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Recipe: Chicken Alfredo

I am NOT a chef. I am NOT a cook. I AM a recipe follower. I do not have the natural cooking ability that Tim has. I have learned to deal with it. Tim has, too.

Since Tim started working from home, Grandma Cindy has taken over a lot of the cooking. Why? Because I am NOT a cook. I’m just not good at it. Now that we are moving out of state, I will be responsible for more meals. Thankfully, Tim works from home so he can taste test, adjust spices, and help when I get lost.

Over the next 3 weeks before our move, I volunteered to take over some cooking duties so I can put my mediocre cooking skills to the test. Mainly, because Grandma Cindy will be close by to help out when my skills fall apart. I thought I would share some of the recipes and my ups an downs in the kitchen. So, let’s get started with …

Chicken Alfredo

Fettuccine Alfredo

Fettuccine Alfredo is a base pasta that you can tailor to any meal. It's fabulous as a side dish for chicken or eggplant Parmesan. Add grilled chicken, Italian sausage or your favorite meat and it's main dish worthy.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main, Side
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8
Calories 613 kcal


  • 2 chicken breasts boneless skinless cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 pound fettuccine
  • water


  • 12 tablespoons butter
  • 2 shallots chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic chopped
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 2 cups Parmesan cheese or blend
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • In sauté pan, heat olive oil and brown the chicken until thoroughly cooked. Set chicken aside.
  • Cook fettuccine as directed on the package. Drain pasta reserving pasta water.


  • In another pot, melt the butter and sauté the shallots and garlic until tender. Add half and half to butter, shallots and garlic. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add Parmesan cheese blend, salt and pepper. Stir until all is incorporated.
  • Combine chicken, pasta and sauce in one pot. Add pasta water in small amounts, if needed to thicken sauce.


When reheating, use the pasta water to avoid drying out the pasta.
Want a little spice? Add Cajun seasoning when you grill the chicken and sprinkle some of the Cajun seasoning when you plate the dish. You’ll never do the boring way again!
Keyword kid friendly

…So the picture didn’t turn out that great. But the dish certainly did. Everyone devoured it and there wasn’t much to save for later. Guess I should have doubled my batch if I needed leftovers. This served four adults and two kids (one who’s a big eater and one’s who a little eater) and had about 1-2 servings leftover. Pair this up with a salad and you have a great meal. Leave off the chicken and you have a fabulous side dish to go with Chicken or Eggplant Parmesan.

Next week, I’ll be cooking up “Semi” Swedish Meatballs with mashed potatoes and gravy.

By Angelia Embler

Angi grew up in southern Arizona but now lives in central New Mexico with her husband, two sons and four dogs. She creates, answers @Yoast support, and loves to ramble. Find her curled up with a book or watching her favorite TV shows, movies, or American football game. ?

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