One Pot Cheesy Chicken Alfredo

One Pot Cheesy Chicken Alfredo is an easy dish that's prepared in just ONE pan. The creamy sauce mixed with warm Alfredo pasta makes this a family favorite.

dish of chicken Alfredo pasta with homemade Alfredo sauce

This One Pot Cheesy Chicken Alfredo dinner will have your family begging for more. It’s a delicious dinner you can throw together in a matter of minutes and BONUS – only one pan to clean after! Definitely a WIN for those busy weeknights.

how to make chicken alfredo in ONE POT

  • Add olive oil into a pan that will be big enough to hold the whole recipe. We like to use a 5 quart saucepan skillet.
  • Brown the chicken with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning for about 2-3 minutes, just until the chicken starts to brown. Add in garlic and saute for 1 more minute.
  • Add in the chicken broth, heavy cream, pasta, and basil. Mix together until combined. Bring those ingredients to a boil.
  • Cover the pan with lid and reduce the heat to a simmer. Let this simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the pasta is cooked. Check every few minutes giving it a stir.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted and fully mixed in. Serve while it’s still warm.The sauce will thicken up as it cools. If it is thicker than you want, add in a little more chicken broth and stir well.

Homemade alfredo sauce vs store bought


We like this chicken Alfredo recipe because it makes a delicious Alfredo sauce with the ingredients listed.  It’s easy to make without very little fuss.  But using store-bought Alfredo sauce would make it an even quicker recipe for a busy night.

There are a lot of store-bought alfredo sauces that aren’t too bad. Most people buy store bought alfredo sauce for cost and convenience.

When buying alfredo sauce, look for the one with the most fat and calories because it will have the best flavor.

If you do have a homemade alfredo sauce that you love, feel free to use it for this recipe. The flavor will be amazing!

It’s the fresh Parmesan cheese and good heavy whipping cream that are key to a tasty creamy alfredo sauce.

Do you have a delicious homemade alfredo recipe? We would love to have you share it in the comments below!

Does the brand of chicken broth really matter?

The price of chicken broth can vary from generic brands to name brands.

Depending on the recipe we are making, we will grab a can of the store-brand chicken broth to save some money.

Name brand broths are clearer. If it’s a recipe where you have a creamy sauce, you will want to use the clearer broth.

Store brands tend to be on the cloudier side causing your sauce to be darker. We like using Swanson’s chicken broth.

Grab the store brand when you can to save a little money, just be sure to take the recipe into consideration first.


Items needed for this recipe:

  • Skillet: We like using this non-stick skillet with a glass lid. It’s nice to be able to see through the lid without removing it and letting heat escape.
  • Wooden Spoon/Scraper: This spoon is ideal. It won’t scratch your non-stick surface in the pan, and it is made to get along the edges in the pan. We use this in so many recipes. 

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Serves: 6

One Pot Cheesy Chicken Alfredo

I love chicken aflredo, but I hate that I usually have to dirty three big pots to make it. Combine efforts and make it all in one pot- making dishes a breeze!

5 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts (diced into bite sized pieces)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups Penne pasta (uncooked)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Add oil to large skillet and heat over medium-high heat.
  2. Add chicken and season with salt and pepper and Italian seasoning.
  3. Saute for 2-3 minutes or until chicken starts to lightly brown. Add in garlic and saute for another minute.
  4. Pour in chicken broth, cream, pasta and basil and mix to combine. Bring to a boil, then cover pan and reduce to a summer. Let simmer for 15-20 minutes or until pasta is fully cooked.
  5. Remove from heat and add Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese. Stir until cheese is melted and fully mixed in.
  6. Serve warm.



2841 cal


193 g


177 g


103 g
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64 Responses to “One Pot Cheesy Chicken Alfredo”

  1. Courtney
    I'm famous for not fully reading a recipe, but I noticed you listed Italian Seasoning in the ingredients, but it's not mentioned in the instructions. I made this last night and it was delicious, but I was confused on when and where to add the Italian Seasoning.
  2. Had to add milk for pasta to cook all the way! All the liquid was gone and pasta wasn't fully cooked after 15 minutes. Added milk and cooked another 5 minutes. All liquid gone again. Could only add 1 cup parmessan and it was still too thick and clumpy. Could barely stir.
  3. I made this last night. I was determined to do it without fresh chicken (leftover chicken strips), no broth (bullion), no cream (whole milk + butter), only egg noodles and only cheddar. I will never buy the Alfredo pasta box again. I end up adding seasoning anyway. Thanks for the recipe.
  4. James M
    This is not the way to make Chicken Alfredo. Cook the pasta first so it doesn't soak up all the liquid. You should make the Alfredo sauce in a separate pan and add it at the end. Sorry, you need two pans to do it right.
  5. Amanda
    This recipe does not have enough liquid to cook this amount of pasta. I would at least double the chicken broth and cream and maybe half the amount of cheese. I had to add more broth and cream TWICE. Also, it was too cheesy and I love cheese.
  6. I made this last night for my fairly picky family. Everyone loved it, and requested it be added to our regular lineup of dinners! It turned out so good! I made the recipe as given, and didn’t have any problems with not enough liquid or the cheese seizing up. Everything was creamy and deliciously cheesy.
    • This recipe makes it's own sauce. The broth, cream, and cheeses turns it into a delicious Alfredo sauce. On really busy nights you can add store bought Alfredo sauce to make this recipe even quicker. We'll go edit the post to save some confusion. Thanks.
  7. Pamela K D'Olympio
    Thanks for receipts with ingredient I have. My kitchen is well stocked and I do not want to buy things I have never heard of, can't find and will never use again. I have cooked for 45 yrs and do not want to layer ingredient and use 3 bowls. Thanks

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