Saturday, April 11, 2020

Chicken Alfredo Bake by @DeniseSwanson

Although I'm not opposed to using shortcuts, I was thrilled to find this recipe for a creamy, Parmesan-laced Alfredo sauce. It allows me to control the salt and fat while still being easy and Delicious . Sautéed onion and fresh lemon, pick up all the flavor from the same pan used to cook the chicken.

8 ounces uncooked penne pasta
2 cups stemmed chopped kale (about 2 oz.)
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups fat-free milk (I use unsweetened almond milk)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated and divided (about 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup chopped onions
Juice and zest from one large lemon
Cooking spray
2 ounces preshredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (about 3/4 cup) 1 1/2 tablespoons whole-wheat panko 

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Bring a large saucepan filled with water to a boil. Add pasta; cook 6 minutes.
Add kale; cook 2 minutes or until pasta is al dente.

Drain and place pasta mixture in a large bowl.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Sprinkle chicken with pepper and salt. Add to pan; cook 8 minutes or until done. 

Add chicken to pasta mixture (do not wipe out pan).

Combine milk, flour, and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese in a bowl. 

Heat pan over medium. Add onion to drippings in pan; cook 2 minutes. Stir in lemon zest and juice; cook 1 minute.Add milk mixture; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes or until thickened.  

 Add milk mixture to pasta mixture; toss to coat.

Spoon pasta mixture into a 2-quart glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. 

Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan, mozzarella, and panko. 

Bake at 400°F for 10 minutes or until browned.


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  1. Wow. An Alfredo that doesn't require you to have the hospital on speed dial!

  2. I have a go to Alfredo casserole, but it's less healthy than your recipe. Not so sure about the kale (lol) but I can see myself trying this. Mine is a carbonara/Alfredo mix because I'm partial to adding bacon..thanks for sharing the recipe

  3. I have almost all these ingredients (no lemon) and might make this tonight for dinner! Thanks for sharing, Denise!