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Easy Chicken Alfredo Recipe With Penne Pasta

If you are craving a good comfort meal or are looking for a delicious recipe to feed the family, then you will love this Easy Chicken Alfredo Recipe.

Not only is it a delicious homemade meal, it is easy to make. It is one of those meals that looks so impressive when served, that everyone will think that you spent hours in the kitchen.

But best of all, there is no need for a store-bought jar of Alfredo sauce. This recipe includes how to make a quick and easy homemade Alfredo sauce that requires just 6 ingredients.

The delicious sauce is then tossed with cooked chicken slices and penne pasta for a complete dinner that will satisfy the entire family.

easy chicken alfredo
Chicken Alfredo served with penne pasta for a delicious comfort food meal that the entire family will love.

Easy Chicken Alfredo Recipe

INGREDIENTS

*Don’t let the long list of ingredients scare you away from making this recipe. I have divided out the ingredients in sections, so it may appear that there is a long, expansive list.

In reality, this recipe requires just 9 ingredients, minus the salt and pepper. So keep reading, and be sure to save the recipe when you need a good and easy comfort food meal.

Chicken Ingredients:

  • Chicken breast, boneless & skinless
  • Butter
  • Dried Italian seasoning
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Homemade Alfredo Sauce Ingredients

  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • All-purpose flour
  • Milk
  • Dried Italian seasoning
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Additional Ingredients For Serving

  • Penne pasta, cooked to al’ dente
  • Fresh parsley
  • Parmesan cheese
cooked penne pasta
Cook the penne pasta to al’ dente as you cook the chicken and make the homemade Alfredo sauce.

INSTRUCTIONS

The first step in making Easy Chicken Alfredo is to prepare the chicken. Do this by slicing the chicken breasts into thin strips.

If you prefer, you can dice the chicken into 1 inch chunks. The goal here is to have the chicken in manageable pieces and to decrease the cooking time required.

Once the chicken is sliced or diced, season all sides with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Set the chicken aside while you heat up the skillet.

Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add butter. Once the butter is melted, add the sliced chicken breasts to the hot pan.

Cook the chicken in the skillet, flipping the pieces 2-3 times until the chicken pieces are fully cooked. Depending on the size of your slices, it should take approximately 6-8 minutes. Once fully cooked, remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.

sliced chicken in skillet
Once your chicken is cooked, remove it from the skillet and begin to make your Alfredo sauce.

Homemade Alfredo Sauce

Now turn the burner heat down to medium, and in the same skillet add the butter. Once melted add the minced garlic. Cook until the garlic becomes fragrant, which will take less than a minute.

Then add half of the flour to the skillet and stir until blended with the butter and garlic. Then add the remaining flour and stir until no dry flour can be seen. This will be the thickening agent for your Easy Chicken Alfredo Sauce.

Once the flour has been absorbed, slowly pour in the milk while constantly stirring until the mixture is fully incorporated. Continue to stir until the sauce begins to thicken and there are no clumps of flour remaining.

homemade alfredo sauce
Although you could use jarred Alfredo sauce, it is easy to make your own with a few simple ingredients.

Season the sauce with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and stir well. Then add the Parmesan cheese and stir until the cheese is melted.

*Freshly grated Parmesan cheese is best to use in this Easy Chicken Alfredo Recipe as it tends to melt better. It is easy to take a wedge of Parmesan cheese and use a fine mesh grater to grate your own. However, if you only have pre-grated cheese, then by all means use that!

When the Parmesan cheese is melted, add the chicken and the cooked penne pasta to the skillet and toss until the pasta is coated in the sauce.

Garnish with parsley and Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

fresh grated parmesan cheese
It is best to use freshly grated Parmesan cheese because it melts better.

Other Delicious Variations

Although this recipe is delicious on its own, there are some additional ingredients that you can add to this Easy Chicken Alfredo Recipe to make it unique.

Here are some of our favorite add-in ingredient combinations:

  1. Add in a little spinach or kale to get those greens in your diet. They wilt down so much that they are barely noticeable. Simply add a handful or two of baby spinach or diced kale when you add the pasta and chicken.
  2. Sliced mushrooms pair perfectly with creamy Alfredo sauce. I prefer to saute the mushrooms with the chicken so that they are nice and soft. However, if you like more of a bite, add them when you add the cooked noodles instead.
  3. You have heard the term ‘Everything is better with bacon‘, and this couldn’t be more true in this case. Add a little diced bacon along with the chicken and noodles and you not only get that salty taste, but it also adds a little crunch to your meal.
  4. Sun-dried tomatoes and pesto are also a good combination to lighten up this recipe a bit. The sweetness of the sun-dried tomatoes pairs perfectly with the earthy flavor of pesto and they both add amazing flavor to this recipe.
spinach chicken alfredo
I love to add a little spinach to this Easy Chicken Alfredo recipe to sneak in a little greens for those who don’t like to eat them.

There are so many additional flavors that can be added to this Easy Chicken Alfredo dish if you want to spruce it up a little bit. But honestly, I am in love with the classic flavors that it already holds.

Enjoy! Mary

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I freeze the leftovers?

Unfortunately, pasta doesn’t freeze well. It is best to store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

How do I reheat leftovers?

It is best to reheat the leftovers on the stovetop, rather than in the microwave. Add the leftovers to a large skillet placed over medium heat and add 1/4 cup of water or chicken stock to the pan. Continue to stir and break up the clumps of noodles to heat evenly.

Can I use non-dairy milk and cheese?

If you need to avoid dairy, you can definitely use Almond or Soy milk. As for the Parmesan cheese, you can substitute Cashew cheese or use Nutritional Yeast as a substitute. There are also non-dairy Parmesan cheese replacements, however, I have not personally tried those in this recipe.

Can I use jarred Alfredo Sauce instead of making my own?

Of course you can use store-bought jarred sauce to make this Easy Chicken Alfredo recipe. However, it is so easy to make your own. And homemade is always better! But more importantly, you can control how much sodium goes into your sauce. Jarred sauce tends to have a ton of extra sodium so that it can stay on the shelf for months.

Can I make this recipe in the Instant Pot?

I have not made this specific recipe in the Instant Pot. However I have made Instant Pot Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo in my pressure cooker using jarred sauce, because sometimes you don’t have time to stand over a stove.

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Yield: 6 servings

Easy Chicken Alfredo

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Creamy Chicken Alfredo tossed with cooked penne pasta for a filling and hearty meal.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lb chicken breast, boneless, skinless
  • 2 tablespoons butter, unsalted
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 16 oz penne pasta, cooked

Alfredo Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Garnish

  • ¼ cup fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Slice the chicken breasts into thin strips and then season with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning, set aside.
  2. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 2 Tbsp. butter. Once melted add the sliced chicken breasts and cook 6-8 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked. Remove from the chicken from the skillet and set aside.
  3. In the same pan over medium heat, melt the remaining butter and add the garlic. Cook until the garlic becomes fragrant.
  4. Add half of the flour to the skillet with the garlic and stirring until blended. Then add the remaining flour and stir until no dry flour can be seen.
  5. Slowly pour in the milk while constantly stirring until fully incorporated and sauce begins to thicken and there are no clumps remaining.
  6. Add the salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and stir well. Then add the Parmesan cheese and stir until melted.
  7. Add the chicken and penne pasta to the skillet and toss until the pasta is coated in the sauce.
  8. Garnish with parsley and Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

Notes

Recipe provided by Make Your Meals

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 488Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 131mgSodium: 804mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 47g

Nutritional Information is to be used as a general guideline only . Nutritional calculations will vary from the types and brands of the products used.

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