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Chicken Puttanesca Recipe

Easy and tender chicken breast perfectly cooked in a delicious puttanesca sauce with anchovies, capers, and olives.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 278kcal
Author Rena


  • 2 lb boneless chicken breasts cut in half lengthways to cook faster
  • 2 tbsp olive oil divided
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano plus 1 tsp
  • 4 anchovy fillets coarsely chopped (optional)
  • 3-4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 28 oz peeled tomatoes with juices one can
  • 1 cup pitted Kalamata olives coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup capers
  • Fresh parsley chopped for garnish


  • Crusty bread to serve


  • Rub the chicken with salt, pepper, and 1 tsp dried oregano on both sides.
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add chicken and cook, until cooked through and golden-brown on both sides, about 10-12 minutes. Set aside on a plate. You might have to cook the chicken in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan, so divide the oil if so.
  • Add the remaining 1 tbsp of oil to the hot skillet, and sauté the garlic and anchovy for 1 minute.
  • Add in the tomatoes and oregano. Use the back of a wooden spoon to crush the tomatoes into small pieces.
  • Stir in the capers, olives; Simmer over low heat partially covered, for 8-10 minutes, until the sauce thickens.
  • Taste the sauce and season with salt and pepper, if needed.
  • Return the chicken to the pan and spoon over the sauce. Allow it to cook for a bit more into the sauce, until hot.
  • Garnish with freshly chopped parsley and enjoy. Serve with warm crusty bread.



  • Chicken: If you want to use seafood, any fish would work. A great substitute would be cod or salmon.
  • You may make your own homemade peeled tomatoes instead of using canned 
  • Anchovies can be optional but will add a great taste. 
  • Nutrition facts are obtained using an online calculator and may not be 100% accurate.


Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 920mg | Potassium: 844mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 313IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 2mg