Tuesday, August 27, 2013

No Boil Chicken Alfredo Skillet.

Adapted from PlainChicken.com

1 to 1.5 lb boneless chicken tenders
1-2 Tbsp olive oil
1 lb. frozen broccoli, thawed
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 c. low sodium chicken broth
1 c. heavy cream
1 tbsp. corn starch
8 oz pasta (I used farfalle/bowtie)
1 1/4 c. grated parmesan cheese (more or less depending on your taste)
salt to taste
pepper to taste

Sprinkle chicken tenders with salt and pepper on both sides.  Pour olive oil into heated large skillet and add chicken.  Brown both sides of chicken then set aside.  DO NOT discard grease. Instead, add the garlic to it and stir for 15-30 seconds, just until it's warm and fragrant (be careful not to burn your garlic on the hot skillet).  Then whisk in chicken broth, heavy cream, and corn starch.  Once combined, stir in pasta. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until pasta is tender (15-20 minutes), stirring intermittently.  Stir in parmesan cheese (fresh grated or from a can is fine) and broccoli and let sit on the heat for a few more minutes, until broccoli is warm and cheese is completely integrated.  Top with the chicken tenders and serve!

This recipe was DELICIOUS.  Chicken alfredo is really hit or miss with me at restaurants because most places make them way too cheesy for me.  (Don't even get me started on the grossness of jarred alfredo sauce...).  So, I was glad that I could control the cheesiness of this recipe.  And I think I found a happy medium that wasn't too much for me but still enough for my cheese-loving husband!  Next time, I might try a parmesan/reggiano blend for a little something different, although the parmesan alone was delicious.

I love "no-boil" recipes that don't require me to dirty another pot for just noodles.  It does take a little longer to cook this way, but it's worth it if it makes clean-up easier!  This was also a pretty inexpensive dinner.  Not counting the staples that I already had at home, this cost me $14.99 exactly at Trader Joe's (which is the only place I buy "fancy" cheese anymore or chicken unless it's on super sale at the regular grocery store-- TJ is so, so much cheaper).  And we had leftovers.  Four servings for $15 is pretty good!

Oh, and Donny seemed to like it...


  1. Mmmm I need to try this!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Awesome. My favorite part is Donny bragging on you.