Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo
So easy, so creamy and just so simple to whip up in 30 minutes from start to finish – perfect for those busy weeknights!
Alfredo sauce is certainly not one of those “clean-eating” New Years type dish, but with all this broccoli, it all balances out, right?
I should also mention that this is certainly not one of those heavy alfredo sauces either – it’s a light sauce with a thin coating because that’s really all you need here.
There’s just no need to add in those extra calories, especially when it’s only the first week of January!
- 8 ounces rotini pasta
- 12 ounces broccoli florets
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 boneless, skinless thin-sliced chicken breasts
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup chicken broth
- 3/4 cup milk, or more, as needed
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
- In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. Within the last 2 minutes of cooking time, add broccoli; drain well.
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper, to taste. Add to skillet and cook, flipping once, until cooked through, about 3-4 minutes per side. Let cool before dicing into bite-size pieces.
- Melt butter in the skillet over medium heat. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in chicken broth and milk, and cook, whisking constantly, until incorporated, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in heavy cream and garlic powder until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes.
- Stir in Parmesan until well combined, about 1 minute. If the mixture is too thick, add more milk as needed.
- Stir in pasta, broccoli and chicken. Gently toss to combine; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.
Why It’s A Smart Choice
Most alfredo recipes are based entirely on whipping cream for the sauce. Replacing most of the cream with milk lightens this recipe up. The broccoli – a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and folate – also adds two servings of veggies per portion of pasta!
Nutritional information provided by Jessica Penner, RD at Smart Nutrition.