4 servings

We add olives, capers, crushed red pepper, and fresh basil to bottled pasta sauce for a quick variation on the traditional Chicken Puttanesca.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and keep warm.

Step 2

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cut chicken into 1-inch pieces. Add chicken to pan; sprinkle evenly with salt. Cook chicken 5 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Stir in pasta sauce, olives, capers, and pepper; bring to a simmer. Cook 5 minutes or until chicken is done, stirring frequently. Arrange 1 cup pasta on each of 4 plates; top with 1 1/2 cups chicken mixture. Sprinkle each serving with 1 tablespoon cheese. Garnish with chopped basil or basil sprigs, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

Knimmers's Review

February 07, 2011
This was a flavorful dish, which was even better reheated the next day. I did follow another reviewers suggestion by sauteing fresh garlic and red peppers in olive oil prior to adding chicken to the pan. I think that I might try adding a little anchovy paste when I make it next b/c I like the slightly salty/fishy taste of the paste in puttanesca. However, this dish was great without it, and I will certainly be adding it to my list of easy and delicious meals and plan to make it regularly.


September 18, 2017
This was delicious, even grandson who "doesn't like olives" loved it. Made exactly as written and will definitely make agsin.

naruyotsuba's Review

August 21, 2010
a great weeknight meal. every the most picky eater enjoyed it. will make again.

Cody6262's Review

December 12, 2011
Not to bad. I enjoyed it but not sure I would make it again, I just feel that there is better pasta dishes then this. Very easy though and if you need something fast and have the ingredients in the cupard then go for it.

Michelsu's Review

September 08, 2011
I made this tonight for dinner and both my boyfriend and I though it was wonderful. I did add 4 cloves of garlic and doubled the capers based on some of the other reviews. I also added about 3/4 C onion with the chicken because I was using a Ragu Light jarred sauce and wanted more flavor and didn't have time to make my own sauce. It ended up being wonderful and I will definitely make again.

Lynsay's Review

February 08, 2012

njatlake's Review

January 18, 2011
This recipe was perfect, I did double the sauce and the olives and capers, as we like a lot of sauce. This was quick, and easy, the flavors were perfect. I thought perhaps this would be to salty because of the olives and capers, but no this was a effortless, delicious, quick meal.

David1982's Review

February 06, 2014
Very simple to fix, basic and minimal ingredients, and Delish!!! I Love the Crushed Red Pepper, gives it a little more Zing!!! :-)

amk103's Review

September 21, 2010
Nice spice and great over all flavor. Yum, family approved. Didn't take long to cook and so great for weekday nights.

twoloves's Review

May 04, 2009
This tasted good and was super quick and easy. I also added a can of artichoke hearts, as another reviewer did.