Chicken Puttanesca with Fettuccine

The delicious, piquant sauce in this dish goes wonderfully with chicken that is sautéed first then allowed to simmer in the sauce to absorb all the flavors.  The pungent tastes of the Mediterranean mingle well in this good dish.

Chicken Puttanesca is one of my favorite Italian pasta dishes!  This recipe is a quick variation of the dish using bottled pasta sauce with the requisite capers, olives and red pepper making it a savory puttanesca with a little heat.  Next time, I will be trying this tangy sauce with shrimp or a whitefish.

This is a perfect dinner for these cool fall evenings.  You can make dinner in a flash with this great homey recipe that is a wonderful company dish also!  It is truly delicious and I hope you try it!

Chicken Puttanesca with Fettuccine


8 ounces fettuccine
2 teaspoons olive oil
4 chicken breasts, skinless, boneless
2 cups tomato-basil pasta sauce
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/3 cup kalamata olives, sliced
2 teaspoons capers
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated


Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting fat and salt
Drain and keep warm.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
Cut chicken in 1” pieces.  Add to skillet.
Cook chicken until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
Stir in pasta sauce, garlic, olives, caper and peppers; bring to a simmer.
Cook 5 minutes or until chicken is done, stirring frequently.
Arrange pasta on dinner plates.
Top with chicken mixture.
Sprinkle with cheese.
4 servings

It is delicious!!!  ENJOY!!! 

Check out my friend, Linda’s blog, at My Kind of Cooking for her great recipes and the 4 cookbooks she's giving away!


  1. Sounds great! I love that there are olives in there. I also love an easy dish for dinner...thanks:)

  2. Mmm puttanesca is far and above one of my favorite sauces!

  3. Mmmmm this sounds like a lovely warming dish for autumn. Diane

  4. Que plato de pollo tan rico, esto se ve muy estupendo.


  5. I love puttanesca sauce and there are truly some wonderful jarred ones at the store. I've never had it with chicken though. Sounds great!

  6. Pam - I picked up from Big Daddy Dave's that you are a railfan. You may want to stop by my blog today.

  7. What a brilliant red color! Have you ever had castelvetrano olives? I find them at Whole Foods. They are a very mildly cured bright green color and very delicate in flavor. I have developed an aversion to kalamatas of late. But there's plenty of ways to skin a cat (and to make putanesca). Best, S

  8. ok now this is one of my all time favorites love this kind of sauce I may just have to make this tonight since my mouth is all ready for this now~ what a great dish!!!!

  9. I haven't ever had puttanesca but I would love to try it!! This is one to try sounds yummy:)

  10. Sounds delicious...And very easy to make too....

  11. I love pasta putanesca! I am sure it tasted deliciously!

  12. mmm...I can smell it's goodness from here!

  13. Chicken + pasta is always a favorite in my home. This looks yummy!

  14. Looks delish even if I can't pronounce it! lol sandie

  15. This sounds delicious! Have a great weekend Pam :-)

  16. Don't you just love the word, "piquant"? I sure do! And this sauce fits the word perfectly. I would love to try this with shrimp too. It is such a simple yet flavorful meal. Perfect for any night of the week. Thank you for sharing!

  17. Pam, you have to stop posting recipes! Your recipes are always so great that I have to add them to my list of to do recipes and it is getting too long!

  18. Oh, this sounds just lovely! This has been bookmarked! Great blog :) Happy I found you!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  19. Awesome quick pasta dish...we love having pasta.

  20. I love puttanesca, yet I hardly ever make it. I'll be trying this recipe, thanks for sharing!

  21. yum, I love puttanesca! I noticed you omitted the anchovies from your version... with or without them, this sounds great and very easy to put together!

  22. Looks fantastic! We love puttanesca! great idea to have it with chicken!

  23. Yum! I love nearly anything where kalamata olives are involved.

  24. I have never made puttanesca with chicken, it sounds like such a wonderful dish that way! I love the blend of flavors! Thanks for the inspiration with this dish!

  25. I love the colour of this dish. So vibrant!

  26. Pam, your description of this sauce makes me hungry.

  27. Your Bill must be one happy hubby with you cooking up all that love in a pan! Yum, yum!

  28. Raina, thanks! Give it a go!

    Joanne, I'm with you all the way on that!

    Diane, it's full of flavor for sure!

    jose manuel, Su sabor es muy bueno! Tener un buen dia! Saludos.

    SavoringTime in the Kitchen, the flavors in puttanesca are so good and perfect with chicken.

    Big Dude, thanks for the heads up!

    StephenC, no, I've never heard of castelvetrano olives. Looks like there is a trip to WF in my immediate future! You're right on! I can think of a lot of ways to skin a cat and puttanesca! ;)

    Pegasuslegend, thanks! It's a great easy recipe! enjoy!!!

    Holly, you have to try it if you like a little spicy tomato sauce with heat! It's delicious!

    Silence Sings, yes. That's what's so great about it.

    Katerina, it did and I will be trying it with shrimp before long.

    Lyndsey, it's funny how the aroma wafts through the air!

    JG, it's a big hit here also!

    Debbi, it is! Hope you try it!

    Tangos Treasures, yes! Have a good day!

    Chatty Crone, you're right! It's all about how delicious it is!

    Martha, thanks so much and you have a great day today!

    Monet, yes! It's a great word for it. It's amazing what a few ingredients can do!

    Linda, right back at ya! I can't wait to try that slow cooker recipe in your cookbook this week!

    Mary, thank you so much! I'm so glad you stopped by and I will be visiting you! Have a good day!

    Pushpa, it's definitely quick and good too!

    Jenn, hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

    Abbey, very good! Yes, I did omit the anchovies, much to Bill's chagrin. I'm not a big fan of them but just might change my mind upon trying it next time!

    Dishesdone, thanks! It works well with chicken.

    Chef Dennis, you're welcome! I was really surprised with the great flavors in this.

    Ellie, thanks! Love that red!

    Cynthia, great! Now you have to try it! ;)

    Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes, yes! Bill was a happy man with that skillet full of love! Thanks for the visit!

  29. What an awesome sounding pasta sauce and it looks divine. This is a nice departure from the same ol' same ol' spaghetti meat sauce since it uses chicken. I like it.

  30. Looks delicious. I usually cook this without the olives and capers. Will include this next time when I cook fettucine!

  31. I think I'm on a chicken kick - I have it on the menu 3 times this week - but this sounds so amazing to me right now!!

  32. this sounds like a great fall dinner! I'm always looking for different ways to cook chicken :)

  33. Yup! - my mouth is definitely watering! This dish has is full of some my favorite ingredients that is for sure!

    Congrats on soon becoming a grammy to a boy! ;-)

  34. This chicken puttanesca looks divine! Love capers, and kalamata olives and can't wait to try it! Great photo, too!

  35. Yum, that looks so delicious! I know for sure that everyone in my family will love this so thanks for the recipe.

    Best wishes,


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