Is Chicken Alfredo Healthy?

Is chicken alfredo healthy?  Probably not.  Here’s why.  The secret ingredient in alfredo sauce, the thing that makes it so creamy and delicious, is… CREAM!  It’s literally just cream.  Maybe there is some garlic and pepper and parmesan for flavor, but it’s pretty much just cream.  Saying “alfredo” makes it sounds really fancy, but it’s not.  It’s just cream.

You would think that this dish could be healthy because chicken is healthy, and broccoli is healthy.  The carbs from pasta is not bad if you a exercising.  But whatever potential for a somewhat healthy meal is completely smothered, literally, by pouring what is basically fat all over your plate.

And by the way, one tablespoon of cream has 6g of fat, which is 9% of your daily recommended value.  So one cup has 192g of fat, 288% of your daily recommended value.  Lets think about the for a moment.  Maybe try spaghetti instead.

Is chicken alfredo healthy? No, but it sure is delicious.  Here is a recipe:

Ingredients:

  • fettuccine
  • chicken
  • broccoli (cut)
  • cream
  • parmesan (grated)
  • garlic (minced)
  • pepper
  • parsley (chopped)

Instructions:

  1. Cook chicken.
  2. Cut chicken into small pieces.
  3. Cook broccoli.
  4. Boil pasta in salted water.
  5. Drain pasta.
  6. For the sauce, sweat garlic.
  7. Add cream.  (Be careful.  Cream will boil over.)
  8. Season with salt and pepper.
  9. Melt Parmesan in cream.
  10. Combine pasta, broccoli, chicken, and sauce.
  11. Mix.
  12. Serve with additional parmesan and a sprinkle of parsley.

 

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