Chicken Puttanesca with Pasta

by Anne Bennett on July 29, 2017

I know, my chicken chunks look like tofu, but do cut them this size. They remain moist and tender.

Pasta Puttanesca, which literally translated means, in the style of the prostitute,* is a popular pasta dish that contains tomatoes, capers and kalamata olives. Puttanesca has a spicy reputation (pun intended) because traditionally it contains a liberal sprinkling of crushed red pepper flakes.

Here, from the healthy cooks at Cooking Light, is a convenient, quick-cooking variation that stars chicken breasts, jarred pasta sauce, and a tamer amount of red pepper. Look for a pasta sauce that contains no added sugar. Trader Joe’s offers a good one. So does Costco’s Kirkland Brand. (I used Lidia’s Tomato-Basil Sauce. It tastes like homemade but it isn’t inexpensive.)

There are other, more time-consuming recipes for Chicken Puttanesca, but why bother when you can get the same fabulous results in a fraction of the time? As always, it’s Weight Watcher friendly.

Legend has it that prostitutes made this dish to lure customers with its fragrant aroma.

2 tsp. olive oil
4 (6-oz.) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups tomato-basil pasta sauce (with no added sugar, please)
1/4 cup pitted and coarsely chopped kalamata olives
1 Tbsp. capers
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (or to taste)
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Chopped fresh basil
4 oz. uncooked angel hair or linguine pasta

Cook pasta according to package directions; set aside and keep warm.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cut chicken into 1-inch pieces. Add chicken to pan and sprinkle with salt. Cook chicken about 5 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Stir in pasta sauce, olives, capers and pepper flakes and bring to a simmer. Cook 5 minutes or until chicken is done.

Arrange 1/2 cup pasta on each of 4 plates; top with 1 1/2 cups chicken mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and garnish with chopped fresh basil.

Serves 4
WW SmartPoints per serving: 9

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