Italian Spicy Chicken Stir Fry

This spicy chicken stir fry pairs incredibly well with a busy work day. It’s like we are taking our beloved soffritto and turning into a full on meal.

What to expect: Crunchy and soft vegetables, tender and juicy chicken bites, coated with a spicy Italian tomato and vegetables sauce from the southern region of Puglia. The fragrance will remind you of a caponata but this is not just a side dish, it’s a main course.

Let’s make it.


ingredients for Italian spicy chicken stir fry


Ingredients for Italian Spicy Chicken Stir Fry

Like any soffritto you need a type of onion and at least two vegetables. Since we are making a chicken stir fry, we will obviously need the chicken too. Along with that you need some herbs and a sauce to give it that saucy consistency and the spicy taste we are after.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

Belmorso extra virgin olive oil (get it here)

spring onion

red pepper



chicken breast

salt, pepper, oregano

Belmorso Cannonata – this is what brings the dish together and gives it a spicy taste with an Italian twist.


adding Cannonata to chicken stir fry


Italian chicken stir fry

Italian Spicy Chicken Stir Fry

Add this spicy Italian stir fry to your weekly dinner menu and you won't be disappointed. It's quick, easy and so so tasty.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 large portions
Calories 400 kcal


  • 1 chopping board
  • 1 chopping knife
  • 1 large deep pan
  • 1 cooking spoon
  • 1 tablespoon


  • 2 medium chicken breasts
  • 2 handfuls spring onions chopped I like to chop fresh spring onions and store them in the freezer to easily use when cooking. Feel free to use them fresh instead.
  • 1 medium aubergine
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 medium carrot optional; I didn't include this as I used them all up for another recipe, but adding it would be lovely.
  • salt and pepper
  • dry or fresh oregano
  • Belmorso extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Cannonata large


  • Clean and cut your chicken breasts into strips.
    slicing chicken breast
  • If not already cut, clean and chop your spring onions.
  • Peel and chop your aubergines into large pieces, as aubergines tends to shrink.
    peeling and cutting aubergine
  • Wash, deseed, and slice your pepper into strips.
    slicing red pepper
  • Peel and cut your carrot into thin strips.
  • Add all the vegetables in a large pan and drizzle plenty of Belmorso EVOO.
    adding vegetables for stir fry in a pan
  • Put on the stove and let them sauté for 10 minutes.
  • Add the chicken strips in and season with salt and pepper; then add the oregano too and mix.
    adding chicken to stir fry
  • Leave to cook for another 10 minutes or until your chicken looks fully cooked, and your vegetables are slightly tender but still with a crunch.
  • Add the 2 tablespoons Belmorso Cannonata and mix well.
    adding Cannonata to chicken stir fry
  • Take off the heat and serve with a side of rice. A saffron rice pairs nicely.
    tasting spicy chicken stir fry



Rice not included in the calories above.
Keyword chicken, medium spicy, stir fry


healthy apple crumble  amaretto gelato


Simple Dessert to Go with Stir Fry

Whether you are making this in the colder months or in Summer, I am going to suggest two desserts that are divine enjoyed after this meal.

Warm dessert: Healthy Apple crumble with Tarallini and Mascarpone (see recipe)

Cold dessert: Amaretto Gelato with Balsamic Peaches


What vegetables do Italians Eat for Dinner?

Italians are big on eating their vegetables, but it’s not what you think.

Unlike the UK and Ireland, where eating steamed broccoli and roasted carrots with a protein is very common, in Italy we like to cook our vegetables creatively.

Carrots, onions, zucchini, tomatoes, aubergines, broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes – we love them all and we cook with them a lot, especially at dinner time.

Unless we are on a diet, you won’t usually find plain vegetables on our plate.



Here’s how we usually include vegetables in our dinners.

  1. We add them to risotto
  2. We make pasta sauces with them
  3. We add them to meat stews
  4. We add them to soups and minestrone pasta
  5. We even add them to pizza and focaccia sometimes
  6. And of course we make many side dishes with them


roasted balsamic vegetables potato salad stuffed courgettes salad dressing


These are the most loved Italian side dishes for dinner featuring loads of vegetables.

  1. Caponata
  2. Salads with leaves, tomatoes, onions and a dressing
  3. Mixed roasted vegetables
  4. Onions, peas and bacon
  5. Roasted potatoes
  6. Stuffed courgettes, aubergines or peppers
  7. Broccoli with olives drowned in wine
  8. Tomatoes and onion salad
  9. Roasted peppers served marinated
  10. Grilled vegetables served marinated


What is the most important vegetable in Italian cooking?

Tomato is definitely that one vegetable that is featured the most in Italian cuisine. Whether it's a pasta sauce, a dip, or a stew you are likely to find tomato in it.

What is an Italian vegetable blend?

Onions, carrots and celery are the three vegetables that make the classic Italian soffritto. They are the perfect base for aromatising sauces, soups and other dishes. Other great Italian vegetable blends are onions, carrots and potatoes; onions, peas, and mushrooms; onions, carrots and peppers; onions, carrots and aubergines; tomatoes, aubergines and zucchini.

What vegetables are typical Italian ingredients?

This is the list of the vegetables most eaten and cooked with in Italy.
  1. Tomato
  2. Potato
  3. Zucchini
  4. Leafy salads
  5. Legumes
To that, I would definitely add carrots, onions and aubergines.


Author: Alessia


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