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Creamy Chicken Alfredo Pasta recipe

Creamy Chicken Alfredo Pasta

This Creamy Chicken Alfredo Pasta is an easy weeknight dish you can make in less than 30 minutes! It's made with a simple home made alfredo sauce.
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Course: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 610kcal
Author: Mariam E.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. chicken tenders
  • 12 oz. fettuccini pasta cooked
  • 2 tbsps. olive oil
  • 1 cup asparagus trimmed and chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Sauce

  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsps. fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsps. butter
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1.5 cup pasta water preserved from cooked pasta
  • 3 tbsps. flour

Instructions

  • Cook pasta al dente (about 6 minutes after water boils)
  • Trim and chop asparagus. Set aside
  • Dice the onions and mince the garlic.
  • Cut chicken tenders into smaller strips of chicken.
  • Heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil in a skillet and pan sear the chicken strips until they are golden in color. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • In the same skillet, add in the second tablespoon of olive oil with 2 tbsps. of butter and caramalize the onion. Then add the minced garlic to saute for another minute.
  • Add in the flour and mix well. Then add in the milk, water, spices and salt and whisk the mixture to combine well.
  • Simmer the sauce on low heat for 2-4 minutes until it thickens up.
  • Add in the drained cooked pasta, mix together to coat well with sauce. Cook on low for a couple of minutes.
  • Add in the cooked chicken, parmesan cheese and asparagus. Mix together again to coat everything well. Cover and let them cook on low for 3-5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and serve!

Notes

  • I used fettuccini but you can use any pasta you like.
  • Stir the pasta as soon as you drop it into the boiling water, to avoid sticking.
  • Use unsalted butter to control the sodium content of the recipe.
  • Be sure to use a large skillet or pan for all the ingredients.
  • Give everything a good toss to coat the pasta well.
  • Make sure to pan sear the chicken strips on both sides until they are a little golden brown in color.
  • I love adding more grated Parmesan cheese after I serve my dish.
  • I also love spicy food so chili flakes or cayenne pepper is a must for me!
  • Add some ricotta cheese to this Creamy Alfredo Chicken Pasta to make it more rich and smooth. But it's not essential.
  • Top with fresh parsley for a pop of freshness and color.

Nutrition

Calories: 610kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 774mg | Potassium: 915mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 567IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 283mg | Iron: 2mg
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