The classic combination of chicken and cheese tortellini gets a creamy and flavorful twist with the addition of bacon and Alfredo sauce in this delicious main dish. A creamy, hearty, comfort food recipe that takes about 30 minutes to make.
I love pasta in any form. From spaghetti to stuffed shells and everything in between, I’m a sucker for anything with pasta and sauce. I’ve been making dishes like that for years. They’re so easy to make, and you can feed an army. As a mom, that last part is important. I’ve always tried to make family dinners that would feed us all and still leave enough left over for the kids the next day.
Lately, I’ve been making this chicken tortellini alfredo with bacon more and more. It’s easy and delicious, and it makes just enough. It’s the perfect amount for dinner and leftovers the next day for my family.
Chicken Tortellini Alfredo with Bacon
This recipe is absolutely delicious. Tortellini comes together with chicken, bacon, and a creamy alfredo sauce, and it’s all seasoned to perfection with our favorite Italian flavors and an extra kick with the addition of Cajun seasoning. This creamy pasta dish is so full of flavor, but it’s not a slog in the kitchen. In fact, it’s actually very easy to make. Complex flavors without a complex recipe are always a winner in my book!
Why You’ll Love This Chicken Tortellini Alfredo Recipe
- It’s hearty, creamy, delicious, and so easy to make.
- It’s ready in just 30 minutes, which makes it a great weeknight meal.
- Everything is better with bacon!
Chicken Tortellini Alfredo Tips and Variations
I have some tips here to help you make this the best recipe it can possibly be. I also have some great variations so you can switch things up.
- Always use the same pan for the chicken and the alfredo sauce. The pan will retain flavor from the chicken that will transfer to the sauce.
- Cook your tortellini to al dente. You don’t want it to be mushy.
- Make this with Italian sausage in place of chicken, or use a rotisserie chicken for added convenience.
- Broccoli florets and mushrooms are a delicious addition to the recipe.
- Chives or chopped green onions are delicious in this alfredo.
What to Serve with Chicken Tortellini Alfredo
There are some delicious sides that go very well with this delicious chicken alfredo dish. These work especially well if you’re serving a meal to a lot of people so everyone can have a little of everything.
- Garlic bread
- Crusty bread
- side salad
- Creamed spinach
- Mashed potatoes
- Green beans
- Roasted garlic potatoes
- Grilled asparagus
Chicken Tortellini Alfredo FAQ
If you have questions about this recipe, then read on. The following FAQ answers the most commonly asked questions about tortellini and alfredo.
What is tortellini?
Tortellini is a pasta that originated in the Emilia region of Italy. It’s traditionally stuffed with cheese or a mix of cheese, egg, and meat.
Are tortellini and ravioli the same thing?
Sort of. Both are stuffed with cheese mixtures or meat mixtures. Visually, however, ravioli is a square shape, while tortellini is shaped like a ring or navel.
What meat is good with tortellini?
Tortellini pairs very well with chicken, Italian sausage, pork, or beef.
What is chicken tortellini alfredo?
It’s a dish made with chicken, cheese-stuffed tortellini, and a creamy alfredo sauce.
What is tortellini best served with?
Tortellini is excellent in almost any sauce from red to creamy sauces like alfredo.
How long will chicken tortellini alfredo leftovers last in the fridge?
Store leftovers in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.
Can you freeze leftover chicken tortellini alfredo?
Absolutely! Place the leftovers in an air-tight, freezer-safe container and freeze it for up to 3 months.
How to Store and Reheat Leftover Chicken Tortellini Alfredo
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. For longer storage, place it in an air-tight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag for up to 3 months.
To reheat, place it in a saucepan and heat over medium heat until heated through.
Chicken Tortellini Alfredo Ingredients
This recipe only uses simple ingredients that you can find easily at your local grocery store. You’ll probably have several of them in your kitchen already.
For the Chicken Tortellini
- Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- Garlic powder
- Cajun seasoning
- Black pepper
- Frozen cheese tortellini
For the Alfredo Sauce
- Onions, diced
- Clove garlic, minced
- Cream cheese
- Heavy cream
- Black pepper
- Shredded Parmesan
How to Make Chicken Tortellini Alfredo
This is a straightforward recipe that’s incredibly easy to make. Even beginners will have no problem with it.
Step 1: Cook the Chicken
Melt butter over medium heat in a skillet or frying pan. Then, add the bite size pieces of chicken and season it with Cajun seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir and cook until the chicken is completely finished. Set aside.
Step 2: Cook the Bacon
Cook the bacon over medium-high heat until crispy. Then, when it’s cool enough to handle crumble it up.
Step 3: Cook the Tortellini
Cook the tortellini according to the package directions. Drain and set aside, then add the chicken to the pot with the tortellini.
Step 4: Make the Alfredo Sauce
Add the cream cheese, onions, and garlic to the same pan used to make the chicken and heat over low heat. When the cream cheese is almost melted, add the heavy cream, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. Stir and continue to cook on low until melted. Finally, sprinkle parmesan cheese into the pan and cook stirring frequently until the sauce thickens up – about 15 minutes.
Step 5: Combine
When the sauce reaches the desired consistency, pour it into the pot with the chicken and tortellini. Stir to combine and add the crumbled bacon. Serve and enjoy!
Try This Delicious Chicken Alfredo Tortellini Today
This easy, creamy chicken tortellini alfredo with bacon is a dish that is so full of flavor and so light on work. It only takes a few minutes to make, and in the end, you’ll have a hearty delicious dish that the entire family will love. Give this recipe a try, and I know you’ll find yourself making it again and again.
More Delicious Pasta Recipes You’ll Enjoy
Italian Sausage Pasta – This delicious pasta recipe is made with Italian sausage in a tomato based sauce with rigatoni pasta. A hearty and easy pasta recipe the whole family will enjoy.
Easy Ground Beef Pasta – This is a hearty, creamy, cheese pasta recipe with deliciously seasoned ground beef, elbow macaroni, cheese, sour cream, cream cheese and more. Easy, delicious and the leftovers are just as delicious.
Macaroni Salad – Here’s a delicious side dish recipe that is always a staple at any backyard BBQ, family gathering, potluck that is super flavorful and easy to make. Easy and delicious!
And, here is a delicious Homemade Cheeseburger Macaroni, from Great Grub, Delicious Treats, that you will enjoy as well.
Chicken Tortellini Alfredo with Bacon
- In a skillet or frying pan, melt butter over medium heat and add chicken.
- Season with Cajun seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir, and cook until chicken is cooked thoroughly then remove from pan and set aside.
- Cook bacon until crispy, and once cool enjoy to handle, crumble and set aside.
- In a large pot, boil water and cook tortellini per package directions. Drain and return to the pot.
- Add chicken to pot with tortellini.
For the Alfredo Sauce
- Using the same skillet the chicken was cooked in, heat over low heat, add butter, cream cheese, onions and garlic. Stir.
- Once cream cheese is almost melted, add heavy cream, oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Stir and continue to cook on low until melted.
- Sprinkle Parmesan cheese into skillet and cook until the sauce thickens up, stirring frequently (approximately 15 minutes).
- Once desired consistency is obtained, pour into the pot with chicken and tortellini. Stir to combine and add crumbled bacon.
- Serve hot with a side salad and crusty bread.
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