Olive Garden Chicken Alfredo Recipe

Amber Bracegirdle | Bluebonnet Baker

This copycat Olive Garden Chicken Alfredo Recipe tastes just like you're eating at the restaurant - but at a fraction of the price!

Isn't it wonderful when you discover you can easily whip up one of your restaurant favorites at home? 

This copycat recipe for Olive Garden Chicken Alfredo tastes as good as the original, but you can easily make enough for the whole family without breaking the bank. 

Gluten Free Chicken Alfredo Image

Is alfredo sauce the same as carbonara?

Many people wrongly assume that these sauces are made with the same ingredients and can be used interchangeably. This is probably because they are both cheesy and creamy! But there are definite differences between the two,

Alfredo is quite a basic sauce, consisting of cream, parmesan and parsley. 

Carbonara is a bit more complicated and contains all the 3 ingredients of carbonara, plus onion, pancetta, garlic and egg yolks.

Gluten Free Chicken Alfredo Photo

Tips for making the perfect Chicken Alfredo

Add salt to the cooking water for your pasta. It adds a good depth of flavor to your dish.

Use the freshest ingredients to make your sauce - in such a simple recipe, the quality of the ingredients is key!

We always recommend grating your parmesan from the block just before adding it to any recipe, rather than buying pre-grated or powdered parmesan. This is particularly important when making a sauce, as it affects the texture. 

Gluten Free Chicken Alfredo Picture

Always use heavy cream rather than whippng cream. It may cost you a few extra calories but the richer texture is totally worth it!

Cook the sauce low and slow - this gives it the best possible texture.

Storing the leftovers

Chicken Alfredo is one of those dishes that's best eaten as soon as it's made, but if you do have any leftovers then you can keep them in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Another alternative is to freeze them. Just transfer the leftovers to food safe bags or tubs, seal tightly and freeze for up to 3 months. They will still be safe to eat after 3 months, but the flavor won't be as good. 

If possible, try to freeze just the pasta and the chicken, without the sauce, then make a fresh batch of sauce when  you're ready to serve the dish. If you're cooking your Chicken Alfredo with the intention of freezing it from the outset, it's a good idea to leave the pasta slightly underdone. It tends to soften up duirng the freezing and thawing process.

You might also like to try this Gluten-Free Chicken Alfredo Recipe, os this delicious Chicken Alfredo made with Blackened Chicken. Yum!


Olive Garden Chicken Alfredo Recipe

    4 Servings


  • 12 ounces Fettuccine
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Butter, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Freshly Ground Black Pepper, divided
  • 3 cloves Garlic, very finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 3/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese, plus more for topping, if required
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Chopped Parsley, optional


  1. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package and drain well.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a grill pan over a high heat. 
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of the butter, then the chicken breasts, seasoning them with 1 teaspoon each of the salt and pepper.
  4. Cook the chicken breasts until golden on one side, then turn over. 
  5. Cover the pan and lower the heat to medium.
  6. Continue to cook for around 5 to 7 mins more, until the chicken is no longer pink in the middle.
  7. Slice the chicken, set aside and cover with foil.
  8. Melt the rest of the butter in a deep-sided skillet over a medium heat. 
  9. Add the garlic, cook for 30 seconds, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Season with the rest of the salt and pepper.
  10. Carefully whisk the flour into the butter, stirring well until smooth. Whisk the heavy cream in slowly.
  11. Continue to cook until the sauce is hot through and thickened slightly. 
  12. Whisk the parmesan cheese into sauce, stirring until smooth. 
  13. Put the pasta into serving bowls and top with the sliced chicken. Drizzle the sauce over the top.
  14. Garnsih with parsley and extra parmesan if desired.
Source: Tablespoon.com
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Author: Amber Bracegirdle
Source: Tablespoon.com
Recipe Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 634
Calories 1213

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 79g
  Saturated Fat 45g
Sodium 1804mg
Total Carbohydrate 78g
  Dietary Fiber 3g
  Sugars 0g
Protein 35g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Amber Bracegirdle

About Amber

Amber is a native Texan, born to a family of fabulous cooks. She shares her love of all things Tex-Mex and Southern both on her blog, Bluebonnet Baker, and here on Food Fanatic. She heavily endorses the use of the contraction "y'all".

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