Easy, creamy Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo is the perfect dinner recipe for busy nights. Done in 30 minutes and made in a single pan, everyone at the table will love this comforting dish!
December was a doozie. December is always a doozie, but this year was exceptional. We ended the month with my husband snapping his Achilles’ tendon in half. So we have spent the past ten days scraping by in many ways. Easy food has been essential and this super easy Chicken Alfredo was a hit when my dad and stepmom were visiting last week.
I rely on easy dinners, especially when life hits hard. By EASY DINNER, I’m talking 30 minutes and every morsel of food is made in one pan. A single pan! A busy woman’s dream come true, people. This alfredo recipe is like the cheater’s version, except it’s really not because it is JUST as tasty as the meal from Olive Garden you love so much.
HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN ALFREDO
Heat 3 tablespoons butter or olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts in a single layer, season with salt and pepper, cover pan and cook for 6 minutes per side, or until centers are no longer pink. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and slice thinly; set aside. Do not clean out the pan.
Melt the butter in the pan and add the garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until fragrant, stirring occasionally. Add 2 cups of milk and 2 cans of chicken broth and heat until frothy, stirring frequently. Immediately decrease the heat to medium-low.
Add a 12-ounce package of fettuccini noodles and let simmer for 10 minutes, or until pasta is cooked to al dente. Add the Parmesan cheese and sliced chicken to the pan and cook for 5 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and chicken is warmed through.
Serve warm and garnish with parsley, salt and pepper!
RECIPE NOTES: HOW TO MAKE THIS THE BEST CHICKEN ALFREDO EVER!
For a gluten-free meal, replace the pasta with rice or a gluten free pasta.
Replace the milk with heavy whipping cream for a creamier, heartier meal.
Go crazy with black pepper! This dish is meant to be enjoyed with a heavy dose of pepper.
Add the chicken at the end of the recipe to cut 12 minutes off this recipe! If you go this route, you can skip step 1 entirely. Add meat that has been pulled from a Rotisserie chicken toward the end of the recipe instead!
For a slimmer meal, cut the amount of the cheese used in the recipe in half and use skimmed milk.
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE ALFREDO SAUCE
Homemade alfredo sauce is MY FAVORITE. Seriously, if you haven’t tried making your own, you must! Make this version and use it in this recipe in place of step 2. You’ll want to cook your noodles separately in boiling water if you go this route.
CAN I REPLACE THE ALFREDO SAUCE WITH A STORE-BOUGHT VERSION?
Sure! The sauce in this recipe is super easy to prepare, but if you’re looking for something even quicker and easier, replace the butter, garlic, milk and broth from the recipe with a jar of Alfredo sauce. Cook till warmed through and follow the rest of the recipe as directed.
WHAT IS ALFREDO SAUCE?
Alfredo sauce was created by restaurateur Alfredo di Lelio in Rome. He combined fettuccine with a sauce consisting of cream, butter and Parmesan cheese. The version of Alfredo sauce used in this recipe uses milk as a replacement for heavy cream (slimmin’ it down!), but feel free to use cream instead.
CAN I USE A TYPE OF PASTA OTHER THAN FETTUCCINE FOR CHICKEN ALFREDO?
Yes! Penne pasta, spaghetti noodles, elbow macaroni or really any type of pasta can be used in place of fettuccine. Cooking times may vary depending on the pasta you’re using (watch it closely!), but any type will taste delicious with Alfredo sauce. Fettuccine and linguine are the typical types of pasta used with this dish, but be adventurous! Use what is in your cupboard!
OTHER USES FOR ROTISSERIE CHICKEN MEAT
There are endless possibilities for ways to use Rotisserie chicken meat. Here are a few ideas to get you started!
Shred the chicken and add it to your next wrap or salad.
Add it to your next batch of chicken noodle soup!
CHICKEN BURRITO BOWLS! Chipotle style!
Throw it into some cheesy quesadillas or even a grilled cheese sandwich!
MEALS TO MAKE FOR NEW PARENTS
The last thing new parents want to think about after bringing their brand new baby home from the hospital is DINNER. Dropping off a homemade dinner for a new parent is something they will be forever grateful for. Here are a few ideas for meals to drop off:
OTHER EASY AND DELICIOUS DINNER OPTIONS:
Easy Chicken Alfredo
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 3 tablespoons salted butter
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups milk
- 2 14.5 oz. cans chicken broth
- 12 oz. package fettuccine noodles
- 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- Finely chopped flat-leaf parsley for topping
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add chicken breasts in a single layer, season with salt and pepper, cover pan and cook for 6 minutes per side, or until centers are no longer pink. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and cut into slices; set aside. Do not clean pan.
- Melt the butter in the pan and add the garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until fragrant. Add milk and chicken broth and heat until frothy. Immediately decrease heat to medium-low. Add fettuccini noodles and let simmer for 10 minutes, or until pasta is cooked through. Add Parmesan cheese and chicken to the pan and cook for 5 minutes, or until cheese has melted and chicken is warmed through.
- Serve warm and top with flat-leaf parsley, salt and pepper, if desired.