Quick and Easy: Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo with Spinach and Lemon

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Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo with Spinach and Lemon… A quick and easy weeknight dinner that’s delightfully fresh, mostly healthy, family friendly… and one of our favorites.




Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo is a perennial favorite comfort food. I can’t even count the number of times it’s been on our weekly menu. To be honest, I began making fettuccine when our son was young so I could sneak veggies into his all-time forever favorite dish, and it worked. Now, he’s asking for healthy, he’s actually asking for veggies. And I’m finding all kinds of updated ways to keep them coming. It’s like music to this mother’s ears.

This Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo is especially easy and tasty. Filled with healthy bagged spinach, although you could easily substitute kale or another favorite green, and tossed with a creamy sauce that’s brightened up with a fresh zest of lemon.

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Keep this dish exceptionally simple by using leftover chicken. If you don’t have cooked chicken on hand, a couple of boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs only add a few minutes to the preparation time. I almost always make my own sauce, but in a pinch, even a jar of light alfredo sauce can work by adding lemon, Parmesan, and nutmeg.

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Quick and Easy: Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo with Spinach and Lemon

Quick and Easy: Chicken Fettucini Alfredo with Spinach and Lemon | 31Daily.com

Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo with Spinach and Lemon, a quick and easy weeknight dinner that’s delightfully fresh, mostly healthy, family friendly… and one of our favorites.

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Ingredients

  • 1 package dried fettuccine
  • 1 package pre-washed baby spinach
  • 2 cups cooked chicken
  • salt and pepper to taste

Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest, finely grated
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • juice of 1/2 lemon

Instructions

Cook pasta according to package instructions.

To Make the Sauce:

In a large skillet, melt butter and saute minced garlic, about 30 seconds. Sprinkle flour and continue to cook about a minute. Gradually add milk, whisking constantly until smooth. Add lemon zest and cook until thickened, 4-5 minutes. Whisk in shredded Parmesan until melted. Season with a pinch of nutmeg and salt and pepper.

When the pasta is cooked, add cooked chicken to the sauce and heat through. Then add bagged spinach and stir until wilted. Finally, add lemon juice and toss with cooked pasta.

Garnish:

shredded Parmesan

chopped fresh parsley

lemon slices

Notes

While leftover rotisserie or roasted chicken is quick and easy — if you don’t have it on hand or in the freezer, cook and shred either:

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts or
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs


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Stephanie Wilson is an author, blogger, publisher, and former television news writer and producer. She lives in the Puget Sound area with her husband and teenage son.

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