how to make easy chicken alfredo
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Chicken Alfredo Pasta

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 723kcal
Author: Julie Clark

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (with salt and pepper, cut into bite-size pieces)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 pound ziti pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream (warmed)
  • 8 ounces freshly shredded Parmesan cheese (about 3 1/2 cups)
  • 7 ounces Alessi julienne cut sun dried tomatoes (drained)
  • 1/4 cup Alessi Pine Nuts (for topping)
  • 1/4 cup freshly snipped Italian parsley (for topping)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the chicken pieces into the skillet and saute until browned on at least 2 sides. Don't cook all the way through. Just brown them.
  • Move the chicken from the pan to a plate and set aside.
  • Add the garlic to the skillet. Cook and stir for 30 seconds.
  • Add the chicken stock and bring it to a low boil.
  • Add the pasta and boil for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the warmed cream and the chicken with juices. Stir well.  Cover and simmer over low heat for 4-5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through, stirring occasionally. 
  • Slowly add in 3 cups of freshly shredded Parmesan cheese, 1/2 a cup at a time, stirring between each addition. Save about 1/2 a cup for using as a topping on the pasta when serving.
  • Once the cheese has all melted in, add the drained sun dried tomatoes and mix well.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Transfer spoonfuls of the pasta to serving plates and sprinkle with pine nuts, fresh parsley and Parmesan cheese.
  • Serve warm.

Notes

*Alfredo dishes are best when served the day you make them. Leftovers are still good, but won't be quite as creamy.
The calories shown are based on the recipe being divided 8 ways, with 1 serving being 1/8 of the recipe. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate.

Nutrition

Calories: 723kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 837mg | Potassium: 1050mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1465IU | Vitamin C: 29.5mg | Calcium: 400mg | Iron: 2.6mg