This recipe is an easy do-ahead. You can cook your noodles and make the sauce a day ahead, then combine and heat to serve. It’s also an easy one to do for a quick dinner – in thirty minutes or less. For the chicken, I’ve used my home-canned chicken. [Clicking on this link takes you to canned beef, but it works as well for chicken. Follow the directions exactly but substitute chicken for beef.] I’ve also used left-over grilled chicken or any chicken that’s left over from another meal. Simply put it into a freezer zip-lock bag and save it for the time you need this for a quick meal.
I’ve tried many different Alfredo recipes and this is the one I’ve come up with that works for me. When you make your own sauce, you know exactly what is in it, and there are no preservatives hiding around in that list of ingredients!
While you’re making the sauce, cook the noodles according to the package directions.
For the sauce, you’ll find that it thickens on its own without any flour added. Melt your butter and cream cheese together, then add heavy cream (use light or milk if you prefer). Seasonings can be adjusted to your liking and you’ll add the cooked chicken to the sauce just before you combine the noodles with the ingredients.
If you’re into counting calories, you might prefer light cream or milk instead of any cream. But for a hearty Alfredo sauce, you’ll want to use real butter and real cream.
Drain the noodles and combine the sauce and chicken with the noodles. Garnish with parsley.
- 12 ounces noodles
- ½ cup butter
- 8 oz. cream cheese
- 2 cups heavy cream - or 1 cup cream and 1 cup milk
- 2-3 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. pepper
- 1 tsp. salt
- ¾ cup Parmesan cheese
- 2 cups cooked (or grilled) chopped chicken
- parsley flakes for garnish
- Cook noodles according to package, then drain
- Melt butter and cream cheese in saucepan, stirring
- Add cream (and/or milk)
- Stir until it thickens
- Season with garlic powder, salt and pepper
- Add Parmesan cheese
- Add chicken, then toss together with the noodles
- Garnish with parsley