This restaurant-quality Chicken Broccoli Alfredo recipe is perfect for guests or serving anytime. Rich alfredo sauce with juicy chicken and tender broccoli is a delicious combo.
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Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Recipe Details
I love this Chicken Broccoli Alfredo recipe because it’s just so easy and quick, but the flavors are amazing. This satisfying dish is also versatile, so serve it with your family’s favorite sides.
- Taste- This dish is full of savory, buttery flavor, topped with lots of Parmesan cheese for a nutty, salty taste.
- Texture- This Chicken Broccoli Alfredo pasta is so rich and creamy, with tender broccoli and juicy chicken.
- Ease- This recipe is simple and easy to follow. This is the perfect go-to meal during the week.
- Time- This 30-minute dinner is perfect for busy nights.
What you’ll need
- For the chicken- Chicken breast cutlets, Salt, and Pepper
- For the alfredo sauce- Garlic cloves, Unsalted butter, Olive oil, Heavy cream, and Parmesan cheese
- Rotini pasta
- Broccoli florets
How to Make Chicken Broccoli Alfredo
- Cook the chicken. Season both sides of the chicken cutlets with salt and pepper. Then add olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Pan-fry the chicken on both sides until fully cooked, cut it into cubes, and set it aside.
- Saute the garlic for the alfredo. Now add the unsalted butter to the same skillet and bring the heat to medium. Add in the minced garlic cloves and stir for about 20 seconds, or until the garlic becomes fragrant.
- Add the heavy cream and Parmesan. Next, pour in the heavy cream and let it come to a simmer. Then turn the heat off and stir in the grated Parmesan cheese.
- Cook the pasta and broccoli. Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add the rotini pasta. Once the rotini is done, pour the pasta water into a bowl with the broccoli florets. Quickly cover the bowl and let the broccoli steam for 8-10 minutes.
- Add it all together. Add the pasta to the sauce. When the broccoli is fork-tender, drain it and add it to the pasta along with the chicken. Serve.
- Check the temperature on the chicken- Chicken cutlets cook fast, and it’s important to cook them until done, but not overdone and dry. They should be about 165 degrees Fahrenheit when cooked.
- Use pasta water to steam the broccoli- This step not only cooks the broccoli just enough so that it’s not mushy, but also covers them with starchy water that will help the alfredo stick to them.
- Cook the pasta al dente. For the best texture in this alfredo pasta, cook the rotini until just done, so it will hold its shape when tossed with the chicken and broccoli.
Add-ins and Substitutions
- Use different vegetables- Asparagus, brussels sprouts, and spinach could all work as well if you don’t have broccoli.
- Make it lighter- Replace the heavy cream with Half & Half (regular or fat-free) for a lighter, but still creamy, Chicken Broccoli Alfredo.
- Go gluten-free- Just switch out the pasta for a gluten-free pasta made with corn, brown rice, or quinoa.
- Add another protein- This dish is also tasty with chopped bacon, or substitute grilled pork in place of the chicken if you prefer.
You can, though making it yourself is really easy. To add extra flavor, stir in some butter, garlic, and Parmesan cheese while you’re warming it up.
Yes, you can use a number of substitutes, but half & half and milk are probably the best since they don’t alter the flavor of the alfredo sauce.
This Chicken Broccoli Alfredo is so versatile, it goes well with everything. Try it with these dishes:
- Meats: Serve this with some light protein like Cedar Plank Salmon, or try it with Braised Beef.
- Salad: Start your meal with this Easy Antipasto Salad (low carb) or Cucumber Tomato Feta Salad.
- Sides: Try this Chicken Broccoli Alfredo with some Garlic Asparagus, Crispy Air Fryer Baby Potatoes, or Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts.
- Breads: A side of Moist Buttermilk Cornbread or Garlic Cheese Bread would go great with this pasta.
Make This Chicken Broccoli Alfredo in Advance
Make ahead: Prepare this dish and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. Place it in a skillet and heat through, adding some more heavy cream as needed to help it reach the right consistency.
Storing: Place the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will stay fresh for about 4-5 days
Freeze: You can freeze this Chicken Broccoli Alfredo in a freezer-safe container or a casserole dish with foil over the top. It will stay fresh for about 3 months. Just thaw overnight in the fridge. Either warm it in the microwave, oven, or on the stove.
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Full Recipe Instructions
Chicken Broccoli Alfredo
- Season both sides of the chicken cutlets with salt and pepper.
- Now add 4 tablespoons of olive oil into a large skillet and bring the heat to medium-high. Then pan-fry both sides of the chicken breast until fully cooked. Then cut the chicken into cubes and set aside.
- Next, add 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter into the same skillet and bring it to medium heat. Then add 2-3 minced garlic cloves and stir for about 20 seconds or until the garlic becomes fragrant.
- Now pour in 4 cups of heavy cream and let it come to a simmer. Once it’s simmered, turn the heat off and stir in 1 1/2 cups of grated Parmesan cheese.
- In the meantime cook 1 lb of rotini pasta in a pot of salted boiling water. Once the pasta is cooked, pour pasta water into a bowl filled with 10 oz of broccoli florets. Quickly cover then bowl to let the broccoli steam for about 8-10 minutes.
- Then add the pasta to the sauce. Once the broccoli is fork-tender, drain it and add it to the pasta along with the cut chicken. Serve warm with breadsticks and salad.
- How to make it ahead of time
- How to freeze it
- Add-ins and substitutes