Chicken Bacon Alfredo

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Alfredo is such a classic pasta dish – often served all on it’s own. But in my family of carnivores – I always have to add meat (and lots of it!). So I decided to make Chicken Bacon Alfredo this go around. The chicken is has just a little kick from red pepper flakes – oh and I cooked it in the bacon grease! And the brightness of the spinach added at the end really brings the dish together.

Chicken Bacon Alfredo

I do not like to eat cooked spinach at all – there I said it! I don’t like the way it gets basically slimy. But I do love to put it into warm dishes. The best way to do that is to put it in right at the last moment and let the heat of the dish just wilt it. That’s exactly what happens with this homemade alfredo sauce. By adding the chopped up fresh spinach right when before pouring it over the pasta – you get a perfect wilt.

Chicken Bacon Alfredo

Fettuccini is the typical pasta used in alfredo dishes – but you really could use any type of pasta, long or short. I would probably stay away from micro pastas like ditalini or orzo, though. Fettuccini can be a little tricky to cook through properly without making it over done. The trick I use is to cook it at a rolling boil – that way it doesn’t have a chance to drop in temperature and cook unevenly.

This is a rather filling dish and probably does not need any sides at all. But if you are looking to stretch the meal (for more people or to ensure leftovers), you could serve with a side salad or a nice breadstick.

Now Let’s Get Cookin’!

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Chicken Bacon Alfredo

A classic chicken alfredo recipe with the best addition ever – BACON
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword alfredo, bacon, Chicken, Pasta, pasta dishes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • lb Fettuccini
  • 1 lb Bacon cut into ½-inch pieces

For the Chicken

  • lb Chicken Thighs boneless, skinless, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 3 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Parsley plus more for garnish
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 tsp Salt

For the Alfredo

  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 4 tbsp Flour
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese shredded
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese shredded
  • 1 cup Fresh Spinach chopped

Instructions

  • Prepare all of the ingredients. Start water boiling for pasta.
  • In a large saute pan over medium-high heat, add bacon. Cook until crispy and remove to paper towel covered plate. Reserve 2 tablespoons of bacon grease in pan.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add garlic to bacon grease. Stir and cook for 3 minutes. Sprinkle chicken chunks with seasonings and add to garlic. Stir to coat and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add pasta to boiling water and cook as directed on package. Drain in colander and rinse with cool water to arrest cooking process. Return to pot, away from heat.
  • In a sauce pan over medium heat, add butter, garlic powder and pepper. Once melted, whisk in flour and cook for 2 minutes. Then whisk in chicken broth and cook for 2 minutes. Whisk in heavy cream and cook for 2 minutes. Then add cheese by the handful until fully incorporated. Then stir in spinach. Pour sauce over pasta and toss to coat. Add half of bacon and half of chicken and toss to coat.
  • In a shallow bowl, add portion of pasta. Sprinkle with chicken and bacon. Garnish with parmesan and parsley, if desired.

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Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

10 thoughts on “Chicken Bacon Alfredo

  1. That looks delicious!! I don’t like cooked spinach either but I do like to mix in while the dish is warm so it heats up just a bit and softens without getting slimy.

  2. YUM! Thanks so much for linking up with me at the Unlimited Link Party 26. Pinned!

  3. Your awesome post is featured on Full Plate Thursday,537 and we just pinned it to our features board! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us and hope you come back soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Estelle Forrest – I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. Cooking is a huge part of my life. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me but to the people I care about.
      Estelle Forrest says:

      Thank you so much!

  4. shelbeeontheedge1 – Watertown, NY – Over 40 Blogger living on the edge of sanity, midlife, and fashion. Army wife, boymom, and serious coffee drinker.
    shelbeeontheedge1 says:

    This looks so good, Estelle! I love pasta dishes. Add some chicken and bacon and you have a perfect meal. I pinned this! Thanks for sharing and linking.

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

  5. shelbeeontheedge1 – Watertown, NY – Over 40 Blogger living on the edge of sanity, midlife, and fashion. Army wife, boymom, and serious coffee drinker.
    shelbeeontheedge1 says:

    I love pasta dishes! Add some chicken and bacon and it is a perfectly balanced meal! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe, Estelle. Pinned!

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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