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Chicken Alfredo

I’m a regular, fat-filled, alfredo-eating fanatic.  Sure, I’ll admit that.  I order it up in restaurants whenever I feel that my hips can take it.  But if you’ve come here hoping to find a most decadent creamy alfredo dish- the kind that you can only have once in a while since its nickname is often “heart attack on a plate”- well then, you may be disappointed.  BUT since you’re already here… you should at least check out what I DO have to share. I made a lightened- up version of Chicken Alfredo.  There is not heavy cream or multiple sticks of butter in this dish, but the sauce is still creamy and cheesy and reminiscent of the real thing (with no talk of impending heart-attacks).  It’s much better for you than the real deal.

I snuck in a few extras too… like tomato and peas and BACON.  Here’s the simple how-to:

Saute garlic in a little bit of butter and olive oil.

Whisk in some flour.

And red pepper flakes for flavor and a tiny bit of kick.  Just a tiny.

Add evaporated skim milk (NOT condensed milk and NOT regular milk- you need the stuff in the can… it will make your sauce richer and thicker).  You’ll add some regular milk too.  That mixture is simmered and stirred until it thickens up slightly…

…and then whisk in some Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.  That’s it!  The sauce is done.  It’s a versatile sauce that will thicken more when taken off the heat.  If it gets too thick, just add in a little more milk or chicken broth.

Toss the sauce in a bowl with hot cooked fettuccine and chicken.  Here’s the basic version, which kids usually like best.

And here are the optional add-ins (which I highly recommend!):  tomato, bacon and peas.  If you have a picky family, you could always keep them on the side and let individuals add what they wish.

Personally, I like the “add everything” option.

It has bacon in it!  It’s gotta be good, right?

So… does a healthy version of Chicken Alfredo look worthy of trying to you?
I sure hope so.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 25 min

Chicken Alfredo

This is a lightened up version of Chicken Alfredo.


1 tablespoon salted butter
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 medium garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (as desired)
One 12-ounce can evaporated skim milk, warmed
1/2 cup nonfat milk, warmed
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
up to 1 cup chicken broth or additional milk, for thinning (as needed)
16 ounces fettuccine noodles, cooked according to package directions
2 cups cooked chicken, cut into bite- sized pieces
optional add-ins: cooked and crumbled bacon, chopped tomato, peas


1. Prepare the sauce: In a medium saucepan, heat the butter and oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until it is fragrant and lightly browned, about 1 minute. Whisk in the flour and red pepper flakes and stir until flour is lightly browned.

2. Very gradually add the warmed evaporated milk, whisking it into the flour a little at a time. Add the other milk too. Heat the mixture until boiling, whisking constantly (as you whisk, the flour will begin to dissolve into the warmed liquid). Then turn down the heat to a simmer and whisk in the cheese, salt and pepper. Continue to simmer, stirring often, until the sauce has thickened a bit (it will thicken more upon standing too). If it happens to become too thick, just thin it out a little with some chicken broth or more milk.

3. Assemble your pasta dish: Place hot pasta in a large serving dish. Pour sauce over and add chicken. Toss together until everything is coated with the sauce. Add salt and pepper, as desired. Add optional add-ins of bacon, tomato and/or peas, as desired.


*To warm your milk, you can add the evaporated milk and regular skim milk together in a glass dish or measuring cup if you wish- and just heat it for a minute or so in the microwave. You just want to get the chill off of it. Then just add them at the same time to the flour in the pan... slowly.


45 Responses to “Chicken Alfredo”

  1. postedJan 9, 2012 3:15 AM
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    I usually steer clear of anything alfredo since it is usually so heavy but this sounds like a wonderful alternative!

  2. postedJan 9, 2012 3:31 AM

    My preschooler won’t eat red sauce so I’m always looking for alternatives. This looks great!

  3. postedJan 9, 2012 3:48 AM

    I think the fact that there is bacon will make my husband forget that there are peas in there. And the fact that there are peas and tomatoes will make my son forget that there is anything else! I’ll give it a try

  4. postedJan 9, 2012 3:54 AM
    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    Beautiful first photo, Lori. The colors against the dark wood are great and so sharp and clear. Love it!

  5. postedJan 9, 2012 4:15 AM

    I will be making…soon! Thanks!!

  6. postedJan 9, 2012 5:00 AM

    This looks DIVINE!!! And I love that it’s lighter….

  7. postedJan 9, 2012 5:01 AM

    I’ve never been a big fan of really heavy and creamy sauces so this looks like a perfect dish for me! Thanks Lori 🙂

  8. postedJan 9, 2012 6:33 AM

    Love that you lightened this up…perfect for after the holidays. It looks so yummy…love the color the bacon, tomato and peas add!!

  9. postedJan 9, 2012 6:38 AM

    Love a good lightened alfredo! Yours looks awfully tempting!! Happy Monday!

  10. postedJan 9, 2012 6:44 AM

    Lori, that looks ridiculously good! I have to admit, it’s been way too long since I’ve had Alfredo. It’s time…

  11. postedJan 9, 2012 7:03 AM

    It’s definitely work trying! I love all the color the add ins give to the dish, very nice!

  12. postedJan 9, 2012 7:11 AM

    Absolutely love the addition of red pepper flakes and bacon!

  13. postedJan 9, 2012 7:16 AM

    My husband would LOVE this! Okay….so would I 😉

  14. postedJan 9, 2012 8:08 AM

    This looks delicious Lori, I hope your new health kick is going well!

  15. postedJan 9, 2012 8:09 AM

    Great recipe idea! We are cooking healthy this month and I will definitely give it a try!

  16. postedJan 9, 2012 8:23 AM

    Oh good Lord just stop it now. And then feed me because I MIGHT DIE.

  17. postedJan 9, 2012 9:43 AM

    I’m a huge Alfredo fan. I must try this recipe!!

  18. postedJan 9, 2012 10:37 AM

    pasta is my go to meal, and I LOVE this lightened up Alfredo 🙂

  19. postedJan 9, 2012 11:55 AM

    This looks so comforting, the kind of pasta dish I could eat all day long. I love that you lightened it up because if I’m going to be eating it all day long, the full-fat version will not do. Love it, Lori!

  20. postedJan 9, 2012 12:21 PM

    love this version!

  21. postedJan 9, 2012 12:55 PM

    Oh my goodness, Lori! This looks like an amazing version! Pinned!!!

  22. postedJan 9, 2012 1:08 PM

    not only am i obsessed with you and your chicken alfredo, i am loving that we both posted a healthier creamy chicken recipe today using evaporated milk! this was my first time using it and i’m in love.

  23. postedJan 9, 2012 1:30 PM

    Oh I’m all for trying this! Thanks for a great recipe 🙂

  24. postedJan 9, 2012 1:49 PM

    I think there is nothing wrong with an obsession with alfredo, even a lightened up version. This looks so enticing…beautiful photographs!

  25. postedJan 9, 2012 3:39 PM

    I love the lighter versions of decadent meals! Yummy!

  26. postedJan 9, 2012 7:25 PM

    I think it has enough butter and cheese to be perfect! Sometimes it can be a bit much. But this looks divine!

  27. postedJan 10, 2012 12:35 AM

    Good googly-moogly! This is going on my list of to-eats!!!

  28. postedJan 10, 2012 3:41 AM

    Evaporated milk is such a great thing, right? Love this lightened up alfredo!

  29. postedJan 10, 2012 6:42 AM

    Mmm alfredo is one of my favorite comfort dishes and I love all the add-ins you thew in there, looks amazing!! Even better that it’s lightened up!!

  30. postedJan 10, 2012 7:04 AM

    Yum! I have some broccolini, which would be a great addition! Thanks for the inspiration for dinner tonight!

  31. postedJan 10, 2012 7:36 AM

    Evaporated milk is my secret ingredient for lightening up all kinds of dishes! My husband is an alfredo-aholic, and I’m sure I could make this for him and he’d love it!!

  32. postedJan 10, 2012 7:47 AM

    Fantastic! My husband would love this!! I will have to give it a try!!

  33. postedJan 10, 2012 8:23 AM

    Love that you lightened it up and added veggies!

  34. postedJan 10, 2012 9:43 AM
    Nancy S

    This dish sounds deliicious! I’m new or your blog so I was wondering if you post the caloric count of your meals. I’m trying to follow a plan and need some nutritional facts. ????

  35. postedJan 10, 2012 10:41 AM

    I am excited to try this with other meats. Thanks

  36. postedJan 10, 2012 10:54 AM
    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids

    This looks absolutely fantastic. Pinning it for menu planning next month. Definitely want to try it on Pasta Night!

  37. postedJan 10, 2012 12:38 PM

    Love this lightened up version of alfredo. I bet I would like it even more than the “real deal”!

  38. postedJan 10, 2012 12:56 PM

    oh wow. I love that you added tomatoes! Now I’m having a major craving.

  39. postedJan 11, 2012 1:11 PM

    nom, those photos made me drool! I’m with you, I would add it all!!

  40. postedMar 22, 2012 11:37 AM
    amy mccauley

    I made this last night and it was delicious!! I shared the link with all my friends!
    Love your sight! Thanks!

  41. postedJun 22, 2012 7:00 PM

    I can’t thank you enough for this recipe. I made it last night and it was seriously delicious!!

  42. postedFeb 24, 2013 2:29 PM

    This was so good! And lighter which is great!!! Will definitely making again 🙂

  43. postedNov 18, 2013 8:23 PM

    This was delicious! Even my chicken hating teenage son went back for more! I made it without peas & with regular milk since I didn’t have skim milk in house. Wonder if it would be good with steak if I mixed in beef broth rather than chicken. This recipe was a hit & will definitely be in our rotation! Thank you for a lighter alfredo recipe made from pantry staples! Loved it!

    • postedNov 20, 2013 10:50 AM

      So glad to hear!

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