This Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo is made healthier with fresh zucchini and a lighter cream sauce that doesn’t skimp on flavor. Feel better about enjoying this delicious dish.
Healthier Chicken Fettucini Alfredo
My family, like many others, loves pasta. I like mixing things up when it comes to pasta, as a fun way for the kids to get used to eating different ingredients (aka vegetables). Fettuccine Alfredo is one of those comfort foods we all want to eat more of, but it tends to be heavy – with a bit of a healthier spin, we can feel good about indulging in this creamy yet lighter version!
Many versions of Fettuccine Alfredo include lots of butter, heavy cream, and even cream cheese. Yeah, OK, we love that stuff too. You know I indulge in my fair share of butter and cream. But for this particular pasta dish, it’s SO easy to pare down the fat and get fantastic flavor with plenty of creaminess. Why not??
Healthyish Fettuccini Alfredo, with or without chicken
By using milk instead of the heavy cream and butter, we keep the creaminess of the Alfredo with less guilt. Adding seasoned chicken breast and freshly sliced zucchini gives the dish a healthy boost of veggies and protein, with flavors that complement each other beautifully. In fact, if you want to make it a meatless dish, just omit the chicken and add more veggies.
This Fettuccine Alfredo, like most, is best served immediately after cooking. Make sure to go al dente on the pasta, as it continues to cook a bit after it is drained. You probably already know this, but just in case – be sure not to rinse cooked pasta with cold water.
When cooked pasta gets rinsed with water, the pasta loses its absorbent starchy exterior, and sauces will not cling to the pasta well. The best method is to always cook pasta in salted water to al dente and drain immediately. Then add sauce to it while it’s still hot.
This chicken fettuccine Alfredo with zucchini is awesome dressed up or down; feel free to garnish with freshly torn basil leaves and shredded parmesan. It makes a fantastic family meal, and is delicious and nice enough for dinner guests on the weekend. When the farmer’s markets are full of fresh zucchini and basil, be sure to grab a stash for Alfredo night.Print