Copycat Recipe: Olive Garden’s Chicken Alfredo

Olive Garden Chicken Alfredo Ingredients

This is another great recipe from Aunt Mary!

I have always loved Olive Garden and everything they have on their menu.  Although I think they are very reasonably priced, I don't have the opportunity to dine out very often because of the economy.  So I came up with my own.

I fixed dinner one night for my sister Ruth, and my niece, Andrea and her family.  Andrea wanted Chicken Alfredo, so I thought I would try this recipe out on them – yes, I used them for my own personal gain  :)

To my surprise, Andrea said she thought it was better than the real thing!!

Chicken Alfredo Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast (cut up into 2″ pieces)
  • 4 tbsp Olive Oil (divided in half)
  • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 cup Onion (chopped and divided)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (chopped and divided)
  • 1 tsp Oregano (dried)
  • 1 cup White Wine
  • 1/2 cup Whipping Cream (or Half and Half)
  • 1/2 cup +1 tsp Parmesan Cheese (grated)
  • 1 lb Fettuccine or Linguine
  • 1 tsp Pepper (ground)
  • 2 tsp Parsley flakes (dried)

Cooking Directions

  1. Place 6 quarts of water in a large pot and bring to a boil.  Add salt and pasta and cook until done.
  2. While water is coming to a boil, heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Add 2 tsp olive oil, 1/4 cup onion, 1/2 garlic and red pepper flakes.
  3. Add chicken pieces to skillet  and saute until done (about 4 minutes)  Remove chicken.
  4. Add remaining oil, onion and garlic to skillet and saute about 1 minute.  Add white wine (take skillet off stove while adding the wine to prevent fire) and continue to cook over medium heat until reduced in half (about 5 minutes).
  5. Lower heat to simmer and add cream(milk) and parmesan cheese.  Stir until thickened (about 2 minutes) Add parsley flakes and stir.
  6. Drain pasta and reserve 1 cup of pasta water in case you need it.  Add pasta to sauce and mix. (If pasta is too thick at this point add the reserved pasta water) Place all but a few pieces of chicken in the pasta.
  7. Pour pasta into a serving bowl, place remaining chicken on top.
  8. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and some parsley.

Olive Garden Chicken Alfredo Copycat Recipe

Restaurant At Home Comparison

At Home: $9.22 total (family of 4)
Olive Garden: $10.75 each person = $43.00 (family of 4)

Thats about a  76% savings over eating out.  And I didn't even count the tip!!

This Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo recipe tastes just like the dish at Olive Garden, possibly better! This will be one of your family's faves soon!

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Copycat Recipe: Olive Garden's Chicken Alfredo

Copycat Recipe: Olive Garden's Chicken Alfredo

  • Author: Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast (cut up into 2″ pieces)
  • 4 tbsp Olive Oil (divided in half)
  • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 cup Onion (chopped and divided)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (chopped and divided)
  • 1 tsp Oregano (dried)
  • 1 cup White Wine
  • 1/2 cup Whipping Cream (or Half and Half)
  • 1/2 cup +1 tsp Parmesan Cheese (grated)
  • 1 lb Fettuccine or Linguine
  • 1 tsp Pepper (ground)
  • 2 tsp Parsley flakes (dried)

Instructions

  1. Place 6 quarts of water in a large pot and bring to a boil.  Add salt and pasta and cook until done.
  2. While water is coming to a boil, heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Add 2 tsp olive oil, 1/4 cup onion, 1/2 garlic and red pepper flakes.
  3. Add chicken pieces to skillet  and saute until done (about 4 minutes)  Remove chicken.
  4. Add remaining oil, onion and garlic to skillet and saute about 1 minute.  Add white wine (take skillet off stove while adding the wine to prevent fire) and continue to cook over medium heat until reduced in half (about 5 minutes).
  5. Lower heat to simmer and add cream(milk) and parmesan cheese.  Stir until thickened (about 2 minutes) Add parsley flakes and stir.
  6. Drain pasta and reserve 1 cup of pasta water in case you need it.  Add pasta to sauce and mix. (If pasta is too thick at this point add the reserved pasta water) Place all but a few pieces of chicken in the pasta.
  7. Pour pasta into a serving bowl, place remaining chicken on top.
  8. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and some parsley.

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34 Comments

  1. Cindy on March 29, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing. I love there Chicken Alfredo. I’m definitely trying this one.

    • Dan on July 12, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      Thanks Andrea. I have been craving to make a pasta dish like this. I will definitely try …
      I have always loved this dish. The savings part amazes me also.

  2. Crystal on March 31, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    I too love Olive Garden. i cannot wait to make this!

  3. domo on September 22, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    thanks my wife loved it.

  4. Becky on September 30, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Thanks for this! I tried it out and it worked perfectly! The only problem is that I was low on parmesan cheese, so the sauce wasn’t quite as cheesy/flavorful as I would have liked. But I could tell it would be absolutely divine if I had done it right. I’m excited to make it again!

  5. Chris on November 20, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    I’m not seeing where you put the pepper and oregano in. I am putting it into the sauce and trying it that way but if you could clarify where YOU put it in that would be great. Thanks!

  6. nancy on December 14, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    We made this to a T and the sauce was terrible! SO thick and the cheese wouldn’t even melt.. it was like a brick. So disappointing.

    • Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on December 15, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      Sorry, Nancy!! I’ve had it with the exact instructions and it was delish. I wonder if you need to add more cream maybe?

    • Hope s on March 12, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      prob used the wrong parm, if it comes in a plastic shaker can it wont work, have to grate it your self from a block or buy it already shredded in the cheese section.

    • Carrie on October 17, 2012 at 9:43 am

      I followed this recipe almost exactly. To clarify, the writer did miss where to add the pepper and oregano. I just tossed it in with the wine.
      The write specifies you must reserve some of the pasta water when draining it. Very important.
      I used the powdered grated Parmesan, and yes, the sauce got VERY thick – I had a small carton of heavy cream, so instead of only using 1/2 cup, I added the entire 8oz (one cup), and then I added pasta water as needed until it reached the consistency I liked.
      (I also added a few slices of cooper cheese for extra creaminess, but you don’t have to, the pasta water is what will thin the sauce to a manageable texture)

  7. Luis on December 24, 2011 at 11:18 am

    GREAT recipe.. I made it for my girlfriend and she LOVE IT. It was easy to make and tasted excellent. Thank you so much.

    • Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on December 26, 2011 at 10:46 am

      Luis, thanks for sharing how it turned out. Glad your girlfriend loved the dish too!

  8. Casey on January 14, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Definitely going to be trying this tonight. I have been wanting to make him a good chicken alfredo and I love Olive Garden’s. I will definitely keep you posted on how this turns out! STOKED!!

  9. Shelayna Snow on January 16, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    is there a substitute for the white wine?

  10. claudia on January 28, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Where do you add the pepper and oregano?

  11. janessa on February 8, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    I never cook, but I really want to make this for my boyfriend for Valentine’s day. I hope I can do it…

  12. Diana on February 26, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Everyone loved it! But you didn’t say when to put in the pepper and oregano so I put it in number 4. Also would agree next time to double the sauce Will definitely make this again!

  13. Beth on May 9, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    This was OK. The cream separated a bit when I added it to the wine (no, it wasn’t soured) and the sauce was a bit thin. I added a little corn starch for thickening and it came out fine.

    Also, depending upon the dryness of the wine used, a tad of sugar might be added. I will next time. I used Chardonnay.

    The chicken done in the onion and red pepper was very tasty.

    • tammy on May 28, 2015 at 8:35 am

      I was wondering what kind of wine to use in this recipe

  14. Kimberli on August 4, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I just made this and it came out yummy!! Only problem was my sauce came out watery. I guess I didn’t have enough cheese, but it was good either way!

  15. Timmy B on August 11, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Pretty good, up your inrediants by half and it will work out where you can use the one pound pack of noodles and still be creamy enough , 1 1/2 pounds of chicken, 1 1/2 cup of paramisain, 1 1/2 cups of cream and 3 tablespoons of olive oil after you remove chicken. Dont be shy with cream .

  16. Lisa on August 21, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Do you add step 4 on top of step 3 o do u remove step 3?

  17. foodie guy on September 3, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    I followed the steps but the sauce was very very runny. It never thickened.

    Also, you mention oregano in the ingredients list but not in the steps

  18. Laura on October 7, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I’ve never made Alfredo before. I doubled the recipe. At first I thought the sauce was too thin – but when I added the chicken it thickened up. It tasted very good – but it was a little grainy and not as creamy as I’d hoped. I didn’t add any pasta water – perhaps that would have helped.

  19. npt on November 17, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    I have a question. The directions call for 4 tbls of oil divided in half. If the chicken/onion mix uses 2 tsp, that leaves 3tblsnand 1 tsp for the sauce – is this what you meant?

  20. Cheryl on April 1, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    I’m sure you meant to use shredded Parm instead of grated right??

  21. Lilly on May 23, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    LOVE it! I made this about a month ago and it was a huge hit! I’m making it again tonight.

  22. Lesley Maple on June 7, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Tried this tonight. It was quite tasty. I really liked the little bit of spiciness you get with the chicken.

  23. Shay on September 23, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Where do you put the oregano and pepper?? I can’t seem to figure it out

    • David M on November 12, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      Made it, turned out good but not exactly the same as Olive Garden’s. (The overall color of the dish wash much darker I assume from the sauteing) The red pepper flakes added a nice little heat, but my kids didn’t like it to much. Will definitely be keeping the recipe on hand, just hold the peppers until after the kids get their helping. Using grated Parmesan makes a big difference, I’d suggest adding a little more cream as well. Other than that… we loved it.

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