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This easy chicken fettuccine Alfredo recipe has the most dreamy parmesan garlic cream sauce that perfectly coats the pasta. Golden pan-fried garlic chicken takes this dish to the next level!

You may also like my Creamy Garlic Chicken and this Super Easy Creamy Tomato Pasta.

close-up of chicken fettuccine alfredo in a skillet being tossed with cooking tongs

Why you’ll love it

You’ve been loving my Shrimp Alfredo, so I figured it was time to make a chicken version! The recipe is very similar because why fix what ain’t broken. 😉 Here I include easy instructions for how to cook chicken for fettuccine Alfredo. Tender, juicy sliced chicken. Oh yeah.

Alfredo sauce is simply a mix of cream, butter, and parmesan cheese, but I also add cream cheese to it, and it’s a game changer. It helps thicken the sauce and adds a delicious bit of tanginess to it. I also add plenty of garlic… obviously. This will be your go-to version!

What you’ll need

  • Chicken breasts – slice them in half lengthwise to cook them faster and keep them tender
  • Garlic powder – seasoning the chicken with salt & pepper and garlic powder infuses flavor
  • Flour – coating the chicken in flour makes it less likely to stick to the pan and gives it a nice golden coating and delicious crust
  • Olive oil and butter – for pan frying
  • Fettuccine – the classic pasta choice
  • Cream cheese – for added texture and tangy taste. Some would say it doesn’t belong in Alfredo sauce, but I respectfully disagree!
  • Heavy cream – it’s rich, delicious, and much less likely to curdle than other options
  • Chicken broth – more savory flavor!
  • Garlic – for even more garlicky taste
  • Parmesan – it’s not Alfredo sauce without it
ingredients for chicken fettuccine alfredo in prep bowls

Pro tip

The cream cheese really needs to be soft to make this recipe go much smoother, so I recommend taking it out of the fridge 30+ minutes prior to starting the recipe or microwaving it in 20-30 second intervals until it’s very soft and pliable.

How to make chicken fettuccine Alfredo

This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

pan frying chicken in a skillet and then making alfredo sauce

Cook the fettuccine until al dente. Prep the chicken, sprinkle the cutlets with salt & pepper and garlic powder, then coat in flour. Pan-fry it in the oil and some of the butter until it’s cooked through. Transfer it to a plate. Add the remaining butter, the cream cheese, cream, chicken broth, and garlic to the pan.

tossing fettuccine pasta in a skillet with alfredo sauce and adding pan fried chicken

Stir until the sauce is smooth, and let the sauce thicken up. Meanwhile, slice the chicken into strips. Stir the parmesan into the sauce, and let it bubble for a minute. If it isn’t thick enough, cook it for a few more minutes. If it ends up too thick, add a splash of the hot pasta water to it. Season with salt & pepper, toss with the drained fettuccine, and top with the chicken.

Tools for this recipe

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  • Chicken can easily go from underdone to overdone in recipes like this. I recommend using an instant read thermometer to take the guesswork out of it. Chicken is safe to eat at 165F (keep in mind its temperature will keep rising a few degrees after you stop cooking it).
  • I always like to suggest grating your own parmesan cheese. It tastes much better, and the pre-grated stuff doesn’t melt into the sauce as well. I love this cheese grater. I always keep a wedge of parm in my fridge.
  • Use a splatter guard to minimize cleanup.

Substitutions and variations

  • You could also use rotisserie or Cooked Chicken if that’s easier for you.
  • If you don’t have fettuccine, use what you have on hand. I prefer a longer pasta.
  • I don’t recommend substituting the cream for something else. The sauce may not thicken properly and may curdle. Alfredo sauce is notorious for curdling if you use milk, so use any substitutions at your own risk. This is definitely a treat meal, and a delicious one at that! This tastes like something you’d get at the Olive Garden or Cheesecake Factory.
a bowl of chicken fettuccine alfredo with a fork

What to serve with chicken Alfredo

Leftovers and storage

  • Store any leftovers in the fridge for 3-4 days in a covered container.
  • This pasta is definitely best fresh. It’s not ideal for reheating, but reheat slowly in a saucepan over a low heat so that it doesn’t separate. Add a splash more cream if desired.
  • I don’t recommend freezing leftover fettuccine Alfredo since the texture will change.
close-up of chicken fettuccine alfredo

I hope you will love this chicken Alfredo as much as I do! If you made it, leave a star rating and review below, or tag me #saltandlavender on Instagram so I can see your creations.

close-up of chicken fettuccine alfredo in a skillet being tossed with cooking tongs
4.89 from 176 votes

Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

This easy chicken fettuccine Alfredo recipe has the most dreamy parmesan garlic cream sauce that perfectly coats the pasta. Golden pan-fried garlic chicken takes this dish to the next level!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 2 chicken breasts cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Flour for dredging
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter divided
  • 8 ounces uncooked fettuccine
  • 4 ounces cream cheese (I used 1/2 block of Philly) softened
  • 1 cup heavy/whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 large cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Instructions 

  • Take the cream cheese out of the fridge to soften up at least 30 minutes (or longer) prior to starting the recipe, or microwave it for 20-30 seconds. Grate the parmesan cheese. I prep other ingredients while I'm going along.
  • Boil a large, salted pot of water for the fettuccine. Cook it al dente according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, cut the chicken breasts in half lengthwise so you have 4 thinner cutlets. Sprinkle them with the garlic powder and salt & pepper on both sides. Coat them in flour.
  • In a deep skillet over medium-high heat, add the olive oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter. When the pan is hot, cook the chicken for 5 minutes/side or until golden and cooked through. Take the pan off the heat, and remove the chicken to a plate and set it aside.
  • Wipe out the skillet/give it a quick rinse if there's a lot of extra grease (no need to wash it unless you really want to). Add in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, the cream cheese, cream, chicken broth, and garlic. Return the pan to the burner over medium heat. Once the butter has melted and the pan has heated up, use your spoon to help the cream cheese melt into the sauce. This will take a couple of minutes.
  • When the cream cheese has been incorporated into the sauce, let it gently bubble for 5 minutes until the sauce has reduced somewhat. You can give it the occasional stir. Slice the chicken into bite-size strips while it's cooking.
  • Stir the parmesan into the sauce. Let it cook for about a minute. The sauce should be thick enough by now, but if you want to reduce it further, let it cook for a little longer. If at any point the sauce gets too thick, simply add a splash of the hot pasta water to it. Give it a taste and season with salt & pepper as needed.
  • Drain the fettuccine and add it to the skillet and toss with the sauce. Dish it up with the chicken on top (or mix it in) and grate on more parmesan cheese as desired.

Notes

  • I do not recommend subbing the heavy cream for anything. Alfredo sauce can easily separate if you’re making it with milk or something with a lower fat content. This is definitely a treat meal.

Nutrition

Calories: 878kcal, Carbohydrates: 50g, Protein: 44g, Fat: 56g, Saturated Fat: 30g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 16g, Trans Fat: 0.4g, Cholesterol: 260mg, Sodium: 808mg, Potassium: 716mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 1804IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 320mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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445 Comments

  1. If you use milk or half and half I recommend heating that up in a pan on its own and mixing in some wondra then add that to your butter and cream cheese mixture. Great recipe.

    1. Hi Vicki! Hmm… this isn’t really a recipe I’d recommend deliberately making ahead. Creamy sauces (esp. Alfredo sauce, I find) generally don’t reheat all that well. If you do want to still try, I’d at least cook the pasta right before serving, and reheat the sauce separately on a low heat, then add a splash of the pasta water and possibly a little more cream to get the sauce back to its proper consistency.

  2. I’ve made this recipe twice but the sauce always ends up too dry even though it’s smooth when mixing. Any advice? Thx

    1. Hi! I’d add more of the hot pasta water while you’re tossing it with the drained pasta. Reserve about a half cup or so and use as needed. And perhaps lower the heat a little when you’re making the sauce (or take it off the heat as soon as it’s the consistency you like).

    1. Hmmm… since there are multiple dairy components, I really can’t suggest subs without testing. I’d maybe google a vegan Alfredo sauce?

  3. 5 stars
    This is one of the BEST recipes I’ve ever made! It’s delicious and easy!! Love it! Just wondering what you suggest for heating it up when bringing it to someone already prepared?

    1. I’m so happy to hear that!! Let’s see.. I always reheat those types of sauces on a LOW heat, slowly on the stove. Apparently you can also heat the oven to 375F, add it to a glass baking dish with a little water, cover in foil, and heat for 10 mins or so. It won’t ever be the same as fresh, but that should prevent the sauce from separating at least. I sometimes will add a splash more cream too.

  4. 5 stars
    I have searched for the perfect Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo and I found it. I doubled the recipe and it turned out perfectly. 5 stars for sure.

  5. Oh honey, this was perfect. I added a touch of the Lemon Parmesan Chicken Alfredo by zesting a lemon over it; that gave it just the right amount of zing.

    I ate more than half of the amount in the recipe myself and now I am on the couch unable to get up, but so worth it.

  6. 5 stars
    AMAZING!!! Just one question.. If I want to increase the number of servings, not only do I have to double the measurements for the ingredients, but will this increase the amount of cooking time?

    1. Hi! Possibly. I’d cook the chicken in batches. The cream cheese may take a little longer to melt if you’re doubling it, so just play it by ear.

  7. 5 stars
    Delicious! My entire family loved it. I only had about 1/4 brick of cream cheese, so that’s all I used, but other than that I followed exactly. Love the tip for thinning the sauce with the pasta water. I felt like a real chef! LOL. Served with a hearty salad and white wine. Was an excellent Sunday dinner.