Skillet Meal: Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo

Easy chicken and broccoli alfredo skillet meal from the fridge to the table in less than 30 minutes that your family will love.

For weeks where you don’t know if you are coming or going, this Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Skillet Pasta Recipe is one that will be a lifesaver since it goes from the fridge to the table in less than 30 minutes!

easy to make skillet chicken & broccoli Alfredo pasta is the perfect 30 minute meal!

Just this week, like many weeks during the school year, I found myself in a six o’clock what-do-I-make-for-dinner-pickle. While I typically meal plan every week, my kids and I are just getting adjusted to homeschooling, a new activity schedule, and mom being back to work in the home office. You could say, that everyone is getting adjusted to the new routine.

Since I can usually put something together out of basic staples I keep at all times in my pantry, fridge, and freezer; this recipe came together quickly in my favorite skillet. If you don’t own a large skillet -large being about 12-14 inches- you are missing out on making easy meals in a single pot! This skillet saves the day multiple times per week since it can handle enough food to feed the whole family.

boil the pasta in one pot, and everything else for this chicken & broccoli alfredo dinner comes together on the skillet!
While you can use fresh chicken and broccoli, I had to use frozen chicken and broccoli I have in the freezer for times like this. The freezer to the rescue!

You can use regular, whole-wheat, or gluten-free pasta for this tasty skillet meal. Clearly, as you can see, it comes together quickly, something we parents love. And, should you not have broccoli around, you can substitute it with peppers, peas, shredded carrots… the possibilities are endless!

skillet chicken & broccoli alfredo is one family meal that everyone will love!

And then there is the easy Alfredo sauce. With this easy recipe, there is no need to buy the jar! Fresh, real, and easy to find ingredients are all that make up this recipe –such a bonus for this busy mom!

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I don’t focus on low-fat, low-cal, low-sugar, low-anything recipes. My goal in the kitchen, like in many other things in life, is to find real and fresh foods that fit our lifestyle. I need to simplify my life, including in the kitchen, our family to-do’s, and at work.

easy 30 minute meals are the kind I love! And this Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo Skillet meal is one everyone devours!

This recipe, encompasses a lot of my kitchen philosophy: make one hearty meal everyone will enjoy that doesn’t take a lot of time to make, made with fresh and real ingredients, and on occasion, indulge a little. I hope you enjoy this recipe in your kitchen as much as I loved sharing it with you today.

What are some of your favorite skillet meals?

Skillet Chicken Alfredo

Easy chicken and broccoli alfredo skillet meal from the fridge to the table in less than 30 minutes that your family will love.

  • Author: Laura Fuentes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces rotini pasta
  • 12 ounces broccoli florets, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin diagonal slices
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup whole milk, or more, as needed
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan, divided

Instructions

  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package directions. In the final 3 minutes of cooking, add broccoli to the pasta and cook the remaining time. Drain pasta.
  2. In a large 12 inch skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add chicken to skillet and begin to cook, flipping them over once, until they are cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. Remove them from the pan and set aside.
  3. Melt butter in the skillet over medium heat. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in chicken broth and milk, and cook, whisking constantly, until incorporated, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in heavy cream, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add in 1/3 cup Parmesan until well combined, about 1 minute. If the mixture is too thick, add more milk as needed.
  5. Stir in pasta, broccoli and chicken. Serve and sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bowl
  • Calories: 440
  • Sugar: 4.7g
  • Sodium: 405.3mg
  • Fat: 18.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.8g
  • Trans Fat: 0.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 40.4g
  • Fiber: 2.9g
  • Protein: 28.6g
  • Cholesterol: 86.2g

177 thoughts on “Skillet Meal: Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo”

  1. Marion says:

    My kids love Chicken Stew skillet meal I make. So easy and quick to make.

  2. Stephanie says:

    I love my large skillet (but it’s peeling) so need a new one!
    I love making shrimp and garlic (or what I used to eat in Spain all the time – gambas al ajillo) and if the kids are there I’ll throw in pasta 🙂

  3. Heather Hutchinson says:

    We love tacos! You can use a big skillet, mix a ton of veggies in with the meat, add some cheese right at the end so it melts on top! Then all you do is scoop it, put it in the shells, sprinkle a bit more cheese and there you go:) We have 6 kids and are very busy so skillet nights work well for us during the week!

  4. Tara Kidd says:

    I love the idea of this skillet meal! My family would love it and it would be easy to adjust based on what we have in the freezer or fridge. My favorite skillet meals are usually something Italian inspired or Mexican inspired. Those are our favorites!

  5. Marcie says:

    This looks delicious and I know my boys would love it! Our favorite skillet meal has to be chicken fajitas! So quick, so tasty!

  6. I love a Pasta and Sausage Skillet from Kevin & Amanda. It’s a little spicy and oh so yummy! http://www.kevinandamanda.com/recipes/dinner/spicy-sausage-pasta.html

  7. JoAnn O. says:

    Wow, this just made me hungry. Our favorite skillet meal is a savory, saucy black beans and rice dish.

    I also make a cottage cheese based alfredo that is tangy and loaded with protein. I wanted this for dinner tonight, but hubby wanted burritos.

  8. Stacy says:

    I like to make a veggie fried rice or pasta with veggies for our one skillet meals. The pasta with veggies is my oldest daughter favorite. We usually just have it when we have leftovers. So, whatever pasta or veggies that we have on hand gets tossed together with pasta and topped with Parmesan cheese. It is yummy!

  9. Betty GM says:

    taco salad Sunday’s! Everything added in one skillet and the kids just absolutely love it! Ground turkey, kidney beans, corn, seasonings and tomato sauce…yummy!!!

  10. Sarah says:

    We love Spaghetti Carbonarra as our favourite skillet meal, even the kids love it and it is so quick and easy to make and tastes delicious, although I will be trying your recipe out too of course, thank you.

  11. Lisa says:

    Chili and rice! Double the protein! Gound beef and a complete protein with the beans and rice combo. I add lots of fresh/frozen bell peppers and onions to a tomato base. My four kiddos love it!

  12. Heather says:

    My favorite thing to make in a skillet is either breakfast (in my cast iron skillet) or Chicken Risotto. Well, my recipe for Risotto isn’t technically Risotto but my mom called it that and so it stuck. It’s a wonderful dish with chicken, rice, green onion, garlic, oregano and topped off with sharp cheddar cheese.

  13. LL says:

    I made this and realized someone did away with my Parmesan! I had to leave it out and it was still delish. Love the trick of the broccoli and pasta sharing a pot.

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