Spicy Chicken Bow Tie Pasta in Cream Sauce

Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 20 mins

This recipe is one that I came up with one day while trying to make something different. All of the alfredo-type sauces that I've tasted are too thick, heavy and rich and even with all of that....they never have enough flavor. This dish is something you can make after coming home tired from work because it's easy, tastes amazing and you can eyeball the ingredients according to how much less or more you want to make or how thick you want your sauce to be.


  1. Boil water for pasta and salt water prior to adding pasta.
  2. Trim any fat off the chicken and butterfly the breasts. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  3. Bring chicken broth to a boil and add chicken and red pepper flakes on med/high heat until cooked. You'll notice the broth might thicken somewhat. This okay because you'll use this as the base for your sauce.
  4. Remove chicken once all pink is gone and chicken is cooked though. Hold with tongs and shread chicken with a fork. Set aside.
  5. Lower heat to medium and add in two cloves of garlic and saute for only about 1 minute.
  6. Add cream to broth and garlic.
  7. Roll up basil leaves and chop into thin ribbons. Add this to cream mixture.
  8. Add chicken and cooked pasta into sauce mixture.
  9. Add parmesan cheese and stir until well blended.
  10. Leave to thicken slightly on medium heat for about 5-10 minutes.
  11. Add pepperonchinis.(The yellow picked peppers mentioned above. These are on the pickle isle of your grocery store).
  12. The sauce will not be as thick as alfredo sauce gets, but will be even better! Just serve with warm French or Italian bread!
Most Helpful

We left out the peperchinis and tried with both shrimp and scallops. Big hit around our house.

futbol4me October 04, 2011

Great recipe! I made a few substitutions. I used ribbon cut spinach and mushrooms in place of the basil and peppercinis. I also made a roux using a couple tablespoons of floor and butter since my sauce was not thickening. We will definately make this again.

bwingard March 02, 2010

Really Good Recipe! But once I started I realized that it wasn't the one I was trying to copy! So I modified as follows:left out the red pepper flakes, basil & pepperoncinis (didn't have any!), minced the garlic and added some chopped onion to the saute, and added a little Italian seasoning and bacon bits w/the Parmesan Cheese! YUM!!! It tasted REALLY close to Johnny Carino's Bowtie Festival. Close enough for me and 7 yo son! Will be making this again! It was SO EASY and not a heavy sauce, just right! Thanks, GeishaDoll!

Saucy Pumpkin January 14, 2009