Spicy Chicken Recipe

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"I serve this zippy chicken with plenty of sour cream and full glasses of milk to calm the bite," comments Donna Michaelis of Madison, Wisconsin. "It's a super way to stay toasty on blustery autumn days."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 2 cups chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 16 ounces angel hair pasta
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 472 calories, 13g fat (7g saturated fat), 92mg cholesterol, 1684mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 33g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, saute the onion and garlic in 2 tablespoons butter until tender. Stir in the broth, tomato sauce, green onions, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, cayenne and hot pepper sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large resealable plastic bag, combine the salt, garlic powder, pepper, basil and cumin; mix well. Add chicken and toss to coat. In a skillet, saute chicken in remaining butter until juices run clear. Add chicken to tomato sauce; simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Top with chicken mixture. Garnish with sour cream. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Spicy Chicken in Taste of Home August/September 2001, p41

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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nrctermite User ID: 1136771 31008
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2011

"If you like spicy, this is fantastic! I've made this many times and LOVE it."

Nonnis5 User ID: 4934585 37678
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2010

"I made this to share with another family. My husband loved it!"

mother of 3 User ID: 1726536 31005
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2010

"My daughter and I love the flavor and this is a great dish to make when you're hankering for something with a bite!"

ssstome User ID: 2989727 80417
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2009

"We love spicy food and this recipe hits the spot! I always order spicy pasta when we go out but this dish is as good as any I have ordered at a restaurant. Have added smoked sausage as well as the chicken and made it more of a New Orleans pasta. easy to make"

BILIOBA User ID: 4105672 55755
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2009

"very good. left out the table spoon of salt.

doubled the garlic. next time will dbl the hot pepper flakes."

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