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Chicken Alfredo Pasta

Chicken Alfredo Pasta

5 from 28 reviews

This lightened Chicken Alfredo Pasta is made with a roux and half n half.  The end result is a delectable meal it is a little lower in fat and calories.

Ingredients

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  • 1 box (16 ounce) fettuccine noodles
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large chicken breasts split in half lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (preferably fresh)
  • 1/21 cup low sodium chicken broth (see notes)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chopped Italian parsley

Instructions

  1. Cook fettuccine noodles according to package instructions and drain well.
  2. Pat the chicken dry and season with salt and pepper. In large skillet over medium high heat add olive oil. Swirl to coat the pan and get it good and hot. Add chicken breasts and cook for 3-5 minutes without disturbing, flip and cook the other side 3-5 minutes without disturbing. The chicken should be a nice golden brown. Remove to plate.
  3. Wipe out skillet with paper towel. Melt butter over low heat. Add garlic and cook for for 1 minute.  Whisk in flour and cook over low for about 5 minutes; whisking continually. The flour will have turned a very light brown. Slowly add half and half whisking constantly. Cook for 1-2 minutes Slowly whisk in Parmesan cheese. Add small amounts of chicken broth at a time until desired consistency.
  4. Add pasta and chicken to the skillet and stir gently to combine. Salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with fresh parsley.

Notes

  • Pasta tends to get gloppy when cooked to far in advance so time it where you get the best results.
  • Do not rinse the pasta as the sauce sticks a lot better if it is not rinsed.
  • Use small amounts of chicken broth at a time if the sauce or the pasta becomes too thick.
  • If you prefer grill the chicken breasts as it adds another dimension to a fabulous recipe.
  • Use fresh grated Parmesan cheese as it melts and tastes so much better.

 

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