Easy Chicken Alfredo

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


4 servings

Updated: Nov. 08, 2023
This dish's classic sauce is almost as simple as opening a jar but tastes so much better. The easy chicken Alfredo recipe can be on the table in less than 30 minutes. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen


  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 8 ounces uncooked fettuccine
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional


  1. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. In a large skillet, cook chicken in oil over medium heat until a thermometer reads 165°, 8-10 minutes, turning once. Remove and let stand at least 5 minutes. Meanwhile, cook fettuccine according to package directions.
  2. In the same skillet, melt butter over medium-low heat. Stir in cream, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, Romano cheese, nutmeg, and remaining1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks; stir in a small amount of hot cream mixture into egg yolks. Return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until sauce has thickened slightly and a thermometer reads 160°.
  3. Drain fettuccine; serve with Alfredo sauce, sliced chicken and remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Garnish with minced fresh parsley.

Easy Chicken Alfredo Tips

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Pair this easy chicken alfredo recipe with roasted asparagus, garlic bread or a side salad.

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How do you reheat chicken alfredo?

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Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 998 calories, 77g fat (46g saturated fat), 326mg cholesterol, 1015mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 36g protein.