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!
12ouncesuncooked pasta, we like fettuccini or linguini
4teaspoonsolive oil, divided
2chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
½teaspoonEACH: 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.
Nutritional yeast can be bought from some major grocery stores and most health food stores. You can also purchase it online through Amazon.If the alfredo is too thick (this can happen if too much liquid evaporated while the cauliflower cooked) simply add a little extra water or stock.