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Chicken Alfredo Penne Pasta

This Chicken Alfredo Penne Pasta recipe made with homemade Alfredo sauce cooks in one pot for an easy meal perfect for busy weeknights. Your whole family will love this delicious dinner! Best of all, it takes less than 30 minutes to make!
Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 318kcal
Author Dee
Cost $15



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts cubed
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 16-ounce box penne pasta uncooked
  • 3 cups water
  • 1.5 cups heavy cream
  • ½ cup butter cut into large pieces
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • Heat olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven, add chicken, season with sea salt, garlic powder and pepper, and cook over medium heat until no longer pink
  • Add uncooked penne pasta and water, pushing down with spoon so that pasta is mostly submerged, then place lid on pot, and bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring frequently so that pasta doesn't stick to pot
  • When pasta starts to soften, remove lid, and stir in butter and heavy cream
  • Stir in ground nutmeg and Parmesan cheese, reduce heat, and cook, stirring frequently, until pasta is cooked to al dente or your liking
  • Remove from stove, taste, and season with additional salt or pepper if needed. Top with fresh parsley and more Parmesan cheese, if desired


This makes a thick, creamy sauce. You can add more heavy cream for a lighter, thinner sauce if you want.
Recipe was made with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. 


Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 487mg | Potassium: 288mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 872IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 1mg