Thursday, September 4, 2008

Chicken Alfredo Sauce, easy recipe

I was given this recipe awhile ago but quickly forgot measurements and possible ingredients, so now when I make it I'm not sure if it's right but it does turn out great :) One of the reasons I like to make homemade alfredo sauce is I cannot stand the store-bought stuff; waaaaay too garlicky for me! I usually have all ingredients on hand for the homemade, and most of them are light or low fat, so this works out perfect for me.

Drop about two tablespoons of butter into a pot:

Add about 1/3 cup of chicken stock. I mix up water and chicken base in a measuring cup.

Butter and chicken stock in the pot, get it hot while stirring with a whisk.

Whisk in about 1 1/2 cups of skim milk.

Add one block, 250 g of cream cheese, I use light. I buy three at a time and keep them frozen, when I need one I nuke it in the microwave for a couple of minutes.

Add to pot, mix with a whisk.

Add about 1 cup of parmesan cheese (light if preferred) and minced garlic (or garlic salt, powder, whatever you have on hand) to taste. I don't like heavy garlic so I add about 1/2 a teaspoon.

Cook until mixture is thickened and just before serving add about a teaspoon of parsley if desired.
Last night we had it over tortellini and it was delish!
You can also add cooked chicken chunks, broccoli, etc., and spoon it over pasta, another great dish.

As you can probably tell my measurements are estimates. One time I added too much milk and rather than wait for the sauce to thicken by cooking it down I added clear-jel to thicken and it was fine, cornstarch mixed with a bit of water would work too. I like to keep the calories down by using the light cheeses and fat free skim milk but if you want to use heavy cream, whole milk, non-light cheeses, etc., I say go for it :)


Anonymous said...

This sounds so quick and easy. I will be making it soon. did Mom get her birthday gift yet.ab

SweetBites said...

Nice and super easy recipe. will try it soon.

coloursofdawn said...

I think I will try your version sometime. We usually do it like a bechamel sauce. Butter, flour in a frypan, then add milk while mixing and garlic and parmesan as well as other seasonings as desired. I have made mac and cheese with cream cheese before, and have added it to stroganoff.

Dora Renee' Wilkerson said...

I so have to try this one out (my husband loves chicken Alfredo with noodles.)

He has been REALLY down since his father passed away (his mom went into ICU the two days after we got back to Alabama too) and work is stressing him some. I am a little worried about him at this point but I think he'll be ok (right now I am just looking for ways to de-stress him some.)

Something like this may just brighten his dad just a little. So, I'll have to give it a try.

Thanks again for sharing the things you do!

Dora Renee' Wilkerson