(Last Updated On: May 5, 2022)
A deliciously creamy and delightful tasting Italian chicken alfredo linguine recipe that’s so easy to make in about 30 minutes.
What’s in Chicken Alfredo Linguine?
The sauce we will be making in this recipe includes butter, minced garlic, cream cheese, milk, and parmesan cheese, then mixed with linguine pasta and shredded chicken. So good!
We bought a rotisserie chicken from Costco. A rotisserie chicken from Costco tastes great in this alfredo linguine recipe because of its special seasonings added during roasting. The combination of this alfredo sauce and the rotisserie chicken is bursting with amazing flavors.
Key Ingredients for Chicken Alfredo Linguine
- 1 rotisserie chicken
- 1 pound (16 ounces) of linguine pasta
- 1/2 cup of unsalted butter (salted butter is okay)
- 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
- 8 ounces of cream cheese
- 2 cups of whole milk
- 2/3 cup of grated parmesan cheese
Step-By-Step Chicken Alfredo Linguine Instructions with Photos
1. The Chicken
For this recipe we used a rotisserie chicken from Costco with lots of flavorful seasonings, however, you can buy a whole chicken and bake it in the oven, or boil it in water on the stove. If you only like white meat you can buy chicken breasts, or if you only like dark meat, you can buy thighs and legs.
The easiest way to get the amount of shredded chicken needed for this recipe is to buy a rotisserie chicken from the store. Costco, Walmart, and Fred Meyer all sell roasted rotisserie chickens, but I have heard that Costco has the best-tasting chicken and the best deal of them all, at only $4.99 a chicken.
Whichever method of chicken you choose, the next step is to shred the chicken into pieces. After shredding, set the chicken aside in the refrigerator until Step 4.
Note – Debone your chicken, making sure to get every piece of chicken that is on the bird, even if you don’t use it all for this recipe. You can make something with the leftover chicken the next day, such as a delicious chicken sandwich with mayo, salt, and pepper on it. Yum!.
2. The Linguine
We used one 16-ounce package of linguine pasta. We prepared them according to the directions on the back of the package.
Usually, it takes about 8 to 10 minutes to cook linguine pasta. Check for firmness if you aren’t sure. The linguine should be tender to chew, but still firm when bitten, in other words, not mushy.
To cook linguine, bring the water to a boil, stir gently while adding the linguine to prevent the pasta from sticking to each other, cook for the amount of time the instructions say, stirring occasionally, and then drain the water out of the linguine using a colander over the sink. Also, don’t rinse the linguine in cold water, this will help the alfredo sauce stick to the linguine better.
3. The Sauce for Chicken Alfredo Linguine
Butter and Minced Garlic
Place 1/2 cup of butter in the frying pan together with 2 teaspoons of minced garlic.
On medium-high heat, melt the butter and fry the minced garlic for about 3 to 4 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon. A regular spoon will work fine too.
Note: If your medium-high heat is hotter than mine, you may need to adjust the cooking time or turn your burner down a little bit.
Turn the burner down to medium heat, then add the eight-ounce package of cream cheese together with the melted butter and minced garlic. Stir the ingredients until the cream cheese has melted a bit. It will be lumpy but don’t worry about that for now.
With a whisk, and the heat still on medium, slowly add the 2 cups of whole milk together with the milked butter, minced garlic, and cream cheese in the frying pan.
Keep whisking until the mixture is smooth. Make sure to keep whisking so the mixture doesn’t stick to the bottom of the frying pan.
Note: Cooking times can vary slightly depending on how hot your stove cooks, so probably about three to four minutes until the mixture is smooth, give or take a few.
Grated Parmesan Cheese
Keep the heat on medium and slowly add the 2/3 cup of grated parmesan cheese together with the cream cheese mixture. Continue to whisk the cream cheese ingredients until it is nice and smooth.
4. Add Shredded Chicken
We added about 3/4 of the rotisserie chicken to the alfredo sauce, but you can judge how much chicken you would like to add to yours.
Add the chicken together with the cream cheese sauce. Stir until all is blended together.
5. Add Linguine Pasta
Add the linguine pasta together with the alfredo sauce and chicken. The linguine pasta should be covered evenly and completely with the sauce and chicken.
6. Finished Chicken Alfredo Linguine
Stir all of the ingredients together with a spoon until well blended. Heat through to your liking. After that, it’s ready to serve.
This delicious chicken alfredo linguine looks amazing and turned out great! I hope you enjoy this Italian recipe as much as we do. Buon appetito!
What is Alfredo?
Alfredo is a cream sauce. The alfredo we are making consists of butter, minced garlic, cream cheese, whole milk, and grated parmesan cheese. Keep in mind though, that there are many versions of alfredo, some with different ingredients added.
What is Linguine?
Linguine is a type of pasta that is flatter and a bit thicker and wider compared to spaghetti.
Is Linguine the Same as Spaghetti?
No. Linguine is a bit thicker and wider in shape with a flatter cut to it than spaghetti. Spaghetti is a long, thin roundish-shaped pasta like a string.
What is Linguine Alfredo?
Linguine alfredo, or alfredo linguine, is linguine pasta that is cooked and then mixed until well blended with a white cream sauce, hence alfredo.
Where Can I Buy Linguine Pasta?
Most all grocery stores sell linguine pasta in the pasta and noodles aisle where the spaghetti and macaroni noodles are.
What is Rotisserie Chicken?
A rotisserie is a cooking device with a metal spit that slides through different kinds of meats and then rotates the meat for roasting and barbecuing. For example, a chicken is seasoned with spices, slid through the metal spit, then rotates around until it is thoroughly cooked inside and out.
This Italian chicken alfredo linguine has a wonderful taste to it. And with the chicken added, it’s so good and a great meal to make for your family at dinnertime.
Some excellent side dishes that can be served with chicken alfredo linguine are a fresh lettuce salad, lots of veggies, buttered rolls, or garlic bread. And a yummy dessert to follow can be these amazing chocolate brownies.
Easy Chicken Alfredo Linguine
- Pot for cooking linguine pasta
- Frying pan
- Bowl for shredded chicken
- 1 rotisserie chicken (or your choice of chicken)
- 1 lb linguine pasta (16 ounces)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (salted butter is okay)
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 2 cups whole milk
- 2/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
- Shred the chicken into pieces. Set aside in the refrigerator.
- Cook the linguine pasta according to the instructions on the back of the package. Set aside.
- Put the butter and minced garlic into a frying pan.
- On medium-high heat, stir until butter has melted and garlic has fried for a bit, about 3 or 4 minutes.
- Reduce the heat to medium and add the cream cheese, stir until the cream cheese has melted into the butter and garlic, stirring constantly.
- Slowly add the whole milk. Whisk until smooth. Keep whisking so the mixture doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.
- Add the parmesan cheese and whisk the ingredients until you have a smooth white sauce.
- Add the shredded chicken to the sauce. We used about 3/4 of the whole chicken. Then stir the ingredients together.
- Add the linguine pasta. Stir. Heat through and it's ready to serve.
- A side salad goes great with this chicken alfredo linguine dinner.
- Other side dishes can be veggies and or garlic bread.
- Try out this delicious homemade ice cream for dessert.