Chicken Farfalle with Low-Fat Alfredo Sauce


Happy Friday everyone!! I’m so glad it’s the weekend! Tomorrow is my birthday and I am looking forward to a fun and relaxing weekend with my family and friends! If you’ve read my blog, then you’ve probably heard that I hate going to the grocery store. Husband and I like to go once a week on the weekends and get everything we need for the next week so we don’t have to go back until the following weekend. This usually means that we have to have our meals planned out for the week which sometimes works out really well, and sometimes it doesn’t! This week is a good example of it not working so well. On Tuesday, I decided to just grill up some chicken. Yeah, it burned! The coating on my grill pan must have completely worn off because in just 5 minutes, our chicken was black! Husband was so sweet. He said it wasn’t too bad and ate some of it. I couldn’t bare the sight of it. He had to go and buy us dinner. Oh, and did I mention I have been sick all week? Yup. I have a lovely sinus infection so Wednesday’s dinner was homemade chicken noodle soup and grilled cheese.

Then this morning I realized that we had no meal planned for Thursday night. To the fridge and pantry I went to see what I could come up with. We had lots of chicken, bacon, asparagus, and pasta. DONE! I decided to try my hand at making a low-fat alfredo sauce. My husband loves chicken alfredo. I think it’s okay, but what I don’t like about it is how fattening it is! I made my own low-fat alfredo sauce using skim milk. The other thing I don’t really like about traditional alfredo is that it doesn’t have a lot of flavor to me, so I also added some white wine and lemon juice. We loved this dinner! Husband said I knocked it out of the park so it’s a definite meal that I will make again soon! This dish is great because you can toss in whatever you happen to have on hand. Any type of pasta, meat/fish, or veggies would be good!

Chicken Farfalle with Low-Fat Alfredo Sauce

Serves 4

Ingredients:

– 4 chicken breasts, cooked and diced into bite-size pieces

– 1 lb. farfalle pasta

– 1 1/2 tbs. butter

– 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

– 1 1/2 cups, skim milk

– 1 tsp. garlic powder

– 1/3 cup white wine

– 1 lemon, juiced

– 1 tsp. salt

– 1/2 tsp. black pepper

– Parmesan cheese

Directions:

1. Cook chicken breasts (I sauteed mine with a little olive oil and salt and pepper) and set aside. Cook pasta while cooking the chicken and set aside.

2. In a sauce pan, melt butter. Add flour and stir in with butter, cook for 1 minute. Whisk in milk, salt and pepper, garlic powder, lemon juice, and wine. Bring to a boil, constantly whisking. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 more minutes. Sauce should thicken.

3. In a large saute pan, add pasta, chicken, and any other desired additions. Heat pan on medium heat. Add alfredo sauce and toss with pasta. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and additional salt and pepper (if needed) and serve!

Notes: This recipe made more sauce than I really needed, but I liked having extra. This way, you can add as much sauce as you prefer!

   

36 comments

  1. First, Happy, Happy birthday, Stephanie! Second, great minds must think a like. I’ve got some pasta my hubby brought back from his trip and I’ve been thinking of a light cream sauce to make with it. This is pretty much what I came up with in my head. I hadn’t thought of making a roux though to thicken it up. I think I will probably try that. I usually don’t like alfredo either for the same reasons, it can be bland and it is sooooo unhealthy. Yours looks great! Great post and I hope you have a great birthday!

  2. Hope you have a fantastic birthday! That farfalle dish was a great save. Sounds like a delicious combination.

  3. Have a great birthday,,,,i love alfredo sauce,these chicken farfalle sound simple recipe and great meal :)

  4. Happy birthday girl-so sorry you have been sick, hope you feel better on your special day this weekend!
    This pasta dish looks delicious, it is hard for me to pass up anything “alfredo”-so the low fat version helps.

  5. Happy Birthday!!!
    A low fat alfredo sauce?! Sounds good to me, I will have to try this!

  6. Happy Birthday! I make alfredo with skim milk, but love your addition of wine and lemon juice! Sounds fantastic!

  7. Happy Birthday!!!!
    Low fat sauce, sounds perfect tome…
    This looks such a fantastic and easy to get together.

  8. Love this recipe! Alfredo sauce without all the fat…. perfect :)

  9. Happy Birthday to you tomorrow! Hopefully that sinus infection will go away so you can truly enjoy your day! This alfredo looks super tasty – and we’re just like you – we plan our meals weekly and only go grocery shopping once a week!

  10. Happy Friday to you Stephanie! I love low-fat versions of alfredo because I LOVE alfredo sauce. This one sounds great…I love the sound of the added lemon juice!

  11. First off…HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope you have a GREAT day! This was a terrific pantry ready meal! Have a great day tomorrow and thanks for sharing this!

    BTW – I’m always amazed that you don’t like to go to the grocery store…I just love it!

  12. Happy Birthday!! Thank you so much for this recipe, since I am in a diet these days…

  13. Happy Birthday! I love alfredo sauce too…will definitely have to try this low-fat version :)

  14. HAPPY BIRTHDAY !! Hope you have a great day. I have been sick all week as well so can sympathize. This dish looks fantastic and has heaps of my favorite ingredients. We will have to try this one when we get back from holidays x

  15. It’s always nice to see a low fat sauce that you can feel less guilty about eating. My son loves cream sauces so I will definitely give this one a go. Thank you so much for adding me to your blogroll. That is so kind. I need to start a blog roll on my blog. Thanks for the idea. : )

  16. Stephanie…first of all …Happy Birthday! I hope you were feeling better and able to really enjoy your birthday! This recipe looks fabulous! I am with you. Sometimes alfredo sauces are just too rich…but not flavorful. So I’m glad you amped it up with the wine and lemon. I’m looking forward to making the lighter version too!

    • Thank you, Anne! I felt kind of yucky early in the day and at night, but I was able to go out and do some fun things during the day and early evening! It was a nice day overall!

  17. It’s nice to see a low-fat alfredo sauce. Thanks for sharing…I think I’ve always avoided alfredo just because of all the “FAT” warnings. But…now, I can change that :) Thanks for checking out my pumpkin cupcakes too!

  18. Low fat sounds too good to be true! What a nice way to use skim milk. I might eat extra serving but maybe I should not so that I can keep it healthy meal. ;-) Wonderful Alfredo sauce recipe!

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