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.
12 ounces, cooked al dente.
1 pound, boneless and skinless, diced.
4 cloves, minced.
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
1 teaspoon (adjust to taste).
Canned Crushed Tomatoes
1 can (28 ounces).
1/2 cup, grated.
Chopped, for garnish.
Salt and Black Pepper
Approximately 35 minutes
Cook Penne Pasta
Cook the penne pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
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.
(Values may vary based on specific ingredients and variations)
Calories: ~500 per serving
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.
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.