Spicy Romano Chicken With Artichoke Hearts and Sundried Tomatoes

by bosssanders on March 3, 2012 with 156 comments

This recipe is one of our new family FAVORITES!!


The Sauce:

  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 4 T butter
  • 2 tsp  salt
  • 1 – 2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup romano cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper  *EDITED*  My husband and I like a lot of KICK to ours.  IF you or your family doesn’t, please read comments first.  If you aren’t sure how much cayenne you will like, add a tiny amt and taste as you add until it’s to your liking!

The Rest:

  • 10 ounce package of bowtie pasta cooked and drained according to package directions – al dente.
  • 1 1/2 T melted butter
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 small jar artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1 7-8 ounce precooked sliced grilled chicken (we also add equal amounts of sausage to ours…although shrimp, beef, and crab would be great too!)
  • 1/8 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 oz heavy cream

How To Make It:


  • Melt butter in saute pan or skillet. Add cream, salt and pepper, heat to a boil. Remove from heat and fold in cheeses and cayenne pepper. Set aside.

The Rest:

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter, then add mushrooms, and sundried tomatoes. Stir for one minute. Next add artichokes and chicken (and cooked sausage or other meat). Stir. Stir in 1 ounce heavy cream and 1/2 of the sauce. Add bowtie pasta followed by rest of the sauce. Stir gently. Serve.


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  • Kimbrough

    Pat yourself on the back because this was AMAZING!!! I used sweet Italian sausage for my meat and it was divine. Thank you sooo much for sharing this recipe. Definitely a keeper!

  • Danielle

    My husband said that this was one of the best dishes that I have ever made and I can’t help but agree. I used chicken only but will use spicy Italian sausage next time. It was amazing as it was though. I’m almost sad thinking that all the leftovers will be gone tomorrow.

  • Morgan

    ABSOLUTELY amazing. I made this tonight and of the 50+ things I’ve made from pintrest this was by far the best especially for the simplicity of it. My boyfriend said it was the best thing I’ve ever made.

  • Sarah B.

    OMG! This was amazing! I should have made more because we all wanted thirds, haha! I am putting your recipe on my blog with a link back to give you credit on this amazing recipe! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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  • Rogene Lewis

    Can this be frozen? Looks great!

  • Lorrie Sawyer

    I am NOT the best cook, but this turned out great!!! I will cut the salt next time and just let the individual salt as desired but other than that…..yes!!! Go for it!!!! Yummy yummy!!!!

  • Christine

    Eh, was okay, don’t think I’ll be making this again

  • Semira

    This was amazing. It was the best pasta receipe I have made. Thanks for sharing. In addition to chicken I used sweet italian sausage. I also made mini rolls with sausage and cheese. It was great together. My husband was impressed and asked me to make it again soon.

  • Rebecca

    This was an amazing dish! The cayenne pepper ( although we like some kick) was too much and took away from the other enjoyable flavors so next time I am leaving that out. Love the sun dried tomatoes and artichoke hearts in it! Oh and as a short cut, I used chicken from the deli sliced on number two thickness and it was awesome. Just a time saver for me and I did not have to worry about grizzly chicken.

  • Amber


  • ashley

    do you think i could replace the heavy cream with fat free cream of mushroom soup to lighten it up a bit?? this sounds delicious!

  • Linda


  • jenna

    ChaseBitWheat LOVE THIS!!! I Used Whole Wheat Rotini Pasta, Tomato Paste In Place Of Sun dried Tomatoes, Doubled The Cheese, And Added Grape Tomatoes. I Agree Two Tsp Of Cayenne Was A BIt Much Though. I Had To ChaSe It With A Glass Of Milk!

  • Kimberly

    This was sooooo good!

  • david

    was super yummy. Only use 1 teaspoon of the cayenne instead of 2. And add shrimp!

  • Jenna

    The dish turned out well. It was a little too salty though. I think next time I’m going to leave out the salt until the end and add for taste. Thanks for sharing. I’ll be making this again.

  • Lindsay

    Loved it! I have a 4 yr old and 11 yr old and they both gobbled it up! I left out the cayenne and we added red pepper flakes to our individual bowls. I did have to add a bit of corn starch to the sauce to thicken it up but other wise followed it exactly and it turned out great:) (i also doubled everything so we would have left overs and it was awesome!) Thanks for a great recipe!

  • Amy

    Omg, so good! I did not add salt because I added some Italian sausage. I will have to make this more often!

  • Tracy

    I made this tonight and it was DELICIOUS! I tasted like something you’d get in a restaurant! My husband and kids LOVED IT! It was spicy but not too spicy, but we like heat! The only thing I did differently was grilling my own chicken opposed to buying the precooked chicken. Very easy to make too!

  • Zenaida

    Thank You for the fabulous treat! Making it with sausage too tonight! Doesn’t heat up well so recommend to make 1/2 (for 2) so you can make the other half the next evening. :)

  • Suzie

    Does anyone know what would be a good substitution for the heavy cream? Could you use whole milk?

  • Marcie Moya

    I made this adding bacon and broccoli instead of mushrooms and artichokes and it was bomb.com!!!

  • Dannee

    Definitely worth keeping on my list. There are so many ways to change it up just by adding or subtracting one thing. I left out some things because we don’t eat artichoke or sun dried tomatoes but I added other tomatoes and just used the cayenne pepper and also red pepper flakes in mine. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Renee

    This was DELISH!!! My husband absolutely loved it and asked when we could have it again. I only put 1 tsp of cayenne because I don’t like foods too spicy. I did add 2 minced cloves of garlic (garlic makes almost everything better!) when I sautéed the mushrooms and at the very end I threw in a handful of frozen baby peas for some color. Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Karrie Maage

    WOW!!! My family went crazy for this dish. My husband didn’t take a breath. He loved it. He kept saying this is really good! This was by far one of the quickest meals I’ve made. So quick in fact supper was an hour early. With that being said it is best served hot. But the hubby and kids didn’t care. Can’t wait to make it again.

  • Lindsay

    I have a picky eater and she loved it ! It was very good , and was easy to make ! I recommend this to everyone :)

  • Julie Martell

    It was delicious, but I used 1 teaspoon of cayenne, and that was WAY too much. My boyfriend is Hispanic, and HE thought it was too spicy! I don’t see how anyone can make this with TWO teaspoons?!?! Seriously??? It was so bad I had to dilute it with more heavy cream and more pasta. Next time I’ll use 1/4 teaspoon cayenne!!

  • nikki

    I love this recipe. I modified it a little so it wouldn’t be as rich as it sounded, and LOVED it. I made a rue with butter and flour, then added one cup chicken stock once it thickened up i added once cup cream. then I followed the recipe as directed until you add the cream to the mushrooms. Instead I added a tablespoon of white wine, a little cream, and a little chicken stock. once that cooked down i added half the sauce as directed and followed the recipe from their. Honestly, I am a huge fan of Johny Carinos Chicken spicey ramano and I have never come more close to the recpie until I found this one with the modifcations I included. Hope you are as happy with the dish as I am!!!

  • nikki

    one other tip.. try your sauce if its too spicy add sugar. The sugar neutralizes the spice. Start with a little sugar and keep adding until you get the heat level where you like it! I like spicey too but two tsp were too hot so we had to add about a tbs of sugar to bring the heat level back to where we like it.

  • Jen

    This was excellent! Though I did make some changes (personal preferences). I omitted the artichokes and sundried tomatoes (don’t like them). I added spicy Italian sausage, and used only a tiny bit of cayenne (with the spicy sausage, it still had a lot of kick). I thought the sauce was a little thin for my taste, so I added some spaghetti sauce at the end. Delicious!

  • Tracy

    My picky daughter and husband loved this…no spice added, they can’t take heat. Didn’t have tomatoes but they said I should not add even if I did. I did 1 c milk and 1 c cream for the sauce and that was still mighty good! So delish I will make again and tell others!!!

  • Michy

    I hate when people say I loved your recipe…but I changed the entire thing. Well…for me tonight what I thought I had on hand versus what was required was off. Lol. First, I only had a half pint of heavy cream…so I used canned Alfredo sauce to make up the difference. Then I thought I had Romano….nope…lol so I just used all,Parmesan and thru in some melted mozzarella. Then I place what I thought was cayenne in but since it was going badly I realized I used chili powder. Lastly in this comedy of errors I reAlized so,done ate the leftover chicken I had for this dish…all I had were chicken nuggets. Lol so at this point I thought what the heck and diced them up and threw them in…since I didn’t put cayenne in I placed a few drops of franks hot sauce in for the kick. After all of that, this dish still turned out awesome!!! Now I’m looking forward to doing it right the next time. Proves that even if u r like me and had a bad day..it still comes out delicious and satisfying. Thank you for the recipe!!!

  • Tina

    I absolutely love this recipe! It is delicious!

  • Colleen

    It looks delicious. I can’t wait to try it .. Thanks for sharing

  • Denyse

    This is very very good the only thing I would change would be 2 tbs butter instead of 4.i also used 1/2 for the sauce.

  • Piggeldy

    While we really enjoyed this, it would have turned out far too salty had I added 2 wholte teaspoons of salt. I mixed salt/pepper/cayenne pepper in a bowl before adding it to the cream and only added 1/2 teaspoon which was plenty of salt already, especially after adding the cheeses. We will try this again – I liked the dried tomatoes & artichokes – but will massively cut down on the salt!

  • Ladonna Mclean

    How many does this serve? I have made it once before but I cannot remember how many people it served…

  • Emily

    I loved this! whoever said it does not heat up well the next day is wrong. totally does. I added an onion, 2 cloves of garlic, smoked italian turkey sausage, and I doubled the cheese. It was great. But yes most everyone was right about the cayenne. I started with a teaspoon but added about half of that then a little more to taste and that was about just enough spice for me. I did not think it was too salty at all, although I added salt to taste instead of a whole teaspoon. Great recipe, will make this again for sure! thank you so much!

  • Christa

    This recipe is delicious!!!! One of our favorites!!!
    Just a few tips I’ve found from making it a ton of times.
    I definitely do not add as much salt as it calls for
    I usually just add salt to taste. I also do the same with the pepper, and add about 1 TSP of ceyenne. ( 2 tsps gets to be a lot if you aren’t a huge fan of spicy food)
    I think if you’re making it the first time, I’d halbe the salt, pepper, and ceyenne. You can always add more to taste if you need it!!
    Someone mentioned that it doesn’t heat up well the next day, and I agree. All of the butter and sauce separates. But it’s still Really delicious. Definitely a keeper!!!!

  • Sara

    Can this be made ahead of time and just warmed up in the oven? I would like to make this to bring to someone. Any tips would be appreciated.

  • Stacey

    You might as well call this crack! Its addicting!! So good!!! It tastes like it came from a restaurant! I will be putting this in the monthly lineup! Thank you!!! 5 stars!!!

  • Mrs. B.

    To be correct, not a “one pot dish”

  • Laura

    I have made this a few times. I did cut back on the cayenne, but only because I already added Andouille sausage, which made it spicy on its own! My kids adore spicy foods, and when I made it as-is, with the Andouille, we all ended up with runny noses!

    Great recipe, thanks!

  • Alicia

    I just made this for our Valentine’s supper tonight. It was AMAZING!! I am a seafood lover, so I used shrimp. Thank you for sharing this recipe, it’s going to become a regular in our household.

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