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Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Pasta Recipe

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Pasta

The most delicious and easy-to-make homemade alfredo sauce is featured in this chicken broccoli alfredo pasta.  I use penne (short pasta) which makes you feel like you get more sauce with every bite.   

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 853 kcal
Author Julia

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces broccoli
  • 8 ounces penne pasta (for gluten free, use gf brown rice penne)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1.5 pound chicken breast (1 large chicken breast)
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 cups Parmesan cheese, or Mozzarella cheese, or Monterey Jack cheese , shredded
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

How to make chicken broccoli alfredo pasta:

  1. Cook broccoli in boiling water for 5 minutes, drain well. Cut into small florets.
  2. Cook pasta al dente, drain.
  3. In a large skillet heat olive oil and butter on medium-high heat (until hot but not smoking) and saute chicken breast (seasoned generously with salt and pepper on both sides) for about 5 minutes on each side. Remove the skillet from heat, cover with the lid, and let the chicken rest, off heat, covered, until chicken is no longer pink in the center and cooked through. Remove chicken from the pan. Cut chicken into bite-size pieces.
  4. Add minced garlic to the same skillet and cook it in chicken juices and oil remaining in the pan, scraping up the chicken bits from the bottom of the pan, on medium heat for about 30 seconds until garlic is fragrant, making sure to avoid burning. Add cooked and sliced broccoli and mix in with garlic. Remove from the pan.
  5. To make the creamy sauce, in the same skillet heat up 1 cup of heavy cream until it boils. Immediately add the cheese and stir until melted and nice and creamy. Reduce heat to medium-low, and slowly, in small portions, add milk, constantly stirring, simmering, until nice and creamy consistency is reached.
  6. Add cooked pasta to the creamy sauce, then add broccoli. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Top with sliced, cooked chicken.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 853 Calories from Fat 387
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 43g 66%
Saturated Fat 23g 115%
Cholesterol 225mg 75%
Sodium 799mg 33%
Potassium 1145mg 33%
Total Carbohydrates 53g 18%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 6g
Protein 60g 120%
Vitamin A 36%
Vitamin C 80.7%
Calcium 53.7%
Iron 12.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.