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Creamy Chicken Cauliflower Alfredo

My husband LOVES alfredo sauce.  When we first started dating, it was one of his favorite things to eat.  When Olive Garden had their unlimited pasta bowl, he would go and fill up on the creamy alfredo pasta.  

He has since learned that not eating this sauce is better for his waistline.  After we both worked hard to loose a combined 70 lbs, I try to cook now with lots of extra veggies.  I sneak them into lasagnas and meatloaf, and my sloppy joes are filled with carrots, zucchini, and mushrooms.  Yumm!

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Creamy chicken Alfredo sauce made out of cauliflower from Houseful of Handmade.

I’m kinda lucky that I don’t crave the creamy, high calorie sauce. I am a marinara sauce lover. I love the lightness the veggies give the dish. That is why I LOVE this fake alfredo sauce made from cauliflower.  The sauce is still creamy, but light!  Yeah for me and the hubby 🙂

And the best part of the Chicken Cauliflower Alfredo sauce is that it is really easy to make.

Just put all your cauliflower florets in a large pot and add 3-4 inches of water.  Set on medium-high heat to boil, and cook until super soft.

Creamy chicken Alfredo sauce made out of cauliflower from Houseful of Handmade.

While that is cooking, heat your olive oil in a large skillet.  Add the garlic and sauté 1-2 minutes until very fragrant but be careful not to burn it. Remove the garlic from your skillet and place in a blender or a bowl if you want to use your immersion blender.  My immersion blender came with a little container that worked perfectly.

Add chicken to the hot skillet and cook through. Then place cooked chicken aside.

Creamy chicken Alfredo sauce made out of cauliflower from Houseful of Handmade.

Add chicken stock to the pan to scrape up all the browned bits of chickeny goodness.  Then pour the chicken stock into the container with garlic.

Creamy chicken Alfredo sauce made out of cauliflower from Houseful of Handmade.

Strain the cooked cauliflower and add to the container with garlic and broth.  Then puree it all together.  I let it go for a long time so it’s super smooth.

Creamy chicken Alfredo sauce made out of cauliflower from Houseful of Handmade.

Put cauliflower sauce back in the skillet, add in the cooked chicken and the grated parmesan cheese.  Stir and then let it simmer for a few minutes while you cook up your pasta.  Season it with salt and pepper if you want to.

Creamy chicken Alfredo sauce made out of cauliflower from Houseful of Handmade.

Then when your pasta is done, serve the delicious creamy chicken cauliflower alfredo sauce over the noodles!  Yum!

Creamy chicken Alfredo sauce made out of cauliflower from Houseful of Handmade.

Creamy chicken Alfredo sauce made out of cauliflower from Houseful of Handmade.

Chicken Cauliflower Alfredo

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 small head cauliflower
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 8 oz chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cooked pasta noodles

Instructions

  1. Cut cauliflower into florets and place in medium sauce pan with 3-4 inches water. Cover and let boil till soft.
  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in large skillet. Add garlic and sauté 1-2 minutes. Remove garlic to a blender (or container for an immersion blender).
  3. Add chicken to the skillet and cook (3-4 minutes). Place cooked chicken aside.
  4. Add chicken stock to the pan and scrape up all the browned bits. Then pour into container with garlic.
  5. Strain cooked cauliflower and add to container with garlic and broth.
  6. Puree the cauliflower, broth, garlic using your blender or immersion blender.
  7. Put cauliflower sauce back in the skillet, add in the cooked chicken and parmesan cheese, stir together. Let simmer for a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve over cooked pasta noodles!

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Kelly | Typically Simple

Saturday 30th of May 2015

I've heard of "mashed potatoes" being made this way with cauliflower...I'm definitely going to have to try the alfredo version - so much healthier! Thanks for sharing at the Creative Inspiration party!

Kati Farrer

Monday 1st of June 2015

We love the mashed cauliflower at our house. We do that more often then mashed potatoes. I hope you get a chance to try the alfredo.

Cristina @ I Say Nomato

Friday 29th of May 2015

Yum! This looks so delicious. I"m a HUGE fan of alfredo, but we do eat it a bit too much, so I"m always on the lookout for lower calorie options. This looks delicious!

Kati Farrer

Saturday 30th of May 2015

Thank you Cristina. It is very delicious, I hope you try it out. A great alternative to alfredo.

Rachel

Thursday 28th of May 2015

This is amazing! I really love alfredo too, but after I made it a few times at home, the ingredients really make me think twice about making it. My whole family loves cauliflower too so this is a must try. How is the texture? Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday!

Kati Farrer

Thursday 28th of May 2015

The texture isn't as smooth as a true alfredo, but I find that if I cook the cauliflower till it's really soft, it gets nice and smooth. It's also not as heavy as alfredo and my husband and kiddos ate it up and went back for seconds! That's a win for me.

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