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
    Calories: 489 kcal
    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!

    Recipe Video

    Recipe Notes

    Nutrition Facts
    Lightened Up Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo
    Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
    Calories 489 Calories from Fat 90
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 10g 15%
    Total Carbohydrates 64g 21%
    Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
    Sugars 7g
    Protein 37g 74%
    * 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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  • taylor @ taylormade says:

    LOVE the idea of using greek yogurt in this dish… adding protein and minimizing fat! It would even be good with whole wheat pasta (or smart taste pasta) for extra fiber. Great recipe :)

  • Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats says:

    Chicken Alfredo is my absolute favorite too..I love that you lightened it up..I definitely have some baby weight to drop before my wedding! Thanks girl!

  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife says:

    You go girl! I’m sure you will be kickin’ butt in no time. Keep it up!
    I’m a huge fan of Greek yogurt in creamy pasta sauce. Yes to the richness, no thank you to the waistline havoc. A juice fast can never tempt me with this in my recipe box :-)

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction says:

    hopefully you won’t have anyone breathing down your neck about the nutritional stats for this one Julie. In fact, I’m going to go to my calorie counter and waste 30 minutes of my time plugging each ingredient in. hehe! But seriously. love this. love love love this. I need my skinny jeans to fit a little more comfortably and this is exactly how I want to go about doing that. ;) Greek yogurt – brilliant.

  • DessertForTwo says:

    Yep, this is going on next week’s dinner menu for sure! Love the use of yogurt :)

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    That looks good and it is so quick and easy!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    This is one of the handful of items I get when we go out to eat too (okay not the skinny version because they don’t offer that). I’m such a kid.

  • Jenny Flake says:

    Loving this Julie! Colorful and delicious!

  • Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations says:

    Any creamy pasta was always my favorite as a child too. Now, my husband doesn’t like anything creamy, be it pasta or soup. So all my favorites I am not getting very often anymore. But when I do it’s all the more special. A lightened up version sounds awesome :)

  • Cookbook Queen says:

    Girl, you SO don’t need to lose weight!! This looks so fab…Alfredo is my favorite!!

  • Kathryn says:

    I’ve never seen alfredo on the menus of restaurants here so I’m intrigued to try this just so I can find out what all the fuss is about!

  • Laura says:

    You had me at skinny alfredo.

  • naomi says:

    But doesn’t the burn in your arm feel good? Wait that might just be me. :) This looks fab, Julie!

  • Shaina says:

    I used to eat fettuccine Alfredo ALL the time before I cared about calories lol I miss it! This sounds great..Greek yogurt is the best healthy sustitute!

  • Lovely lovely lovely! You are a genius!

  • Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes says:

    Love this! So simple, so skinny, so dee-lish. I really like broccoli with pasta, so this is mos def going on my must try list. Thanks, Julie!

  • Heather Christo says:

    This looks so delicious, and what a perfect week night meal Julie. My kids and husband would be thrilled to find this on the table!

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    You know anything skinny is okay in my book :)

  • marla says:

    Absolutely perfect pasta dish!!

  • Jess @ OnSugarMountain says:

    A healthier version of alfredo?! count me in. and all my college friends. :D

  • Marian (Sweetopia) says:

    I looove alfredo, so a healthier version will make it that much better!

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says:

    My husband would love this healthier version (he is an alfredo freak)!

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    Pass me a big ol’ fork because I’m ready to dive in! Looks delish, Julie!

  • NK says:

    When do you add in the pasta water?

    • Julie says:

      Thanks for the catch! I’ve added it to the end of step 4. It’s optional if you like your pasta sauce thicker/creamier :)

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    I’m convinced Greek yogurt is magic… is there anything it can’t lighten up?! Love!

  • Cookin Canuck says:

    I know that post-workout fatigue well. Yesterday I was struggling to reach back for my seatbelt because of my sore arms! I love that you lightened up alfredo. This looks wonderful!

  • Gaby says:

    OMG I was a alfredo girl too!!!! We are totally meant to be :)

    Can’t wait to try this “skinny” version!!

  • Sarrina molinari says:

    I love the use of yogurt in recipes, will try this tonite. you have the best pictures of food LOVE THEM LOOKS YUMMY!!

  • nancy @ adore to adorn says:

    YUM!! One of my favorite dishes but it’s always such a fattening dish. Love your take on a lower calorie version!
    xo,
    nancy

  • Cheri says:

    I made this today and it was great!! I didn’t have Greek plain yogurt just plain and it still turned out awesome!! I also cut everything in half so we wouldn’t eat too much. If I figured out calories the right, one serving would be about 361

  • Tracey says:

    Isn’t it great when you find a guilt-free version of a favorite?! This looks amazing, it’s been way too long since I’ve had this dish, at home or out somewhere!

  • Linda | The Urban Mrs says:

    Ow yeah, I love anything white sauce and say yes to this recipe. It definitely makes me less guilty and you can do it, girl!

  • Cassie says:

    I love everything about this. Alfredo has always been a favorite of mine!

  • Katey says:

    Just Stumbled your blog, LOVE this. Alfredo is one my absolute favorite dishes. Can’t wait to try this!

    Katey

  • jackie @ The Beeroness says:

    I love Greek Yogurt! This is the perfect “Skinny” pasta.

  • Mercedes says:

    Greek yogurt is so amazing the way that it can transform recipes! This looks fantastic and I cannot wait to make it for my husband!

  • Megan @ Country Cleaver says:

    Chicken Alfredo was my all time favorite pasta dish as a kid, too! I haven’t had it in ages because of all the ridiculous guilt – but no more! I’m SOOOOO going full face wide open on this one this weekend. Oh yeah, done and done!

  • Jenny @ BAKE says:

    Good luck with your personal trainer! sounds like you’ve got the perfect inspiration to shift those last pounds. This dish looks incredible!

  • Joanne says:

    I was totally a fettuccine alfredo girl growing up also and it still takes all my willpower not to order it off every Italian menu I come into contact with! Definitely need to try this lighter version at home!

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites says:

    I bet this is amazing, yogurt always adds such a nice tang.

  • Kathy - Panini Happy says:

    I want to try this! I love alfredo too, but I don’t think I’ve had it in years (pretty much since I found out what all goes into it!). I’m crazy about Greek yogurt, so this sounds perfect.

  • megan @ whatmegansmaking says:

    I totally need a skinny version of pretty much everything right now :) This looks great!

  • Rachael {Simply Fresh Cooking} says:

    Hey Julie! This looks great! Love the lightened up version. :)

    If you need to lose those last 5 pounds try a book called “Sass Yourself Slim” by Cynthia Sass. She’s got a 5 day fast forward “detox” that’s super healthy and you don’t starve. It’ll take the pounds off for sure! I talk about it a little on the about page on my site. Go check it out… http://simplyfreshcooking.com/about-2-2/

    Let me know if you try it!! It’s pretty much guaranteed. I lost 20 pounds in 2 months!!. I’m about to give it another go once I’m recovered from surgery. Cynthia is also the sweetest dietician ever btw!! ;)

    • Julie says:

      You seriously rock. I’m about to order that book! Thank you, thank you!! :)

  • Baking Serendipity says:

    Chicken alfredo has always been my go-to dish at Italian restaurants…I so need a lighter version to make at home :)

  • A farmer in the dell says:

    Greek yogurt? Brilliant! This looks fantastic!

  • Marie says:

    I made this tonight for dinner and my 4 year old LOVES it. Even the broccoli (and peas, yes I added peas). She gobbled every last bite with ZERO complaints (win!).

    I, on the other hand found it a little blahh. I ended up adding 4 garlic cloves and a boat load of pepper and seasonings to give it more flavor. It is DEFINITELY a great base to start from and tweak to your individual taste buds. I’m the type that likes an over-load of flavors. So if you aren’t big on packing a punch, follow directions!

    This will definitely be filed under my list of favorite quick/easy recipes!

  • Kelsey K. says:

    UMMM… YUM. Need this pronto.

  • marisela says:

    Had this for dinner today. LOVED it!!!

  • Olivia says:

    I also found this to be bland. I doubled the garlic and added some dried basil and red pepper flakes. It was okay, but not good enough to make again in my book.

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