Homemade Chicken Alfredo is so easy to make and has the best creamy consistency! Made with tender fettuccini pasta, white meat chicken breasts, and delightfully rich alfredo sauce, this classic Italian dinner is always a huge weeknight hit.
What’s in this Chicken Alfredo Recipe
The best homemade chicken alfredo recipes have a short list of ingredients. Inexpensive kitchen staples come together to make a creamy, flavorful, and easy pasta dinner!
- Chicken Breast: Use boneless, skinless chicken breast. You can use boneless chicken thighs if you’d prefer.
- Fettuccine: This pasta is a must for classic chicken alfredo! However, you can swap them with any other noodles of your choice if you’d like.
- Olive Oil: I like to use a good quality extra virgin olive oil for the very best flavor.
- Chicken Stock: Use a low sodium chicken stock. This will help you to be able to control the saltiness of the dish so it’s exactly to your liking.
- Garlic: Fresh garlic will yield much better flavor than pre-minced.
- Heavy Cream: For the best creamy consistency, do not substitute this ingredient with any other dairy product!
- Parmesan: Freshly grated parmesan cheese will create better flavor and consistency than the bagged pre-shredded stuff.
- Parsley: Fresh parsley is the best final touch for this dish! It adds an herbaceous vibrancy that elevates this simple pasta dinner.
- Lemon Juice: Use freshly squeezed lemon juice! Anything bottled/from concentrate won’t lend the same tangy fresh flavor.
Pro Tip: Go the extra mile with some homemade chicken stock. It adds the best flavor!
What else can I add to homemade alfredo?
This easy homemade chicken alfredo is my tried and true recipe for the perfect flavor, but you can add some other ingredients for slight variation.
Try mixing in steamed or sautéed broccoli, or a handful of spinach, for more greens. Add some red pepper flakes, either in the sauce or as a finishing touch, for just a tiny bit of heat. Skip the chicken for a vegetarian-friendly fettuccine alfredo.
Fettuccine is my pasta of choice when making homemade chicken alfredo, but there’s certainly room for creativity. Linguini is also a great option and I won’t hold it against you of you choose to use penne! After all, there’s no such thing as bad pasta, right?
Technically, yes. However, keep in mind that the signature creamy consistency of alfredo sauce that we all know and love is created by the addition of heavy cream. Without that key ingredient, your sauce won’t be quite as thick and creamy.
Yes! They are the exact same thing, but different brands title them differently.
How to Store and Reheat
Let your leftover chicken alfredo fully cool to room temperature before transferring to an airtight container. Stored properly in the fridge, it will keep for about 2-3 days. Feel free to reheat simply in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring each time it stops, until reheated all the way through.
How to Freeze
Place homemade chicken alfredo in a freezer-safe container, and store in the freezer for up to 2 months. Let the pasta slowly thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating. Keep in mind that the texture of the alfredo sauce and noodles may change after freezing.
Homemade Chicken Alfredo Recipe
- 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 1 pound dry fettuccine noodles 1 box
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1½ cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice from 1 lemon
- 1½ cups heavy cream room temperature
- 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
- Cut the chicken breast into thin strips.1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
- Boil the fettuccine pasta according to the box instructions, drain, and set aside.1 pound dry fettuccine noodles
- Heat a nonstick pan with the olive oil and add the chicken strips. Cook on medium heat, for 6-7 minutes on each side until golden brown. Remove chicken from pan when ready and set aside.3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- Add the minced garlic and sauté for 3 minutes. Deglaze the pan with chicken broth, add the lemon juice, and bring to a boil.1½ cups low-sodium chicken broth, 1 clove garlic, 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- Add the heavy cream, then add the cooked pasta and chicken.1½ cups heavy cream
- Add the Parmesan and stir until everything is well combined.1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Sprinkle with parsley and enjoy!¼ cup chopped fresh parsley