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Do you know the moment when you realize it’s 4:00 p.m. and you haven’t planned or defrosted anything for dinner? When that happens, this bacon chicken alfredo recipe (and others like my beef and cabbage pan) are my favorite meals. What’s so great about them? I make them in just one pan!
Washing less dishes? Yes, please!
How To Make Bacon Chicken Alfredo Healthy
Chicken alfredo (especially with bacon!) Doesn’t seem like the healthiest dish. But compare the ingredients in this recipe to the label on most pre-made Alfredo sauce jars and you might be convinced otherwise!
I’m making a few other changes to my version of this classic comfort food to make it better for you:
- I add a lot of fresh spinach
- I use high-protein and high-fiber Shirataki noodles or vegetable noodles instead of conventional pasta (more on this below)
- You won’t find any processed vegetable oils in this recipe! Instead, the healthy fats in this recipe come from olive oil, some good quality cream cheese, cured bacon, and lots of fresh or dried herbs (which have a ton of health benefits).
Bonus: Except for shirataki or vegetable noodles, you don’t need any unusual or special ingredients for this recipe. You can have a meal on the table better than the restaurant in less than half an hour!
Bacon Chicken Alfredo without pasta?
I know, I know, there’s always a catch In this case, the catch is that the fastest way is to use shirataki noodles in place of other types of pasta. I don’t really like to eat wheat products anyway, so I use shirataki or vegetable noodles.
Shirataki noodles are already cooked, which makes them super convenient. They just need to be rinsed and tossed in the sauce. I usually keep several packages ready for this dish and for Thai peanut butter noodles. I use often this kind.
However, you can perfectly use vegetable noodles or any other type of noodle if you wish. When I have time, I like to use my spiral cutter to make vegetable noodles, or use grated cabbage or spaghetti squash. I like the added nutrients in the vegetables and the different flavors they add to the dishes.
More one-pan meals
I love every recipe with a few basic criteria:
- Real food ingredients
- Gart in a pan (to minimize dishes)
- Easy to do
- Ready to eat in less than 30 minutes
This Chicken Alfredo recipe ticks all the boxes and is absolutely delicious. You can cook it in about half an hour, even if you first need to thaw a frozen chicken in warm water. If you have already cooked leftover chicken to use, it cuts the time in half!
Some of our other one-pan favorites are:
Healthy Bacon Chicken Alfredo Recipe
Chicken Alfredo (topped with bacon) has become one of my family’s favorite dishes. I think your family will love it too!
Bacon Chicken Alfredo Recipe
This simple bacon chicken alfredo comes together in a single pan in less than half an hour. One of my favorite food on a really busy night.
Heat the olive or coconut oil in a large pan.
Place the diced chicken in the preheated pan and fry until the chicken is cooked through.
Once the chicken is cooked add the spinach and sauté until it collapses.
Sprinkle with onion salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and parsley and stir.
Cut the cream cheese into 1-inch pieces and add it to the pan.
Stir often until the cream cheese is melted.
While it is melting, rinse off the shirataki noodles as directed.
Add the noodles to the pan and stir until everything is warmed through and the sauce has thickened. If your sauce is too thick, you can add ½ cup of milk or coconut milk.
Add the parmesan cheese and stir until evenly blended and melted.
Take off the stove.
Top with crumbled bacon and parsley, if used, and serve.
If you have time and don’t want to use the shirataki noodles, you can use a spiral cutter to make other vegetable noodles, thinly sliced and sautéed cabbage, or cooked spaghetti squash.
Calories: 638kcal | Carbohydrates: 11G | Protein: 38G | Fat: 48G | Saturated fatty acids: 18thG | Polyunsaturated fat: 4thG | Monounsaturated fatty acids: 20thG | Trans fats: 1G | Cholesterol: 158mg | Sodium: 1292mg | Potassium: 939mg | Fiber: 2G | Sugar: 2G | Vitamin A: 6544IE | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 286mg | Iron: 3mg
Do you have a favorite recipe that is quick and easy to make on busy evenings?
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