Chicken and Vegetable Fettuccine Alfredo

Chicken Alfredo with pasta and vegetable is a favorite in my family; both my siblings and Sergi’s siblings absolutely rave about it. They request this more often than any other dish. One of my brother in laws could probably drink the Alfredo sauce and forego the pasta and “trimmings” altogether:).

Alfredo is a cream sauce with Parmesan cheese.  This silky, creamy cheese sauce is a popular Italian dish, served as a sauce with pasta and often as a dipping sauce too. Traditionally, Alfredo is made strictly with cream and Parmesan. It tastes great, of course, but the problem with this sauce is that it congeals very quickly and doesn’t reheat very well. Basically, you’d better be making the sauce as you portion out the pasta and have everyone at the table waiting to eat. Right away.

This modified version of Alfredo sauce has a bit of cream cheese, which keeps the luxurious texture of the sauce but also stabilizes it so you have a bit of leeway. Keep the sauce in the warm saucepan and you can gently warm it up on low heat if you have to. I wouldn’t recommend reheating it the next day, but you can relax while making it and serving the fine folks at your table.

With juicy morsels of chicken and crisp broccoli and peppers, this pasta dish is a well-rounded and fabulous recipe for your collection.

Instructions:

Prep all your ingredients first. It makes the time you spend in the kitchen so much easier. Put a pot of water on to boil for the pasta and cook it according to how you like your pasta, al dente, firm or soft. Meanwhile, cut the broccoli into florets. Cut the bell pepper into strips. Cut the chicken into 1 -1/2 inch pieces. Pat the chicken dry on a paper towel. Heat about 1 1/2 Tablespoons of oil in a large skillet on high heat. When the skillet is almost smoking, add the chicken. Season with salt, pepper and poultry seasoning. I like to use Montreal chicken seasoning. The chicken will easily turn over when it’s nice and golden. If you try flipping it when it’s not browned yet, it will stick to the skillet and tear if you try to force it, so resist the urge. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side, just until the chicken is cooked through. Set the chicken aside in a bowl and cover to keep it warm. In the same skillet, add about 1/2 – 1 Tablespoon oil, and add the pepper. Cook for about 3-5 minutes. Set aside with the chicken. Using the same skillet again, add more oil to the skillet and cook the broccoli for about 2 minutes, just until the florets are beginning to brown just a bit. Do this on fairly high heat, so the broccoli is still crisp. Add about 1/8-1/4 cup water or broth to the skillet, cover and cook just until the broccoli is tender, but still firm. For the sauce, combine the butter, cream cheese and heavy cream in a medium pot. Cook on medium heat until the butter and cream cheese are melted and the sauce is an even consistency. Add the Parmesan cheese and whisk until it melts too. Season with a bit of salt and pepper. You can also add some garlic to the sauce. When you start making the sauce, melt 1/2 Tablespoon of butter in the saucepan, add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds, and then continue with the rest of the sauce steps. This way, you’ll roast the garlic first and remove it’s harshness. Toss the pasta with the sauce. Serve with the chicken, broccoli and peppers. You can also use any kind of vegetables that you like, spinach, kale, carrots, zucchini, asparagus, cauliflower, green beans, etc. Garnish with more Parmesan cheese and fresh minced parsley. 

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Chicken and Vegetable Fettuccine Alfredo

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By olgak7 Published: July 27, 2012

  • Yield: 8 Servings
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 20-30 mins
  • Ready In: 35 mins

Chicken Alfredo with pasta and vegetable is a favorite in my family; both my siblings and Sergi's siblings absolutely rave about it. …

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Prep all the ingredients. Put a pot of water on to boil for the pasta and cook the pasta how you like it.
  2. Heat about 1 1/2 Tablespoons of oil in a large skillet until it's almost smoking. Add the chicken, season with salt, pepper and poultry seasoning (optional). Cook the chicken on high heat, 2-3 minutes per side, until golden on the outside, but still moist and juicy on the inside. Set aside in a bowl, covered to keep warm.
  3. In the same skillet, add about 1/2 - 1 Tablespoon oil, and add the peppers. Cook for about 3-5 minutes. Set aside with the chicken.
  4. Using the same skillet again, add more oil to the skillet and cook the broccoli for about 2 minutes, just until the florets are beginning to brown just a bit. Do this on fairly high heat, so the broccoli is still crisp. Add about 1/8-1/4 cup water or broth to the skillet, cover and cook just until the broccoli is tender, but still firm. Keep the broccoli warm with the chicken and peppers.
  5. For the sauce, combine the butter, cream cheese and heavy cream in a medium pot. Cook on medium heat until the butter and cream cheese are melted and the sauce is an even consistency. Add the Parmesan cheese and whisk until it melts too. Season with a bit of salt and pepper.
  6. If you want to add garlic to the sauce, melt 1/2 Tablespoon of butter in the saucepan, add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds, and then continue with the rest of the sauce steps.
  7. Toss the pasta with the sauce. Serve with the chicken, broccoli and peppers. Garnish with more Parmesan cheese and parsley.

Comments

    • olgak7 says

      Hi Inessa,
      I like adding mushrooms to different dishes too! You’re right, this dish IS so versatile. One of my other favorite additions is carrots and cauliflower. You can also make this with shrimp instead of chicken. My brother, Mark, LOVES Shrimp Alfredo.

  1. Helen says

    I made this today with pepper, carrots and frozen peas. Came out very delicious I didn’t have ingredients for sauce so i used Alfredo sauce from the store. Still very good. Thanks for sharing your recipes, again.

  2. Jenna says

    Just wanted to say thank you for this recipes, I’m doing it for my assignment as university. I will be cooking it for paying customers!! The only thing I added was carrots and changed the pasta to spinach fettuccine. I referenced you in my assignment too. Thanks again!

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