20 Minute Easy Chicken Alfredo
This easy homemade Chicken Alfredo is just like the simple, yet elegant dish on the menu at Olive Garden™ and other restaurants. It’s amazing comfort food bursting with creamy flavor. Plus it’s a quick weeknight dinner you can make in 20 minutes.
Chicken Alfredo is a variation on classic Olive Garden chicken alfredo we all love. It’s so easy to make as a delicious meal at home, and it’s a budget-friendly option too. It’s one of my most popular weeknight dinner recipes along with Honey Garlic Chicken and Teriyaki Chicken.
This classic version of chicken alfredo is thickened naturally with cream and grated parmesan cheese instead of flour or egg yolks for a silkier, creamier sauce that’s also easy to make.
Fettuccine Alfredo was invented in the early 1900s in Rome by restauranteur Alfredo Do Lelio, and has since become an Italian classic with hundreds of variations including this chicken fettuccine alfredo.
How to Make Chicken Alfredo
You’ll find this dish comes together easily in about 20 minutes. While you prepare a pot of boiling water and cook the pasta, you can make the alfredo sauce.
Start by sauteeing the chicken slices in a large skillet over medium heat until they’re starting to brown. It’s fine if they’re not fully done, as they’ll be cooked through in the following step.
Now you can add the minced garlic and season with salt and pepper before pouring in the cream.
Once the alfredo sauce starts to bubble, stir in the parmesan before reducing the heat to a simmer to allow it to thicken. This is when the magic happens!
Now you’re ready to toss this sauce with your cooked and drained fettuccine pasta.
It’s best to serve it hot on pasta plates with a sprinkling of additional parmesan and minced parsley on top for color.
Tips and Secrets for Making Chicken Alfredo
- To save time, get your sauce ingredients ready while your pot of water is coming to a boil. Then you can make the sauce at the same time the pasta is cooking.
- After adding the cream, keep the heat on a medium-to-low simmer to allow it the alfredo sauce to thicken gradually. Higher heat may cause it to brown or burn.
- While you can use pre-cooked chicken strips for this recipe, you’ll get the best flavor by cooking the chicken yourself.
- For a lighter variation, substitute half and half milk instead of heavy cream and reduce butter to 1 tbsp instead of 2 tbsp.
Make Ahead Tip
You can make the alfredo sauce ahead of time excluding the parmesan cheese. Store for up to 2 days in an airtight container in the fridge.
When the pasta is nearly ready, simply reheat the sauce for 2-3 minutes in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the parmesan cheese and then combine with the pasta.
Tools and Equipment for Chicken Alfredo
- A large cast iron or nonstick skillet is perfect for making the sauce.
- Kitchen tongs are helpful for combining the fettuccine with the alfredo sauce.
- I used a chef’s knife to quickly mince garlic and parsley.
Watch How to Make Chicken Alfredo:
Creamy Chicken Alfredo (with Video)
- 12 oz fettuccine pasta
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 chicken breasts, boneless + skinless, sliced into 1/4" strips
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
Serving - optional
- fresh parsley, chopped
- red pepper flakes
- Cook pasta in a large pot of water according to package directions until al dente. Drain and toss with a small amount of olive oil to prevent sticking.
- Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and butter followed by sliced chicken breasts.
- Sauté for 2-3 minutes until the chicken is no longer pink and starting to turn golden brown.
- Add the minced garlic and season with salt and pepper. Sauté for 30 seconds more until fragrant.
- Add cream to the pan and reduce heat to medium-low.
- Cook several minutes until the sauce is bubbling and thickening, stirring from time to time.
- Once thickened, add 1/2 cup parmesan to the pan and stir until combined. Remove from heat.
- Add cooked pasta to the chicken mixture, tossing several times to combine.
- Place pasta on serving plates. Sprinkle remaining parmesan on top and garnish with optional parsley. Enjoy!
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