Summer is almost upon us, and for most of us, that means more time spent outside. From baseball games to walks to just relaxing on the deck, we are on the go. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen when it is a beautiful day outside. So this is where the super easy chicken alfredo casserole can be your ticket to more time outside.
When my son played baseball, this was one of my favorite meals to make. I could come home from work, change my clothes, and be in the kitchen preparing dinner in a hurry. I wanted to make sure that my athlete had all the energy he needed to play a good game. And I loved that the easy chicken alfredo casserole allowed me to serve him a delicious meal in a short amount of time.
One of the best things about this recipe is the simple ingredients you need to make it. All of it can be found at your local grocery store. Keep in mind, this recipe was designed for convenience instead of being the most health-conscious meal. You can easily substitute low-fat or no-fat ingredients in order to be a healthy meal for your family. This is a simple, two pot recipe that will make clean up easy as well.
Ingredients For The Chicken Alfredo Casserole
- Grated parmesan cheese. You can choose to use fresh if you are ambitious, but if time is the essence, this works just as well.
- Alfredo sauce of your choice. We have always used Classico, and it comes in a light variety as well.
- Pasta of your choice. I use the penne pasta for convenience, and it tends to hold the alfredo sauce better.
- Roast chicken pieces. I use the Tyson for ease-of-use, but I have also used leftover rotisserie chicken that I have frozen from another meal.
- Diced garlic and a smidge of onion powder. Just a tad is needed for flavor.
- Optional: Parsley flakes for color and flavor.
The rest of the recipe for the super easy chicken alfredo casserole is pretty straight forward.
Directions For Making The Easy Chicken Alfredo Casserole
First, I start boiling the water to make the pasta. I like a good boil going on when I add the pasta, along with a smidge of coarse sea salt and about a tablespoon of olive oil to prevent the pasta from sticking.
Next, in a moderate sized pot, I add the chicken pieces, garlic, and onion powder to a medium heat. I stir it gently to warm up the chicken and get a little bit of a char going in the bottom of the pot. After that, I add the jars of alfredo to the pot, using a smidge of milk in the jar to shake the last of the sauce out. I then add the parmesan cheese(the more the better according to my family) and a light dash of pepper, and stir several times while it warms up.
After that, I make the pasta as directed. For this recipe, I tend to make it slightly more than al dente, because it holds the sauce and doesn’t get mushy. After briefly rinsing the pasta, I add it to the pot with the sauce and stir.
I let it sit on a low heat for another 5-10 minutes to make sure it is fully warmed. After that, it is just a matter of dishing it up and enjoying it with your favorite beverage.
Easy and delicious, it is sure to be a hit in your family. It is very easy to double, so you can have leftovers for the next day. Simply heat on the stove on low, adding a little milk and butter, and it tastes just as delicious as the day you made it.
So there you have it, super easy chicken alfredo casserole. I hope that you enjoy it!