Chicken Broccoli Alfredo | JPMA, Inc.

Massachusetts WIC Program

This recipe was provided by Massachusetts WIC and adapted from Chop Chop Magazine.

 

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Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

Guilt-free Alfredo with the same delicious flavor as a full-fat version!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 1 cup servings

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat penne pasta
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast cubed into bite-size peices
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth (or water)
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli frozen or fresh
  • 1/2 cup shredded mazzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 pinch nutmeg (optional)

Instructions

  • Heat water in a large pot for the pasta and prepare according to package directions.
  • Heat a large skillet on medium and add oil to the pan.
  • Once heated, add the diced chicken to the pan. Stir every 20-30 seconds and allow it to cook for 8-10 minutes until cooked through to 165°F. Covering it will also help it cooker faster. Adjust heat as needed.
  • Add the flour to the pan with the cooked chicken and stir well until it begins to lightly toast, about 3 minutes.
  • Slowly add the chicken broth, milk, and garlic powder to the pan.
  • Whisk well to break up lumps and allow the liquid to come to a simmer. The mixture will begin to thicken as it simmers after 2-3 minutes.
  • If using frozen broccoli, place in a strainer and rinse under lukewarm water to thaw (or microwave for 2 minutes). Drain the water and add to the pan. Fresh chopped broccoli can be added directly into the pan. Stir frequently for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the mozzarella and parmesan cheese and stir until melted.
  • Mix sauce with the cooked pasta, pepper to taste and serve.

Notes

Tips & Suggestions

  • Use precooked chicken to save time
  • Substitute your vegetables depending on what is in season
  • Try different types of WIC pasta
  • Use 1/2 block of low-fat-cream cheese in place of the mozzarella cheese
  • Add chopped, fresh herbs such as dill, thyme, or rosemary, at the end of cooking for more flavor
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