Introduction: 20 Minute Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo

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Cheesy, creamy, Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo is an Italian favorite! I always order it when I go to an Italian restaurant. But it's super easy to make at home following my recipe! You can now make it in just 1 pot, and in 20 Minutes!!! This is a super easy weeknight meal that will please the whole family!

You Need:

  • 1 lb Chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tps Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 2 tbls Oil
  • 1/2 pound Fettuccine
  • 16oz bag frozen broccoli
  • 3 cups Chicken Broth (or water)
  • 1/2 tsp Basil
  • 1 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 cup 1/2 & 1/2 (or whole milk)
  • Extra Cheese for garnish

Step 1: Prep the Chicken

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Cut the chicken into 1/4 inch strips and put them into a bowl. Add the flour, salt, garlic, and pepper and mix to coat the chicken. Heat the oil in a large fry pan over High heat. Add the chicken and cook for 3 minutes, tossing often to give it a quick sear on all sides. Remove the chicken and set aside.

Step 2: Cook the Pasta/Broccoli

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Add the chicken broth, followed by the pasta and finally the broccoli. Bring to a boil and cook over High heat, stirring occasionally for 12 minutes.

Step 3: Finish It Up!

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Add the milk, cheese, basil and seared chicken into the pan. Mix until combined and simmer covered for 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and sauce has thickened. Plate and sprinkle with more cheese as desired. ENJOY!!


nancygarcia (author)2016-03-15

This is an amazing dish because it's quick to make and clean up is easy. With three kids at home those things are important to me. Plus it tastes delicious!

oXLongshotXo made it! (author)2016-03-01

Seriously such an awesome recipe! I can't cook anything other than hamburger helper until I came across this recipe. Thanks so much! easy to make and amazing to eat.

MaddieJ3 (author)oXLongshotXo2016-03-02

Thank you and you're welcome! Glad you loved it!

balayeuse (author)2016-02-27

Hello Maddie. Well, I tried your recipe this evening. Off course, I am a cooking newbie and I am now "getting my feet wet". After adding the Fettuccine and Broccoli and cooking for approximately 5 mins, I thought about what I would do with the remaining 1lb of Fettuccine in the box. I decided to add it to the pot. Needless to say, I had to now cook everything a little longer to make up for the freshly added Fettuccine. The Broccoli got a little over cooked as a conseqence. The final product had some Fettuccine cooked well and others slightly firmer, but not very noticible. I added more cheese, chicken stock and milk to compensate for doubling the amount of fettuccine. I did not have 1/2 and 1/2 milk, so I used 1 cup Carnation low fat evaporated milk. It tasted awesome!! All others said it tasted great. One lady even booked some to take for her lunch on Monday. With the 2lb Fettuccine, I think 6-7 people could be served easily. Thank you so much. You have been a great mentor!!

MaddieJ3 (author)balayeuse2016-02-27

I'm so glad you loved it! Cooking is wonderful! Recipes are often modified with additions/subtractions ect. to fit your family's needs. Your choice of modifications were superb! (Getting your feet wet? I think your swimming!) I also usually cook the whole package of pasta but I tried to make an easy dish that would fit into one pan to feed the average family of 4. I often save the rest for another dish as the pasta is already dry and won't expire quickly. However, doubling a recipe for your needs is totally fine! (Sometimes this adds to cooking time though.) Thanks for the great feedback! Check out my profile for other family friendly meals on Instructables! Happy cooking!

DVIOUS made it! (author)2016-02-20

I used this recipe with a small variation. Boiling the brocolli in Chicken broth with the pasta really adds to the overall flavour. I love that idea.

If you want, need or prefer to make the sauce separately, this is a really easy way to make a cheesy sauce.

For this recipe I used:

100gm Butter
2 Tablespoons of flour
1 cup of Chicken Broth
1 cup of milk
1/4 cup of parmesan cheese
1 cup of Cheddar Cheese

First make a roux by heating the butter over low heat in a medium pot until melted then add the flour and remove from heat while mixing to avoid burning. Once mixed it should be smooth(ish). I wouldnt worry if there are a few clumps.

Then return to heat and add in the broth and the milk. Bring to boil. Once boiled remove from heat and slowly add in the cheese until it melts and the sauce is smooth. You can add in more cheese if you want it thicker. Or even different cheeses to alter the flavour.

At this point I added in the chicken and returned it to the boil. Then once boiled I added the sauce to the strained Brocolli and Pasta, stirred it in and reduced heat to simmer until the chicken was cooked through. :)

MaddieJ3 (author)DVIOUS2016-02-21

Thanks for the sauce recipe! The first thing I ever learned to make was Alfredo sauce! We traditionally made this dish with everything separate and served it like a pasta bar. So many dishes to clean that way, so I came up with a way to cook it all together in just 1 pot. You don't even have to strain water! And, the starches from the pasta act like the flour and thicken the sauce naturally.

DVIOUS (author)MaddieJ32016-02-22

Hi Maddie, I would have used your recipe all the way through but silly me ised a pot that was too big for the pasta so 3 cups of broth did not cover the pasta enough so had to top up with water. I only made the sauce separate because I didnt want to throw out the reat of the recipe. Thought I'd add in that sauce recipe in case any one else does what I did lol

MaddieJ3 (author)DVIOUS2016-02-22

No worries :) It's ok if the pasta sticks out a little too. Once it boils, it sinks under the bubbles. The occasional stir makes sure no pasta is underdone.

balayeuse (author)2016-02-19

I always get this at the restaurant. I often wondered if I could do this at home, but never go around to researching a recipe. I am a cooking newbie, with little time to experiment. This however looks delicious and easy enough to try. Thank you so much. I will try it.

MaddieJ3 (author)balayeuse2016-02-19

It's VERY easy! The one pot cooking makes clean up (my least desired part!) really fast too! Hope you give it a try :)

suzanne14613 (author)2016-02-19

I am going to try this on the weekend, love chicken alfredo so adding broccoli makes it even better, Thank you

MaddieJ3 (author)suzanne146132016-02-19

Great! I hope you enjoy it!

wold630 (author)2016-02-18

Looks great!

MaddieJ3 (author)wold6302016-02-18


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