Bacon Chicken Alfredo Recipe (One Pan)

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You know that moment when you realize it is 4:00 PM and you have nothing planned or defrosted for dinner? When that happens, this bacon chicken alfredo recipe (and others like my beef and cabbage stir fry) are my go-to meals. What’s so great about them? I make them in just one pan!

Less dishes to wash? Yes please!

How to Make Bacon Chicken Alfredo Healthy

Chicken alfredo (especially with bacon it!) may not seem like the healthiest fare. But compare the ingredients in this recipe with the label of most any pre-made alfredo sauce jar and you might be convinced otherwise!

I make a few other changes to my version of this classic comfort food to make it better for you:

  • I add lots of fresh spinach
  • I use protein and fiber rich shirataki noodles or veggie noodles instead of conventional pasta (more on this below)
  • You won’t find any processed vegetable oils in this recipe! Instead this recipe’s healthy fats come from olive oil, some quality cream cheese, pastured bacon, and loads of fresh or dried herbs (which have a ton of health benefits).

Bonus: Other than shirataki or veggie noodles, you don’t need any unusual or special ingredients for this recipe. You can have a better-than-restaurant meal on the table in under half an hour!

Bacon Chicken Alfredo Without Pasta?

I know, I know, there is always a catch. In this case, the catch is that it is fastest if you use shirataki noodles instead of other types of pasta. I don’t really like to eat wheat products anyway, so I use shirataki or vegetable noodles.

Shirataki noodles are already cooked, which makes them super convenient. They just need to be rinsed and tossed into the sauce. I usually keep several packages on hand for this dish and for Thai peanut butter noodles. I often use this kind.

However, you can absolutely use vegetable noodles or any other type of noodle if you want. When I have time, I like to use my spiralizer to make veggie noodles, or use shredded cabbage, or spaghetti squash. I like the extra nutrients from the vegetables and the different flavors they add to dishes.

More One-Pan Meals

I love any recipe with a few basic criteria:

  • Real food ingredients
  • Cooks in one pan (to minimize the dishes)
  • Easy to make
  • Ready to eat in under 30 minutes

This chicken alfredo recipe meets all of those criteria and is absolutely delicious. You can make it in about half an hour, even if you have to defrost some frozen chicken in warm water first. If you have some already-cooked, leftover chicken to use, it will cut the time in half!

Some of our other one-pan favorites are:

Healthy Bacon Chicken Alfredo Recipe

Chicken alfredo (topped with bacon) has become one of my family’s favorite meals. I think your family will love it too!

Bacon Chicken Alfredo Recipe

This simple bacon chicken alfredo comes together in under half an hour in a single pan. One of my go-to meals on a really busy night.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Calories 638kcal
Author Katie Wells


4 servings



  • In a large skillet, heat the olive or coconut oil.
  • Add the diced chicken to the preheated skillet and saute until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Once the chicken is cooked, add the spinach and saute just until wilted.
  • Sprinkle with the onion salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and parsley and stir to combine.
  • Cut the cream cheese into 1-inch pieces and add it to the skillet.
  • Stir often until the cream cheese is melted.
  • While it is melting, rinse the shirataki noodles as directed.
  • Add the noodles to the pan and stir until everything is heated through and the sauce has thickened. If your sauce is too thick, you can add ½ cup milk or coconut milk.
  • Add the Parmesan cheese and stir until evenly mixed in and melted.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Top with crumbled bacon and parsley, if using, and serve.


Nutrition Facts
Bacon Chicken Alfredo Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 638 Calories from Fat 432
% Daily Value*
Fat 48g74%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 20g
Cholesterol 158mg53%
Sodium 1292mg56%
Potassium 939mg27%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 6544IU131%
Vitamin C 23mg28%
Calcium 286mg29%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


If you have time and don’t want to use the shirataki noodles, you can use a spiralizer to make other veggie noodles, thinly sliced and sauteed cabbage, or cooked spaghetti squash.

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A go-to recipe for busy nights. This bacon chicken alfredo is simple to make with basic ingredients and comes together in one pan in under half an hour!

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


27 responses to “Bacon Chicken Alfredo Recipe (One Pan)”

  1. Moses Avatar

    What an awesome idea. I buy ground beef and chicken in 5lb bulk bags and have always divided it up ready to cook and stored in the freezer, but pre-cooking would save so much more time. Have you found that the cooked/reheated meat does or doesn’t absorb your spices as well? That would be my only concern, although I think you could avoid the bland meat scenario by putting some garlic, salt, pepper and some other “general” seasonings (parsley, minced onion) in there when you cook in the crock pot. I would think these are common enough to most things you do with the finished meat that you wouldn’t endanger the final dinner product.

  2. Rachael Avatar

    4 stars
    Great recipe! Very rich, so I used carrot and zucchini noodles to lighten the taste up a bit.

  3. Kenny Avatar

    Tofu comes to mind, especially a creamed tofu. But there must be more specific solutions on the internet. Try googling vegan cream cheese substitutes.

  4. Jac Avatar

    I have to be dairy free for a month. Ugh! Can anyone suggest a substitute for the cream cheese, cause I need this for dinner??

  5. Mindy Avatar

    5 stars
    I made this last night but altered it a bit. I omitted the bacon but added mushrooms and fresh baby spinach and used 4 oz. cream cheese w/ 6 oz. of cream. We used chicken thighs rather than breast meat but that is just our preference. My partner and I LOVED this! Thanks!

  6. Edith Avatar

    Could you make it without the cheese? (Can have daiiry but not fermented dairy)

  7. Mandy Avatar

    5 stars
    I made this last night, and it was amazing. I did use regular pasta (I know, for shame) because it is what I had. But this sauce was so good, it wouldn’t have mattered what I put it with! My entire family loved it, and my 2 yr old that has eaten a very healthy diet her whole life and usually dislikes pasta, absolutely loved it. If it has her approval, it was done right! She is picky unless it’s meat, salad, many raw veggies (only raw though), or yogurt! I also made the homemade caesar dressing for our salad with it, also incredible! Thanks for another winner, Katie! I’m off to make a gingerbug now, and I have a kombucha SCOBY that’s doing great too!

  8. Jill Avatar

    Is there a version that could be made with cashew cream to make it dairy free.? Also does your cookbook offer gluten and dairy free recipes. Would like to buy it but we need GF/CF recipes. Also my son has a wart I would love advice on getting rid of it.

  9. Shauna Avatar

    I noticed that this recipe and others on your site use cheese. I’ve found raw sources of cheddar, but never cream cheese. Do you use raw cream cheese? I know that regular cheese is an inflammatory food? Is there a substitute?

  10. Rachel Avatar

    5 stars
    Awesome recipe! Eating it as I type lol so yummy! I used spaghetti squash as I am on a low budget and am unable to purchase the noodles, but it tastes great! I also added fresh onion. I love how simple this is! Would love to see more fast, one pan recipes from you 🙂 on a completely random side note, I would love if you published a post on naturally and effectively removing plantar warts! I’ve done my own research, but it’s taking forever to heal 🙁

    1. Julie Avatar

      Thank you for your comment! I was just wondering if I could use my spaghetti squash, since I have a bounty stored from this past fall! I, too, have home-grown onions that need to be tossed in as well!

      1. Rachel Rivera Avatar
        Rachel Rivera

        5 stars
        Welcome! It was super yummy. The onions added such a nice crunch!

  11. Mandy Avatar

    Geez people ease up. Thanks Katie for this! It sounds great and as soon as I get half a minute to hit the grocery store I plan to try it. I love your other recipes. I grow my own garlic and onions, and all of the herbs I cook with and make my own organic dried powders, seasonings, etc. People should not be so quick to jump to conclusions, or judge others who are not able to buy all real food, organic, etc. Anyway, thanks again!

  12. Maria Avatar

    Hey Katie, I have both of your cookbooks and I also have 6 children. All of these one pot recipes are great. All of the time and effort you put into this blog is greatly appreciated. I’m sorry you have to read negative comments after all you do for people. You have really helped me more than you will ever know. I’m always recommending your blog to people. You encourage me to keep trying. Thanks

  13. Jillian Avatar

    3 stars
    I’m not sure how it’s “one pan” and half an hour if it relies on precooked bacon. If I hit a bad day where I don’t have anything in mind for dinner it’s unlikely I’d have a stash of crisp bacon on hand.

    1. Carmen Avatar

      Then make it without the bacon… anyway, bacon can be cooked in 4 min in the microwave, just place paper towels on a plate, place bacon on them and put on more paper towels to prevent the microwave from getying dirty…

  14. Karen Mitchell Avatar
    Karen Mitchell

    3 stars
    Why is it that people don’t write recipes using whole foods, I mean, I would have thought that you of all people would cook using whole foods. There’s nothing like using fresh ingredients, (garlic, onion, parsley etc). These “powdered” supermarket bought ingredients, are basically crap

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar

      I completely agree with you, but the point of this particular recipe is a simple and easy option that doesn’t take long to make. Sure, you can use whole garlic, onion, parsley, etc., but that would probably triple the length of the time to make the dish, and most mothers with kids don’t have the time to cook it in gourmet fashion with the whole ingredients. Of course, I always recommend purchasing the organic powder options whenever possible…

    2. Charles McDermott Avatar
      Charles McDermott

      A recipe is: a set of instructions for preparing a particular dish, including a list of the ingredients required

      If you don’t like it don’t make it.

  15. Caitlin Scharringa Avatar
    Caitlin Scharringa

    Is it true that you shouldn’t heat olive oil to a high temperature? Thanks! 🙂

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar

      There’s a lot of confusion about this and I will eventually write about it, but it’s generally agreed upon that moderately high temperatures are ok.

      1. Rachel Rivera Avatar
        Rachel Rivera

        5 stars
        I’d be very interested in that post! Been wondering about that.

  16. Kenny Avatar

    Katie, I took the link from the Bacon Chicken Alfredo recipe to the Beef and Cabbage recipe. Both sound interesting and the comments support this. They sound like a base from which to build on – as many comments seem to suggest. Couldn’t find how to comment on the Beef and Cabbage but I do have a couple of questions.

    You say you use at least a teaspoon of all the spices you listed. That seems a bit much, especially for salt and thyme. Or is it really a “to taste” thing? Also, as a variation, you suggested adding a dozen eggs to make a casserole. That seems like a lot and wouldn’t it end up being more of a quiche?

    Whatever, I’m going to try both recipes

    1. Katie - Wellness Mama Avatar

      All spices are definitely to taste, so start with lower amounts and work up to what works for you. And the texture of the egg one is a mix between a casserole and a quiche but it is much more meat/veggie heavy than most quiches so I call it a casserole.

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