"Make That Chicken Dance" Salsa Pasta

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

I made this up the other night after I started to make Mirjam's Penne Arrabiatta (#22941) but discovered I was missing a few ingredients. Like the Italian dish I meant to make, this one is also spicy and loaded with garlic. I'm sure it would be even more flavourful with fresh herbs, but dried ones were all I had on hand.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil in a frying pan and sauté the onions and mushrooms until soft, about two minutes.
  2. Add the water, tomatoes (with all their seeds and juice), garlic, oregano, basil, parsley and hot sauce.
  3. Simmer over low heat for 6-10 minutes or until tomatoes are soft and enough water has evaporated to form a relatively thick sauce.
  4. Add salsa and chicken.
  5. Simmer until heated through.
  6. Cook pasta of your choice (I like fusilli or penne) until al dente.
  7. Serve sauce over hot pasta, top with parmesan cheese and freshly ground black pepper.


Most Helpful

Everyone inhaled this! I used a large can of diced tomatoes (they aren't great in Michigan in January!), omitted the mushrooms, and cut the Tabasco in half to make it more kid friendly. Used a whole pound of rotini. Thanks Sackville!

Three Kids Make Me Crazy January 16, 2010

This was really wonderful! Full of flavor and veggies and perfect for my Fiance who loves it Hot :) We enjoyed this a great deal served over whole-wheat pasta and it made plenty of food. Thanks!

stacylu March 14, 2005

Just what I was looking for! I had some left over chicken that already has a bit of lemon Garlic flavor & decided that it could meld into this recipe- It tango'd, it rhumba'd and it did the Salsa all with perfect timing and in good taste. I used 2 tbsp Denzil's Kamakazi hot sauce. Served over linguine with a small green side salad This is a flavorful easy recipe that will stay in my favorite pasta recipes - Thanks Sackville Girl glad you didn't have all the ingredients for the other recipe

Bergy March 09, 2005

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