Protein Packed Chicken Alfredo
8 oz protein pasta (such as chickpea or lentil pasta)
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or any other milk of your choice)
1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste
Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)
Cook the protein pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
Season the chicken breast pieces with salt and pepper.
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and sauté for about 1 minute until fragrant.
Add the chicken pieces to the skillet and cook until they are no longer pink in the center, about 6-8 minutes. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.
In the same skillet, whisk together the chicken broth, almond milk, and whole wheat flour. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook until it starts to thicken, about 5 minutes.
Stir in the grated Parmesan cheese until it melts and the sauce becomes smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Add the cooked protein pasta and cooked chicken back to the skillet. Stir well until the pasta and chicken are coated with the Alfredo sauce.
Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until everything is heated through.
Remove from heat and garnish with fresh parsley.
Serve immediately and enjoy!
Pair with some fresh vegetables, like broccoli or peas, for a well rounded meal!
Macronutrient and Calorie Count:
The macronutrient and calorie count will vary based on the specific brands and types of ingredients used. However, here's an approximate breakdown based on the ingredients and quantities mentioned:
Protein Pasta (8 oz): Approximately 40g protein, 60g carbohydrates, 8g fat, 400-450 calories (varies depending on the brand)
Chicken Breast (2 breasts, boneless, skinless): Approximately 50g protein, 5g fat (may vary depending on the size of the chicken breasts)
Olive Oil (1 tablespoon): Approximately 14g fat, 120 calories
Parmesan Cheese (1/4 cup grated): Approximately 7g protein, 6g fat, 80 calories
Almond Milk (1 cup, unsweetened): Approximately 1-2g protein, 2-3g fat, 30-40 calories
Whole Wheat Flour (1 tablespoon): Approximately 2g protein, 1g fat, 25 calories
Please note that these values are approximate and may vary based on the specific ingredients and quantities used. It's always a good idea to check the nutrition labels on the specific products you use for accurate macronutrient and calorie information.
Enjoy your protein-packed Chicken Alfredo, and feel free to adjust the recipe and ingredient quantities to meet your personal dietary needs and preferences!