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Chicken Arrabiata

April 7, 2016

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1/2 lb. Tantillo Artisanal Cochiglioni

2oz. Tantillo Premier Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed

1/4 white onion, peeled and chopped

10oz. chicken breast, sliced

½ can Tantillo California Diced Tomatoes

1 peperoncini pepper, stemmed and chopped

1 cubanalle pepper, stemmed and chopped

1 pinch red pepper flakes

Salt and pepper to taste

2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chopped or torn

Want an even faster prep tip? Instead of making sauce from scratch, use Tantillo Imported Italian Arrabbiata Pasta Sauce! Simply add the sauce to the pan after cooking the chicken, season to taste with salt and pepper, stir in a little pasta water, and garnish with basil. You’d never tell it wasn’t homemade!


1Cook pasta according to directions on package, reserving 1 cup of cooking water to set aside.

2In a pan, heat up Tantillo Premier Extra Virgin Olive Oil with onions and garlic, and cook on low heat for 3 minutes. Add in chicken.

3Cook chicken on both sides for 5 minutes and remove from pan.

4Add tomatoes, peperoncini, cubanalle pepper, red pepper flakes, and 1 cup of pasta water.

5Allow sauce to reduce and put chicken back into the pan.

6Coat chicken with sauce, then toss with pasta.

7Salt and Pepper to taste.

8Serve with basil leaves on top. Buon Appetito!

Chefs Notes

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Here are a few pointers to help you perfect this delicious recipe!

What is Conchiglioni Pasta?

Conchiglioni noodles are derived from the Italian word Conchigilia, meaning seashell, given their conch shell-like shape. The shell shape allows sauce to be scooped inside the noodle, while the design of its ridged exterior allows sauce to fully coat and stick to the noodle. That means every mouthful contains a perfectly balanced bite.

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Shop Tantillo Artisanal Organic Conchiglioni

Tantillo Artisanal Organic Conchiglioni is a truly top-quality pasta. Only the finest organic durum wheat semolina flour is used in our traditional recipe. It is then shaped and cut using a bronze cut die, which is a tool meant only for the very best pasta. The noodles are then hand-sorted and dried using wooden mats and an heirloom tool, resulting in the perfect pasta.

A Brief History of Arrabbiata Sauce

Arrabbiata sauce is a beautifully simple Italian recipe featuring simmered, spicy peppers, fresh tomatoes, and a touch of olive oil. Arrabbiata hails from the Lazio region in Rome. The name literally translates to “angry,” which is a reference to the heat and spice provided by the peppers.

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Shop Tantillo Imported Italian Arrabbiata Pasta Sauce

The zesty, spicy Tantillo Imported Italian Arrabiata Pasta Sauce is the perfect addition to any traditional Italian pasta dish. It is especially great with our conchiglioni pasta noodles. A peppery mixture of hot chilies and cracked black pepper round out the slow-simmered tomatoes that are seasoned with a touch of fresh basil, garlic, and flaky sea salt. Purchase a jar to bring heat and flavor to any dish!

Why Do We Reserve Pasta Water?

Using pasta water for more than just boiling is a well-known culinary trick. There are a few reasons why adding pasta water to the sauce helps to elevate the dish. First, the water is already well-seasoned with salt. Secondly, while the noodles cook, they release some of their starch. When added to a sauce, the starch acts as an excellent thickener. It also gives a lovely silkiness to a finished sauce and allows it to stick better to each noodle.

How To Achieve The Perfect Al Dente

There is a fine line between perfectly cooked pasta and mush. Al dente is the term used to describe pasta cooked to perfection, having achieved just the slightest hint of “bite.”

To achieve the perfect al dente, bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Pour in your noodles and stir. Boil for approximately 7-8 minutes, taste-testing every so often, until the noodles are soft with a hint of chew. Drain, rinse, and toss with the rest of your ingredients. Voila, perfectly cooked pasta!

More From Tantillo Foods

Tantillo Foods offers a full range of delicious Italian food products. Shop online to find a collection of high quality cooking oils, imported pasta sauces, artisanal pastas, and more!


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