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Olive Garden Chicken Alfredo

Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Alfredo

Olive Garden Chicken Alfredo is my best friend's favorite dish - so we've been eating it on a regular basis for about 30 years! This homemade sauce combines simple, fresh ingredients like butter, cream and parmesan cheese to make a rich topping to our fettuccine pasta. Then it is topped with tender, sliced chicken.
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Entree
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4 people
Calories 794 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Italian marinated chicken breasts
  • 1/2 lb fettuccini
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1.5 cup whipping cream
  • 1.5 cup 2% milk
  • 1 cup Parmesan (or Romano) grated

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta according to package directions
    1/2 lb fettuccini
  • While water is boiling, start chicken. I use air fryer at 360 for 12 minutes. You can also pan sear on medium heat or grill.
    2 Italian marinated chicken breasts
  • When there is five min left on pasta, in a non-stick skillet over medium heat, add butter to pan. Once melted, add garlic to the pan.
    6 tbsp butter, 1 tbsp garlic
  • Cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally
  • Whisk in flour
    2 tbsp flour
  • Quickly add in cream, milk and cheese.
    1.5 cup whipping cream, 1.5 cup 2% milk, 1 cup Parmesan (or Romano)
  • Whisk frequently until sauce simmers and remove from heat
  • Drain pasta when done
  • Remove chicken from air fryer and let rest for five minutes. Then slice.
  • Add cooked pasta to alfredo and toss lightly. Top with sliced chicken.
  • Serve and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and parsley

Notes

Can you freeze alfredo?
Technically - sure - but the sauce "breaks" and separates when you reheat. So you can - if you just have 1-2 portions but definitely don't make a full batch of alfredo sauce and freeze. You can make this homemade alfredo sauce in less than 10 minutes - it's not a time saver to freeze it.
What if I don’t have cream?
You can use any of the following: 2%, whole milk, half and half or cream – I like to balance it out. The more cream – the thicker. The more 2% – the thinner your sauce will be. If you’re JUST using 2% – you’ll have a fairly thin sauce and need to add more butter, cheese, flour.
What pasta goes best with alfredo?
Fettucini is obviously a natural – but you can pretty much use any pasta. It’s a little heavy for angel hair – so you’d want to make a fairly thin sauce if using angel hair.

Nutrition

Serving: 2oz pastaCalories: 794kcalCarbohydrates: 53.5gProtein: 42.2gFat: 47.6gSaturated Fat: 29.1gCholesterol: 181mgSodium: 770mgPotassium: 332mgFiber: 2.2gSugar: 5.2gCalcium: 652mgIron: 2mg
Keyword alfredo, chicken, copycat, olive garden, pasta
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