Broccoli chicken fettuccine alfredo – a quick 30 minute pasta dinner with a homemade creamy 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.
Just 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, it’s just not the same. If it’s fettuccine alfredo you want, you’re craving this.
This whole recipe takes just 30 minutes to make.
I start by cooking the broccoli in my beloved cast iron skillet. Until crisp tender. Then in the same pan I sear off cut chicken breasts. I like cutting the chicken breasts first because they cook much faster.
Then it’s time for the good part. The homemade alfredo sauce.
Just combine butter, garlic, heavy cream and parmesan cheese to the same cast iron skillet. It’s flavor heaven.
Add in your cooked fettuccine, chicken and broccoli, and a little of the pasta cooking water to thin out the pasta sauce to your desired consistency.
Your whole family is going to love this homemade broccoli chicken fettuccine alfredo!Print
1 pound fettuccine pasta
2 heads of broccoli, chopped, about 3-4 cups
(4) 6-oz 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
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 warm, topped with grated parmesan cheese.
Leftovers will keep for 5 days refrigerated in an airtight container.
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