Easy Blackened Chicken Alfredo Recipe

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This Blackened Chicken Alfredo is pasta perfection! This easy recipe has a homemade lower fat creamy alfredo sauce, juicy blackened chicken breasts, and perfectly cooked pasta to make busy weeknights a little easier and a lot more delicious. 
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Plate of blackened chicken alfredo.

Blackened Chicken Alfredo

I’m not sure if it’s the creamy Alfredo sauce or the blackened chicken that makes this pasta dish stand out but I do know you’re going to love it. Made with a blend of cheeses, garlic, butter, and milk, this homemade alfredo sauce is the last one you’ll ever need. As for this magical chicken, it’s all about the seasoning. The blackened seasoning is a bold spice blend that is flavorful but not overpowering.  The result is a slightly spicy blackened chicken that compliments the homemade alfredo sauce perfectly. 

Blackened chicken alfredo on a plate next to a cloth napkin and silverware.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Traditional chicken alfredo recipe with peppery blackened seasoned chicken.
  • Adjust the cayenne pepper down for a pasta the whole family will love. 
  • Pantry staples + minimal ingredients + so easy = a winner!
  • No Italian restaurant is needed, this is a delicious comfort food from home. 

Blackened chicken cooking alternatives

I suggest you air fry the chicken. It adds a great texture to this blackened chicken alfredo recipe and is super convenient. I have the COSORI Air Fryer Oven Combo 5.8QT Max XL Large Cooker and love it. Non-air fryers fear not, I have you covered. You can bake, pan-sear, or even BBQ with the same delicious results. 

Bake – either cut into strips or leave in whole breasts and bake at 375 for approx. 20-25 minutes until cooked through and no longer pink.

BBQ – pound the chicken fillets to approximately 1/2 inch thick. Top with the seasonings and coat well on all sides. BBQ on both sides until cooked through, approximately 4-5 minutes on each side.

Pan Sear– cut into strips and sear in a large cast iron skillet until cooked through.

Two plates of blackened chicken alfredo.

Chicken Alfredo Recipe Tips and Tricks

If the idea of prepping and seasoning this chicken seems daunting let me help you out. Meal prep your chicken beforehand! I like to prep my chicken earlier in the week and get my seasonings together and put them in a tight-fitting jar. That way, when I’m ready, all I have to do is make the noodles, and sauce, and cook the already cut and prepared chicken.

Also, if you’re anything like me, you can eat bowl after bowl of pasta but then don’t feel so great after. A way to cheat the system is to add zucchini noodles mixed in with the fettuccine. It adds a ton of volume (not to mention fresh veggies) and is super filling. You get all the satisfaction from the wonderful flavors but not the heaviness of too much pasta.

Ingredients and Substitutes:

These are the main ingredients and substitutions. See the recipe card below for the full ingredients list and instructions for this Blackened Chicken Alfredo recipe.

Ingredients on a countertop including chicken, pasta, and seasonings.

Chicken: you can use boneless skinless chicken breasts, chicken thighs, steak, shrimp, sausage, or any other protein you would like. 

Fettuccine Noodles: swap with your favorite style and brand of noodles. You can use higher protein brands, Gluten Free, etc. 

Butter: I used unsalted butter. You can substitute butter with oil although butter does add great flavor. 

Laughing Cow Cheese: this recipe uses the “light” Swiss laughing cow cheese. Regular and even flavored would be fine.  

Whole Milk: this recipe is meant to thicken using whole milk. If you substitute you may need to add more thickening powder like flour, arrowroot, or cornstarch. 

Cream Cheese: regular and light will both work here.

Parmesan Cheese: I like to use fresh parmesan cheese and grate it myself. Regular and lower fat options work but I do find lower fat does not melt as well as full. 

Blackened Seasoning: you can use your favorite store-bought blackened seasoning if you do not want to make your own but do note that most grocery store-bought seasonings have sugar added and this one does not. 

How to make this blackened chicken Alfredo

Step 1: mix seasonings

Mix blackening seasonings in a deep mixing bowl and set aside.

Seasonings in a metal mixing bowl.

Step 2: prep chicken and coat in seasoning

Slice the boneless skinless chicken breasts into strips. Add chicken to bowl of seasonings and mix together to evenly coat.

Step 3: cook your chicken (4 methods!)

Pan Seared – spray a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray and add the chicken to the pan. Cook for 4-5 minutes until cooked through and no longer pink.

Seasoned chicken in a skillet.

Bake – either cut into strips or leave in whole breasts and bake at 375 for approx. 20-25 minutes until cooked through and no longer pink.

BBQ – pound the chicken fillets to approximately 1/2 inch thick. Top with the seasonings and coat well on all sides. BBQ on both sides until cooked through, approximately 4-5 minutes each side.

Air Fryer – preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit. Once preheated, lay the chicken in the air fryer basket without any pieces overlapping. Cook at 380 for 8 minutes. 

Step 4: Cook the noodles

Cook the noodles according to the package directions. You can add some reserved pasta water to the dish if needed to loosen up the sauce.

Step 5: Make the homemade Alfredo sauce

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add fresh garlic and laughing cow cheese to the melted butter. Lower heat to medium-low. Using the back of a spoon, mash the laughing cow cheese until it starts to melt. Add milk and cream cheese. Mash cream cheese cubes the same way you did the laughing cow until it has melted into the mixture. Add parmesan and pepper and stir together. Simmer until the mixture thickens into a creamy consistency. This does not take long.

Collage of adding ingredients to a skillet to make alfredo sauce.

Step 6: Mix sauce, noodles and chicken

Once the sauce has formed, add to the top of the pasta and cooked chicken. Mix until well-coated, serve with fresh chopped parsley and enjoy!

What to serve with chicken Alfredo

If you want to add a serving of vegetables to this dish you can either roast some and serve it with your chicken alfredo or you can add steamed broccoli directly to your pasta. Another great way to add a serving of veggies would be to half the noodles and use spiralized zucchini in place of the other half. OR just do all zoodles! Needing a heavy carb load? Serve your chicken fettuccini Alfredo with fresh garlic bread.

Nutrition for other serving sizes:

  • If you are tracking! This is one of those dishes I suggest you weigh your final pasta and divide by the servings for the weight per serving. Then top with the noted cooked protein (2 or 3 oz.) for the most accurate tracking.
  • 4 servings – 1/4 of pasta + 3 oz. cooked chicken: 545 Calories: 52 P / 52 C / 18 F
  • 5 servings – 1/5 of pasta + 2.4 oz. cooked chicken: 436 calories: 41 P / 42 C / 15 F
  • 6 servings – 1/6 of pasta + 2 oz. cooked chicken: 364 calories: 35 P / 35 C / 12 F 
Person placing a plate of blackened chicken alfredo on a table.

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Plate of blackened chicken alfredo.

Blackened Chicken Alfredo

Danielle Lima
This Blackened Chicken Alfredo is pasta perfection! This easy recipe has a homemade lower fat creamy alfredo sauce, juicy blackened chicken breasts, and perfectly cooked pasta to make busy weeknights a little easier and a lot more delicious. 
5 from 14 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 5 servings
Calories 436 kcal

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Ingredients
  

  • 1 lbs. chicken breast, raw
  • 8 oz. fettuccine noodles – using De Cecco (UNCOOKED)
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter
  • 1/2 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 2 laughing cow cheese wedges (light)
  • 1 1/3 cup Whole Milk
  • 2 oz. cream cheese, cubed (room temp works best)
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese 56g
  • Fresh cracked black pepper to taste

Blackened Seasoning

  • 1 Tbsp.  smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 to 1 tsp. cayenne pepper

Instructions
 

  • Mix blackening seasonings in a deep mixing bowl and set aside.
  • Slice chicken breast into strips. Add chicken to bowl of seasonings and mix together well to evenly coat.

Cook the chicken – options

  • Pan Seared – spray a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray and add the chicken to the pan. Cook for 4-5 minutes until cooked through and no longer pink.
    Bake – either cut into strips or leave in whole breasts and bake at 375 for approx. 20-25 minutes until cooked through and no longer pink.
    BBQ – pound the chicken fillets to approximately 1/2 inch thick. Top with the seasonings and coat well on all sides. BBQ on both sides until cooked through, approximately 4-5 minutes each side.
    Air Fryer – preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit. Once preheated, lay the chicken in the air fryer basket without any pieces overlapping. Cook at 380 for 8 minutes.
  • Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
  • While the pasta cooks, heat a pan over medium, add butter and melt. Once melted add garlic and laughing cow cheese. Lower heat to medium low. Using the back of a spoon mash the laughing cow cheese until it starts to melt.
    Add milk and cream cheese. Mash cream cheese cubes the same way you did the laughing cow until it has melted into the mixture.
  • Add parmesan and pepper and stir together. Simmer until the mixture thickens into a nice sauce. This does not take long. Once sauce has formed add noodles and chicken and mix until coated well.
    Tip – cut your noodles in half for easier serving when weighing.

Notes

  • Nutritional information is an estimate and will vary with substitutions
  • If you are tracking! This is one of those dishes I suggest you weigh your final pasta and divide by the servings for the weight per serving. Then top with the noted cooked protein (2 or 3 oz.) for the most accurate tracking.
  • When reheating, add a tbsp or two of water to help the sauce separate as needed.
  • Add zoodles to create a higher volume serving. 
  • Make this low-carb by using just zoodles or healthy noodles in place of fettuccini. 
  • 4 servings – 1/4 of pasta + 3 oz. cooked chicken: 545 Calories: 52 P / 52 C / 18 F
  • 6 servings 1/6 of pasta + 2 oz. cooked chicken: 364 caloires: 35 P / 35 C / 12 F 

Nutrition

Calories: 436kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 42gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 23gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 955mgPotassium: 412mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6g
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Photos by Marie-Catherine Dube

33 Comments

  1. Since I have to be dairy free do you think we can alter the recipe and still be within the macros? This looks amazing!

  2. Can you create a video on how to enter this recipe into my fitness pal? I weighed all my raw ingredients & entered them & then changed the serving size to grams after it was cooked but it is not coming out right

  3. This was really good! I’m not sure why the 3 star ratings when asking a question, maybe because that’s the default?

    I blended the milk, laughing cow and cream cheese in my smoothie blender and it blended nicely, poured into the pan then added the Parmesan. Wasn’t too spicy. Added a pinch of red pepper flakes. Yum!!!

  4. Made this the past 2 Mondays and it was a huge hit – my 3 picky (10, 12 and 15 yr old) eaters loved it!!!

  5. 5 stars
    My husband took one bite of this and said, “I’d eat this again” so I’d call that a win! Swapped blackened chicken for regular chicken since I can’t handle spicy foods. This one is definitely going into our weekly rotation. You wouldn’t even know it’s macro friendly based on the taste!

  6. What brand of of grated parm & cream cheese were used? Low fat? Etc.. slight variations in these will change the Macros. Can you please provide those?

      1. You used regular cream cheese and laughing cow, and not the 1/3 fat cream cheese or light laughing cow? Just clarifying what to buy

  7. Hi! This might be a dumb question, but when you list the macros for 4, 5 and 6 servings…..are those numbers per serving? Or is that the total for the whole number of servings? So if I am looking at the 4 servings numbers, is that the macros for 1 of the 4 servings? Thanks!

    1. Yes, nutrition is for one serving. I just added the option to make it 4, 5 or 6 with the breakdown for your convenience.

  8. 5 stars
    Truly one of my favorite OSM recipes. So delicious. Definitely my favorite recipe with blackened chicken. Also used the Alfredo sauce recipe without the blackened chicken several times now. It’s my new favorite.

  9. This is probably silly but it says dry fettuccine but you do cook before adding it to the Alfredo
    Mixture? Thanks for the recipe! Looking forward to making it!

  10. 5 stars
    I love to cook for my family and love to cook a variety. Rarely do I repeat meals, I’ve made this at least 5 times this year. It’s so flavorful and delicious. Thank you!!

  11. 5 stars
    This Alfredo sauce is amazing!! I didn’t have thawed chicken so I subbed ground turkey and I used chickpea rigatoni. It’s so so good! I’ve made several of your recipes and loved them all. I don’t have to worry about making something else for my family because they love them too! You truly make the most delicious macro friendly recipes and they’re so easy to follow. This one will probably be a weekly meal. Thank you!!!

  12. 5 stars
    This is a family favorite! It’s almost impossible to get my kids to eat noodles with any sort of sauce but they devour these and I don’t blame them. We fight over who gets the last serving, and plan the whole days worth of macros around it.

  13. 5 stars
    I don’t know what took me so long to make this one but I’m kicking myself for waiting. It’s so delicious and creamy!! We added some cooked shrimp and broccoli and it was consumed quickly by all.

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