Chicken Riggies

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2005/01/14 12:22:07 (permalink)

Chicken Riggies

Ok. This article showed up in the news today but doesn't actually say what the dish is (other than chicken and rigatoni). Can someone in upstate NY please explain exactly what a chicken riggie is and how it is prepared.

Utica builds festival around popular chicken 'riggie' dish

UTICA, N.Y. Buffalo has chicken wings, Baltimore has crab cakes and Philadelphia has its cheese steaks.

What does Utica, New York, have to offer in the way of regional cuisine?

Chicken riggies.

The dish combines chicken with rigatoni pasta and other ingredients. It's a popular item in Utica, where many local chefs claim to make the best riggies.

In the spring, they'll be able to put their recipes to the test when Utica hosts its first Riggiefest.

The fund-raising event in May will let the public sample the offerings and determine which restaurant serves the best chicken riggies.

Founder Dave Gibson says it's another way for people to take pride in central New York.

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