Skinny Chicken Alfredo


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If you’ve wondered how to make Chicken Alfredo with less calories and loads of flavor, look no further.  This recipe cuts the calories by about 65% yet gets rave reviews every time!

Skinny Chicken Alfredo! Skinny Chicken Alfredo is a rich, creamy & delicious pasta lightened up! Perfect with leftover baked or grilled chicken! We love to add our favorite veggies too; broccoli or mushrooms are perfect with this dish!

Chicken Alfredo.. delish!  Seriously this is so good!

Did you know when  you order Chicken Alfredo at your average restaurant,  you are ordering a whopping 1200 – 1547 calories and up to 97 grams of fat!  CRAZY huh?

This recipe has just a fraction of the fat and calories with all of the flavor and only about 425 calories and 11 grams of fat.  Much better!

Skinny Chicken Alfredo! Skinny Chicken Alfredo is a rich, creamy & delicious pasta lightened up! Perfect with leftover baked or grilled chicken! We love to add our favorite veggies too; broccoli or mushrooms are perfect with this dish!

Alfredo is an absolute favorite of both of my girls, I think they would eat it every single day if they could.  I decided it was time figure out how to make Chicken Fettuccine healthier for them and guess what…  the results were AMAZING!  Honestly, this recipe will knock your socks off .. rich, creamy and oh so delicious!!  This has all of the flavor without all of the fat!

I sometimes add in steamed broccoli, asparagus or mushrooms to get some extra veggies in.  You can also use whole wheat noodles or even zucchini noodles if you have a spiralizer.

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Skinny Chicken Alfredo! Skinny Chicken Alfredo is a rich, creamy & delicious pasta lightened up! Perfect with leftover baked or grilled chicken! We love to add our favorite veggies too; broccoli or mushrooms are perfect with this dish!

As I learned at our local culinary school, nutmeg is an ingredient that is commonly added to white sauces.  You need just a small little pinch to add flavor to the sauce.

This recipe calls for 2 cups of cooked chicken.  You can either cook the chicken with a little bit of non-stick spray in a frying pan, use a store bought rotisserie chicken or (my favorite) grill it!

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Skinny Chicken Alfredo! Skinny Chicken Alfredo is a rich, creamy & delicious pasta lightened up! Perfect with leftover baked or grilled chicken! Feel free to add in your favorite veggies; broccoli or mushrooms are perfect with this dish!
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Review Recipe

SKINNY CHICKEN FETTUCCINE ALFREDO

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
If you’ve wondered how to make Chicken Alfredo with less calories and loads of flavor, look no further. This recipe cuts the calories by about 65% yet gets rave reviews every time!

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts cooked and chopped
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 tablespoons light cream cheese not fat free
  • ½ cup fresh parmesan cheese shredded
  • salt to taste
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 12 oz fresh fettuccine
  • fresh parsley to taste

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Instructions

  1. Over medium heat, put olive oil and garlic in a pan. Cook about 1 minute.

  2. Add flour to cold milk until dissolved and add to pan. Cook over medium heat while stirring constantly. Once thickened, turn heat off stir in cream cheese, salt & nutmeg until melted. Add parmesan and chicken.

  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Toss pasta with sauce and top with parsley and additional cheese.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 290, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 82mg, Sodium: 214mg, Potassium: 372mg, Carbohydrates: 33g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 21g, Vitamin A: 3.5%, Vitamin C: 1%, Calcium: 13.4%, Iron: 6.2%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword chicken alfredo

Note:  The actual nutritional information on this recipe will vary based on ingredients used.  With 2% milk, this recipe using the brands I used made 4 servings at approximately 423 calories and 11g fat per serving. You can enter your information here to calculate your nutrition based on the ingredients and brands you’ve used. Information provided on this page is for informational purposes only.

Adapted from
Food Network Magazine

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Skinny Chicken Alfredo! Skinny Chicken Alfredo is a rich, creamy & delicious pasta lightened up! Perfect with leftover baked or grilled chicken! We love to add our favorite veggies too; broccoli or mushrooms are perfect with this dish!
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  1. Made this a bunch of times.  My 12 year old daughter is picky eater and she asks me to make it all the time.  Very tasty.  I like adding a bunch of fresh spinach towards the end of cooking.  Very good . 

    1. I have only tried this as written. I’m sure you could use cornstarch. As a general rule, you’ll need half the amount of cornstarch as you would flour. Please let us know how it works out for you.

    1. I haven’t tried it but I think it would work just fine. Of course it will change the flavor slightly but I’m sure it would still be delicious.

    1. I haven’t tried it but I’m sure it will work just fine. It has a slightly thicker consistency so you may need to add a little bit extra.

  2. I love this recipe! Could I use shrimp instead of chicken for a different meal and would the ingredients be the same other than of course substituting shrimp for chicken? Thank you for the yummy recipe!

    1. Absolutely, that would be delicious!! Everything else would remain the same. I would suggest pre-cooking your shrimp just before you add it.

  3. Thanks for the recipe..started my diet a for this year and need such recipes that my husband can have too,without feeling like he is being deprived. He doesn’t have a weight problem.. Looks very good too.. Thanks

  4. It would be very helpful if you would also print the nutritionAl information along with the recipe. I am diabetic and this recipe is useless for me (and many others) without this information. We have lots of aging baby boomers in this country, many with health issues.

  5. you should give ingredient and finished product info. Calories sodium. Not convinced some of these are actually skinny

    1. As I’m not a registered dietician, I am unable to provide nutritional information. You can enter your ingredients here to calculate your calories and sodium.

      This recipe is skinny compared to an authentic alfredo which is made from butter, cream and cheese. Enjoy.

  6. Could Greek plain yogurt be subbed for the cream cheese? I’m not a cooked cream cheese fan…and would the measurement with the yogurt be the same as the cream cheese?

  7. Hi,

    Thanks for a great recipe! My son is allergic to dairy so I had to sub some things:
    Soy Milky (still 1 cup)
    Nutritional Yeast (only 1/4 cup)
    Tufutti cream cheese (4tbs)

    It still turned out awesome and he is loving it, as are we. Haven’t had a creamy sauce in forever.

    Thanks again, did I say it was delicious and yummy and delicious ;)

  8. Can you share the the nutrition info on this skinny version? It looks fabulous, but I’m putting together >500 cal dinner menu and would love the details. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I was wondering if I could make this without the nutmeg? What does nutmeg do for this recipe? Thank you for the “Skinny” recipes!!!

    1. You can leave out the nutmeg. Nutmeg is commonly added to cream sauces to add flavor. It’s a very small amount but I think it makes a big difference in flavor.

  10. I’m a fan and have printed/tried a few of your recipes and follow you on FB. I saved some of your recipes you shared on FB and just reviewed what I have saved. I love, love, love chicken fettiuccine alfredo and jumped at the chance to make a “skinnier” version of this favorite. However, I’m hoping you can answer a question I’ve asked of people I know who are good and very experienced cooks but could not get an answer that helped me. It’s just me and my hubby and he does not like garlic. I can’t use garlic powder because it triggers a nasty bout of GERD. I can eat garlic from cloves or minced and sold in jars as long as a recipe doesn’t require a lot of it and doesn’t overpower the recipe as a whole. Because of my hubby’s dislike of garlic, if I buy a garlic bulb most of it goes to waste. Since discovering minced garlic, I don’t have that problem any more. Okay, now that I have given you all that background info here’s my question: Your recipe for this type fettiucinne calls for 1 garlic clove. Is there any way to convert a clove of garlic to a measured amount of pre-minced? Hope you can help!

    1. Depending on the brand it can be anywhere from 1/4 tsp to 1/2 tsp of jarred garlic to equal 1 clove of fresh garlic. There is often a conversion written on the jar so you might like to check there. I would suggest starting with 1/4 teaspoon for your first time trying the recipe and you can adjust after that. I’d love to hear how it works out for you!

  11. I made this for dinner tonight, and it was fantastic! Honestly, I wasn’t expecting it to be good, because I am a huge alfredo fan. From now on, this is the way I’ll fix it! No guilt, and it really is delicious! Thanks so much for sharing!