The near constant dreariness around here is making me regress slightly and crave comfort foods, like the Skinny Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo I made for dinner tonight.
Seasoned chicken, steamed broccoli & tender pasta are enveloped in a light-yet-luscious alfredo sauce dreamed up by Courtney at Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life. Love that girl’s recipes!
This is the kind of meal that makes you sit back and sigh with satisfaction when you’re done. Healthy, filling, and indulgent tasting. Seriously yummy stuff!
Start by cooking 1/2 box (8oz) short pasta in salted, boiling water. Don’t forget to salt the water with at least a Tablespoon of salt – it makes all the flavor difference in the world. Before draining the pasta, reserve about 1/2 cup of the cooking water. You’ll use it in a bit.
While the pasta is cooking, heat 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Add in a couple cloves of minced garlic, then cook until the garlic turns golden brown, about a minute.
When the garlic is golden brown and fragrant, whisk in 2 Tablespoons flour and cook, whisking constantly, for about another minute.
Next, slowly whisk in 1 cup chicken broth, incorporating it with the flour, then whisk in 1/4 cup milk.
Add 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt plus salt and pepper, then let the sauce bubble until slightly thick and bubbly.
Finally, stir in 3/4 cup parmesan cheese and 2 chopped, cooked chicken breasts.
Add the alfredo sauce and chicken to the cooked pasta, then add in 2 cups cooked broccoli. If you’re smart, you’ll cook the broccoli in with the pasta during the last 3-4 minutes of cooking time. If you’re me, you’ll forget, drain the pasta, then have to steam the broccoli in a separate pan. Blerg! At any rate, add in some of the pasta cooking water at this time if you feel the sauce is too thick, and stir everything together.
This alfredo sauce is creamy, cheesy, silky and decadent. Just like the real thing, but skinny! You could easily make this dish gluten-free by using GF pasta, too!
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Skinny Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo
Skinny Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo is everything you love about alfredo, but without all the fat and calories!
- 2 chicken breasts, seasoned with salt & pepper then cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces
- 2 cups cooked broccoli
- 8oz gluten-free or regular rotini
- 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 2 Tablespoons flour
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1/4 cup milk (any kind, I used almond milk)
- 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- salt & pepper
- 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- Cook pasta according to package directions, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking water before draining. Set aside.
- Heat extra virgin olive oil in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until golden brown, about 1 minute. Sprinkle in flour then whisk to incorporate and cook for 1 additional minute.
- Slowly whisk in chicken broth, then milk. Whisk in Greek yogurt, salt and pepper, then turn the heat down to low and let the mixture simmer until thickened, about 2-3 minutes. Turn the heat off then stir in parmesan cheese, then chicken. Pour over cooked pasta then add broccoli and stir well. Add a little reserved pasta cooking water if sauce is too thick. Serve.
Barely adapted from Celebrations.com
This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.
Although…I’m pretty sure Skinny Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo stops being so “skinny” after the second or, cough, third bowl. Worth it!
I have been using this recipe for years, everyone I make it for loves it, it’s a great go-to weeknight meal. Thank you!
I love to hear it, Robin!! Thanks so much for the note!
Will this freeze ok as a casserole dish?
Is there a vegetarian option to this recipe? Looks yummy. Would love to try a vegetarian option.
how many calories in this dish?
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Do you know the calorie count? Nutritional values?
Hi Brooke! I don’t calculate nutritional information since different brands will give you different results. Livestrong’s recipe calculator is a great tool to use if you need it though! http://www.livestrong.com/recipes/create/
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I make this frequently, adding in steamed sliced zucchin, yellow squash. Then sprinkle italian style bread crumbs on top for a bit of crunch.
Have to tell you, I have not grocery shopped in 2 weeks since I’ve been sick, so I only had a few things in the house. Chicken, Rotini, garlic, a few broccoli crowns and a pack of frozen peas. Following this recipe, which I was thrilled to find, even with the peas was absolutely delicious! Hubby and I talked about all the other meats and veggies we could use but we would certainly make this again!!! Thank you!!!!! We loved it!!!
I’m so glad you loved it, and already had everything on hand! Thanks so much for the feedback!
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Lisa Kane 03.14.2016
Great recipe! My oldest son hates cheese but this wasn’t overly cheesy, he ate the whole bowl! The sauce came together nicely, but I was afraid to use olive oil for the roux so I used 2tbsp butter. And I grated fresh parm, I’m hooked on that now. Does the olive oil have a different flavor than butter for a sauce like this?
Hey! This looks delicious :) But I wanted to know… is the plain Greek yogurt necessary to add in? I don’t really eat too much of it, so I don’t want to have to buy it for only 1/4 cup. I’m just trying to save myself another trip to the store. Thanks!
Hi Jackie! You could probably use sour cream and get similar results.
How many calories per serving ?
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Made this for dinner last night it was amazing ! My husband couldn’t even tell it was a healthy version! I didn’t add chicken and used fettuccini instead and it was so so creamy!! Was less then 500 calories too per four servings which is a ton!thanks for the great recipie
Absolutely LOVED the recipe, so yummy, but I used shredded Parmesan & low fat mozzarella, just a handful. So good. I would like to know an estimated calorie count for a serving. If anybody could come up with one, I would greatly appreciate it! Trying to count calories & lose weight as a New Years resolution. My email is [email protected] if anyone has an idea of the amount of calories or just any other amazing recipes!