Who’s rushing around trying to bake and buy gifts for the holidays? Oh, pick me, pick me! I have even less time than normal, so dinners must be a quick fix (otherwise we’ll just have cereal, not that there is anything wrong with that). This pasta and chicken dish is covered in a rich alfredo sauce. It looks like something right out of a restaurant, but I whipped it up fast in the comfort of my own kitchen.
Bow-tie Chicken Alfredo Recipe
(About 6 servings)
- 12 ounces bow-tie pasta, uncooked
- 4 tablespoons butter, divided per the directions
- 2 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1/4 teaspoon salt (plus additional to season the chicken)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper (plus additional to season the chicken)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3/4 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 3/4 cups Parmesan cheese, shredded
- Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box. (Drain it and set it aside)
- In a medium skillet, over Medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons of butter.
- Season the chicken with salt and pepper and cook it. Remove it from the skillet, slice them into thin strips, and set it aside.
- Heat the additional 2 tablespoons of butter in the skillet and cook the minced garlic for about 1 minute. (Stir the garlic around the pan to avoid burning.)
- Pour in the chicken broth and let it come to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook it for an additional 1 to 2 minutes.
- Gradually pour in the heavy cream, salt, and pepper, and whisk constantly until it’s all combined. Allow the liquid to heat up and thicken (a few minutes).
- Remove the skillet from the stove and stir in the shredded Parmesan cheese.
- Stir in the pasta and chicken and mix all of the ingredients together until they are all combined. (* See note below)
Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
* Note: The cheese and sauce will soak into the pasta overnight. If you don’t think you’ll eat all of the pasta then I recommend you store the sauce in a separate jar in the refrigerator adding the cheese and sauce directly to your plate when you are about to eat it.
Mmm, the garlic smells so good! Of course to save time, I’m cooking the pasta while I’m preparing the alfredo sauce. Wahoo for multi tasking. 🙂
The alfredo sauce is creamy and comforting, perfect for these cold nights. It’s loaded with lots of garlic and Parmesan cheese flavors.
Have you ever ordered pasta alfredo at a restaurant? I have and it’s usually drowning in sauce. If I wanted soup, I would have ordered that instead. 😉 I love how I can control the amount of alfredo sauce in my dish. I like just enough sauce to coat the pasta.
I had fun with the pasta and used these cute bow-tie shapes. You can certainly use any pasta you like.
Let’s not forget about the chicken. It’s moist and delicious and adds great protein to the dish. You can certainly omit it to make this a vegetarian dish.
I sprinkled extra Parmesian cheese and parsley on top.
Is anyone done with their holiday shopping yet? I’m almost done. 🙂
Slightly adapted from: The Pioneer Woman
Here are some other quick dinners.
Tomato Chickpeas Over Dried Fig Infused Rice
Mmmm…Chicken Alfredo is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods. This looks delicious!!
Awesome! Thanks so much. 🙂
Is there anything better than chicken alfredo? Can’t wait to try this with bow tie pasta. I wish I had some now : )
Sending some your way! 😉
You had me at alfredo. my wife literally, bought pasta and chicken last night, and asked me to make something for her tonight. Now, I know what to do.
Oh too funny! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. 🙂
This reminds me of the most amazing pasta I had in Rome. If you managed to recreate it for me I will be forever grateful!
That would be amazing! My sister and I went on a tour of Italy about 6 years ago. We had a blast and I’ve been wanting to go back with my husband. The food was awesome. I’ve tried to re create some dishes but it seems like nothing is quite as good as being there with the real deal.
Your photos keep getting more and more stunning Tina! And chicken alfredo is my comfort indulgence food. I really like the homemade sauce and the whole dish looks so good!
That means so much to me! Your lovely comments always make me smile. Thank you kindly. 🙂
I’ve been making a lot of pasta dishes lately because I love the variety of sauces. Homemade sauces can be quick and easy and I love sharing that with you. And in my opinion they’re far better than the ones in the jar.
Ha ha I had to laugh,I cant tell you how many times I’ve ended up having cereal for dinner. More than I’d like to admit 😉
My boyfriend is a huuuge pasta and chicken fan,mainly because its the only thing he can cook hehe. This sauce sounds delish,love parmesan 🙂
Hehe, cereal for the win. 😉
You had me at alfredo! Totally my guilty pleasure!
I cant say no to a yummy creamy alfredo sauce, this pasta dish looks incredible!
Thanks Pamela! 🙂
I love how your version is lighter than what you’d eat in most restaurants! And it’s so easy as well, what a keeper!
I haven’t even started Christmas shopping yet whoops 😉
Less than 3 weeks to go until Christmas! 😉 Always lovely to see you here. Thank you so much!
Chicken Alfredo!? Looks delectable! Homemade Alfredo sauces are the best, in my opinion. My husband made it for me a long time ago and it was spectacular! This brings back fond memories. Thanks for sharing your recipe Tina!
Awh, glad it brought back good memories. 🙂 You always say the nicest things! Thanks for all your support Anne. 🙂
I love alfredo sauce + chicken! What a comfort food! And with this easy-to-make cream sauce, it’s a perfect dish for weeknight!
Thanks so much! 🙂
OMG!! I just found your page and I’m in love!! I know what my next pasta dish is going to be 😉
Oh and my next cake is definitely going to be the chocolate crumb cake 😉