Quick Chicken Puttanesca

This quick chicken Puttanesca takes just 30 minutes from fridge to plate! Just brown the chicken pieces, make the sauce, then nestle the chicken in the sauce to finish cooking. While it cooks, make some pasta and/or garlic bread to dip in that tasty sauce! Or add some cheese and make Puttanesca sandwiches!

  • Author: Laura
  • Prep Time: 12-15 min
  • Cook Time: 18 min
  • Total Time: 30-33 min
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • 1 1/2 lb. (.68kg) boneless, skinless Chicken breasts or thighs
  • 3 T Olive Oil, divided
  • 24 cloves garlic (I used 3), minced
  • 4 Anchovies (fewer is fine), chopped
  • 128 oz. (794g) can San Marzano or Plum tomatoes in puree, or tomato puree
  • 1/2 c pitted Kalamata Olives
  • 4 T capers
  • 1 T Granulated sugar (optional)

For Serving: (all optional)

  • Grated Parmeggiano Reggiano Cheese 
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flake
  • 12 oz. (340g) Spaghetti or other pasta, or
  • Loaf of Crusty bread, or
  • Crusty sandwich rolls


Saute the Chicken Pieces:

  1. Salt and Pepper the chicken pieces. In a 10-inch skillet, over Medium to Medium-high heat, pour 2 T Olive oil. Once it shimmers, add the skinless chicken breasts or thighs. Brown until golden on each side. Remove to a plate.

Make the Sauce:

  1. Adjust the stove temperature to Medium heat if necessary. Scrape the bottom of the pan, removing brown bits to the plate with chicken pieces. Add the remaining Tablespoon of oil. Once it shimmers, add the garlic and stir until fragrant (about 1 minute).
  2. Add the anchovies, and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Pour in the tomatoes, olives, capers, and sugar, if desired. Stir. Let come to an aggressive simmer.
  4. Place the chicken pieces and any brown bits and liquid from the plate or bowl into the tomato sauce. Chicken pieces should be covered by the sauce, or nearly so.
  5. Reduce heat to low or simmer, so sauce is gently simmering. Cook until chicken pieces are fully cooked. This should take 12-16 minutes for chicken breasts, and 15-20 for thighs, depending upon thickness.
  6.  Taste sauce and add additional salt and/or sugar, if desired. (I added about 1 tsp. Salt) Prepare pasta and/or garlic bread, if desired. Check chicken for doneness, then serve with pasta or garlic bread.


Keywords: Chicken Puttanesca

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