Best Chicken Fra Diavolo Recipe

Chicken Fra Diavolo


This version of chicken fra diavolo, which is typically served with seafood, consists of chicken thighs cooked in a spicy Italian tomato and pepper sauce enhanced with white wine and fresh herbs. Since we enjoy spicy food, I thought, “Why not chicken?” To savor every last bit of the sauce, we preferred it served on crusty bread.

Chicken Fra Diavolo

Prep Time:
17 mins


Cook Time:
1 hr 5 mins

Total Time:
1 hr 20 mins

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  • 1.5 lbs (about 680g) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust according to your spice preference)
  • 1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) dry red wine (optional)
  • 1 pound (about 450g) linguine or your preferred pasta
  • Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving


Step.1 Season and Cook the Chicken:

  • Season the chicken pieces with salt and black pepper.
  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
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  • Add the chicken pieces and cook until browned on all sides. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.

Step.2 Saute Onions and Garlic:

  • In the same skillet, add chopped onions and sauté until they become translucent.
  • Add minced garlic and red pepper flakes, sautéing for an additional 1-2 minutes until fragrant.

Step.3 Make the Sauce:

  • Pour in the crushed tomatoes and chicken broth, stirring to combine.
  • Add dried oregano, dried basil, and red wine (if using). Bring the sauce to a simmer.

Step.4 Simmer the Chicken:

  • Return the cooked chicken to the skillet, ensuring it’s coated in the sauce.
  • Allow the mixture to simmer over medium-low heat for about 20-25 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the flavors meld.

Step.5 Cook the Pasta:

  • While the chicken is simmering, cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente.
  • Drain the pasta and set aside.

Step.6 Combine and Serve:

  • Toss the cooked pasta with the Chicken Fra Diavolo sauce.
  • Garnish with chopped fresh parsley.
  • Serve hot, with grated Parmesan cheese on the side.
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This Chicken Fra Diavolo is a spicy and flavorful dish that pairs well with a glass of red wine. Adjust the level of red pepper flakes to suit your spice preference. Enjoy your delicious and fiery meal!

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