This one-pot creamy chicken alfredo recipe is creamy, comforting, and easy to make. All you need is one pot and 30 minutes to whip up this delicious dinner. Packed with flavorful, tender chicken and a super creamy sauce.
Simple Recipe For Chicken Alfredo Pasta
This delicious Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo recipe is a great way to make a gourmet dinner without having to spend hours in the kitchen. The recipe is so simple, yet it delivers a decadent end result.
The best part about this Alfredo chicken recipe is that you can customize it however you’d like by adding extra herbs, spices, or even other ingredients such as mushrooms or diced tomatoes.
You can also adjust the ratio of cream and cheese to make it more indulgent if desired. No matter how you prepare it, rest assured that this dish will always taste amazing!
What is the secret to smooth Alfredo sauce?
The secret to a smooth Alfredo sauce is to simmer the sauce for a few minutes after adding in the cream and cheese. This will help thicken the sauce and create a smooth, creamy texture.
What You Need To Make This Simple Chicken Alfredo Recipe:
Pasta: I used fettuccine for this Alfredo, but you can easily use any pasta you want.
- Chicken: I used chicken breasts for this pasta; you can use other boneless cuts, but I strongly suggest this one for the classic taste.
- Vegetable Oil: I strongly recommend using olive oil
- Butter: You will want to use unsalted butter; this gives you better control of the saltiness when following the chicken Alfredo sauce recipe.
- Cream: To give this Alfredo just the right amount of richness, I used some heavy cream.
- Cheese: To give it the perfect cheesy taste associated with a good chicken Alfredo, I added in grated Parmesan.
- Sauce Seasonings: I used chopped garlic, salt, and pepper to taste for my sauce. I finish off the pasta with parsley as a garnish.
How to Make Chicken Alfredo
Let’s get cooking, shall we?
- Season the chicken with spices and cook it in a large pot with butter and olive oil. Set aside the cooked chicken.
- In the same pot, cook onions and garlic, then add broth, cream, and pasta. Let it simmer until pasta is cooked.
- Add the chicken back to the pot along with Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes. Simmer for a few minutes, adjust the sauce consistency and seasoning, garnish with parsley, and serve hot.
What To Serve With Chicken Alfredo Pasta
- There are several side dishes that pair perfectly with chicken Alfredo pasta. These are a couple of my personal favorites.
- Veggies such as broccoli, green beans, or roasted cauliflower will provide a crunchy texture and additional nutrients to the plate.
- Another option is a crisp green salad topped with balsamic vinaigrette. This light side can help balance the creamy sauce.
- If you want something more substantial, garlic bread or dinner rolls make great accompaniments for soaking up any leftover sauce.
Tips and Tricks
- Substitute chicken with shrimp or other proteins.
- Add extra veggies to the dish.
- Use freshly grated Parmesan cheese for best results! You can also use a pre-grated variety, but it won’t be quite as good because it doesn’t melt as well and may leave little chunks of cheese throughout your dish if you don’t stir constantly while simmering on the stovetop.
- Adjust the amount of red pepper flakes according to taste–I like my Alfredo spicy!
- Be sure to read your pasta package to make sure you follow the cooking time for the brand correctly.
- Gluten intolerant? Use with your favorite gluten-free pasta.
- Want an alternative to heavy cream? Try coconut cream or cashew cream.
How to reheat Chicken Alfredo
Reheat your Alfredo on a stovetop for the best results. I suggest adding a little butter and a touch of water and sauteing it until it’s ready.
You can also reheat it in the microwave. Just put the pasta in a bowl that can be microwaved, cover it with cling wrap, and then microwave it for one minute. If necessary, heat it for an additional 30 seconds.
FAQs for Chicken Alfredo Recipe
How Do You Make Chicken Alfredo Sauce Thicker?
Although the Chicken Alfredo sauce recipe is naturally thick and creamy, you can thicken it by either cooking it for a little longer. It gets even thicker as it cools down.
Can you use milk instead of heavy cream for Alfredo sauce?
Yes, you can use milk instead of heavy cream in Alfredo sauce. To make the sauce as rich and creamy as possible, you can use half 2% milk and half heavy cream. This will still give you a delicious Alfredo sauce, but it won’t be as thick as one made with all heavy cream.
Why doesn’t my Alfredo sauce stay creamy?
If your Alfredo sauce isn’t staying creamy, it could be because you’re overcooking it. Alfredo sauce should be cooked over low heat and stirred constantly to prevent it from sticking to the pan. Adding a bit of butter or heavy cream at the end of cooking can also help to make the sauce creamy and smooth.
Can I Substitute the Heavy Cream?
You can use half-and-half or cashew cream, but you will need to add in a roux made of flour and water to achieve the same end result. You can also use Greek yogurt or cream cheese and add in a little extra pasta water.
Creamy Chicken Alfredo
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
- ½ tsp thyme
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small onion – finely diced
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 2-1/2 cups chicken broth low sodium
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 12 oz fettuccine or pasta of your choice
- 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
- 3/4 cup grated parmesan
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons parsley plus more for garnish, chopped
- Season chicken with thyme, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste.
- Heat the butter and olive oil over medium heat in a large pot or deep skillet.
- Add the seasoned chicken and cook until lightly browned and cooked through about 5-7 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pot and set aside.
- Lower the pan’s heat to medium and add the butter and olive oil.
- Add the finely chopped onion and cook for 2-3 minutes until softened. Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional 1 minute, stirring frequently to avoid burning.
- Add broth, cream, and pasta. Bring the mixture to a boil, stiring the pasta around every 30 seconds to prevent it from sticking together then reduce the heat to medium-low and let it simmer for about 9 – 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Once the pasta is cooked, add the cooked chicken back to the pot, along with the grated Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes (if using). Stir well to combine. Lower the heat to medium-low and leave to simmer for a minute or 2 until the cheese is melted and the chicken is heated through.
- . If the sauce is too thick, add a splash of broth or cream a little at a time until desired consistency is desired. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary, adding more salt and pepper if needed.
- Remove the pot from the heat, garnish with a sprinkle of parsley, and serve while hot. Enjoy!
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