Chicken alla Puttanesca

by Eugene on February 2, 2009 · 7 comments

chicken puttanesca low carb

Some things, whether we like them to or not, come with trivia attached. Brazilians speak Portuguese. General Tso’s Chicken is from America. And puttanesca means “like a whore would make it.” These facts will come up again and again, as if everyone that ever went to a dinner party was given the same deck of prep cards. They’re inevitable. Prepare yourself.

That being said, puttanesca is aptly named–it’s a dirty hot mess. Although recipes vary, they always involve throwing together a dozen or so fresh Mediterranean ingredients, then letting the mix simmer itself finished. And, knock on wood, puttanesca has a fair track record of tasting amazing. We whipped up this recipe a weekend or two ago, and despite making enough to feed a good-sized family, it was gone in an hour.

low carb puttanesca


  • 8 chicken thighs or legs
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 12 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 28 oz. canned fire-roasted tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 oz. anchovies, drained and chopped
  • 1 cup pitted black olives, chopped
  • 1/3 cup capers, drained
  • 3 tbsp. sun dried tomatoes (suspended in oil), chopped
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • pinch of red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper
  • black pepper to taste

Heat the oil in a large (and I do mean large) skillet or dutch oven. (If you’re in the market for one, I fell in love with this baby last month. So blue!) Add the chicken and brown on all sides, then remove it and set aside.

chicken puttanesca

Add onion and garlic and sauté until soft and translucent (about 5 minutes). Stir in the tomatoes, anchovies, olives, capers, vinegar, and spices. Return the chicken to the pan and coat with the mixture. Cover and simmer for about 45 minutes. Serve hot.

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1 Betty February 2, 2009 at 5:22 pm

come cook for me! now! this makes me want to stay on induction for…. forever. no, but really, it looks great!

2 Anemare February 2, 2009 at 8:58 pm

I cannot access the receipes in the sidebars. Please tell me I don’t have to join another group to gain access to them.

3 Eugene February 2, 2009 at 9:03 pm

Anemare, I don’t think that there are any recipes in the sidebars, and you don’t have to join any groups to access anything. The link for my recipes is at the top of the page, in the navigation links.

4 Tangled Noodle February 3, 2009 at 6:22 am

Love it – “a hot dirty mess”. But you forgot another adjective: easy!

5 Mike September 29, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Wow!! I just made this for dinner tonight and man, is it delicious. I seem to have ended up with a bunch of extra sauce, thought. Next time I make this I’ll probably use 50% more chicken.

6 teraready February 28, 2012 at 3:13 am


7 pamela January 12, 2013 at 8:10 pm

Has anyone figured out the net carbs per serving (or batch) on this? I’m trying to get my boyfriend to make it for me and he is also on induction. He’s bit hard core and is skeptical this works for induction. Thanks in advance if anyone who has done the figuring is willing to share what they learned!

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