It takes just 30 minutes to create this fresh and delicious creamy Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo recipe. This pasta dish is a family favorite and uses the following simple yet tasty ingredients: fettuccine, rotisserie chicken, frozen broccoli, garlic, cream cheese, and of course a sprinkling of Parmesan.
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Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Recipe
The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions, to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.
The enduring appeal of classic Alfredo sauce lies in its simplicity. Featuring a luxurious blend of heavy cream, real butter, and freshly grated Parmesan cheese, traditional Alfredo sauce delivers an incredibly rich flavor without a lot of fuss.
This version builds upon the classic ingredients with the addition of rich cream cheese and fresh garlic. However, the heavy cream is replaced with a lighter blend of half & half and chicken broth. The results? A creamy, delicious, and easy sauce that appears much more complicated than it actually is.
So if you love a good creamy, cheesy pasta dish, then this creamy chicken and broccoli alfredo Recipe is definitely for you!
Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe
While most ingredients can be bought in grocery stores, for your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients and equipment needed for this recipe have been linked to Amazon or other stores if available online.
It may not include staple ingredients such as oil, salt, sugar, etc., as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen. The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found in the recipe card.
- Fresh Produce – Broccoli Florets (Frozen), Garlic, Parsley
- Protein – Rotisserie Chicken – or you could use leftover chicken
- Dairy – Butter, Cream Cheese, Half & Half (Single Cream), Parmesan
- Fettuccine Noodles
- Chicken Broth/Stock
What is Fettuccine?
Fettuccine is a type of pasta popular in Roman and Tuscan cuisine. It is an egg pasta cut into long, narrow, flat ribbons.
Slightly thicker than tagliatelle, the flat surface of fettuccine lends itself well to creamy sauces, like this chicken and broccoli alfredo recipe.
Recipes on The Purple Pumpkin Blog use both cup measurements and/or weighted measurements. American cups and kitchen food scales are handy pieces of equipment to have in your kitchen as it means you’ll be able to make all of the different recipes on my blog. I try to give American, imperial, and metric measurements in my recipes. Please note, you can mix cup measurements with weighted measurements, but never mix imperial (pounds, ounces, pints, etc.,) with metric (kilograms, grams, litres, etc.,).
More Recipes Using Chicken
One of the hero ingredients in this dish is chicken, so here are some more recipes using the same:
- Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Risotto in 30 Minutes
- Instant Pot Chicken Marsala Recipe
- Chicken Paillard Salad with Arugula and Parmesan
More Pasta Recipes
Looking for more pasta dishes to make? Check these recipes out next:
- Italian Pasta Puttanesca Recipe (with Anchovies, Olives and Capers)
- Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Basil, Kalamata Olives, and Feta
- Roasted Shrimp & Broccoli Penne Pasta
- Prepare the fettuccine according to package directions while making the sauce so the noodles are still warm when ready to toss with the other ingredients.
- To prevent curdling, remove half & half from refrigerator when starting this recipe to give it a chance to reach room temperature before adding to the hot saucepan.
How Do I Make Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo?
Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.
- 1 lb (450g) fettuccine noodles, cooked according to package directions*
- 1 rotisserie chicken, meat removed and torn into bite-sized pieces
- 1 (12-oz. bag/340g ) frozen broccoli florets
- 2 Tbsp water
For the Sauce
- 1 cup butter
- 4 cloves fresh garlic, peeled and finely minced
- 8 oz (225g) cream cheese, softened
- 1¼ cup half & half** (single cream)
- ½ cup chicken broth/stock
- Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
- 3 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
- Additional freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to serve
- Prepare the broccoli by placing florets in a microwave-safe bowl with 2 tablespoons of water. Microwave on high until crisp-tender. Cooking time will vary depending on individual microwave ovens, so test after 2 minutes and adjust cooking times accordingly. When finished, drain to remove excess water. Set aside.
- Add the butter and garlic to a large saucepan and set heat to medium. Sauté garlic for 1-2 minutes before adding cream cheese, half & half, and chicken broth. Continue cooking while stirring constantly until cream cheese is completely melted.
- Reduce heat to low and continue stirring for about 15 minutes or until sauce thickens.
- Remove from heat and stir in freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
- Add the rotisserie chicken, steamed broccoli, and cooked fettuccine noodles to a large serving bowl. Pour the sauce on top and gently toss until thoroughly combined.
- Top with chopped parsley and freshly grated Parmesan cheese and serve immediately. Enjoy!
*Tip #1: Prepare the fettuccine according to package directions while making the sauce so the noodles are still warm when ready to toss with the other ingredients.
**Tip #2: To prevent curdling, remove half & half from refrigerator when starting this recipe to give it a chance to reach room temperature before adding to the hot saucepan.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 818Total Fat: 61gSaturated Fat: 35gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 217mgSodium: 1119mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 34g
This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.
Make It A Special Dinner!
You’ve made the main dish, but what about the rest of the courses?
Here are additional recipes to create a menu for a special meal or dinner party:
- Appetizer: Crispy Zucchini Fries with Marinara Sauce – A Tasty Gluten-Free Appetizer
- Soup: Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup Recipe for Cold Winter Nights
- Salad: Classic Caesar Salad with Homemade Dressing & Croutons
- Beverage: Lemon Herb Vodka Spritzer
- Dessert: No-Churn Chocolate Toffee Ice Cream (With Homemade Chocolate Sauce)
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