I’ve created a delicious chicken alfredo recipe for you today, and I partnered with the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community and its advertiser to share it with you. I was compensated for this post, but all thoughts, ideas, and opinions are my own.
I can’t believe how much my life has changed for the better over the past 2 years. It’s a prayer come true for me to finally be free of most of the diseases and injuries that were robbing my body of precious years. I’m finally living healthy, eating well, and although I’m still living in this broken down body equivalent to that of of a 75 year old woman, I’m beginning to feel physically stronger, too.
Dishes like this grilled chicken and roasted red pepper alfredo pasta might LOOK sinfully unhealthy, but I’m about to blow your mind and show you how it can be made with half of the fat and calories than the traditional version! This healthy recipe is made MORE awesome by having it ready to eat in just 20 minutes! Can you believe it? Grab your apron and let’s get cookin’!
To make things healthier, you’ll need to lessen the fat and calories a bit, and to make it quick and easy to prepare, you’ll want to use products that don’t require much cooking time, so you might want to place these special items onto your grocery list:
~ Low fat cheese: I don’t skimp on quality…I buy mine from the deli. Most of the packaged cheeses have preservatives that I don’t need or want.
~ Roasted red peppers (jarred) – These are completely optional…they’re just a huge time saver. They come packed in oil and you can find them in your grocery store the aisle near the olives and pickled veggies. Personally, I roast my own because I happen to love the smell and I think they’re kind of gorgeous. The lighting was perfect when I shot this photo!
OK, back to the grocery list…
~ Precooked chicken breast strips: I use Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken products in LOADS of my recipes, and oh my good Lordy, how I love them! I don’t have to have to handle slimy, raw chicken, they’ve pre-cut the chicken into pieces for me, AND it’s already cooked, so it’s as simple as heat and eat. I seriously use them on everything from salads and soups to breakfast, lunch, and dinner entrees. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, it’s made from boneless, skinless white and rib meat chicken. I usually buy the big bag of grilled tenders from Walmart, but there are whole chicken breasts and other products and varieties available, too. BONUS…Walmart has all of the Grilled & Ready products on Rollback for just $5.87 right now! I used a gift card I got for Christmas and stocked up, so now I have a quarter of my chest freezer full of them. I’m not kidding!
OK, are you ready to learn how I made this grilled chicken and roasted red pepper alfredo recipe? I’ve got the recipe, but first, I want to mention something about the ingredients I used, because I’m pretty sure that some of you may be scratching your head when you see the ingredient list.
HALF ‘n HALF vs. lowfat or nonfat half ‘n half – I know from seeing recipes on other blogs that there’s a craze for substituting the lower fat or non-fat half ‘n half product to save fat and calories. It might save you a few, but I’d like you to look closely at the nutritional data AND the ingredient list from one of the most popular brands and then make your own judgement call on which product you’d like to use. I like to avoid additives if I can, and by using a combo of half ‘n half and skim milk, I’ve pretty much made my own low fat version anyway. Take a look HERE and HERE for the comparison.
All of this talking has made me hungry. I’m having some more of this for lunch today
- 8 ounces cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
- 8 ounces (1/2 jar) roasted red peppers, drained and roughly chopped
- 1 Tablespoon grape seed or extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 small onion, diced medium
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 ounces half & half
- 4 ounces skim or low fat milk
- 4 ounces low fat white cheese (I used aged white cheddar)
- 4 ounces freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon white pepper (black is fine, too)
- 1/2 cup (1 large bunch) fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 1/2 pound of your favorite pasta, cooked to al dente (I use Dreamfield's low carb pasta)
- Heat oil in a medium sized pan over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and saute 4 minutes, or until tender. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium-low and add half 'n half, milk, cheese, salt & pepper. Stir until cheese has melted.
- Add roasted peppers to sauce. Remove from heat and pour sauce into food processor or blender to puree, or use an immersion blender. Place back into hot pan and stir in cooked chicken (reserve a little for garnishing the top) and toss with cooked pasta. Taste and adjust seasonings.
- Garnish with more Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley, if desired.
Before you dig in and make this dish, I want to let you know about a helpful and fun app that’s been added to the Tyson Grilled & Ready Facebook page. It’s called “Just Add This“. It’ll be around from now through March of this year. You can get a new recipe every day (through the end of January) that uses the Grilled and Ready products, PLUS they have daily healthy eating tip AND a daily prize giveaway. It gives you a simple addition to your every day routine. I spent a few minutes over there this morning and I think it’s going to be really helpful!