Lemon Fettuccine Alfredo with Grilled Chicken and Broccoli


Lemon Fettuccine Alfredo with Grilled Chicken and Broccoli | Cooking Classy

Looking for a delicious, hearty entree the entire family can agree on? This pasta has definitely got you covered! You get a lightened up creamy alfredo sauce blended with plenty of fresh lemon, tossed with fettuccine noodles and paired with grilled chicken and fresh broccoli. It really doesn’t get much better and it’s definitely a healthier take on the traditional fettuccine alfredo. This is an entree I loved enough that I would gladly welcome it to a weekly rotation! My kids thoroughly enjoyed it and my husband couldn’t stop raving about it.

I originally was going to title this Lemon-Pepper Fettucine Alfredo with Grilled Chicken and Broccoli, but I decided to shorten it and omit “Pepper.” With that said though, I think this pasta is definitely highlighted by a fair amount of pepper to get that irresistible lemon-peppery combo. It would also be good with a little red pepper flakes for heat if desired.


Lemon Fettuccine Alfredo with Grilled Chicken and Broccoli | Cooking ClassyLemon Fettuccine Alfredo with Grilled Chicken and Broccoli | Cooking Classy

Lemon Fettuccine Alfredo with Grilled Chicken and Broccoli

Yield: About 6 servings


  • 12 oz dry fettuccine pasta
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, grilled and sliced into strips
  • 4 cups broccoli florets (from 1 lb broccoli crowns)
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 1 3/4 cups milk (preferably 1%)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 oz. light or regular cream cheese, diced into cubes
  • 1/2 cup (1.5 oz) finely shredded parmesan, plus more for serving
  • 3 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest, plus more for serving
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice


  • Prepare pasta in salted water according to directions listed on package, adding in broccoli during last 5 minutes of boiling pasta (so they will both boil together during last 5 minutes, then drain them together. Reserve 1/4 cup pasta water just in case you want to thin sauce, I didn't use it but I always save some just in case).
  • In a large and deep skillet or pot, melt butter over medium heat then add in garlic and flour and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. While whisking slowly pour milk into flour mixture, then cook, whisking vigorously to smooth lumps until mixture begins to thicken. Add in cream cheese and parmesan and whisk until melted (it will look lumpy at first but will begin to smooth). Mix in cream and season with salt and pepper to taste (I liked this with a fair amount of pepper). Stir in lemon zest and lemon juice.
  • Toss drained pasta and broccoli into sauce mixture along with chicken (thin with reserved pasta water if needed). Serve warm topped with additional parmesan, lemon zest and pepper as desired.
  • Recipe source: Cooking Classy, inspired by my Light Fettuccine Alfredo


  • Laura Dembowski: This looks like such a great spring dish! Love lemon used in savory applications. March 22, 2015 at 6:33am Reply

  • Kelly: This looks and sounds delicious, I have pinned it to make later, thank you!

    xx Kelly March 22, 2015 at 4:31pm Reply

  • Sommer @ASpicyPerspective: That lemon is the perfect match for this yummy pasta dish! Can’t wait to make this recipe! March 22, 2015 at 5:43pm Reply

  • Susan: I am definitely going to make this, thanks!
    Always looking for better for you versions of the teenagers favorites. March 22, 2015 at 7:39pm Reply

  • Melissa: This looks amazing! I’m making this tonight. Do you use salted or unsalted butter? March 23, 2015 at 2:00am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I just used salted butter since it was only a small amount. I hope you love it Melissa! March 23, 2015 at 7:57pm Reply

  • Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness: I would love this for dinner tonight! yum! March 23, 2015 at 9:59am Reply

  • Lovely Sharice: Perfect meal for the spring season…Looks delicious! March 23, 2015 at 4:48pm Reply

  • Finn: This looks so delicious! Great fresh, springtime flavours. Making this tomorrow night for sure. March 26, 2015 at 8:35pm Reply

  • Jess: I made this dish tonight and it was delicious! I have a dinner party coming up so I will make this along with some crunchy garlic bread. April 7, 2015 at 4:47am Reply

  • Fiona: Very yummy dish. I also did a variation of this with a tomato based sauce (for my 5 year old who isn’t into creamy sauces much) and added some black olives and thyme. Delicious! June 17, 2015 at 3:59pm Reply

  • Lucero: Ive just made this, its absolutely DELIGHTFUL June 19, 2015 at 12:46pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Lucero! Thanks for your review! June 19, 2015 at 3:12pm Reply

  • Kristen: What did you season the chicken with before you grilled it? Can’t wait to try this – it looks delicious! September 2, 2015 at 2:05pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I just brush it lightly with olive oil then season with salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. You can also sprinkle with Italian herbs which I do a lot. September 3, 2015 at 5:14pm Reply

  • Flora: Made it & we all LOVED it! Delicious :) December 16, 2015 at 11:18am Reply

  • Tanea: Omg!!!!! I just made this tonight for dinner and it was amazing!!! For the most part I followed the recipe to the T and I’m not disappoint at all March 9, 2016 at 4:44pm Reply

  • Amy: Recipe doesn’t call for lemon wedges like the picture shows. Was this just added for the picture or do you actually use it? New to cooking but I want to try this! April 2, 2016 at 11:34am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Those were added just for looks, sorry for the confusion. I hope you love this Amy! April 2, 2016 at 10:37pm Reply

  • Neah: can you please tell me what is “heavy cream”? July 25, 2016 at 2:00pm Reply

  • Crystal: Made this for dinner tonight & it was AMAZING! We loved the different taste the lemon gave the past! Def one of our favorites! August 22, 2016 at 5:54pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy you liked it – Thanks Crystal! August 25, 2016 at 2:01pm Reply

  • Christina: Can I substitute half/half for heavy whipping cream? August 31, 2016 at 9:28am Reply

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