Lighter Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo


This version of chicken fettuccine alfredo is lightened by substituting some of the heavy cream with chicken broth.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
6 servings


  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts

  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • 2 egg yolks

  • salt to taste

  • 1 pound fettuccine

  • 1 sprig chopped fresh parsley

  • 2 cups freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided


  1. Combine chicken breasts and chicken broth in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to low; simmer for 5 minutes. Turn breasts, cover, and simmer another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit with the cover on for 15 minutes.

  2. Remove chicken breasts from the broth and set aside to cool, reserving the broth in the saucepan. Once the chicken is cool enough to handle, cut into bite-size slices.

  3. Return the chicken broth to medium heat and cook until reduced to 1 cup.

  4. Stir garlic, black pepper, and heavy cream into the reduced broth; bring to a simmer and remove from heat.

  5. Whisk egg yolks in a bowl until smooth. Beat 1 tablespoon of the warm cream mixture into the eggs until thoroughly incorporated; repeat until about 1/2 cup of the warm cream mixture is used.

  6. Whisk the warm cream and egg mixture back into the saucepan with the remaining cream mixture. Cook over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture almost comes to a simmer and thickens, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

  7. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook fettuccine in boiling water, stirring occasionally, until nearly cooked through, about 7 minutes. Drain.

  8. Stir parsley, 1 cup of Parmigiano-Reggiano, and cream mixture into the pasta. Remove from heat, cover, and let sit for a few minutes until thick.

  9. Fold chicken and 1 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano into the pasta mixture to serve.

    close up view of Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo garnished with fresh herbs in a glass bowl
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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

759 Calories
42g Fat
60g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 759
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 42g 54%
Saturated Fat 24g 121%
Cholesterol 239mg 80%
Sodium 505mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 60g 22%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 7mg 37%
Calcium 388mg 30%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 371mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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