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Makeover Bacon Chicken Alfredo Recipe

Makeover Bacon Chicken Alfredo Recipe

This healthier version of her bacon chicken Alfredo offers all the creamy comfort, and rich homey flavor of the original, but slashes calories, cholesterol and sodium. —Irene Sullivan, Lake Mills, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 15 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) whole wheat fettuccine
  • 8 bacon strips, chopped
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning


  • 1. Cook fettuccine according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain.
  • 2. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Cook chicken and garlic in butter over medium heat for 4-6 minutes or until meat is no longer pink; remove and keep warm.
  • 3. Combine cornstarch and milk until smooth; stir into skillet. Add cream and remaining salt. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add the spinach, chicken, 3/4 cup cheese, Italian seasoning and half of the bacon; cook and stir until cheese is melted.
  • 4. Drain fettuccine; add to chicken mixture. Cook and stir until heated through. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bacon. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 465 calories, 14g fat (7g saturated fat), 72mg cholesterol, 584mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 7g fiber), 32g protein.

Reviews for Makeover Bacon Chicken Alfredo

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nickirussell User ID: 8223041 219832
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2015

"Too bland for our taste. Like the bacon though."

lisalynn_vickers User ID: 5872630 193290
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2013

"Love this recipe... I do substitute the 2% milk and the half and half for 1% or skim milk and instead of regular bacon I use turkey bacon... so it's relatively easy to cut down the additional salt and fat. Every member of my family loves it"

lisalynn_vickers User ID: 5872630 132907
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2013

"I make this recipe all the time for my family and it is simply delicious."

TeresaWitt User ID: 4117537 123650
Reviewed May. 12, 2013

"This was rather boring...really not very flavorful."

Lutherandkathy User ID: 6355792 178126
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2012

"I used leftover rotisserie chicken. It was great."

TaylorReed User ID: 6407048 116962
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2012

"465 calories, 14 g fat, and over 500 mg sodium?! I thought this was supposed to be healthy! You know what, I'll just make it myself. I bet fat free milk, low fat half-and-half, reduced sodium bacon, and skipping the cornstarch would make it edible. Seriously, who's gonna get full on just 1 cup? I was gonna make this for a friend of mine with Gout, but no way now. WAY too much salt!"

Queenmumv66 User ID: 5989942 132905
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2012

"This is misleading!This should NOT be in the healthy

category!!!! The key word in the write up is it is a HEALTHIER, not healthy, version.(I can just imagine the fat/calorie/sodium content in the original recipe!)
I bet it is yummy, but it is not a healthy choice."

Queenmumv66 User ID: 5989942 178125
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2012

"This is misleading!This should NOT be in the healthy

category!!!! The key word in the write up is it is a HEALTHIER, not healthy, version.(I can the fat/calorie/sodium content in the original recipe!)
I bet it is yummy, but it is not a healthy choice."

dokey347 User ID: 5553819 195849
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2012

"I don't know anyone who only eats 1 cup of any kind of pasta!! That's a lot of calories for such a small portion."

rubydoo008 User ID: 5748313 178121
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2012

"We love garlic so, a double up on the garlic. I substitued with Asagio and Parmesan"

Mintb User ID: 3460952 123647
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2012

"Sorry but regular turkey bacon has more sodium than pork bacon, read the labels to compare but this does sound good, I will be trying it."

MissJules1977 User ID: 6443891 178109
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2012

"My milk curdled. And even with the bacon, this lacked flavor. Bummed because the recipe looked really good."

Tish232 User ID: 5730808 150188
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2012

"I would make it...but not as it is. It would be much healthier if you used skim milk and fat free half and half. Maybe even use turkey bacon with less sodium."

Leenie-in-NewJersey User ID: 6295134 132149
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2012

"465 calories for 1 cup??? 14 gms of fat ??? and this is healthy? who eats 1 cup :("

andreavyse User ID: 2710906 212498
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2011

"FANTASTIC receipe! Especially if you are craving alfredo and dont want all the calories and fat! Hubby gave a 9 star, thats a keeper in our house!"

andreavyse User ID: 2710906 179022
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2011

"Fantastic!!! And much healthier if you are having an Alfredo craving!! Hubby gave it 9 stars, in our house, thats a keeper!!"

proundmom User ID: 6336615 179021
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2011

"mixed cream and milk at same time and no problem with curlding, I also used fresh noodles..."

kerbahr User ID: 5923411 179020
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"SO yummy and easy to make. My whole family loved it, even my kids!"

Adriennemartyniuk User ID: 6109318 123646
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2011

"Well it looked very pretty but it had no favor what so ever! I will not be making this ever again it was a waste of money and time spent."

dawnpryor User ID: 1271698 111584
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2011

"Absolutely wonderful dish. Loved it better than any I've had at a restaurant."

danid User ID: 5870512 194916
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2011

"Absolutely delish!! I loved every bit and enjoyed leftovers for days."

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 191554
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2011

"This was so good! My DH and I loved it! The kids didn't go wild for it, but we thought it was as good as a restaurant meal!"

benchelle91 User ID: 3751186 191551
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2011

"This was wonderful, I took leftovers to my in-laws and now they want the recipe! I like that it is a healthier version of the usual alfredo."

rc1972 User ID: 4403741 123645
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"I didn't have any half and half or 2% milk,used all Fat Free Milk. The taste was amazing,will make this dish again and again!"

LauraManning User ID: 968398 117073
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2011

"Overall, I thought this was quite good. I used whole grain (51% whole wheat) thin spaghetti noodles instead of fettucine. I cut back on the cornstarch, as the other person suggested but I don't think it was necessary. Also, if the 1/2 and 1/2 is added while the milk is still cold (as the recipe indicates), it won't curdle."

Deborah & Cynthia User ID: 5747884 184419
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"Recipe did not let an beginner know to heat the cream slightly before adding to milk. Not doing this could cause your sauce to "break" or curdle. I might recommend reducing cornstarch by 1/3, sauce was very thick."

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.