Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo - An Italian Classic

February 18, 2021

Chicken fettuccine alfredo is a fun and easy way to add an Italian classic to your pasta night repertoire.

Chicken fettuccine alfredo is a dish that has been satisfying Italian food lovers for over 100 years. The honest truth is that what is not to love about it, right? When you combine butter, cream, cheese, noodles, and perfectly cooked chicken it is a match made in heaven.

Armed with this recipe, you can make a heavenly meal in the comfort and safety of your own home. It is time to shake up your normal pasta night and indulge in this luxuriously delicious chicken fettuccine alfredo recipe.

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Taste Score: %89
Difficulty Medium
Servings 4 people
Preperation 5 mins
Cooking 20 mins
Total 25 mins

Tips

  • Save a cup of the pasta water and add a little to your sauce for a little flavor and it can also thicken the sauce a little due to the starches.
  • Be sure to use unsalted butter because it could cause the recipe to be too salty.
  • Most recipes call for parmesan, but pecorino-romano adds a deeper, bolder flavor.
  • Scrape the bottom of the pan very well. You want all those bits that are stuck to the bottom. That is all flavor.
  • Make sure to stir the sauce well and allow it to reduce so that everything is mixed together well and the cheese does not clump.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and salt generously. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions or until al dente. Drain and toss with a splash of oil..
  2. Season your chicken with salt and pepper. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons of the butter. When the butter melts, raise the heat to medium-high and add the chicken in 1 layer.
  3. Cook, without moving the pieces, until the underside has browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip the pieces, and cook until browned and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer the chicken to a medium bowl.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the remaining 6 tablespoons butter. Scrape the bottom of the skillet with a wooden spoon to release any browned bits. When the butter has mostly melted, whisk in the cream and nutmeg and bring to a simmer, then cook for 2 minutes. Lower the heat to keep the sauce just warm.
  5. Whisk the Peccorino-Romano into the sauce. Add the chicken and cooked pasta and toss well. Season with salt and pepper.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo
Serves 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories1132
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 55.1 g70.6%
Cholesterol 180 mg60%
Sodium 320 mg13.9%
Protein 27.1 g54.2%
Potassium 742 mg15.8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Where Does Fettuccine Alfredo Come From?

Serving fettuccine noodles with butter and cheese was first mentioned by Martino da Como in his 15th-century recipe for macaroni romaneschi or “Roman pasta”. The recipe calls for the pasta to be cooked in broth or water and adds butter and what he calls “good cheese” in his book.

Modern fettuccine Alfredo was invented by Alfredo di Lelio in Rome. In 1892 Alfredo di Lelio began to work in a restaurant that was located in piazza Rosa and run by his mother Angelina. Di Lelio created a dish that he called "fettuccine al triplo burro". Alfredo then added extra butter or "triplo burro" to the fettuccine when mixing it together and from here the fettuccine alfredo as we know it was born.

What Can I Add to My Store Bought Alfredo Sauce?

Even though alfredo sauce is not that difficult to make, especially with this recipe, it is still in need of some help. Once you add the jar to the skillet to simmer add one tablespoon of real butter, 1/3 cup of cream, 2 teaspoons of fresh, minced garlic, and 1/4 cup of fresh grated Parmesan. This will add a sence of freshness to the jar.

Why is Fettuccine Alfredo Bad for You?

If you are on pretty much any type of diet except for the “see food” diet, you might want to stay away from fettuccine alfredo. Why you ask, well it may have something to do with the fact that most of the ingredients are different forms of fat. From the butter to the cream to the cheese to the oil, throw in the carbohydrates from the pasta and there you have it, a nutritionist’s nightmare. Even after all of that, the fact is you are only human and cannot resist this luxurious dish. Maybe just every now and then.

How Can I Make Alfredo Sauce Taste Better?

If you want to stay true to the basics of an alfredo dish, try adding a handful of freshly grated Parmesan to add some salt and well who does not like more cheese. Another thing you could add are some chopped sundried tomatoes and/or mushrooms. These will add a nice umami flavor to the sauce.

There are also several different herbs you can add to alfredo sauce. People tend to add some oregano, basil, and sage. On some rare occasions, especially when you are having chicken alfredo, it is nice to add some lemon pepper. This not only adds some pepper, but a slight tang from the lemon is just enough to cut through the richness of the sauce.

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