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Cheap College Meals: Chicken Alfredo Pasta ft. Prego Light Homestyle Alfredo Sauce

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I haven't made Chicken Alfredo in years, but I received a jar of the Prego Light Homestyle Alfredo sauce from Crowdtap to try. I'm not going to lie to you guys.. when I saw this jar I was completely terrified. Whenever I see a jar.... on a shelf..... that isn't refrigerated.... I trip out. It makes me very skeptical, especially since the sauce is in a liquid form. However, I decided to try it since I'm a food risk taker, in addition to me being extremely hungry. 

Here's what I did to create the Chicken Alfredo..

What You're Going to Need:

Chicken breast
Prego Light Homestyle Alfredo sauce
Seasoning for the chicken ( I used Lemon Pepper and Lawwry's seasong salt)
Vegetable oil

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I purchased some frozen chicken breast from Meijer. I believe that it was between $7-$11. I preheated the oven at 350 degrees and lined the pan with aluminum foil with the shiny side facing upward. I like to use two sheets of aluminum foil so that none of the juices from the chicken seeps through. This means that I will not have to wash the pan. I can just take the aluminum foil out and throw it away. I used lemon pepper seasoning and Lawry's seasoning salt to give the chicken some flavor, but you can use whatever seasoning you like. Shake a bit of the spices on to the aluminum foil in the pan, then place the chicken that you would like to use on top of the seasoning. I figure that for every person you use one or two pieces of chicken, depending on how much they normally eat. After you do that, lightly shake some more of your seasonings or spices on to the top of the chicken. Be mindful not to shake too much. Cover the pan with another sheet of aluminum foil, making sure that the shiny side is facing downward, towards the chicken this time. Let the chicken bake for about 50 minutes.

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While the chicken is baking, boil a pot of water on medium heat. Add about two teaspoons of salt and a cap full of vegetable oil to the water as it begins to boil. It keeps the pasta from being starchy. I usually let the water boil for about 10 minutes, then I add the pasta. I let it cook for about 25 minutes, stirring it periodically. I stirred it every 6 minutes or so. You will know when it's done when the pasta looks similar to the picture above. You want the noodles to be thick. Once it was done, I drained the pasta. You can use a colander or you can attempt to drain the water by holding the lid of the pot just slightly ajar, allowing the water to pour out. 

After I drained the pasta, I added the Alfredo sauce to it and I let it cook on low for about 5 minutes. By the time the pasta was done cooking, the chicken was ready to be taken out of the oven.

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I decided to leave the baked chicken whole, as a side dish, instead of shredding it and adding it to the pasta.. I unfortunately have an extremely picky family, so they wanted the chicken separate from the pasta. Regardless, the end result was amazing.

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Overall, the Chicken Alfredo pasta was surprisingly delicious. I ended up eating thirds. The sauce was creamy and it was just the right saltiness. I've had Alfredo pasta in the past and sometimes it tasted pretty bland, but this didn't really need anything added to it. Although I will say that I did end up putting a bit of hot sauce on it because I love spicy foods, but that's just my personal preference.

Is it college food worthy?

I would say that this Chicken Alfredo Pasta is definitely college food worthy, but it will take you about 50 minutes if the chicken isn't thawed. It tastes really good and it is a healthy choice. The Alfredo sauce has 50% less fat and 33% fewer calories than other Alfredo sauces. I honestly thought that it was going to taste horrible because over the years I have noticed that anything that has said less fat has tasted pretty awful, but this surprised me. 

The pasta only cost me a $1 because Barilla was on sale at Meijer's a few weeks ago during a 10 for $10 sale. With a full box of pasta, you could easily feed about 8 people. The Lawry's seasoning salt was around $2.30 and the Lemon Pepper spice was around $2.50. I received the Prego Alfredo Sauce for free, but I believe that it is sold around $2. As I said earlier the frozen chicken breast were about $7-11, but I am going to just say that they were around $9. As for the chicken, I doubt that you would have to use the entire bag. There would definitely be some frozen chicken left to cook for another meal another day. The total cost of this meal per person would probably be around 80 cents (rough estimate). 

So what do you guys think is the best pasta for cooking chicken Alfredo?

*The Prego Light Homestyle Alfredo Sauce was given to me to test for free compliments of Crowdtap.

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