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Cheap Easy Chicken Alfredo Recipe – Cast Iron Skillet

This cheap easy chicken alfredo recipe is a huge hit with my family. The chicken is juicy and tender and the homemade sauce is creamy and delicious. You can use whatever pasta you like. Fettuccine is the traditional choice, but my family prefers penne. One thing that I love about this recipe is that the sauce is cooked in the same pan as the chicken and this adds a lot of flavor to the sauce. My daughter has made it very clear that she doesn’t like “sauce”, but she devours this dish. My wife loves when I make this because she knows she will have easy to reheat leftovers for her lunch at work.

Equipment Used

Ingredients

Chicken:

  • 2 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 Teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 Teaspoon pepper

Sauce:

  • 1/2 Cup butter (1 stick)
  • 3/4 Teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 Teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 3 Cloves minced garlic (I use squeezable garlic)
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 Cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2/3 Cup grated Parmesan plus a little extra to use as topping

Directions

Cook pasta of your choice according to package directions. Start heating the water for this now, so that the pasta can be finished around the same time as the other components of this cheap easy chicken alfredo recipe.

Chicken:

  1. Heat cast iron skillet over medium-high heat
  2. While skillet is heating, season 2 chicken breasts with 3/4 tablespoons of salt and 3/4 tablespoons of pepper
  3. After skillet is hot, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and melt 2 tablespoons of butter into the olive oil
  4. Add chicken to skillet and cook until golden brown on one side (5 to 7 minutes), then turn over
  5. Insert probe from instant read meat thermometer into chicken
  6. Continue to cook chicken to 165° (5 to 7 minutes). If you don’t have a meat thermometer, you can check the center of the chicken and cook until no pink remains
  7. Remove chicken and cover with foil
  8. After chicken rests for a few minutes and is cool enough to handle, slice into strips

Sauce:

  1. After removing chicken from skillet, lower heat to medium and add 1 stick of butter (1/2 cup) and 3 cloves minced garlic
  2. Melt butter and cook garlic until you begin to smell the garlic (probably 30 to 60 seconds)
  3. Stir 1-1/2 tablespoons of flour into the skillet until no chunks remain
  4. Whisk 2 cups of heavy whipping cream into skillet
  5. Continue to stir as you add 3/4 tablespoons each of salt and pepper
  6. Continue stirring and cook sauce until it is just starting to thicken and there is a little steam
  7. Stir 2/3 cup of grated Parmesan into sauce and stir until smooth

Serve:

  1. Place pasta on plate
  2. Top pasta with sliced chicken
  3. Pour sauce over chicken and pasta
  4. Top with additional Parmesan and garnish with parsley if desired
  5. Serve with your choice of vegetable. We like broccoli.
  6. Enjoy!

Tips for Success

This cheap easy chicken alfredo is really simple to make and the following tips will help to ensure that you end up with a great

  • Start heating water for pasta before starting other ingredients. This ensures the pasta and other ingredients finish as close as possible to the same time.
  • Use a silicone whisk to avoid scratching the seasoning in your skillet
  • Use real butter, not margarine. It tastes better and doesn’t contain canola oil
  • If cast iron skillet is smoking, turn down the heat
  • If you want the chicken to cook faster, you can use tenderloins although they will not be as juicy and tender

Christian

18 Comments

  1. This is a great recipe and i can not wait to try it. I need to invest in a good cast iron skillet. I will come back and let you know how i get on with cooking it. Thank you! MrJimish

    • Thanks for checking it out. Cast iron is my favorite piece of cooking equipment! One thing I love about it, is that whether you get it new or used (at a garage sale or thrift store), it can be made to cook really well.

  2. Wow, this chicken looks absolutely delicious, I do love chicken but I am the same as your daughter, I’m not too keen on the sauce, however I really do love the look of this chicken and I am copying this chicken alfredo recipe, I have also copied you tips for success, just looking at these images here on this post has made my mouth water, thank you for sharing.

    • Thanks for checking out the recipe!  Thanks for the feedback on the images.  I only have my phone and learning to take good pictures has been a challenge!  

  3. Hello Christian, cooking is my hobby and I like trying out new cuisines out almost everytime so I can treat my family to different taste of food virtually once in every 7days. Seeing this easy chicken Alfredo recipe, I know this is what I will try next and hopefully, I would be able to replicate your  standard. I would give everything up to have a bite from the one you made though(hahaha). Thanks though

  4. Yummy!!!  I do love my cast iron skillets and this is definitely the perfect recipe for one!  I like how you cook the sauce in the same skillet at the chicken so that the flavour of the the chicken will impregnate the sauce – well done!  The pictures make this look scrumptious – I can’t wait to try it!

    • Thanks for checking out the recipe!  My favorite part of this recipe is doing it all in one skillet to maximize the flavor.  Thanks for noticing the pictures!  I worked really hard on taking good images for this recipe!

  5. mmmm…. these look delicious and oh so simple. This will fit perfectly into my busy schedule. Thank you for sharing. Are they your own personal creations?

    • Thanks for checking out the site! The recipes are adapted from many other recipes that I have tried. When I want to cook a dish, I will try different versions and then keep what I like from each recipe. I then adapt it to fit my own cooking style and the needs of my family.

  6. Sounds delicious!
    My super fussy daughter is with me this week. I’m going to make this for her as I know she loves chicken!
    I love the fact its quick and easy too.
    I’ll be back to try some more of your recipes now I’ve bookmarked this page.

  7. Definitely looks like a delicious meal!
    I like how you split up the information for this post and how straight forward you make this recipe sound.
    The tips for success are helpful, especially the tip to use butter because it will not only taste better but be better for cooking.
    Thanks for a delicious recipe and I hope to use it soon!

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