Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo with Antipasto Salad & Breadsticks

I’m going for longest Post Title in history. How’d I do?? ;)

If you have checked out my recipes before, or if you’ve eaten at my house (which unfortunately none of you have) you’d know we are big pasta lovers.

We also love quick and easy – and this dinner is definitely that.
In fact – the salad and breadsticks are cheater recipes. :)

Hungry yet??? Well let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 Tablespoon cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt/pepper
  • 1 lb. fettuccine noodles
  • 8-10 chicken tenders
  • romaine lettuce (I used 1 bag of prepared lettuce)
  • 1 cup of mozzarella balls
  • black olives
  • grape tomatoes
  • yellow peppers
  • small jar artichoke hearts
  • 15 slices salami
  • small amount of store bought Caesar dressing or your fav. Italian dressing
  • French Bread (in a can)
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano

That looks kind of long – it’s not too bad and I bet you have a lot of that stuff on hand. :)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and start your pasta water. Bring to a boil.

Start by combining the 1 stick butter, heavy cream, and cream cheese in a saucepan. Bring to a light boil.

Once the mixture boils and the butter and cream cheese are melted, add in 3/4 cup parmesan cheese and garlic powder.

I recommend using fresh grated parmesan in this – it’s so yummy. And if you don’t have a Microplane – start dropping hints now. Christmas is 93 days away!!
Seriously – I love this tool!

Mix everything up and put the Alfredo on simmer. Cover and put it on the back burner – let it simmer for about 20 minutes. It will give you plenty of time to do all the other things.

Prepare the breadsticks next. I have made breadsticks from scratch and I have the recipe for those if you’d like it, just email me.
But sometimes I just don’t have the time to do the whole yeast/rising thing.

I found this can of French bread at the store – it’s supposed to be good for you. Ha. We’ll fix that.

Open up the can and cut the loaf into 8 or 9 pieces.

Oh – and put parchment paper down – it will make cleanup so much easier and the breadsticks will turn out better. Promise.

Roll each piece into a breadstick shape. I leave them kind of rustic and rough looking.

Melt the remaining butter (1/2 stick) in a little dish. Mix in the garlic powder and the remaining 1/4 cup cheese and salt.

Brush the butter on the breadsticks.

Put the breadsticks in the oven and bake for 12-14 minutes.

Your pasta water should be boiling – add the fettucini and make sure you salt your pasta water well. It’s your only chance to season the pasta.

Saute your chicken.

Now I have a little trick I use. I don’t always remember to take the chicken tenders out of the freezer in time to thaw for dinner.

So to avoid having to defrost in the microwave – I put a small amount of chicken broth in the bottom of a skillet. Add in the chicken.

Bring the broth to a boil and cover. This will cook the chicken quickly and keep the chicken moist.

Start assembling your salad. This is super easy. Just put all the salad ingredients in a bowl.
(lettuce, tomatoes, olives, artichokes, salami, mozzarella, yellow peppers)

Dress the salad with a small amount of Caesar Dressing.

Check your chicken. Once it looks cooked through take the lid off and let the liquid cook off.
Season the chicken with salt and pepper and turn as it browns.

Now it’s time for the finishing touches!! :)

When breadsticks are done, remove from oven and brush with remaining butter mixture.

Taste your alfredo sauce and see if you need any salt.

Drain your pasta water and add the pasta to your serving dish. Pour the Alfredo over the pasta and toss.

Cut your chicken into pieces and layer over the pasta.

Grate more cheese over the pasta if you like lots of cheesy goodness.

Ok. Mmmmm.

You’re all done – time to eat!!

I hope you enjoy this quick, easy, yummy dinner!

You could also make this vegetarian super easy. We do that all the time.

Let me know if you give it a try!

And let me know if you want to come over for dinner! We’ll have pasta. :)

Here’s the download link to print out.

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Comments

16 Comments

  • Mmmmm, those breadsticks look amazing! I’m going to have to try that :]

  • Reply September 22, 2010

    Roo {NiceGirlNotes}

    Want to move to CT? If so, can I come over for dinner?

  • Reply September 22, 2010

    Holly L

    I love antipasto salad. This looks like one amazing meal!

  • Reply September 22, 2010

    Karen Weight

    Oh, that looks so yummy! Thanks for making the recipe in a PDF. I am so excited to try it! Hey, I would love to have you as a guest on my blog sometime. Would you be interested? You are so crafty and talented. Let me know. It could even be a recipe too. Thanks!
    ~Karen from Pocket Full of Pink

  • Reply September 23, 2010

    Paisley Passions

    Definitely going to try this recipe this weekend! Thanks for sharing your “creative mojo” with me on Thrilling Thursday. I hope you will be back again soon :)
    ~Lori S.
    Thrilling Thursdays @Paisley Passions

  • Reply September 24, 2010

    the cape on the corner

    oh my, that looks sooo delicious!

    i’ll make an exception just this once and ignore the fact that you put your feet on the dashboard, lol.

    thanks for your comment and your follow. i’m about to become your newest follower back at ya!

  • Reply September 24, 2010

    Leslie

    Looks soooooooo good!

  • Reply September 25, 2010

    Kristi

    Oh wow! That all looks soooo good! My husband and daughter both LOVE Alfredo. I’d love it if you’d link this up to Foodie Friday. :-)

    http://thespeckleddog.blogspot.com/2010/09/foodie-friday-no-5.html

  • Reply September 26, 2010

    Megan

    I love fettucini, my favorite meal and homemade is the best! I’m definitely goign to be trying this recipe! thanks so much!!!

  • Reply September 26, 2010

    Amy @ Chicy Creations

    Yum! Looks delish.

  • Reply September 27, 2010

    Heather

    That looks great! Thanks for linking up!

  • Reply September 27, 2010

    Diane

    Ummmm, this looks wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe Ü

  • Reply September 27, 2010

    envy my cooking

    Just found your blog through links. Love it! If you ever need new recipes ideas or would like to be feature come check out our site and send us a email.
    Also there is a fantastic giveaway going on right now.

  • Reply September 28, 2010

    Katie

    Ah yum, yum!!! My favorite salad and my hubby’s favorite pasta plus breadsticks to keep my kiddo happy. This is the perfect meal for so many reasons. Thank you for another great link up to A Crafty Soiree!

  • Reply September 29, 2010

    kelley blake

    thanks a lot bev…i saw this and now i’m starving! i’m coming over for dinner the next time you fix this ;)

  • Reply October 23, 2010

    Darlene

    I made this recipe for my Italian hubby and he loved it! I’ve made the bread sticks a couple times. They are so easy and so good and definitely get rave reviews all around. Thanks for sharing that delicious recipe!

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