Recipe: Quick and Easy Chicken Puttanesca

  • Aug 25, 2023
  • By Anthea England
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We've found the perfect weeknight dinner recipe! This Chicken Puttanesca is healthy, delicious and has just 8g of carbs per serve. It's from the brand new book CSIRO Low-Carb Diet Quick & Easy.

CSIRO is Australia's national science agency, so this book also gives you the latest science behind the the low-carb diet and has really handy meal plans, shopping lists and more! Plus, there's over 100 new low-carb recipes to try.

Chicken Puttanesca

This Chicken Puttanesca takes just 35 minutes to make, including prep and cook time - so it will be on your table in no time!

Chicken Puttanesca

Serves 4 | Preparation: 20 Minutes | Cooking: 15 Minutes | Difficulty: Low


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 600g lean chicken breast strips, seasoned with pepper
  • 1 x 410g tin rich and thick garlic and basil chopped tomatoes
  • 60g sliced black olives
  • 1 tablespoon drained, rinsed baby capers in brine
  • Large pinch dried chilli flakes
  • 1 cup small basil leaves
  • 2 carrots, spiralised
  • 2 x 250g packets fresh zucchini spaghetti


  1. Heat the oil in a large, deep non-stick frying pan over high heat. Add the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the tomatoes, olives, capers, chilli and 1⁄2 cup (125ml) water to the pan and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until thickened. Stir in the basil.
  3. Divide the carrot and zucchini among serving bowls, spoon over the chicken mixture and serve.

CSIRO Cookbook

Recipes extracted from The CSIRO Low-Carb Diet Quick & Easy by Professor Grant Brinkworth and Dr Pennie Taylor. Available now, Macmillan Australia, RRP $34.99.