What a great weekend! I love the weekends! Not only is Mars home and I get to spend two glorious days with him, but…the weekends are my time to cook and put together all the wonderful recipes I want to share with you throughout the coming week.
I knew exactly how I wanted to start the week! I wanted to share with you a fantastic easy pasta dish you can make for your families. (Yes, even the cooking impaired can make this dish!) I’ve been making this dish for years and it is a HUGE favorite! You are going to love this recipe. The ingredients are in your cupboard and refrigerator. It’s simple to make and it’s super duper yummy! I promise your “littles” will love it. I have the gurgles and “mmmm’s” of an 8 month old to prove it!
To begin, you need to marinade 3 boneless, skinless chicken breast in…get this…Kraft Sun Dried Tomato Salad Dressing. Seriously! This is my favorite dressing for marinade. Steaks or Chicken, you can’t go wrong. It’s amazing! (Thank you Kraft!) Place your chicken breast in a gallon zip lock baggie and pour 1 cup of dressing over them. Throw them in the refrigerator, walk away, dance away…whatever pleases you…lol… and let them do their thing.
I’ll be honest…I knew my weekend was going to be NUTS… so I placed mine in the bag on Friday and didn’t grill them till yesterday! So, you can marinade 4 hours or you can marinade them for 48. Either way you’ll be okay.
When it’s time to pull this recipe together you are going to want to wash and clean two full stocks of broccoli. (Should be about 2 cups worth) Cut them into florets, place them in a small pot, and throw out all your broccoli stems. (Yep, forgot the photo…I’m consistent at least!) Bring to a boil and cook till just tender crisp. (You don’t want icky soggy broccoli! No, no, no! ) Drain the broccoli, cover, and keep warm till ready to assemble.
In another large pot, filled half way with water, bring the water to a boil so you can cook your fettuccine noodles. This is also good time to start grilling that chicken! Send your grill master out with those chicken breasts, or you can also cook them in a skillet on top of the stove! I’ve done it both ways and it turns out beautifully. Just be sure to cook them till the juices run clear!
While you are waiting for your water to boil, and your grill master to grill that chicken, let’s make the Alfredo sauce. For the sauce you need a medium sauce pan. In the sauce pan place one stick of real butter, 1- 8oz. bar of cream cheese cut into squares, and 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese. With a wire whisk, over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, melt all the ingredients until they begin to blend together.
Stir, stir, stir. As it begins to blend together you will add 3/4 cup of milk and 1/2 cup of white cooking wine. If you don’t want to add the cooking wine you do not have to. Just increase the milk to one cup, and continue adding milk until you have the consistency you like. When it is all blended together it should look like this…
You now have a rich, flavorful, Alfredo sauce. Wasn’t that easy? (Yep…It was! lol) Allow the sauce to simmer, stirring occasionally. If your water is boiling for the noodles, throw those in and allow them to cook until tender. Once cooked, drain the fettuccine well.
In a large casserole dish, layer the fettuccine, then the broccoli. Next, slice your grilled marinated chicken strips into 1/4 inch slices. Pour the warm Alfredo sauce over the fettuccine and broccoli. Then lay your chicken strips on top. Sprinkle with shredded Parmesan. That’s it! You are done! Hooray You!
Isn’t it mouthwatering?(I’m drooling right now and I even had the leftovers for lunch! I’m so pathetic in my love affair with food!) So simple to make, yet so beautiful. The great thing about this dish is that if you don’t like broccoli, don’t add it. If you like more chicken, grill it. If you like your Alfredo sauce thin…add more milk…if you like thick…add less. If you have kids that just want noodles and sauce…easy peasy to scoop from the side. This dish only takes about 30 minutes to pull together, minus the marinating.
I serve this with garlic cheesy bread and an easy Caesar salad. It is such a complete meal you really don’t need more. You are going to be shocked how juicy and flavorful that grilled chicken is from the Kraft Salad dressing marinade! It really kicks this recipe up a notch or two! This is such a comforting family dish! Perfect for a family dinner or even a dinner party.
Don’t forget tomorrow is our first ever “Talk Ta’me Tuesday!” You can comment on the post that will be up around 1:00 pm (mountain time) or you can comment via Facebook too. (Norine’s Nest is our Facebook page) I’ll be here for about 2 hours so feel free to pop on by and chat! I am really looking forward to it!
Thanks for popping by! The recipe for the Grilled Chicken Alfredo is in the printable below! Have a great day!
Bloopers and Outtakes: When the grand baby photo bombs your photo session! Guess these little piggy’s wanted Chicken Alfredo!