An Alfredo Story.

Do you know what movie I’ve never, ever seen in my life?

“A Christmas Story.”

It’s true! It’s true! In fact, I somehow never even HEARD of it until sometime around 2003 or so. My husband and my best friend were chasing each other in a loop through our kitchen & living room, having a rubberband gun fight. One of them yelled out, “You’ll shoot your eye out!” I corrected them while laughing myself, “No. The saying goes, ‘It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye.’”

… and they both stopped in place and stared at me. Finally, one of them said, “No, it’s a quote from A Christmas Story. Don’t you remember?”

When I asked, “What’s that?” they both practically FELL OVER in their collective astonishment. I had never seen the movie, but I’d also never even heard of it.

Now, since they filled me in on some of the more iconic moments, a LOT of other things from my growing years have made sense. I’d seen the leg lamp glorified before, but always thought it was just a weird taste. I’d heard people say, “Fra-gee-lay,” but I thought they were just… stupid? Instead, I learned that I’d been missing out!

It’s been years since that time, but I still haven’t watched it. I hear tales that it’s on TBS almost nightly during the holiday season, and Philip has even caught it playing a time or two, but it’s always halfway through or so. One of these days, I suppose I’ll watch it.

And do you know what food I’d never, ever eaten in my life?

Chicken Alfredo Pizza.

Yep, Chicken Alfredo Pizza. And I’ve heard so many great things about it, but when it came to pizza, I never could shake my pepperoni crush. (Me & pepperoni are *likethis*, y’all. ♥)

But when Foodbuzz selected me to receive a sample of Classico Light Creamy Alfredo Pasta Sauce, I knew it was time to give it a go. The best part? The new Light sauces have less fat & fewer calories, so we can have MORE pizza!

(I think I might know where my diets fail. ;-) )

I set out to create an amazing pizza, and one that could take the place of my beloved pepperoni at least every so often (sorry, Pep!), and this… THIS is the ticket!

Jack was my helper last night, having decided that I should make the pizza for me & my husband, while he would take care of the pizza for himself & his brother. I thought it was a good plan myself, knowing it would give me a chance to demonstrate each step first, then allow him to do it on his own.

Eating & Teaching are hand-in-hand in this house. ♥

First, we gathered our ingredients:

The ingredients.

And then Jack measured out the dry herb marinade:

Herb Marinade mix.

We added the water, cider vinegar, and oil, and then he whisked it well. I carefully added the chicken breasts to the marinade, piercing them a few times so they could really soak in all the seasoning.

Marinating the chicken.

We let the chicken marinate for about an hour. (Or 50 minutes, because we just couldn’t wait ANY LONGER…) Then, I placed the chicken on a hot pan & grilled it.

Grilling the chicken.

Meanwhile, Jack sliced up the green pepper. I taught him how to julienne, and he worked slowly & carefully, so as not to slice a finger, too. ;-)

Jack juliennes the green pepper.

While the chicken was grilling on the second side, we began prepping our pizzas. I bought pre-baked shells, so we only had to layer the sauce & toppings. I ladled 1/2 cup of Classico Light Creamy Alfredo Pasta Sauce onto my shell, and spread it with the back of a spoon. When I finished with the sauce, I passed it to Jack for him to add to his pizza shell.

Adding the alfredo sauce.

The chicken was then ready!

Grilled chicken.

While the chicken cooled just a bit, we took turns with the toppings. I sprinkled grated parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder on my crust, and then Jack did the same.

Jack adds the spices & cheeses to his pizza.

While he worked on his pizza, I cubed the grilled chicken. He then added Italian-blend cheese and green peppers to both our pizzas while I finished up.

Cubing the grilled chicken.

Once the chicken was cubed, we portioned it over our pizzas, and then added more Italian-blend cheese on top.

Adding more cheese on top.

Finally, we placed the pizzas in the 450° oven for 10-12 minutes. (The boys’ pizza was for 10 minutes, but I baked mine & the hubby’s pizza for closer to 12 minutes. We like our cheese a bit more browned. :-) )

Baked pizza.
Ta-da! The finished, baked pizza.

The Light Alfredo Sauce is sooooo buttery & cheesy, and Jack just couldn’t stop licking the spoon. We served salads with our pizzas, and he wanted to drizzle some sauce in place of salad dressing – it’s THAT good! In fact, I told Pepperoni to, “Move over!” for future pizzas. (But not too far over, of course. We’re still kinda *likethis*. :-) )

Chicken Alfredo Pizza
(recipe modified from Taste of Home)

  • 1 envelope zesty herb marinade mix
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 6 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 6 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (tenderloins included)
  • 2 prebaked 12-inch pizza crusts
  • 1 cup Classico Light Creamy Alfredo Pasta Sauce
  • 6 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 6 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 cups (4 ounces) finely shredded Italian-blend cheese
  • 1 medium green pepper, julienned


In a small bowl, combine 5 Tbsp. of zesty herb marinade mix, water, cider vinegar, and oil. Whisk well. Add chicken breasts, piercing each in several places with a fork. Place in fridge for an hour to marinate.

Later, preheat oven to 450°. In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, grill chicken breasts (discarding marinade) for 5-7 minutes on each side, or until no longer pink & juices run clear. Remove to a plate; cool. Cube chicken into small pieces.

Place pizza crusts on ungreased baking sheets (or pizza pans). Spread each crust with 1/2 cup of Classico Light Creamy Alfredo Pasta Sauce; top each with 3 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle each pizza with 3 tsp. Italian seasoning, 1 tsp. garlic powder, and 1/2 cup of the shredded Italian-blend cheese. Top with julienned green pepper and cubed grilled chicken. Sprinkle each pizza with the remaining cheese.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted & crust is golden-brown.

Yield: 12 slices

Chicken Alfredo Pizza.

And as for the rubberband gun fight… wouldn’t you know it, after a few more minutes chasing each other around the house with rubber bands, one of them finally got hurt. ;-)

As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I received a jar of Classico Light Creamy Alfredo Pasta Sauce. The opinions & views expressed above are my own, and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience!

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8 comments on “An Alfredo Story.

  1. Oooh that looks YUMMY!
    I’ve never seen A Christmas Story all the way through either…I think TBS usually plays it back-to-back for 24 hours straight on Christmas day.

  2. I hope you get to the A Christmas Story from beginning to end this season. It’s a lovely movie. I hope to make this pizza one day, it looks delicious. Mr. Jack certainly is a young man who knows his way around the kitchen and I think that is wonderful!

    • He really *is* in the kitchen a LOT. Both my boys are great eaters, and I suppose a part of that comes from always helping to make the food beforehand. :-)

  3. Christy L. on said:

    My mom HATES this movie. My dad LOVES this movie. And as TamTam says, they usually play it for 24 hours straight on TBS near Christmas.

    My mom hates that day. :)

    Love it or hate it, it’s certainly a cult classic with a lot of memorable lines. It’s been a long time since I’ve watched the whole thing all the way through. I think I’ll make a point to do that this year, as usually I just watch bits of it as I pass it on the TV.

    And what a fancy mommy, teaching Jack to julienne at such a young age! I definitely did NOT know what that meant until I was in my late 20s.

    • LOL, your poor mom!

      He was reading the recipe, and read “julienned” and asked what it meant. I showed him a bag of shredded carrots (we like to add extra carrots to our salads), and then he tried his hardest to cut them as small as possible!

  4. Brian B. on said:

    Don’t feel too bad, Nicole… I hadn’t seen A Christmas Story until I was a Junior in High School.

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