Can you Marinate Chicken in Alfredo Sauce?


This is the ultimate reference guide If you plan to use alfredo sauce to marinate chicken.

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Can you Marinate Chicken in Alfredo Sauce

Yes, theoretically you can marinate chicken in alfredo sauce because both heavy cream and parmesan cheese are part of alfredo sauce recipe are acidic in nature. But the whole thing when kept in a refrigerator will solidify (as it has butter and Pam cheese too).

Heavy cream has been used by many to marinate chicken with little success because it’s only mildly acidic. 

Table: Acidic Nature of Marinades

MarinadepH (Acidity)
Apple Cider Vinegar3.0 - 3.2
Beer3.7 - 4.1
Bourbon 3.7 - 4.0
Butter Milk4.4 - 4.8
Carbonated Drinks3.0 - 4.0
Coffee4.9 - 5.1
Cranberry Juice2.6 - 2.8
Grapefruit Juice3.0 - 3.8
Heavy Cream6.5 - 6.8
Lemon juice2.0 - 2.6
Lime juice2.0 - 2.4
Orange Juice3.3 - 4.2
Pickle Juice3.2 - 3.7
Red Wine3.0 - 4.0
White Vinegar2.3 - 2.5
Yogurt4.4 - 4.8
Sour Cream4.5

The use of alfredo sauce may still work if you just apply and keep it for say 30 min on chicken and then go ahead with cooking / Grilling.

But then there is no way the marinade will penetrate into the meat so quickly. 

So, while you can theoretically apply alfredo sauce on chicken and marinate, it makes little sense to do so.

How Long to Keep Chicken in Alfredo Sauce Marinate?

As a thumb rule, it is recommended to keep chicken for 5 hrs to 24 hours in the marinade. You can also keep it up to 48 hours if you want. 

What is Alfredo Sauce?

Alfredo sauce is a creamy white sauce that is typically made with butter, heavy cream, garlic, and Parmesan cheese.

It is often used as a pasta sauce, but can also be used on other dishes such as chicken or vegetables.

If you plan to prepare alfredo sauce at home, here is a great video –

Final Words

In the end, it is fine if you want to experiment with alfredo sauce as a marinade for chicken but it does not seem to be a great idea.

If you do, please share your experience!

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About Barbara Foster

Barbara is a traveler who has traveled to more than 25 countries. She loves the variety of food she gets to experience on her trips and maintains detailed journals of her travels which she plans to publish as a book someday. She loves to bake. Her favorite cuisines are Italian, French, and Mexican.