Broccoli Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo
This broccoli chicken fettuccine alfredo recipe is a quick, 30-minute pasta dinner with a creamy, delicious, homemade alfredo sauce! This broccoli chicken alfredo will win over the whole family in no time!
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What Makes This Recipe Great
Fettuccine Alfredo is classic comfort food that tastes like it took all day but is actually really quick and easy to make. Throw in some broccoli and cubed chicken and creamy homemade alfredo sauce, and you have the most delicious chicken alfredo broccoli pasta you never knew you could make so easily!
From start to finish in just 30 minutes, this alfredo chicken with broccoli pasta recipe is a keeper!
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The BEST (& Easiest!) Homemade Alfredo Sauce
Do yourself a favor, and never use a store-bought jar of alfredo sauce. You can make your own alfredo sauce almost as fast as opening a jar, but it tastes a million times better. All you need is some butter, garlic, heavy cream, and grated parmesan cheese.
While it’s not exactly the healthiest, I can promise you it is the tastiest. I’ve made “healthier” versions of alfredo sauce, and it’s just not the same. If it’s fettuccine alfredo you want, you’re craving this!
- Pasta: If you don’t have fettuccine on hand, 1 pound of any pasta would work. Even gluten-free. Jovial makes my favorite gluten-free pasta. This chicken fettuccine alfredo is all about the sauce, so the pasta part is up to you!
- Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts: I like to cube my chicken breasts before cooking. This way, they cook much quicker in the skillet. I like to cut my chicken breasts into 1″ bite-sized pieces.
- Broccoli: I use 2 heads of raw broccoli for this recipe, chopped (about 3-4 cups). If you prefer to use frozen broccoli, just be sure to heat them up on the stovetop or microwave and drain the water before putting them in your skillet.
- Garlic: I recommend using freshly grated or minced garlic for a wonderful deep flavor in your alfredo sauce.
- Grated Parmesan: I also include a bit more to garnish my pasta.
Recipe Step by Step
- Start by cooking the broccoli in my beloved cast iron skillet, until crisp and tender.
- Then, in the same pan, sear off cut boneless skinless chicken breasts. I like cutting the chicken breasts first because they cook much faster.
- Then it’s time for the good part, my homemade alfredo sauce! Just combine butter, garlic, heavy cream, and parmesan cheese in the same cast iron skillet. It’s flavor heaven.
- Add in your cooked fettuccine, chicken, broccoli, and a little of the pasta cooking water to thin out the pasta sauce to your desired consistency.
- Serve your fettuccine alfredo chicken with broccoli and garnish with parmesan cheese on top!
(check out the printable recipe below for more detailed instructions!)
Using Frozen Broccoli: You can use frozen broccoli if that’s what you have! About 1 pound. Thaw and add in to warm through.
Storing: Leftovers will keep in an airtight container refrigerated for at least 5 days. Reheat in the microwave or in a skillet.
Freezing: Any leftover alfredo chicken with broccoli can be frozen! Freeze in an airtight container for at least 6 months.
Protein: Chicken breasts are my go-to, but you could also use chicken thighs for this broccoli chicken alfredo if that’s what you have. Shrimp, salmon, or steak would be great too!
Serve alfredo chicken with broccoli warm, topped with grated parmesan cheese.
Leftovers will keep for 5 days refrigerated in an airtight container.
I’ve tried to adjust the alfredo sauce with healthier alternatives, and it just never has turned out quite as delicious. If want to try it yourself, I recommend using Miyokos Vegan Butter, Silk Dairy-Free Heavy Cream, and Trader Joe’s Dairy Free Shredded Parmesan Cheese.
These are all newer alternatives that I have not tried myself, but I bet would be closer to the real version than the ingredients I’ve used in the past!
If you’re really looking to make this alfredo chicken with broccoli lower-carb, try Natural Heaven Hearts of Palm Linguine as your pasta swap! Maybe one of these days I will perfect a healthy version, but in the meantime, let me know how this works for you in the comments!
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Broccoli Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo
- 1 pound fettuccine pasta
- 2 heads of broccoli, chopped, about 3-4 cups
- 24 ounces boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1" cubes
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 3 cloves of garlic, grated or finely minced
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- salt + pepper
- Bring a large pot of water to a bowl. Season the water with salt.
- While waiting for the water to boil, heat a cast iron skillet (or any large skillet) over medium high heat with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the broccoli, season with a pinch of salt and pepper, and cook the broccoli uncovered for 4 minutes until bright green. Add in 1/4 cup water, and cook uncovered until the water has evaporated, and the broccoli is crisp tender. Transfer the cooked broccoli to a medium size bowl.
- Add the fettuccine to the boiling water, and cook according to manufacturers instructions.
- In the same skillet you cooked the broccoli, heat another tablespoon of olive oil, and cook the chicken in an even layer. Season with salt and pepper. Cook about 5-7 minutes, or until the chicken is golden brown and cooked thru, turning the chicken several times. Transfer the cooked chicken to the same bowl as the broccoli.
- In the same skillet, melt the butter, then cook the garlic for 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Then add the heavy cream, and scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of the skillet. Add the grated parmesan cheese, and cook until melted and just starting to bubble. Turn the heat to low.
- When the pasta is done cooking, reserve 1 cup of the pasta cooking water. Drain the pasta from the water, then add the cooked pasta to the skillet with the sauce, and toss to coat the noodles. Add in the cooked chicken and broccoli, toss to combine. If necessary, add in pasta water to thin the sauce to desired consistency.
- Serve this broccoli chicken alfredo warm, topped with grated parmesan cheese.
- See the Recipe Notes below for more tips, FAQ's and ingredient substitutions.