Chicken Alfredo is a favorite dish at my house. One of the reasons is because I never make the same way twice. For convenience, you can use your favorite store-bought brand of Alfredo sauce or use the basic recipe suggested below. Then just tweak the dish with the recommended variations.
Melt 5 tablespoons of butter in a sauce pan. Add 2 cloves minced garlic, 2 cups of heavy cream and ¼ teaspoon of white pepper. Stir frequently while bringing mixture to a simmer. Add ½ cup of grated parmesan cheese and simmer until sauce is creamy and smooth. When the sauce has thickened, add ¾ cup of EITHER Mozzarella cheese or cubed cream cheese. Stir continuously until the cheese is melted and blended.
Creamy Breaded Chicken Alfredo
Heat 2 Tbsp of oil in a frying pan. Sprinkle 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts lightly with salt; dredge chicken in flour. Fry chicken in oil for about 4 minutes on each side until browned. Place the chicken in a baking pan and spoon sauce over it. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until chicken if fully cooked.
Bacon and Spinach Chicken Alfredo
In a large skillet, cook 16 ounces of diced bacon over a medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels to remove excess fat. Reserve 3 Tbsp of the fat drippings from the pan. Cut 2 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken into bite-size pieces and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Cook chicken in reserved drippings in same pan over medium heat until chicken juices run clear. Pour Alfredo over chicken. Add 1 10-ounce package of frozen spinach, thawed and drained to pan. Add ½ tsp Italian seasoning and bacon bits. Cook until heated through, stirring frequently. Sprinkle with ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese.
Chicken and Broccoli Garlic Alfredo
This is similar to the Creamy Breaded Chicken Alfredo except that you add 1 ½ tsp of garlic salt to the sauce when preparing it. You can use a garlic flavored store-bought variety or add the garlic powder to a plain variety of store-bought Alfredo sauce to give it a little zip. Also add some 1 clove of minced garlic to the chicken when frying it. Cook 3 cups of fresh or frozen broccoli. When the broccoli is cooked, drain and add to the sauce. Then pour the sauce over the chicken and bake as directed above.
Chicken Alfredo can be eaten as is but is most commonly served over fettuccine noodles. Flavored noodles such as spinach fettuccine make a wonderful addition to the dish. You can experiment with other noodles to find the combination you like best. Any of these can even be served over macaroni noodles if you find yourself short of other pasta options.
Source: Personal Experience