Lightened Up Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo

  • An alternative to the classic chicken and broccoli alfredo! This lightened up version is just as creamy and delicious as the classic version! You won't be able to tell the difference and you'll get an extra bite or two without feeling too guilty!

    This lightened up chicken and broccoli alfredo is one of my favorite dishes to make and I don’t always want the full-fat version so this lightened up version is perfect to kick of a healthier eating habit. I mean, indulging every now and then is totally okay but sometimes, you like to have lightened up alternatives!

    An alternative to the classic chicken and broccoli alfredo! This lightened up version is just as creamy and delicious as the classic version! You won't be able to tell the difference and you'll get an extra bite or two without feeling too guilty!

    An alternative to the classic chicken and broccoli alfredo! This lightened up version is just as creamy and delicious as the classic version! You won't be able to tell the difference and you'll get an extra bite or two without feeling too guilty!

    When I was younger, every Italian restaurant we went to, I’d order chicken fettuccine alfredo, and believe me, I knew how bad it was but the worst things in life are always the best things in life – or at least in the moment it is! However, the after effects aren’t so fun. But, we’ve all learned to embrace that with moderation and ‘you only live once,’ right?

    An alternative to the classic chicken and broccoli alfredo! This lightened up version is just as creamy and delicious as the classic version! You won't be able to tell the difference and you'll get an extra bite or two without feeling too guilty!

    You won’t be able to tell that this is a lightened up version of the classic chicken and broccoli alfredo. It is just as creamy and full of flavor. It’s all about the spices and the secret ingredient that gives it that ultra creaminess!

    You will love this and this makes great leftovers!

    Lightened Up Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo
    Prep Time
    20 mins
    Cook Time
    20 mins
    Total Time
    40 mins
     

    A lightened up way to make your favorite chicken and broccoli alfredo! You won't be able to tell the difference!

    Servings: 4 -6
    Ingredients
    • 1 pound rotini pasta
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 cloves garlic minced
    • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
    • 1/2 cup milk any kind
    • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
    • Salt & pepper to taste
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 1/2 pounds cooked boneless skinless chicken breasts cubed into 1-inch cubes (you may prepare this however you want, I just cooked mine in the skillet. You can grill them to give it more flavor, if you wish)
    • 2 cups frozen broccoli thawed
    • Fresh grated Parmesan to garnish
    Instructions
    1. Cook pasta according to instructions on box. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water, then drain and set pasta aside.
    2. In a large skillet, heat up olive oil on medium high heat then add garlic. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute, then whisk in the flour, cooking for an additional minute before adding in the chicken broth.
    3. Slowly whisk in chicken broth and milk. Then whisk in the Greek yogurt, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Turn down the heat to medium-low and let the mixture simmer until thickened, about 7 minutes.
    4. Turn off the heat, stir in broccoli and cooked chicken then add pasta to the skillet. Toss to coat entirely. If mixture is too thick, you can add some of the reserved pasta water. If it's fine, you don't have to.
    5. Serve hot with grated Parmesan on top!

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  • Beth Kealy says:

    I made this tonight for my husband. We loved it! Thank you!

  • Kathy Distefano says:

    Although this is a very good dish, after calculating the calories, fat, carbs, and fiber, it is by no means ‘skinny’.

    4 Servings

    Amount Per Serving

    Calories 639.4

    Total Fat 21.8 g

    Saturated Fat 7.5 g

    Polyunsaturated Fat 1.9 g

    Monounsaturated Fat 8.5 g

    Cholesterol 133.2 mg

    Sodium 859.6 mg

    Potassium 635.1 mg

    Total Carbohydrate 43.5 g

    Dietary Fiber 4.7 g

    Sugars 4.7 g

    Protein 65.2 g

    • Julie says:

      Thanks for the info! I only called it “skinny” because it’s considered a lightened version of the real chicken & broccoli Alfredo that usually runs over 1200 calories & way more in all the other calculations because it is typically made with heavy cream.

  • Emily says:

    Wow this sounds delicious and healthy! I am looking forward to trying it out!

  • Denise Errecalde says:

    We made this dish with gluten free pasta and gluten free flour, added extra garlic……very good! will make again and add more broccoli…thank you

  • Karin says:

    I have been looking for some healthier choices for meals and found this one last night. I bought the ingredients this morning and had it for dinner tonight. Absolutely LOVED IT and the boyfriend went back for seconds!!! Thank you so much! Great recipe

  • Gloria says:

    Girl you have inspired me!!! I will use whole wheat pasta, rice milk and whole wheat pastry flour. I also will use no salt. My husband and I are on a heart healthy, trans fat free and low sodium diet. Oh yeah I will also use a low fat greek yogurt. Thank you so very much. Gloria

  • Kathy says:

    Thank you. I was late coming home from work, threw this together, used beef bouillon because I was out of chicken and my pasta HATING husband had 3 helpings. I cannot wait for my granddaughter to get home. I will use more broccoli next time and increase the fluids slightly.. Thank you again. And by the way, I thought it was great also!

    • Julie says:

      So glad you enjoyed this, Kathy! I’m really happy that your husband had 3 helpings despite hating pasta!! :)

  • Melissa says:

    No one else seemed to have this problem, but I could not get my sauce to thicken! It smelled divine and I followed the instructions – I thought! Any suggestions?!

    • Julie says:

      The only thing I can think of is you added too much liquid or you didn’t use Greek yogurt? If it doesn’t thicken, you can always whisk in flour into the liquid and it should thicken.

  • Laura says:

    I’m so glad I found this recipe. I’m always on the lookout for healthier versions of those absolutely gorgeous comfort dishes we all love so I can enjoy them minus the guilt and this one looks perfect =)

    • Julie says:

      Hope you enjoy this, Laura :)

  • Michelle says:

    I really liked the look of this sauce, especially because of the yogurt. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out. I had the sauce at barely a simmer (no where near a boil) and the yogurt curdled as soon as it was mixed in. I let it simmer for the 5 minutes and it was still just…broth. So it’ll be turned into soup, but unfortunately I had to turn to another recipe for my alfredo sauce.

  • Heather says:

    I NEVER leave feedback because I don’t usually have time BUT….this was AMAZING!!!!!! I made this the other night and me & the hubs thoroughly enjoyed it (we even got close to ‘licking the bowls clean’ haha)…I never knew we could have a chicken ‘alfredo’ dish on our current diet/eating healthier plan!! Putting this recipe into our rotation ASAP….it’s THAT good!! I added onions and mushrooms to the step where you put oil & garlic (I sautéed them for a couple minutes then continued with the regular directions). I also had no problem with the yogurt curdling either. Thank you so so much, can’t wait to try more of your healthier recipes and to continue mastering and adding to this one! :) Try this, you won’t regret it!

  • Joan says:

    I made this for dinner tonight and it is delicious! Everyone had second helpings and my grandson had thirds! My sauce never got very thick either but once I added the meat, broccoli and pasta, everything was well coated. This one’s a keeper! Thank you!

  • Chris says:

    I made this for dinner tonight and it is delicious! Everyone had second helpings and my grandson had thirds! My sauce never got very thick either but once I added the meat, broccoli and pasta, everything was well coated. This one’s a keeper! Thank you!

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