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.
How to make Easy Chicken Alfredo
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 slice thinly; 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.
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 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!
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.
Notes about Easy Chicken Alfredo:
For a gluten-free meal, replace the pasta with rice.
Replace the milk with heavy cream for a creamier, heartier meal.
Go crazy with black pepper! This dish is meant to be enjoyed with a heavy dose of pepper.
Wishing you all an incredible year ahead! Thank you so much for being here. I am grateful!