Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

This chicken broccoli Alfredo recipe is a 30-minute dinner that you only need a handful of ingredients to make. Finely chopped broccoli is cooked in the Alfredo sauce so the whole dish is infused with broccoli flavor. It’s a creamy and comforting weeknight pasta recipe.

a forkful of broccoli chicken alfredo being lifted out of a pan.

I’m no stranger to chicken and broccoli recipes and, at the risk of doing a “repeat” of previous recipes, I’m sharing my new favorite today which, in my not so humble opinion, is different from others I’ve shared before.

The big difference between this chicken and broccoli dish and others is that the broccoli is finely chopped and cooked in the alfredo sauce, so the whole dish is infused with broccoli flavor. So no sad florets hidden in the sauce and pasta – every bite is full of broccoli flavor. 

finely chopped broccoli on a cutting board.

So it’s a broccoli alfredo sauce with chicken instead of chicken alfredo with some broccoli. As a self-proclaimed chicken and broccoli connoisseur, this distinction is an important one. 

Plus, this chicken broccoli alfredo only requires a handful of ingredients. It’s as easy as making fettuccine alfredo with a few extra delicious steps. 

Ingredients for Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

  • Fettuccine
  • Unsalted butter
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Finely chopped broccoli florets
  • Finely chopped garlic
  • Heavy cream
  • Grated Parmesan cheese

How to Make Broccoli Alfredo

First, prep the chicken. I like to slice the chicken breasts in half crosswise through the middle so you end up with two thinner pieces. This way, it cooks evenly. You can also use a meat mallet to pound them to an even thickness.

Cook the chicken in some butter until it develops a golden crust and is cooked through.

photo collage of chicken cooking in a pan and broccoli cooking in a pan.

Sauté the broccoli and garlic in the same pan you cooked the chicken in. I like to add the rest of the butter at this point, too. As it cooks, the broccoli will release some moisture which is what you want.

Add the cream to the pan and heat it up with the broccoli. I like to simmer it for a few minutes with the broccoli. Add the Parmesan cheese and stir it all together.

photo collage of the sauce being made.

Simmer the sauce until it thickens which usually takes about five minutes or so. While it simmers cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Add the chicken to the sauce and give it all a stir.

Add cooked fettuccine, toss to coat it evenly in the sauce, and dinner is ready to serve.

photo collage showing the chicken and pasta added to the sauce.

Notes about the Recipe

  • Any long pasta will work for this chicken broccoli alfredo so if you have spaghetti, linguini, or bucatini on hand use it. No need to go out and buy fettuccine. I prefer Alfredo sauce with a long pasta shape, but you could also use a short pasta like penne, rotini pasta, or cavatappi.
  • This recipe serves four people so it helps to use a large skillet with taller sides to make the sauce. That way, you don’t have overflow issues when you add the pasta.
  • To change things up try using finely chopped broccolini or broccoli rabe (which is a little more bitter) in place of the broccoli.
  • I’ve never been one to turn down leftover Alfredo, but the leftovers are never as good as when it’s freshly made. If you have leftovers, it helps to add a splash of cream when you reheat to bring the sauce back together. It has a tendency to break after it’s been sitting around for a while in the refrigerator.
  • Serve your chicken broccoli alfredo pasta with garlic bread and a crisp green salad on the side ❤

If you’ve been following along over the years, you already know how much I love a cozy pasta dish and this broccoli chicken alfredo always hits the spot.

Happy Alfredo-making!

April

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Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

a bowl of chicken broccoli alfredo.

This chicken broccoli Alfredo is a 30-minute dinner that you only need a handful of ingredients to make. Finely chopped broccoli is cooked in the Alfredo sauce so the whole dish is infused with broccoli flavor. It’s a creamy and comforting pasta dinner.

  • Author: April Anderson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Saute
  • Cuisine: Italian-American

Ingredients

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  • 8 ounces fettuccine 
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 broccoli crowns (approximately 11 ounces), cut into florets and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Boil the pasta following package instructions. While the pasta cooks, slice the chicken breasts in half crosswise. Season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and all of the pepper.
  2. Melt one tablespoon of butter in a large pan over medium heat. Cook the chicken on both sides until golden and cooked through, about four minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board.
  3. In the same pan, melt the rest of the butter. Add the broccoli and garlic and cook them in the butter for about five minutes. Add the cream and bring it to a light simmer.
  4. Add the cheese and stir until it’s melted into the sauce. Simmer the sauce for about five minutes or so. It will thicken a bit as it simmers.
  5. While the sauce simmers, cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Add the chicken to the sauce and stir. Add the cooked pasta and stir to coat it evenly in the sauce.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories: 765
  • Sugar: 4.8g
  • Sodium: 873.8mg
  • Fat: 42.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 25.2g
  • Trans Fat: 0.7g
  • Carbohydrates: 51g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 44.7g
  • Cholesterol: 194.9mg

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Post updated from the archives. First published in October 2019.

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2 Comments

  1. This is a great fall recipe, I will use this for many occasions. The flavor is amazing and was really simple to make. I appreciate how all of April’s recipes allow me to cook with ease!

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