Easy Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Sauce

Updated on November 7, 2019
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As an athlete and mother of two young children, Lani is always looking for new ways to present her family with tasty and nutritious meals.

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo and Spaghetti Noodles
Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo and Spaghetti Noodles | Source

A Busy Weeknight With Nothing in the Fridge

So, I came home one night after work, starving and unprepared. As I stood in my kitchen and glanced around, I began to flip through the Rolodex in my mind for recipes I could pull off quickly with what I had on hand. Usually, I prepare two large meals over the weekend to sustain the family through the majority of the following week. Not only did I fail to accomplish this task on the previous weekend, but I also failed in my grocery shopping attempts, as well. My staple foods were not adequately replenished, and I'd bought no specialty items for any new recipes. Well, shucks! Now what?

I turned to my freezer to search for answers, I found a just-about-empty bag of frozen chicken breast and asked myself, "what can I do with this?" I looked on the counter and spotted a full container of dry noodles. "Ok," I thought, "I can get somewhere with this. I just need a sauce." After rummaging through the cupboard, refrigerator, and pantry, I realized I had enough to make a chicken and broccoli alfredo sauce. I knew the chicken and broccoli might get a bit skimpy when splitting between four people, but it would get us through dinner.

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Chopped onions and minced garlicExamples of Italian seasonings
Chopped onions and minced garlic
Chopped onions and minced garlic | Source
Examples of Italian seasonings
Examples of Italian seasonings | Source

Equipment

  • 1 large stovetop pot
  • 1 medium stovetop pot and lid
  • 1 vegetable steamer tray
  • Whisk

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken (frozen or thawed)
  • 2 cups steamed broccoli
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning and coarse ground pepper
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 chicken or vegetable bouillon cube
  • Approximately 1 to 2 cups milk (1%, 2%, or whole)
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
  • 1 Tbsp butter

Instructions

  1. Add all six cups of water to a large stovetop pot, set heat to medium-high. Add chicken and bouillon cube and bring to a boil. Let chicken boil in water until easy to pull apart.
  2. Once the chicken is tender, remove it from the water and place in a separate bowl.
  3. Keep the water boiling and add onions, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, and coarse ground pepper. Let water continue to boil until onions are transparent.
  4. Add butter and oil. Simmer for about 5 minutes.
  5. Add flour and whisk immediately and continuously. The mixture will immediately begin to thicken into a roux.
  6. Once all liquid has been absorbed, and you have a clump of mushy flour, begin to add milk. Begin by adding 1 full cup, whisking immediately and continuously. Continue to add milk slowly until the sauce is at the desired thickness. Less milk will result in thicker sauce and vice versa.
  7. Bring sauce to a simmer and add cheese. If sauce becomes thicker than you'd like, add more milk or small amounts of water. Remember! Do not stop whisking until the sauce is where you want it.
  8. Steam your broccoli in a vegetable steamer.
  9. Prepare your noodles of choice (tortellini and ravioli are great for this sauce as well).
  10. Your chicken should be cool to the touch now, so hand-pull each breast piece and add to the sauce.
  11. When broccoli is ready, add to sauce and stir until it is well mixed.
  12. Once noodles have cooked, you can serve, and prepare with your fantastic sauce. Oh yes, and enjoy!

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Adding milk to rouxFinish Alfredo SaucePulled ChickenSteamed Brocolli
Adding milk to roux
Adding milk to roux | Source
Finish Alfredo Sauce
Finish Alfredo Sauce | Source
Pulled Chicken
Pulled Chicken | Source
Steamed Brocolli
Steamed Brocolli | Source

Rewards

This meal was a hit! Both my six- and four-year-old children sat and ate with no resistance. In fact, they volunteered to interrupt outside playtime for this meal. There was silence around the dinner table except for the usual sounds of very young children eating.

What I like most about this sauce is it is easy, hearty and goes a long way. I rarely am without the basic ingredients for this sauce, and it can be manipulated to take on various flavors. Cheese is just one option. Get creative, think outside the box, and enjoy each culinary challenge your life presents.

Questions & Answers

    © 2019 Lani Morris

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      • lani81 profile imageAUTHOR

        Lani Morris 

        7 weeks ago from Seattle, WA

        I would love to hear how it turns out for you!

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        Liza 

        7 weeks ago from UT,USA

        I love creamy pasta sauce. I have to try your recipe next! Thank you for sharing, Lani.

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        Liz Westwood 

        7 weeks ago from UK

        This is a great idea for a filling meal.

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        Tori Leumas 

        7 weeks ago

        This looks really good. I love alfredo sauce. I will have to make this sometime.

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