Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo recipe

Every busy household should have a delicious go-to recipe for a quick, easy, tasty meal on the weeknight when they are hard pressed for time. My easy go-to meal in our household is my Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo recipe; combined with a rich, thick, creamy homemade Alfredo sauce with grilled chicken and fresh broccoli that has me in and out of the kitchen in no time.

This hearty dish can take down the biggest of appetites. It begins with leftover tender grilled chicken marinated in olive oil, garlic, and lemon, which is then added to a tasty, creamy, delicious alfredo sauce with fresh broccoli over your favorite pasta, such as fettuccine, linguine, penne pasta, o even gnocchi.

Every busy household should have a delicious go-to recipe for a quick, easy, tasty meal on the weeknight when they are hard pressed for time. My easy go-to meal in our household is my Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo recipe; combined with a rich, thick, creamy homemade Alfredo sauce with grilled chicken and fresh broccoli that has me in and out of the kitchen in no time.I love marinated grilled chicken and make it often, so we often have leftover grilled chicken in the refrigerator,  which is perfect for a jumpstart on making my  Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo recipe on a weeknight a little faster. So don’t be afraid to use leftover chicken versus starting from scratch when making this recipe. Just marinate the boneless skinless chicken in olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper for about an hour. Grill till done. It’s that simple to make.

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Next, for the broccoli bring about 1/4 inch of water to a boil in a large metal pan. Add about 1/2 teaspoon of fine sea salt and broccoli florets to the metal pan. Cover the metal pan and steam until about 3-5 minutes for crisp-tender florets. Drain and reserve till needed.

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Alfredo sauce can be a  taboo subject among old-school Italian cooks; many will be the first to remind you “Alfredo sauce” is almost completely nonexistent in Italy, although there are many recipes for pasta sauces that combine butter and Parmigiano. For example, gnocchi, egg noodles, and meatless ravioli are served with melted butter and freshly grated Parmigiano cheese the recipe is simply titled “al burro”, with butter. In Rome, Italy egg noodles with butter and Parmigiano are often called, “Alla Romana”, Roman-style. Just don’t expect to find anything titled “Alfredo Sauce” in Italy, as it’s actually an American-Italian recipe versus a Traditional Italian recipe.

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Ingredients needed to make Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo recipe
  • 3-8-ounce boneless skinless chicken breasts, seasoned and grilled
  • 1 head of broccoli cut into bite-sized pcs and lightly steamed
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 cup  of heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley
  • a pinch of nutmeg
  • red pepper flakes to own taste
  • Kosher salt to own taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to own taste
  • 2 cups freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 pound of cooked pasta
  • Lemon slices

 

5 from 6 votes
Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Every busy household should have a delicious go-to recipe for a quick, easy, tasty meal on the weeknight when they are hard pressed for time. My easy go-to meal in our household is my Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo recipe; combined with a rich, thick, creamy homemade Alfredo sauce with grilled chicken and fresh broccoli that has me in and out of the kitchen in no time.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Alfredo, Broccoli, pasta
Servings: 4 people
Author: hmccallum
Ingredients
  • 3 8-ounce boneless skinless chicken breasts, seasoned and grilled
  • 1 head of broccoli bite-sized pcs lightly steamed
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • kosher salt to own taste
  • freshly ground pepper to own taste
  • 2 cups freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 pound cooked pasta
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 1 pinch hot pepper flakes optional
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan or metal skillet, warm the unsalted butter and heavy cream.
  2. Season the unsalted butter and heavy cream with parsley, nutmeg, red pepper flakes, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Add the Parmesan and stir continuously until melted.
  4. Reduce the heat source to the lowest setting.
  5. Slice the grilled chicken and then add the sliced chicken to the alfredo sauce, next add the bite-sized broccoli to the alfredo sauce and completely turn off the heat source.
  6. Toss in your favorite cooked pasta adding some of the pasta water if desired to thin sauce.
  7. Serve while hot on your favorite pasta dishes.
  8. Squeeze a fresh lemon slice over pasta if desired.

 

 

 

 

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