How to Grill Chicken for Alfredo

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Grilling Chicken for Alfredo

Do you love chicken, but thinking about how to grill chicken for Alfredo? Well, then this blog post is for you. We sometimes forget that grilling is one of the best ways to eat. Too often it gets overshadowed by our love for scorching hot barbecues, smoking-hot grilled cheeses, and other smoky fares. 

But don’t be fooled! Grilling can be done in a variety of ways with all kinds of delicious ingredients (or even really delicious sauces). This post is an attempt to demonstrate how it can be done with chicken.

And for this post, we’re going to focus on making an Alfredo sauce out of angel hair pasta and bacon like they do at The Corner in Williamsburg.

How to Grill Chicken for Alfredo

Here is a recipe for you to grill chicken for Alferdo in your kitchen. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 package angel hair pasta
  • 4 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 1/8 cup butter
  • 1/8 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat your grill to 375°F. If you’re using a gas or charcoal grill, wait for the coals to get nice and hot. Otherwise, preheat the oven to 375°F as well. 
  2. Toss chicken in olive oil, salt, and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat on both sides until done (165°F). Place chicken on a plate and set aside. 
  3. Put the bacon on your grill or in the oven and cook until crisp. Remove from the heat, crumble and set aside. 
  4. Saute’ angel hair pasta in butter over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until al dente (but not mushy). Cover. 
  5. In a medium bowl combine butter, flour, and parmesan cheese. Whisk well.
  6. Slowly add al dente pasta to the mixture, continuing to stir as you go so that it doesn’t clump up or stick together. 
  7. Add chicken stock, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring often between additions. 
  8. Add bacon. Cover and simmer on low heat until ready to serve. 
  9. Serve over a bed of rice, pasta, or even on the side of your favorite steak or ribeye!

Note: Remember to check on your pasta frequently during the saute’ process. You don’t want it to stick or burn.

If you’re serving this sauce over pasta, now would be a good time to add the chicken stock in with the butter-flour-parmesan cheese mixture.

Grilled Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo 

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless chicken breasts 
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat your grill to 375°F. If you’re using a gas or charcoal grill, wait for the coals to get nice and hot. Otherwise, preheat the oven to 375°F as well. 
  2. Slice chicken breasts into 1″ strips. Place them in a bowl with the olive oil and rub it all over the chicken. 
  3. Season with salt, pepper, and whatever herb you have on hand (you can also use dried rosemary). 
  4. Grill on high heat for about 5 minutes on each side, or until the chicken is cooked through. 
  5. Put the grilled chicken strips on a plate and set them aside while you make the sauce. But make sure you leave your grill on high heat.
  6. Toss the cooked chicken with the jarred roasted peppers and set aside.
  7. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt 1/4 cup butter. Add the flour and stir to combine. 
  8. Stir in the chicken broth and bring mixture to a boil for about 2 minutes, stirring often.
  9. Cut up four slices of bacon into small pieces. Add to a pan over medium-high heat and cook until crispy. 
  10. Remove from the pan and set aside on paper towels to drain excess fat. Add heavy cream (or half-and-half) to the saucepan and bring back to boil just scraping any bits off the bottom of your saucepan with a spoon or spatula. 
  11. Add parmesan cheese and stir until melted and combined. Add 1/4 cup sour cream. Stir until sauce is smooth, then add the al dente pasta (or angel hair) and the smoked chicken strips, stir to combine. 
  12. Serve over a bed of hot fettuccine, or over a thick steak.

How long does it take to grill the chicken?      

It depends on how thick your chicken is. In the time that it took me to grill my chicken and make the sauce, I could have easily cooked the pasta in a pot on the stove. You can probably make the sauce while the chicken is cooking as well.

This is a great dish for people who want to grill out but don’t get enough time. It’s a lot faster than grilling something like a ribeye steak or red meat, but it still tastes gourmet!

What do you use for an alfredo sauce?

Pasta water. You can make it with cream and heavy cream, half-and-half, and whipping cream. You can also make it even with almond milk. Basically, Alfredo sauces are all about what kind of cheese you’re using in them and at what ratios. You could also make this recipe into a Mushroom Alfredo with saute’ mushrooms instead of grilled chicken.

What is the ideal temperature to Grill Chicken for Alfredo?

Certain temperatures work better than others. With relatively high heat, you can sear the outside of your chicken without cooking it till it’s done. This gives it that nice crispy outside without overcooking the inside.

Usually, mid-heat is preferred in-between methods of grilling. If you like your chicken to be extra juicy, then grill it at 435°F. This allows you to put the chicken under the flame for 8-10 minutes before removing it so that I can check on it often and make sure there are no over-cooking or burn marks.

Conclusion 

That’s all for this article. Hope you understand how to grill chicken for Alfredo. So what are you waiting for? Go and grill it now to enjoy it with your family and friends. Have fun! 

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