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Chicken Riggies

 Chicken Riggies
Rigatoni cooked with cream and cream cheese spells comfort when combined with chicken marinated in sherry and garlic. — Jackie Scanlan, Dayton, Ohio
12 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + marinating Cook: 15 min.


  • 1/2 cup dry sherry
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • SAUCE:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 each medium sweet red and green pepper, chopped
  • 4 pickled hot cherry peppers, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup dry sherry
  • 2 cans (one 29 ounces, one 15 ounces) tomato puree
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 packages (16 ounces each) uncooked rigatoni
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, cut up
  • 1-1/2 cups grated Romano cheese


  • In a large resealable plastic bag, combine sherry, oil, garlic and
  • oregano. Add chicken; seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  • Drain chicken, discarding marinade. Heat a Dutch oven over

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Chicken Riggies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • medium-high heat. Add chicken in batches; cook and stir until no
  • longer pink. Remove from pan.
  • In same pan, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add peppers, onion
  • and garlic; cook and stir until tender. Add sherry; bring to a boil.
  • Stir in tomato puree, salt and pepper; return to a boil. Reduce
  • heat; simmer 8-10 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring
  • occasionally. Add chicken; heat through.
  • Meanwhile, in a stockpot, cook rigatoni according to package
  • directions. In a small saucepan, combine cream and cream cheese over
  • medium heat; cook and stir until blended. Add to chicken mixture;
  • stir in Romano cheese.
  • Drain rigatoni; return to stockpot. Add sauce to pasta; toss to
  • combine. Yield: 12 servings (1-3/4 cups each).
Nutritional Facts: 1-3/4 cups equals 658 calories, 28 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 118 mg cholesterol, 514 mg sodium, 66 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 35 g protein.
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