One Pot Chicken Alfredo

One Pot Chicken Alfredo is a delicious meal to make any day of the week. A simple creamy homemade Alfredo sauce sets this recipe above one with jar sauce. Serve this tasty chicken pasta dish for a comforting and satisfying dinner.

Chicken alfredo in a pot and a serving on a plate.


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Quick and Easy One Pot Pasta Recipe

Are you looking for a one pot meal that is easy to prepare, tastes great, and is ready in just a short time? If so, this chicken alfredo in one pot recipe may be just what you need – it’s perfect for a family dinner on busy weeknights. This simple chicken alfredo recipe is incredibly comforting, creamy, and cheesy from the combination of parmesan and heavy cream. 

This one pot chicken alfredo pasta is a wonderfully tasty dish that combines chicken and pasta with a beautiful creamy rich sauce and is ready in about thirty minutes! If you love alfredo sauce and pasta, you will appreciate this one pot chicken fettuccine alfredo.

This chicken and pasta recipe is a good way to use up any leftover chicken. If you don’t have any, you can buy some chicken breasts or thighs and cook them in seasoned water.

Why You Should Try This Chicken Alfredo One Pot Recipe

You may work hard during the day, and you want to avoid coming home and spending a long time cooking dinner for your family. Perhaps you’ve had one of those crazy days at work trying to please your demanding boss. Now, you find your household in chaos with each kid going in a different direction, and you’re tempted to just throw up your hands and order a pizza!

This one pot chicken alfredo pasta recipe is not meant to be an authentic Italian pasta dish. Rather, it’s a quick meal that’s perfect for midweek. You can have it on the table in about thirty minutes and it gets high marks for effort vs. output.

Also, cooking a meal in just one pot is one less thing to think about and one less pot to wash. Easy prep and easy cleanup! Quick pasta dishes like this one will never disappoint!

Chicken Alfredo Recipe One Pot Method – Ingredients You Will Need

The ingredients are very basic – nothing time-consuming to hunt down:

  • Chicken
  • Pasta – Fettuccini or other pasta
  • Heavy cream
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Butter
  • Garlic or a shallot
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chives (optional)
  • Mozzarella cheese (optional)
One pot chicken alfredo ingredients on a tray.

How to Make Chicken Alfredo One Pot Method

There is nothing complicated or difficult about making this dish. Here’s what you do in brief:

  1. Sauté the shallots or garlic in butter. 
Melted butter and chopped garlic in a pot.
  1. Remove the sauteed garlic and wipe out the skillet.
  2. Pour the pasta into the skillet and add salted water.
  3. Bring it to a boil over medium-high heat then reduce the heat to simmer until the pasta is softened and the liquid is absorbed.
  4. Add the cream, parmesan, chicken, and shallots/garlic. 
Chicken pasta, and alfredo sauce in a pot.
  1. Stir to combine all the ingredients together.
  2. Season to taste and sprinkle with chives and mozzarella if desired. 
Tossing cooked chicken, alfredo sauce, and pasta in a pot.

Recipe Tips

If the sauce gets too thick and gluggy, add a splash of hot water. If the pasta is still not tender enough for your liking, add ¼ to ½ cup of hot water and keep cooking.

It’s best to use freshly grated (not shredded) parmesan. Pre-shredded cheeses tend to be coated with anti-caking agents that prevent the cheese from getting smooth and melty.

Chicken alfredo pasta in a pot.

One Pot Chicken Alfredo Recipe Variations

This recipe involves chicken, but you can use any cooked meat you have on hand. Here are a few ideas if you want to vary this pasta recipe.

  • Protein: Substitute shrimp for shrimp pasta alfredo or shrimp fettuccine alfredo if you go with fettuccine. Other tasty ideas are thinly sliced chicken sausage or prosciutto.
  • Pasta: Instead of fettuccine or other long pasta, you can use your favorite short or medium pasta or noodle – farfalle, penne, rigatoni, rotini, shells, ziti, etc.
  • Vegetable: About halfway through the pasta cooking time, add some veggies of your choice – halved grape tomatoes, shredded spinach, small broccoli florets, red or green bell peppers. Or toss in some sundried tomatoes or sliced black olives when the pasta is cooked.
  • Butter: Substitute olive oil for sauteeing the garlic.
  • Chives: Use chopped fresh parsley instead.
  • Crunch: Toast some panko breadcrumbs in a skillet with butter and use them as a garnish.
  • Heat: Sprinkle in some red pepper flakes or Cajun seasoning for a Cajun spice one pot alfredo with chicken.
  • Creaminess: To save on calories, you can substitute half and half for the heavy cream, but your pasta sauce will be less rich and creamy.

How to Serve One Pot Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

This creamy fettuccine dish (or your other choice of pasta) pairs well with a simple green salad or a veggie side like roasted asparagus or fried zucchini. You also can’t go wrong with garlic bread to sop up all that delicious alfredo sauce. 

How to Store One Pot Chicken Alfredo

Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Freezing pasta with alfredo sauce is not recommended.

To reheat, add a few splashes of milk and reheat gently on the stove in a wide pan until thoroughly heated.

Overhead view of one pot chicken alfredo and slices of bread.

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Chicken alfredo in a pot and a serving on a plate.

One Pot Chicken Alfredo

You can make delicious chicken alfredo in one pot and have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: One Pot Meals
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 503kcal

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces dry pasta
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic or shallots
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups cooked chicken
  • salt to taste
  • chopped chives if desired
  • mozzarella cheese optional

Instructions

  • In a large pot, cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain pasta.
  • In the same large pot, saute minced garlic in 1 tablespoon of butter. Saute over medium heat until the garlic is tender.
  • Stir in heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, drained pasta, and chicken. Blend until the cheese has melted. Season to taste with salt and pepper if desired.
  • Sprinkle with chives and add mozzarella cheese if desired. You can pop the pot into your oven set on broil if you want to brown the added mozzarella cheese for an added effect.

Nutrition

Calories: 503kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 445mg | Potassium: 327mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 531IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 184mg | Iron: 2mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Montana Cavazos

    Is this just a random recipe or a copy cat of red barons pan pasta??? They discontinued it years ago and I’ve been dying to eat it again.

  2. Mayank Tomar

    5 stars
    I love pasta and always love to experiment while cooking it. Lately, I read your blog and tried Gustora’s fusilli pasta and it was simply amazing.

  3. Margaret Scarrozzo

    Follow the directions. Used shallots and added a little garlic powder when I mixed in the rest of the ingredients. Pleasantly surprised. Will make again. Thank you for the recipe

  4. Amanda

    My friends and I were just talking about how hard finding a good alfredo recipe can be. I still haven’t found one I love, so you better believe this will be the next one I try!

  5. Star Traci

    Okay, I am seriously happy about this recipe. We love chicken alfredo and I am thrilled for a quick way to make it, especially when I am tired. Awesome. I am pinning this!
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    Traci

  6. Alida

    This looks quick and easy enough that I could make it with my little ones running around underfoot….plus it looks so tasty! Can’t wait to make it!

  7. Debra Rutt

    I love this – so easy to make a yummy and homemade meal in no time. This would definitely be a crowd-pleaser in my home!

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