Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

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Chicken Broccoli Alfredo – get dinner on the table fast with this easy, creamy, cheesy, and delicious alfredo loaded with chicken and lots of broccoli. Great meal for the whole family.

We all know I am a fan of quick and easy dinners. And this one is so easy, it will become part of your dinner rotation in no time. Creamy alfredo with juicy pieces of chicken and broccoli makes for a dinner the whole family will enjoy.

I can be hard to get your kids to eat their vegetables sometimes, so mixing them in with something they do enjoy makes them more likely to eat them. Which is why I like this or my Chicken Spinach Alfredo (a quick one pan recipe) as well.

skillet with chicken broccoli alfredo

 

What You’ll Need

  • Pasta
  • Broccoli Florets
  • Chicken Breast
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Heavy Cream
  • Milk
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper
white bowl of chicken broccoli aflredo

I always get asked why I use milk and heavy cream in my alfredo and other white sauces. And the answer is because I like to lighten them up a little and not make them so heavy. You still get the creaminess and richness of the heavy cream, but you don’t feel bad after eating it.

By all means, if you want to use all heavy cream, you are more than welcome. This amount of liquid it what is important, if you want to avoid the heavy cream entirely, you can use all milk. It is your kitchen, it is entirely up to you.

skillet with alredo pasta with chicken and broccoli

How To Make Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook the pasta according to the package directions. During the last 2 minutes of cooking, add the broccoli florets to the water to cook. Drain and set aside until ready to use.
  2. Cut up chicken into bite sized pieces and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add chicken pieces and cook for 5-6 minutes until browned and cooked through. Remove from the pan and keep arm.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium. Add butter and sauté garlic for 1 minute until fragrant.
  5. Whisk in flour and cook for 1-2 minutes until no white streaks remain. Slowly whisk in cream and milk, and stir until it just starts to thicken.
  6. Add in Parmesan cheese as well as salt and pepper. If the sauce is too thick, you can stir in a little more milk.
  7. Add pasta, broccoli, and chicken to the sauce and stir until well combined.
  8. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese if desired.
close up pan of chicken alfredo with broccoli

Recipe Tips

  • Make sure to cook your broccoli. I like to use fresh broccoli that I chop up into the size pieces I like, but you can also use frozen. Either way, you want them to be added to the pasta water to cook for 2 minutes before adding to the sauce.
  • Cutting the chicken into bite sized pieces allows it to cook must faster and get dinner done in about 20 minutes. I used chicken breasts, but you can use chicken thighs and they will cook in the same amount of time.
  • Make sure to taste the sauce and adjust the salt and pepper level. Depending on the cheese you use, it may not need as much salt or may need more. So taste and adjust to your liking.
  • I like to use a short cut pasta like penne, rotini, or bowties so you can easily get a bite of chicken, broccoli and pasta in each bite. But you can use spaghetti or fettuccine if that is what you like, it all works!

What To Serve With Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

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Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

By Erin
Chicken Broccoli Alfredo – get dinner on the table fast with this easy, creamy, cheesy, and delicious alfredo loaded with chicken and lots of broccoli. Great meal for the whole family.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 8 oz dried pasta
  • 10 oz broccoli florets
  • 8 oz chicken breast, cut into cubes
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper

Instructions 

  • Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. During the last 2 minutes of cooking add the broccoli florets to the water. Drain and set aside.
  • Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper.
  • In a large skillet heat the oil over high heat. Add chicken and cook for 5-6 minutes until browned and cooked through. Remove from the pan and keep arm.
  • Reduce the heat to medium. Add butter to the pan. Once melted sauté garlic for 1 minute until you can start to smell it.
  • Whisk in flour and cook for 1-2 minutes until no white streaks remain. Slowly whisk in cream and milk, and stir until it just starts to thicken.
  • Add in Parmesan cheese as well as salt and pepper. If the sauce is too thick, you can stir in a little more milk.
  • Add pasta, broccoli, and chicken to the sauce and stir until well combined.
  • Serve with additional Parmesan cheese if desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 565kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 378mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 565
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6 Comments

  1. I love alfredo with broccoli. I can’t wait to give this one a try. I particularly enjoy that you made it with noodles that are easier to eat.