minute add white wine and reduce by half.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes and one cup of water and season with salt, and bring to a boil.
  • Meanwhile cook the pasta according to directions and toss with sauce.
  • Stir in remaining olive oil and Cojita cheese before serving.
  • Garnish with oregano.
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Dinner

 

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