Since we moved here to our new town, my daughter Amanda has been begging me to make her this local dish called chicken riggies. Apparently, it’s a big upstate NY signature dish. Originated in Utica, I believe. Anyways, I searched for a recipe and found that there were so many different variations. Some with olives, some with a creamy sauce, some without. So I decided to just make my own version combining several of the ingredients that appealed to us most from all the various recipes we’d found.  Here’s my take on chicken riggies.

 Chicken Riggies (Upstate NY style)

  • chicken
  • sweet red and yellow peppers
  • mushrooms
  • red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • can of whole tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • box of rigatoni