Dinner is served! Chicken Alfredo with Broccoli satisfies even the pickiest palate with cheesy, buttery, garlicky alfredo sauce, pasta shells, chicken, and healthy, crunchy broccoli for the perfect amount of texture and taste.
Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain pasta, reserving 3/4 cup of the pasta water and setting aside.
prepare the chicken and broccoli
Cut chicken into 1-inch pieces. Generously season chicken with salt and pepper.
Drizzle olive oil into a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and broccoli and saute 5-7 minutes until chicken is cooked through and golden on the outside. Transfer to a dish and cover to keep warm.
prepare the alfredo sauce
In the same skillet, melt the butter. Once melted, stir in garlic for 1 minute until fragrant.
Stir in flour til mixture is foamy. Gradually whisk in the milk, about 1/2 cup at a time, until fully incorporated and mixture is smooth.
Stir in reserved pasta water, parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper. Once cheese is fully melted and incorporated into the sauce, give it a taste and add more salt and pepper as needed.
put it together
Stir in chicken and broccoli. Garnish with additional cracked black pepper and parmesan if desired and serve.
Cheese it up: Before transferring to the oven, top the whole dish with 1 cup shredded mozzarella or parmesan cheese (or a mixture of both!) to make this dish super cheesylicious.