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Easy Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Sometimes, you happen onto some of the better recipes by accident…
I have a spiral notebook where I write down the titles of any recipe that I see on tv that I want to make.  They are divided by show so that it’s easy for me to look up the recipes when I decide to go ahead and make the dish.  Well, last weekend as I was preparing my meal plan for this week, I was looking through my Rachael Ray recipes to decide on a recipe to make for today.  I had a few that sounded promising from the titles, so I was looking them up online.  One of them I read as “Chicken and Broccoli”.  Well, I couldn’t find a recipe online from the Rachael Ray show called Chicken and Broccoli.  But I did find this pasta dish that I’m grateful I came across, because it was absolutely delicious!!  (And just FYI – after looking at my notebook again later, I realized that it said “Chicken and Broccolini”, not broccoli!)
I’ve made pasta sauces with cream cheese before.  Several times, actually.  I think it makes for a great fake-out alfredo sauce.  And if you are looking to cut a few calories, I’m sure low fat cream cheese would work just as well!  But I figured that since I’m eating all the broccoli, the cream cheese wouldn’t hurt, right? :)  But this one was enjoyed by the whole family!
Easy Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo
from Every Day with Rachael Ray
serves 4
total time:  25 minutes
8 oz. fettuccine or spaghetti
2 cups fresh broccoli florets
1/4 cup Italian salad dressing
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 2/3 cup milk
4 oz. cream cheese, cubed
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
Cook pasta as directed on the package.  Add the broccoli to the boiling water for the last 2 minutes of the pasta cooking time.  Drain.
Meanwhile, heat the dressing in a large skillet on medium-high heat.  Add the chicken and cook for 5 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through, stirring occasionally.  Stir in milk, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese and basil.  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until sauce is well blended and heated through.
Add the chicken mixture to the drained pasta and mix until the pasta is coated.
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12 Responses to Saturdays with Rachael Ray – Easy Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo

  1. Barbara says:

    Am I the only one not to have made an alfredo sauce with cream cheese?? What a super idea!

  2. Kat says:

    I love making "alfredo" sauce with cream cheese. No one can tell the difference! :)

  3. Pam says:

    It sounds delicious! I've never used the cream cheese in the sauce, brilliant!

  4. JaNae says:

    Looks yummy. Good way to get your vegetable in. Thanks got the recipe.

  5. Joanne says:

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who has notebooks upon notebooks of bookmarked recipes… I've actually never done alfredo with cream cheese! It sounds delicious.

  6. Monet says:

    I've never made alfredo sauce with Cream cheese either. What have I been missing? Thank you for sharing this with me…I have so many notebooks full of recipes I need to try. I'm going to start going through them tomorrow!

  7. Vivienne says:

    ahhaha broccoli and cream cheese cancel each other out?! ;)
    thanks for this recipe – i need recipes like this lately coz ive just moved and need simple delicious non fuss meals!

  8. Lisa says:

    That cream cheese addition sounds delicious. I like the fact that this can be made healthier than regular alfredo sauce without sacrificing the flavor.

  9. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy says:

    I so love chicken alfredo! This looks so good, classic and easy. Thanks!!!

  10. Tabitha says:

    I'm going to give this one a try tonight. Thanks!

  11. Karen says:

    This was pretty easy to make and came out pretty yummy! Thank you for posting this. It is added to my recipe book

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