One-Pot Chicken Alfredo Pasta (Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free)
A one-pot pasta recipe made in under thirty minutes. This creamy, dairy-free chicken alfredo is the perfect weeknight meal. Whipped up with a blend of coconut milk and gut-healing broth, this chicken alfredo pasta makes an easy, flavorful dinner.
There are two ways to keep weeknight dinners simple for big families:
- Reducing cleanup (cooking in just one pot or one pan like this sheet pan dinner)
- Having meals on hand that are cooked in thirty minutes or less (aka ALL of the meals in the busy mom's cookbook!)
This one-pot, healthy chicken alfredo does both! It’s easy to whip up and clean up. Plus, it’s made without dairy and uses quinoa noodles to pack in extra nutrients as well as keep the recipe dairy-free
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Alfredo Without Milk Or Parmesan?
It may be odd to think of omitting milk ingredients in an alfredo dish but it’s definitely possible! The alfredo flavor in this one-pot pasta comes from two main ingredients: coconut milk & nutritional yeast.
Coconut milk is an easy way to both cut dairy and makes a recipe ultra-creamy. It’s a healthy fat and often gives an “indulgent” feel to a dish.
On the other hand, nutritional yeast is what gives this dish its “cheesy alfredo” flavor.
If you’re new to the dairy-free life (learn more about how to transition to dairy-free), nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast with a ton of health benefits. More specifically it’s high in protein and fortified with B12 and folic acid.
But the best part is that it adds a slightly cheesy flavor without the cheese!
The one pot pasta contains only three tablespoons of nutritional yeast. However, you can easily add a bit more or sprinkle some on top for extra flavor.
Tips To Make The Dairy-Free Alfredo Sauce
With this recipe, you do make everything all at once. However, there are a few tips to making the sauce creamy:
- Make sure to use coconut milk from a can and not a carton. Likewise, grab the “full fat” version. Light coconut milk is just watered down coconut milk
- Whisk well. The last thing you want is clumps of nutritional yeast or arrowroot powder from the chicken in your alfredo sauce
- You can always add a touch more broth to ensure the noodles are covered and cook fully. Likewise, it’s easy to keep the pot at a rolling boil to boil down the liquid a bit
- Let the dish sit for a few minutes once you're done cooking. This is when it will thicken up the most
This recipe uses quinoa macaroni noodles to keep it gluten-free. Cooking times may vary if other noodles are used as these ones tend to cook quickly as well as absorb liquid.
If using another plant-based noodle (like chickpea), know that they may absorb too much, and more liquid will need to be added.
Similarly, using quinoa linguini noodles may make the pasta clump together.
Choosing A Chicken Broth
When it comes to chicken broth, it would be easy to grab a cube or stock box. However, there are much better, more nutritious options!
Bone broth is one of the best foods for your immune system as well as a crucial food for toddlers. Thus, quality matters.
Most boxes of broth at the store contain little nutrients and a lot of salt.
And while it is ideal to make your own, it doesn’t always work that way when life gets busy.
This is why bone broth powder is such a staple!
The powder can be used for anything regular broth can be used for like:
- making soups or stews
- sipping out of a mug
All you need to do is whisk it into boiling water and you have ready-made broth.
I get mine from Perfect Supplements because it’s a brand I trust to provide quality ingredients. There are no additives or spices and it’s made from free-range chickens. You can check them out and use code mamabear10 for a discount.
Tip: Perfect Supplements powder is actually the only one that “fluffs up” when blended! When I feel a cold coming through the house I actually make it into a gut-healing chocolate smoothie that my kids love
Are The Vegetables Interchangeable?
This dairy-free chicken alfredo uses broccoli, frozen peas, and sundried tomatoes.
It has not been tested with other vegetables. However, that doesn’t mean they won’t work.
The recipe uses frozen peas were used (though canned is fine) and fresh broccoli. If you’re going to use frozen broccoli you will need to boil the sauce down a bit longer to account for the extra water.
In place of the broccoli, I’m sure that small sliced carrots would work as well. Similarly, you could use cauliflower but it would not hold together as well when boiling.
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- 3 small chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
- ¼ cup onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 tbs oil (avocado or coconut)
- 1 can coconut milk (⅔ cup coconut cream)
- 2 cups broth (1 scoop perfect supplements powder + 2 cups boiling water)
- ½ teaspoon + ¼ teaspoon sea salt, separated
- 1 tbs arrowroot powder
- Pepper to taste
- 3 tbs nutritional yeast
- 5 cups finely chopped broccoli
- ¾ cup frozen peas
- ½ cup sundried tomatoes in oil
- 2 cups quinoa macaroni noodles, dry
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Dairy-Free One Pot Chicken Pasta
An easy, creamy chicken alfredo recipe perfect for busy weeknights. This one-pot alfredo uses coconut milk and nutritional yeast for it’s cheesy flavor and quinoa noodles to keep it gluten-free. It has all the taste of the classic dish but with a much healthier twist!