Healthy Chicken Alfredo
Healthy chicken alfredo is deliciously creamy, just like the regular alfredo. What makes this recipe special is that it's made with a healthy (and dairy-free!) sauce thanks to sneaky cauliflower. You'll be amazed at how dreamy healthy can taste!
Healthy chicken alfredo
If you're craving carbs and all the deliciously creamy sauces but don't want to sacrifice your health for your cravings, then this recipe is for you!
The sauce is unbelievably creamy, totally lux, and so delicious. Eating it you'll never know it's a healthy recipe.
We usually use gluten-free noodles – there are so many on the market now that taste as good as regular boxed pasta. But fresh pasta would be a real treat.
Some pan seared chicken breasts and spinach round out this healthy recipe.
Is chicken alfredo healthy?
Not normally! A typical alfredo sauce is made with loads of cream and butter, but not our recipe. We make ours with our favorite cauliflower alfredo sauce which tastes so close to the real thing.
So THIS chicken alfredo recipe is healthy!
Ingredients in a healthy alfredo sauce recipe
We skip the typical cream and butter completely and create a creamy, dreamy sauce made of veggies.
- Onion and garlic, sautéed in a little oil.
- Steamed cauliflower.
- Chicken or veggie stock.
- Nutritional yeast (although you could substitute parmesan cheese).
- Lemon juice.
- Sea salt.
- A tiny splash of soy sauce.
How to make healthy alfredo sauce
To make this a healthy recipe, we use our favorite dreamy cauliflower alfredo sauce.
It's made by blending onions, garlic, and steamed cauliflower with a few yummy flavors to make a sauce that mimics real alfredo.
While it's not EXACTLY the same as the cream and butter loaded version, it's so close that you'll be hard pressed to tell the difference.
What to serve with healthy fettuccini alfredo
While this pasta is easily a meal in itself, especially since the sauce is made of veggies, it's sometimes nice to have a side dish. A simple green salad is often what we serve with pasta. Here are a few of our other favorites:
How long does healthy chicken alfredo last?
This recipe will keep for 2-3 days in your fridge. When reheating it, you may want to add a splash of water to loosen the noodles.
Popular healthy chicken dinners
- Peanut Butter Chicken
- Mango Chicken Curry
- Creamy Garlic Chicken with Spinach
- Chicken Cabbage Stir Fry
- Sweet and Spicy Paleo Chicken Fingers
Healthy Chicken Alfredo Recipe
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Healthy Alfredo Sauce
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- ½ yellow onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 3 cups chopped cauliflower, 12 ounces
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1-2 tablespoons nutritional yeast, see notes
- ½ tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1-2 teaspoons sea salt
- ½ teaspoon soy sauce, gluten-free, if needed
Healthy Chicken Alfredo
- 12 ounces uncooked pasta, we like fettuccini or linguini
- 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
- 3 ounces baby spinach
- 2 chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
- ½ teaspoon EACH: sea salt and pepper
- Begin by making the healthy alfredo sauce. Heat the olive oil in a medium-sized pot. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 3 minutes, until the onion is transparent. Add the cauliflower and chicken stock and bring the pot to a boil. Cover the pot, reduce the heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, until the cauliflower is soft.1 teaspoon olive oil, ½ yellow onion, 3 cloves garlic, 3 cups chopped cauliflower, 1 cup chicken stock
- Transfer everything in the pot to your blender. Add the remaining ingredients and blend on high until smooth. Taste the sauce and add extra salt and/or nutritional yeast if you'd like. Set aside.1-2 tablespoons nutritional yeast, ½ tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1-2 teaspoons sea salt, ½ teaspoon soy sauce
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the package directions. Drain the water through a colander then return the cooked pasta to the pot. Drizzle with 2 teaspoons of the olive oil and toss so that all the pasta is lightly coated in the oil. Add the spinach to the pot.12 ounces uncooked pasta, 3 ounces baby spinach
- While the water is heating, season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a medium-sized frying pan. Add the chicken and cook until it is lightly browned on both sides and cooked through.2 chicken breasts, ½ teaspoon EACH: sea salt and pepper
- Add the cooked chicken to the pot with the pasta. Pour the healthy alfredo sauce over top and toss so that everything is well coated in the sauce.
This recipe was so good even as leftovers! I didn’t have nutritional yeast so I threw in a couple handfuls of mushrooms with the cauliflower. I used coconut aminos instead of soy sauce. And I loaded it with parsley.
The best part is that my kids didn’t even notice the sauce was made with cauliflower…and they don’t like cauliflower!
Can you freeze the sauce?
Yes, this sauce freezes well!
These instructions are easy to follow! And I really want to give a try to prepare this quick and easy meal for my dinner. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
Great recipe! The sauce came out nice and creamy. Will definitely make it again.
This looks like a great recipe…do you think coconut aminos would work in place of the soy sauce?
That should work well!
This recipe was very good! I loved the cauliflower sauce and didn’t miss the butter and cream. Thank you!
Looks like a great recipe to try. What does the yeast do in/for the recipe? Is there anything to sub for it if you don’t have it?
The nutritional yeast gives it a cheesy flavor. You could use parmesan cheese instead. 🙂
This was excellent. It’s not anything like a real alfredo sauce, but a very nice alternative.
This is unique. It looks both delicious and healthy, and super simple too. Way to go, Kristen!
Hi! Is the soy sauce required?
No it’s a little amount so you can get away without it. You may just want to add an extra pinch of salt. 🙂