I made Garlic Chicken Alfredo sauce from scratch today! I was so excited because I’d never made pasta sauce from scratch, because my family is most obstinately Filipino and will not touch anything other than kanin and ulam come dinner time (looking at you, little brother!) When Mikaius and I were at T&T earlier trying to decide what to make for lunch, we settled on picking the protein first and building up around that.
Mikaius: I don’t want to de-bone, de-scale, or de-anything today! It’s Lazy Day!
Me: Well, do you want, chicken, beef, pork…?
Guys, chicken won. Chicken always wins.
Eventually, we got a package of chicken strips, sliced very thinly. Kind of like the chicken you find in your tita’s pancit. Then we went down to the pasta sauce aisle to pick a sauce. We were going to get the alfredo sauce in a jar, but it was a humongous jar and we would most likely not even use half of it. Plus, it was $4.99. So we looked up recipes for it, figured out that he had most of the general ingredients at home, and decided we’d make it from scratch.
I made the sauce first, because that was the part I was nervous about. Sautéed a bit of garlic in butter, then whisked in cream cheese until it was all beautiful and smooth and the smell was drool-inducing. Added one cup of milk a little bit at a time, incorporating after every addition (hey, it’s not unlike baking!). Then I added parmesan cheese, whisked and whisked and whisked, and when it was nice and thick and creamy, it was done! It tastes amazing.
Afterwards, I browned the chicken strips using canola oil and a little bit of butter. I seasoned it using chill flakes, salt, and pepper. When it was all nice and brown, I mixed it in with the sauce.
Would I make it again? Likely, yes. Alfredo sauce may be on the simple side, but that makes it easier for me to make, plus the experience is going to help me be less intimidated when I want to make more complicated dishes.
As a bonus, here are the smashed potatoes that Mikaius made to go with the pasta. They are every bit as wonderful as they look!
Happy Lazy Day, everyone! 🙂