Spicy Chicken Penne alla Vodka

Spicy Chicken Penne alla Vodka

Background and History

Spicy Chicken Penne alla Vodka is a modern twist on the classic Italian-American dish, Penne alla Vodka. The original recipe, believed to have originated in the United States in the mid-20th century, features a creamy tomato-based sauce infused with vodka. Adding a spicy kick and succulent chicken to the mix, this variation offers a bold and satisfying flavor profile, marrying the richness of cream and the warmth of red pepper flakes.


Penne Pasta

12 ounces, cooked al dente.

Chicken Breast

1 pound, boneless and skinless, diced.

Olive Oil

2 tablespoons.


4 cloves, minced.

Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

1 teaspoon (adjust to taste).


1/4 cup.

Canned Crushed Tomatoes

1 can (28 ounces).

Heavy Cream

1/2 cup.

Parmesan Cheese

1/2 cup, grated.

Fresh Basil

Chopped, for garnish.

Salt and Black Pepper

To taste.




Preparation Time

15 minutes

Cooking Time

20 minutes

Total Time

Approximately 35 minutes


Cook Penne Pasta

Cook the penne pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.

Sauté Chicken

In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.

Add diced chicken and cook until browned and cooked through. Set aside.

Prepare Spicy Tomato Sauce

In the same skillet, add minced garlic and crushed red pepper flakes. Sauté for 1-2 minutes.

Pour in vodka and let it simmer for another 2 minutes.

Add crushed tomatoes, salt, and black pepper. Stir and let it simmer for 10 minutes.

Add Chicken and Cream

Return the cooked chicken to the skillet.

Pour in heavy cream and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.

Combine with Penne

Add the cooked penne pasta to the skillet, tossing until well coated in the spicy tomato and cream sauce.

Finish and Garnish

Stir in grated Parmesan cheese until melted.

Garnish with chopped fresh basil.

Nutrition Facts

(Values may vary based on specific ingredients and variations)

Calories: ~500 per serving

Protein: ~30g

Fat: ~15g

Carbohydrates: ~55g


Adjust the spice level by varying the amount of red pepper flakes.

For a richer sauce, use higher-fat cream or add more Parmesan cheese.

Experiment with different pasta shapes for variety.

Allergy Warning

Check ingredient labels for potential allergens, especially in pre-packaged items.

Be cautious of alcohol content for those sensitive to or avoiding alcohol.

Customize the recipe to accommodate specific dietary restrictions or allergies.

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