Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Alfredo

This Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Alfredo is a tasty restaurant recipe you can easily make at home! A creamy and flavorful family favorite meal!

A COPYCAT OLIVE GARDEN RECIPE

If you’ve followed me for any amount of time, you know I love making copycat restaurant recipes (especially from Olive Garden!) This Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Alfredo is one of them and I think it turned out better than the O.G. version. This not only is easy but it will save you time and money and you can make as much as you like! This makes enough to feed a whole family but can easily be doubled for a dinner party and more. If you love Olive Garden like I do, then you absolutely must make this Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Alfredo recipe!

Close up of Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Alfredo in bowl with fork.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

My sauce is too thick, what can I do?

If your sauce is too thick, add additional heavy cream or milk to thin it out. If you add additional cream, you may need to add additional seasonings so you don’t lose any flavor.

Can I use chicken breasts instead of tenderloins?

Yes, but make sure that you cut them thin enough for this recipe and to use the same weight called for in the recipe itself.

Can I add broccoli to Chicken Alfredo?

Absolutely! I would steam the chopped broccoli first. Then add it to the mixture just before serving and gently toss.

Could another meat be used instead of chicken?

Instead of chicken, you could use shrimp or steak. Broccoli and mushrooms are also great to add to an alfredo dish. You can also use rotisserie chicken to make this recipe go faster!

What goes well with Chicken Alfredo?

This is best served with a salad and breadsticks! That is what you would usually get at the restaurant, so that is what we usually serve this Chicken Alfredo with.

What is the difference between chicken alfredo and chicken fettuccine?

There is no difference. They are the same thing. Sometimes you will hear “Chicken Alfredo” referred to as “Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo”. Chicken Alfredo is strictly an Italian-American invention.

How do I store leftovers?

Alfredo sauce is best when served the same day. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for 1-2 days. Reheat in a pan over medium to low heat. Add additional heavy cream if needed to thin the sauce out.

Chicken topping Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Alfredo in bowl with sides in background Pinterest image.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • fettuccine
  • chicken tenderloins
  • butter
  • garlic
  • all-purpose flour
  • heavy cream
  • parmesan cheese
  • romano cheese
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Freshly chopped parsley and freshly shredded parmesan or romano cheese, optional
Ingredients needed:fettuccine, chicken tenderloins, butter, garlic, all-purpose flour, heavy cream, parmesan cheese, romano cheese, salt, pepper and parsley.

HOW TO MAKE COPYCAT OLIVE GARDEN CHICKEN ALFREDO:

Boil water in a large pot. Add salt and fettuccine pasta noodles. Cook according to package directions (about 12 minutes). Drain and set aside.

Pasta being placed in water to cook.

In a large skillet, add 2 tablespoons of butter. Melt over medium high heat. Season chicken tenderloins with salt and pepper, as desired, on both sides. Add chicken to the skillet and cook for 5-7 minutes, flipping until cooked thoroughly, or with an internal temperature of 165°F. Remove from the skillet, set aside and cover.

Chicken tenderloins cooking in pan.

In a large skillet, melt the remaining 6 tablespoons of butter over medium high heat. Add minced garlic and continue to cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Whisk in the flour. 

Flour being added to melted butter and garlic.

Then, slowly pour in the heavy cream while whisking.

Heavy cream being added to melted butter mixture.

Reduce heat to medium and slowly stir in shredded parmesan and romano cheeses until well combined. Stir in salt and pepper, to taste.

Cheeses added to butter and cream mixture.

Place drained fettuccine noodles in a large pot and pour alfredo sauce over. Stir to coat the fettuccine. Place coated fettuccine noodles onto serving plates.

Alfredo sauce being poured over pasta in pot.

Cut chicken tenderloins into bite sized strips. Top fettuccine noodles with chicken. Add chopped parsley and shredded parmesan or romano cheese if desired. Serve warm and enjoy!

Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Alfredo in bowl with salad and breadsticks in background.

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Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Alfredo

This Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Alfredo is a tasty restaurant recipe you can easily make at home! A creamy and flavorful family favorite meal!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Chicken Alfredo, Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Alfredo, Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Alfredo Recipe, Olive Garden Chicken Alfredo
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 842kcal

Ingredients

  • 16 ounce box fettuccine
  • 1 to 1.5 pounds chicken tenderloins
  • 8 Tablespoons butter divided
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • ¼ cup Romano cheese freshly grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Freshly chopped parsley and freshly shredded parmesan or romano cheese optional

Instructions

  • Boil water in a large pot. Add salt and fettuccine pasta noodles. Cook according to package directions (about 12 minutes). Drain and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, add 2 tablespoons of butter. Melt over medium high heat.
  • Season chicken tenderloins with salt and pepper, as desired, on both sides. Add chicken to the skillet and cook for 5-7 minutes, flipping until cooked thoroughly, or with an internal temperature of 165°F. Remove from the skillet, set aside and cover.
  • In a large skillet, melt the remaining 6 tablespoons of butter over medium high heat. Add minced garlic and continue to cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • Whisk in the flour.
  • Then, slowly pour in the heavy cream while whisking.
  • Reduce heat to medium and slowly stir in shredded parmesan and romano cheeses until well combined. Stir in salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Place drained fettuccine noodles in a large pot and pour alfredo sauce over. Stir to coat the fettuccine. Place coated fettuccine noodles onto serving plates.
  • Cut chicken tenderloins into bite sized strips. Top fettuccine noodles with chicken.
  • Add chopped parsley and shredded parmesan or romano cheese if desired. Serve warm and enjoy!

Notes

  • This can be doubled to serve at a dinner party or larger family.
  • Other meats such as shrimp or steak can be used.
  • If you do not have fettuccine you can use any of your favorite pastas.
  • The chicken can be grilled instead of pan fried.
  • You can use chicken breasts instead of chicken tenderloins.

Nutrition

Calories: 842kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 31g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 252mg | Sodium: 429mg | Potassium: 570mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1785IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 236mg | Iron: 2mg

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