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This rich chicken carbonara is a perfect, authentic pasta carbonara, loaded with tender chicken. A silky, cheesy sauce clings to spaghetti or bucatini noodles, made entirely from eggs and Parmesan cheese! No heavy cream shortcuts here – just easy but true authentic Italian flavor based on the very best carbonara we’ve ever had.

Two plates of chicken carbonara with a glass of red wine

There is just something incredibly elegant about chicken carbonara, and it’s incredibly easy to make, too! Very simply seasoned pasta with a rich sauce of eggs and cheese, bites of salty bacon, and freshly cooked chicken make for a fancy dinner, but without all the work.

We used organic spaghetti, but you can just as easily use gluten-free pasta, fettuccine, or any other pasta you have in the pantry. The other ingredients are easy to grab at the local grocery if you don’t have them! The only thing complex about this dish is the taste.

Ingredients

The full recipe & ingredients list are below, but here you’ll find a quick overview for making this recipe perfectly, along with useful tips and info!

  • Dry spaghetti – The perfect pasta to soak up all the delicious sauce.
  • Bacon – Cured pork is a key ingredient of carbonara, helping to give it a rich, salty flavor.
  • Chicken breast – Chicken helps to make this pasta a full meal and adds protein.
  • Freshly grated parmesan – Carbonara is made with hard cheese, and we love it with loads of parmesan in the sauce and sprinkled on top.
  • Egg yolks – Egg yolks help make the sauce ultra creamy.
  • Black pepper – For just the right seasoning.

How to Make It

  1. In heavily salted water, boil the pasta until just barely al dente. Scoop out 1 cup of pasta water using a measuring cup immediately before draining, and put it to the side.
  2. Whisk together the cheese and egg yolks in a bowl until they are a batter-like consistency. Sprinkle some black pepper on top and stir.
  3. Cook the bacon over medium heat in a skillet until it is crispy but not burned.
  4. Increase the heat to medium-high and add the chicken to the skillet. Cook for about two minutes, stirring after the first minute. Add the pasta and toss to make sure it coats well. Slowly add in 1/4 of the pasta water and whisk constantly.
  5. Remove the pan from heat and add the egg and cheese mixture. Sprinkle with a little salt and toss with tongs to create a sauce. The sauce will be silky, golden, and thick. If thicker than desired, add more of the pasta water and stir.
  6. Serve your carbonara right away! Divide the pasta between four plates. Garnish with more pepper and the rest of the parmesan.
Instructions for chicken carbonara

Chef’s Tips

  • For a lower-carb version, swap out the pasta for Palmini. Palmini comes already cooked, so you just need to heat it in the skillet.
  • If you prefer a saucier carbonara and smaller portions, use just 12 ounces of pasta instead of 1 pound (16 ounces). You can also keep the 1 pound of pasta, and instead use 7 egg yolks and 1 1/4 cup parmesan cheese in the sauce, for a total of 1 1/2 cups.
Chicken carbonara in a skillet

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Recipe By: Cheryl Malik

Chicken Carbonara


Prep 10 minutes
Cook 14 minutes
This elegant and creamy chicken carbonara is so easy and delicious!
4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound uncooked spaghetti
  • 6 ounces bacon sliced into 1/4 inch pieces
  • ½ pound boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 ¼ cup parmesan cheese freshly grated, divided into 1 cup and 1/4 cup
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • black pepper

Instructions

  • Boil the pasta until just barely al dente in heavily salted water. Scoop out 1 cup of pasta water before draining. Put to side.
  • Whisk together cheese and egg yolks in a bowl until thick. Season with black pepper. Stir.
  • Cook bacon over medium heat in a skillet until it is crispy but not burned.
  • Increase the heat to medium high and add chicken to the skillet. Cook for about two minutes, stirring after the first minute. Add pasta and toss to make sure it coats well. Slowly add in 1/4 of the pasta water and whisk constantly.
  • Remove pan from heat. Add the egg and cheese mixture. Sprinkle with salt. Toss with tongs to create sauce. Sauce will be silky, golden, and thick. If thinner sauce is desired, add more of the pasta water and stir.
  • Serve immediately after cooking. Divide the pasta between four plates. Garnish with more pepper and the rest of the parmesan.
  • Lower carbs: Use Palmini. Palmini comes already cooked, so you just need to heat it in the skillet.
  • Saucier carbonara: Use just 12 ounces of pasta instead of 1 pound (16 ounces). You can also keep the 1 pound of pasta, and instead use 7 egg yolks and 1 1/4 cup parmesan cheese in the sauce, for a total of 1 1/2 cups.

Approximate Information for One Serving

Calories: 872calProtein: 48gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 379mgSodium: 868mgPotassium: 605mgTotal Carbs: 87gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gNet Carbs: 83gVitamin A: 666IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 431mgIron: 3mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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