This recipe is one of our all-time family favorites. It whips up in a few minutes, it’s delicious, and paired with a salad and garlic bread, it’s perfect for those busy weeknights when you don’t feel like spending a ton of time in the kitchen.
I have to warn you though… this isn’t the healthiest recipe in town. The heavy cream and butter are what makes the sauce so darn good, but it’s definitely not the most “heart-healthy” meal. Nonetheless, after you try this alfredo sauce I feel pretty certain you’ll never go back to store-bought. it’s a much lighter sauce – not your typical heavy alfredo sauce – which is why my family loves it and why it has now earned a spot in my “standard rotation” of dinners I prepare often.
Give it a try and let me know what you think!
- 1 (16 ounce) box of penne pasta
- 12 ounces broccoli florets
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- I cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper, to taste. Add chicken to skillet and cook until cooked through, about 3-4 minutes per side. Let cool before dicing into bite-size pieces.
- Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 9-11 minutes or until al dente; drain.
- In a medium saucepan combine heavy cream and butter. Over medium heat, allow butter to melt, stirring occasionally. Be careful not to bring mixture to a boil.
- Once butter is fully melted, add salt, pepper and garlic powder, stir and reduce heat to simmer.
- Place broccoli florets in a medium microwave-safe bowl with a few tablespoons of water and cover with a paper towel. Place in microwave on high for 5 minutes to steam; drain.
- Gently toss pasta, broccoli florets, chicken and sauce to combine; season with additional salt and pepper, if desired.
- Serve immediately, garnish with grated parmesan cheese and fresh parsley, if desired.
- Serve with garlic bread and salad, if desired.
Note: My family and I are big on garlic so I oftentimes kick up the garlic powder to 1/2 teaspoon. Also, on those nights when I'm really strapped for time, I'll buy the packaged pre-cooked chicken and toss that in as opposed to cooking the chicken breasts.