Chicken Carbonara Recipe

5 from 2 votes

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If you’re a fan of creamy pasta dishes then Chicken Carbonara is right up your alley. So grab your apron, put on your favorite tunes, and let’s get cookin’!

Let’s start with the basics. Chicken carbonara is essentially a pasta dish made with spaghetti or fettuccine noodles, crispy bacon, Parmigiano cheese, eggs, and, of course, tender chunks of chicken. It’s a hearty and comforting meal that’s perfect for satisfying your hunger and impressing your taste buds.

Chicken carbonara served on a plate.
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Chicken Carbonara Recipe

Chicken carbonara is all about that luscious, creamy sauce. The combination of eggs, cheese, and rendered bacon fat creates a velvety texture that coats each strand of pasta. It’s a rich and indulgent experience that satisfies cravings for comfort food.

The flavors in chicken carbonara work so good together. The smoky and salty notes from the bacon pair beautifully with the savory chicken. The creaminess of the sauce is balanced by the sharpness of the cheese.

Whether you’re cooking for your family or hosting a dinner party, chicken carbonara is a crowd-pleaser. Its comforting and universally appealing flavors make it a hit with both kids and adults. It’s the kind of dish that brings people together, creating shared memories and moments of enjoyment around the table.

Top view of chicken carbonara.

Ingredients

  • Spaghetti
  • Bacon 
  • Chicken breasts 
  • Garlic powder
  • Lemon pepper

Carbonara sauce:

  • Eggs
  • Parmigiano cheese
  • Dry basil 
  • Italian seasoning
  • Heavy cream

Keep scrolling to find a full, printable recipe with a detailed ingredient list.

Recipe Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions and set aside.
  2. Cook bacon until crispy, then drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
  3. In the same skillet, cook chopped chicken until no longer pink.
  4. Combine egg yolk, grated Parmigiano cheese, dry basil, Italian seasoning, salt, ground pepper, and heavy cream in a bowl.
  5. Return bacon to the skillet with the chicken, add cooked pasta, and pour the cream mixture over everything. Cook until heated through.
  6. Serve and Enjoy!
Ingredients for chicken carbonara.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a different type of pasta for chicken carbonara?

Absolutely! While spaghetti or fettuccine are traditional choices, you can use other types of pasta like penne or linguine if you prefer. Feel free to experiment and use your favorite pasta shape.

Can I add vegetables to chicken carbonara?

Certainly! While not traditional, adding vegetables like peas, mushrooms, or spinach can provide extra flavor, texture, and nutritional value to your chicken carbonara. Just sauté them separately and mix them in with the pasta and other ingredients.

Can I reheat leftover chicken carbonara?

While reheating can cause the sauce to separate and the pasta to become mushy, you can gently reheat leftover chicken carbonara in a skillet over low heat. Add a splash of cream or milk to help revive the creaminess, and be sure to stir frequently until heated through.

Chicken and bacon added to a pan of noodles for chicken carbonara.

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chicken carbonara with bacon and cheese on a white plate
5 from 2 votes

Chicken Carbonara Recipe

Chicken carbonara is a pasta dish made with spaghetti noodles, crispy bacon, Parmigiano cheese, eggs, and, of course, tender chunks of chicken.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • 16 ounces spaghetti,, cooked (you can use Linguine, Fettucini, or egg noodles)
  • 6 strips of bacon,, cut into pieces (about 1 inch)
  • 2 chicken breasts,, cubed into bite-size, about 1 inch, about 1 pound
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper

Carbonara sauce:

  • 4 egg yolks
  • cup grated Parmigiano cheese
  • 1 tablespoon dry basil,, if you like more basil taste add another tablespoon
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Instructions 

  • Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet, I used a 10-inch braiser, to cook the bacon pieces. about 8 minutes. I cut the bacon already into pieces, but you can also cook the bacon whole and then chop it into desired pieces in size.
  • Once the bacon is cooked, transfer it to a paper towel-lined plate. Gently press down with another paper towel to soak the oil out. Set aside.
  • Take the bacon grease out of the skillet, minus 1 tablespoon.
  • On medium heat add the chopped chicken bites.
  • Sprinkle salt, ground pepper, and lemon pepper seasoning. Cook until the chicken is no longer pink and the internal temperature indicates 165 degrees F, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • While the chicken is cooking, in a medium size bowl, combine the egg yolk, grated Parmigiano cheese, dry basil, Italian seasoning, salt, and ground pepper. Whisk until combined.
  • Add the heavy cream and gently whisk until the ingredients are all combined together. Set aside.
  • Add the bacon back into the skillet once the chicken is cooked. Mix together on low heat.
  • Add the pasta and mix so the chicken and bacon are mixed with the pasta.
  • Slowly pour the heavy cream mixture on the pasta. Using 2 serving forks or a pair of cooking tongs mix until the pasta is coated with the cream/egg yolk mixture.
  • Cook on low medium heat until heated through, 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Why just the egg yolk? It makes the sauce creamier. When adding the whole egg to the pasta, the residual heat of the pasta cooks the egg white leaving some white pieces on the pasta.
  • Storage: Store in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 565kcal, Carbohydrates: 59g, Protein: 31g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 226mg, Sodium: 634mg, Potassium: 518mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 830IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 135mg, Iron: 2mg
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Chicken carbonara is a dish that brings people together. It’s perfect for a cozy night in with loved ones or a gathering with friends. So the next time you’re craving a comforting and indulgent pasta dish, give chicken carbonara a try. Your taste buds will thank you, and you’ll be left with a big smile on your face, thinking, “Life is good when there’s chicken carbonara on the table.”

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