The Shirtless Chef’s Kitchen: Healthier Chicken Alfredo

Shirtless Chef and CrossFit Union Square coach Andre Crews makes a few simple swaps to give chicken alfredo more protein and flavor than we’ve ever seen before. Don’t fear the fat.

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Shirtless Healthier Chicken Alfredo Recipe


1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
2 cups organic brown rice and quinoa pasta
1.5 cups small curd cottage cheese
2 tablespoons butter
Half cup sharp shredded cheddar cheese
Italian seasoning


1. Fill medium sized sauce pan halfway with water and add a few shakes of salt. Place on burner on high heat
2. Season both sides of chicken thighs with salt and pepper
3.  Place large skillet on burner on high heat for 1 minute. Add butter and move around to ensure it coats entire surface of pan when melted. Gently place chicken into skillet and lower to medium heat. Keep on one side for 7 minutes then flip.
4. Water should be boiling by now. Add pasta to water for 7 minutes stirring occasionally.
5. Remove chicken from skillet and place on cutting board. Keep heat on medium.
6. Pour pasta into colander to drain of water.
7. Add cottage cheese to skillet and move to low heat. Season with salt pepper and Italian seasoning. Stir meticulously until texture is smooth and creamy.
8. Add cheddar and pasta to skillet. Turn off burner and stir until sauce and pasta become integrated.
9. Chop chicken into pieces (whatever size you prefer) and add to skillet. Stir and serve to plate.
10. Add oregano and Parmesan to taste. Enjoy!

Andre Crews

Andre Crews

Andre earned his BSBA in Finance from the University of Pittsburgh and spent the first 3 years of his career as a corporate banker. He led an unhealthy lifestyle eating out and drinking nearly every night. The six pack he has today was covered in a layer of beer and bacon cheeseburgers. Eventually he had enough and left banking to pursue his passion. Andre spent his first year as a personal trainer at an LA Fitness, then spent 2 years at Equinox in Manhattan. But he didn't truly feel at home in the fitness industry until he joined the team at CrossFit Union Square. Surrounded by elite level athletes and coaches, Andre took his own fitness, nutrition, and coaching skills to a new level!Andre is a Certified Personal Trainer through AAAI-ISMA, a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, and a certified Coach through Precision Nutrition.

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