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fettucine alfredo with chicken in white bowl
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5 from 3 votes

Healthy Chicken Alfredo

Chicken Alfredo is a classic Italian-American dish that is the ultimate epitome of comfort food. This lightened up version lowers the overall calories and fat, while still keeping all the amazing creamy flavors you crave!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: healthy italian food
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 627kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 oz dried fettuccine pasta
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 3/4 tsp onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts sliced into 1/2" thick slices
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter divided
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 cups low fat milk (I use 2%)
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • minced fresh parsley optional garnish

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add some salt, then boil pasta according to package directions.
  • Set out the milk, yogurt, and cheese so they can come to closer to room temperature.
  • Combine garlic powder, Italian seasoning, onion powder, salt and pepper. Season the chicken on both sides.
  • Heat a large, deep skillet over MED HIGH heat. Once hot, add 2 Tbsp of the butter, then when melted, add the chicken in a single layer. Cook, approximately 2-3 minutes per side, until cooked through. Set chicken aside on a plate, but don't clean out the skillet.
  • To the same skillet, add remaining 2 Tbsp of butter and 1 Tbsp olive oil and melt over MED heat. Once melted, add flour, whisking together until combined.
  • Cook 1-2 minutes, whisking often, then add the milk and Greek yogurt. Whisk together until smooth, then reduce heat to LOW and simmer.
  • Simmer several minutes until sauce thickens enough to at least coat the back of a spoon.
  • Once thickened, remove from the heat and stir in the mozzarella cheese until melted and combined.
  • Add drained pasta and cooked chicken to the skillet and stir until combined and heated through.
  • Garnish with some minced fresh parsley if desired. Taste and add a sprinkle of salt and pepper if desired.

Notes

  1. For the best results, set out the measured amount of milk, yogurt, and cheese so they will be closer to room temperature when you use them.  Cold ingredients don't combine as well.
  2. I know this isn't the healthiest possible recipe, but compared to the same recipe that uses all butter, heavy cream, sour cream, and Parmesan cheese, this recipe is estimated to be half of the calories, fat, sodium, etc.

Nutrition

Calories: 627kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 173mg | Sodium: 771mg | Potassium: 781mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 810IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 311mg | Iron: 2mg