How to make chicken alfredo and creamy alfredo sauce from scratch at home. There’s nothing quite like homemade chicken alfredo for the entire family.
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I’ve used my fair share of jarred alfredo sauce. It really can make busy weeknight dinners a lot faster.
But, today I’m sharing my homemade chicken alfredo sauce recipe, as well as some tips on making the best chicken alfredo at home.
Did you know it’s super simple? Alfredo sauce is essentially just butter, heavy cream, and parmesan. There’s some seasonings and additions that can elevate and enhance the flavor, but that’s really all it is.
Chicken alfredo with broccoli is my favorite, but today’s pictures don’t feature any broccoli. This was a crazy busy week, and I actually even overcooked my sauce just a little bit.
But it’s okay. It can be our little secret.
This recipe is easy, creamy, and delicious over any type of pasta you have on hand. I especially love chicken alfredo with penne and with fettucine noodles.
I’ve made Instant Pot chicken alfredo with jar sauce, and that’s another recipe I’ll be sharing soon. All in all, I’d say this homemade version is comparable in terms of time and effort.
Soon, I’m even going to try to make crock pot chicken alfredo, since my slow cooker recipes have been such a hit!
The secret to perfect alfredo sauce is to continuously whisk. If you need to thin the sauce out, use some of the pasta water, or some chicken broth.
FAQs about Chicken Alfredo
How to Make Chicken Alfredo
Just a few ingredients
Start by cooking your chicken any way you’d like. I like to make this dish on Mondays or Tuesdays so I can use whatever prepped chicken I made over the weekend.
Usually I use my leftover Instant Pot chicken breast for this dinner.
If you don’t have any leftover chicken, the fastest and easiest options would probably be to butterfly a few chicken breasts and cook them on stove-top or bake them in the oven for about 20 minutes.
Boil your noodles in a pot with salt and some oil (so the noodles don’t stick to each other). Set aside.
Now comes the fun part!
How to make alfredo sauce from scratch
Step 1: Melt butter and heavy cream in a pot
Over low heat melt the butter and heavy cream and bring to a simmer for about 2 minutes.
Step 2: Whisk in the garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper
Cook for 1 minute, whisking the entire time.
Step 3: Whisk in the parmesan cheese
Continue whisking, and add the parmesan cheese. Once it’s melted, remove from heat and toss over fettucine noodles!
And voila! Your chicken fettucine alfredo is ready to eat! Enjoy with a side salad, or as is! With the addition of a vegetable to the pasta, it’s a well-rounded meal.
See how easy it is to make homemade alfredo sauce? And it’s super delicious and creamy.
Once your sauce is done, assemble the plate by adding the noodles, then sliced chicken, and pour the delicious creamy alfredo sauce on top.
If your sauce is too thick:
- Add some of the leftover pasta water from cooking the fettucine noodles
- Add a little more heavy cream
- Add a little chicken broth
If your sauce is too thin:
- Make a cornstarch slurry by mixing equal parts water and cornstarch and whisking until it forms a paste. Add to the sauce and whisk to combine
- Add more cheese!
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How do you make your homemade alfredo sauce? Have you ever made a chicken alfredo bake? Let me know in the comments below!Print
The Best Chicken Alfredo
- Prep Time: 5
- Cook Time: 15
- Total Time: 20
There’s nothing quite like homemade chicken alfredo, and this is the best recipe out there. Creamy, full of flavor, and super easy to put together on busy weeknights, this recipe is often in rotation at our house.
- 3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast (I use prepped chicken from the Instant Pot that I make most weekends)
- Fettucine noodles or pasta of choice
- 1 stick of butter
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 2 cups parmesan cheese
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- Start by cooking the chicken any way you’d like. To make this meal simple, I use prepped chicken that I cook every Sunday. If you don’t have any leftover chicken, cook some on the stovetop or bake in the oven.
- Boil noodles in salted water for about 7-10 minutes, or until it’s done to your liking. I like mine a little more al dente.
- To make the alfredo sauce, melt the butter and cream in a pot on low heat. Allow to simmer for 2 minutes.
- Whisk in the garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Cook for one minute, whisking the entire time.
- Whisk in the parmesan cheese and continue whisking until the cheese is melted.
- Serve by pouring over the chicken and noodles, or toss it all together in a large bowl before serving.
- If your sauce is too thick, add some of the leftover pasta water from cooking the fettuccine noodles, or add a little more heavy cream or chicken broth
- If your sauce is too thin, make a cornstarch slurry by mixing equal parts water and cornstarch and whisking until it forms a paste. Add to the sauce and whisk to combine. You can also try adding more cheese!
- Category: from scratch
- Method: Stove-top
- Cuisine: Dinner
Keywords: homemade, from scratch, noodles, pasta, Italian, easy dinner, fast dinner, weeknight meal, family meals, kid friendly food
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