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This easy Chicken Alfredo recipe is a true classic! Seasoned and pan-seared chicken breasts are served on a bed of fettuccine noodles in a creamy, cheesy Alfredo Sauce.

Looking for more creamy pasta dishes? Try my Chicken Pesto Pasta, Garlic Chicken Pasta, or Spaghetti Mac and Cheese!

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Why I Love This Recipe

  • Quick and Easy – Simple instructions and just a few ingredients will take dinner from boring to WOW in just 30 minutes.
  • Restaurant Quality at Home – No need to go out to dinner when you can make this easy Chicken Alfredo at home!
  • Tried and True Alfredo Sauce – This sauce has been a flagship recipe of mine for over 20 years. It’s super easy to make and takes less than 10 minutes.

Ingredients

  • Fettuccine Noodles – This is the common noodle used for Alfredo, but you can really use any noodle or pasta you like.
  • Chicken Breast – Plan for about 4-6 ounces of chicken per person.
  • Salt, Pepper, and Italian Seasoning – Seasonings for the chicken.
  • Olive Oil – For cooking the chicken on the stove.
  • Butter – Salted or unsalted, based on your preference.
  • Garlic – Freshly minced.
  • Heavy Cream – Not milk or half and half.
  • Parmesan Cheese – Freshly grated off the block.

How To Make Chicken Alfredo

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  • Season and pan-sear the chicken breast, then set aside.
  • Boil the fettuccine noodles to al dente.
  • Melt butter, then saute garlic in a large, deep skillet.
  • Whisk in heavy cream and bring to a simmer for a few minutes.
  • Whisk in Parmesan cheese, adding to the sauce in small handfuls and whisking until melted before adding more.
  • Season with black pepper and salt, if desired, then toss with the pasta.
2 Pan seared chicken breasts in a metal skillet
Cream being poured into a skillet with melted butter.
Butter and cream whisked together in a skillet.
Alfredo sauce in a skillet, a wooden spoon with alfredo sauce on the back, with a scrape through the sauce to show how thick it is.
Large serving platter with fettucine and alfredo sauce and sliced chicken.

Recipe FAQs

How do you thicken alfredo sauce?

This sauce is thickened by reducing the cream and then adding Parmesan cheese. If you want to thicken it more, you can add some cream cheese, or a little bit of a cornstarch slurry (equal parts cornstarch and water).

How do you make an alfredo sauce lighter?

While you could replace the heavy cream with whole milk to lighten the calories and fat, you also risk the integrity of the sauce and it won’t be as thick or creamy. A secret trick I sometimes use to make the sauce lighter but still thick and creamy is to start with a roux of butter and flour and then use nonfat milk and Parmesan cheese. Check out my Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti where I talk about this in detail.

Can I use other kinds of chicken?

Of course! Instead of pan-seared chicken breasts, you could use Oven Baked Chicken Breasts or even a cut-up rotisserie chicken. I won’t lie, the pan-seared chicken will add a ton of flavor, but other methods can be tasty as well.

Serving Suggestions

Because this is such a rich meal, I keep the sides simple, usually opting for Garlic Breadsticks or Garlic Bread and a Copycat Olive Garden Salad.

You could also serve a green veggie, like steamed broccoli or green beans, on the side.

Storage

Make Ahead – Alfredo is best served fresh, within 30 minutes of preparing. The chicken can be made a day in advance, however, I don’t recommend making the pasta or the sauce ahead of time.

Refrigerating Leftovers – Cool completely, then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Reheating – Alfredo can be tricky to reheat, so I recommend doing so in a small saucepan on the stovetop over low heat. Take your time, and add a splash of milk or cream to help keep the sauce from separating. I do not recommend microwaving.

Fettuccine noodles with alfredo sauce and chicken in a serving bowl

Pro Tips

  • Grate your own cheese – I highly recommend avoiding pre-grated cheese as it usually coated with a starch that prevents proper melting.
  • Prep ingredients before you start – Once you start cooking, the process moves rather quickly. Grate your cheese, measure the cream and butter, and have everything ready to go in advance.
  • Taste before adding salt – Parmesan cheese is quite salty and usually I don’t need to add any additional salt to the sauce.
  • Add pasta to the sauce, not vice versa. As with any pasta sauce, add the pasta to the sauce and toss to coat, rather than serving sauce on top of the pasta. This ensures that every noodle is coated and is soaking up the sauce.

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Fettucine alfredo with sliced chicken breast

Chicken Alfredo

5 from 3 votes
This easy Chicken Alfredo recipe is a true classic made with pan-seared chicken breasts and fettuccine noodles in a creamy Alfredo Sauce.
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 16 ounces fettuccine noodles
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound small boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

For the sauce

  • 1/2 cup butter 1 stick
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 1/2 cups heavy cream not milk
  • 2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh cracked black pepper and fresh minced parsley to taste
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Instructions
 

  • Season the chicken breasts with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and saute the chicken breasts until golden brown and an internal temperature reaches 165℉ in the thickest part of the breast, about 6-7 minutes per side. Remove to a plate and cover with foil to rest and keep warm until ready to slice and serve.
  • While the chicken is cooking, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the fettuccine noodles according to the packaged directions for al dente pasta . Reserve ½ cup of pasta cooking water to thin the sauce if needed.

For the sauce

  • In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring often, for 1-2 minutes or until fragrant. Be careful not to burn.
  • Whisk in heavy cream and allow to bubble up to a simmer, then simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Vigorously whisk in the parmesan until melted and bring to a simmer – do not boil – for about 3-4 minutes or until sauce has thickened.
  • Add fresh cracked black pepper to taste and toss with fresh, hot pasta.
  • Top with sliced chicken breast and garnish with fresh minced parsley.

Notes

Leftovers can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days. I do not recommend freezing the sauce as it is likely to break when thawed and reheated. Reheat alfredo over low heat in a covered large saute pan with an extra splash of cream, tossing frequently until everything is hot and creamy.

Nutrition

Calories: 1550kcalCarbohydrates: 92gProtein: 60gFat: 106gSaturated Fat: 60gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 30gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 440mgSodium: 1835mgPotassium: 952mgFiber: 4gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 3443IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 605mgIron: 3mg

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of “Yellow Bliss Road” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. Sarah says:

    This was so delicious! I’ve been intimidated by this meal for a long time but my family of 5 all devoured it and went back for multiple servings! My husband even deemed it “the best thing you’ve ever made.” We love all Yellow Bliss Road recipes I’ve made and are so grateful to you!

    1. Kristin says:

      Thank you Sarah for the kind words! Love the feedback, thanks for stopping by.