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Lightened Up Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo

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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!

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!
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Lightened Up Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo

A lightened up way to make your favorite chicken and broccoli alfredo! You won't be able to tell the difference!
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 4 -6
Calories: 489kcal
Author: Julie Chiou

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

  • Cook pasta according to instructions on box. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water, then drain and set pasta aside.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Serve hot with grated Parmesan on top!

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Notes

Nutrition Facts
Lightened Up Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 489 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Carbohydrates 64g21%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 37g74%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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Chris

Thursday 2nd of June 2016

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!

Joan

Thursday 2nd of June 2016

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!

Heather

Wednesday 26th of August 2015

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!

Michelle

Monday 3rd of August 2015

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.

Laura

Tuesday 2nd of September 2014

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

Tuesday 2nd of September 2014

Hope you enjoy this, Laura :)