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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 serving (1 piece) equals 472 calories, 13 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 92 mg cholesterol, 1684 mg sodium, 52 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 33 g 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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Reviewed Sep. 4, 2011

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

Reviewed Feb. 28, 2010

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

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!"

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"

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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