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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.

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 lightened-up 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. 

If you love blackened flavors, you’ll love Air Fryer Blackened Salmon and Blackened Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Salsa.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Lightened-up chicken alfredo with peppery blackened seasoned chicken.
  • Pantry staples + minimal ingredients + easy = a winner!
  • No Italian restaurant is needed, this is a delicious comfort food from home. 

Ingredients and Substitutions:

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.

Chicken breast, garlic, butter, milk, cream cheese, cheese wedges, parmesan cheese, fettuccine noodles, and blackening seasoning laid out to make the meal.
  • 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 like Penne pasta or linguine and your favorite 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 some 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 like Zatarain but do note that most grocery store-bought seasonings have sugar added and this one does not. 

Variations

  • Use chicken thighs for more flavor or sliced beef.
  • Add any vegetables you have in the fridge.
  • Add zoodles or cauliflower rice for more volume.
  • Use the sauce on any other pasta dishes.

Dietary Modifications

  • This is a heavy dairy recipe. I would not suggest trying to make this dairy-free as it won’t turn out the same.
  • For gluten-free use your favorite gluten-free noodles.

How to make blackened chicken Alfredo (a step-by-step visual guide):

Step 1: mix seasonings

Mix blackening seasonings in a deep mixing bowl and set aside (image 1).

Blackening seasoning mixed in a small 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

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 (image 2). For more cooking options see the FAQ section at the bottom of this post.

Blackened chicken breast strips cooking in a large skillet.

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

Oil, minced garlic and two cheese wedges in a skillet.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add fresh garlic and laughing cow cheese to the melted butter (image 3). Lower heat to medium-low. Using the back of a spoon, mash the laughing cow cheese until it starts to melt.

Milk and cream cheese added to alfredo sauce to melt and simmer.

Add milk and cream cheese (image 4). Mash cream cheese cubes the same way you did the laughing cow until it has melted into the mixture.

Grated parmesan cheese added to alfredo sauce.

Add parmesan and pepper and stir together (image 5).

Fresh cracked pepper in alfredo sauce.

Simmer until the mixture thickens into a creamy consistency (image 6). This does not take long.

Step 6: Mix sauce, noodles and chicken

Cooked fettuccine noodles added to alfredo sauce in a skillet.

Once the sauce has formed, add the pasta and mix to combine (image 7).

Cooked blackened chicken strips added to fettuccine alfredo.

Add the cooked blackened chicken and mix until well-coated (image 8) or serve the chicken on top of the pasta. Serve with fresh chopped parsley and enjoy!

Expert Tip!

Air fry your chicken for extra crispy!

Recipe FAQs

What to serve with blackened chicken alfredo?

If you want to add a serving of vegetables to this dish you can either add broccoli directly into your pasta, roast some and serve it with your chicken alfredo or make a Creamy Broccoli Crunch Salad to go with it. This is delicious served with fresh garlic bread too.

What other cooking methods can I use to cook the blackened chicken?

Air Fried Blackened Chicken – 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.
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 sid
Pan Sear– cut into strips and sear in a large cast iron skillet until cooked through.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

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. OR make air fryer blackened chicken to toss in here when you’re ready to enjoy it later in the week.

How do I add volume to this pasta dish?

A great way to add volume with minimal calories is to add zucchini noodles mixed in with the fettuccine like I do in Cajun Chicken And Broccoli Alfredo. 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.

Other serving size nutrition facts:

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.
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 16 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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35 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    My husband is so picky about his Alfredo. He absolutely loved this! I have made it atleats once a week for the last month for him. I did however sub the Cheyanne pepper for chili powder.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

      1. 5 stars
        My husband is so picky about his Alfredo. He absolutely loved this! And it’s healthier so I don’t have to fight him so hard with healthier options.

  4. 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!!!

  5. 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!!

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