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Makeover Bacon Chicken Alfredo

This healthier version of 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.
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • Cook fettuccine according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Drain fettuccine; add to chicken mixture. Cook and stir until heated through. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bacon.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 465 calories, 14g fat (7g saturated fat), 72mg cholesterol, 584mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 7g fiber), 32g protein.

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  • nickirussell
    Feb 5, 2015

    Too bland for our taste. Like the bacon though.

  • lisalynn_vickers
    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
    Aug 2, 2013

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

  • TeresaWitt
    May 12, 2013

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

  • Lutherandkathy
    Dec 26, 2012

    I used leftover rotisserie chicken. It was great.

  • TaylorReed
    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
    Jul 25, 2012

    This is misleading!This should NOT be in the healthycategory!!!! 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
    Jul 25, 2012

    This is misleading!This should NOT be in the healthycategory!!!! 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
    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
    Mar 15, 2012

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