Chicken Carbonara Recipe [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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5 from 8 reviews

Chicken Carbonara is a creamy, sinful and indulgent dish. Made with egg yolks and loads of cream, this recipe can easily be a staple comfort food of the family!

We love to make delicious and creamy pasta recipes for dinner. Some of our favorites once are Creamy Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Pasta, Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Pasta, and Instant Pot Philly Cheesesteak Pasta.

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Best Chicken Carbonara Pasta

Chicken Carbonara is made with the meat of roasted chicken, egg yolks and loads of cream. What we love about this recipe is it can be done under half an hour. And the finished dish would look like you have slaved over the stove for a long time too. This recipe can also be done with leftover roasted chicken.

In addition, it can be modified with other ingredients, and some of our favorite add-ins are bacon or ham. The dish is creamy, and can easily feed the entire family. Once you try making it at home, you will be making it over and over again! 

Originally, Carbonara is made with eggs, pancetta, Pecorino Romano and pepper. But we love playing with this recipe so we can add regular bacon, shrimp and just egg yolks to the sauce. Also, adding cream to this delicious meal is a bonus, and is what makes this recipe best!

WHAT IS CHICKEN CARBONARA?

Chicken Carbonara is a take on the original Carbonara with eggs, cheese, and Italian bacon. What’s great about this recipe is that you can use shredded chicken instead of the Italian bacon. Also, if you have leftover roasted chicken from a previous meal, you can certainly use that too!

Photo of creamy chicken carbonara pasta.

HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN CARBONARA?

This Italian inspired dish is super easy to make. Also, I have attached the recipe video which shows steps I have taken to make this recipe.

  • First, cook the pasta in boiling water until its al dente. Al dente means literally firm to the bite. Once cooked, drain the pasta and set aside.
  • In a bowl, mix the yolks, cream, herbs, and other flavorings. Next, heat up some olive oil and fry the cooked shredded chicken until heated through. Once heated, add the pasta and pour in the sauce.
  • At this point you should cook the whole thing for about 4 minutes, mixing constantly. Do not overcook it, because you do not want your egg yolks to scramble. Turn off the heat, and continue to stir. The sauce will still cook from the residual heat.

HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN AND SHRIMP CARBONARA?

Simply add the peeled shrimp after adding the cooked shredded chicken. Then proceed to the next steps as described in the recipe box below. 

HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN AND BACON CARBONARA?

Now adding bacon to the mix is getting more indulgent! You need to cook the bacon separately first. Drain the excess oil coming from the bacon and add your shredded chicken. Then add in your cooked pasta and the sauce mixture.

Photo of chicken carbonara and bacon pasta topped with shredded Parmesan cheese on a plate.

HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN CARBONARA SAUCE?

Since there are egg yolks in the sauce mixture, you have to be careful not to overcook the whole thing. This is the only difficult part of this dish. Egg yolks scramble when cooked for too long. Therefore, ensure not to overcook them.  

To make the sauce, simply combine the egg yolks, grated the Parmesan cheese, with some salt and pepper in a bowl. Then, mix well with a fork, and set aside.

HOW TO MAKE CREAMY CHICKEN CARBONARA?

If you want to be more indulgent and make this sauce creamier, add additional egg yolks and cream to the mixture. But I assure you that this recipe will satisfy your craving for a sinful meal!

HOW TO REHEAT PASTA?

We like reheating leftover pasta in the oven. Simply, place leftover pasta into a baking sheet, and covered with foil. Then, place the dish in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F, for about 10-15 minutes, or until completely reheated.

Alternatively, you can reheat it in the microwave for 2-3 minutes.

Photo of chicken carbonara pasta and bacon.

HOW TO STORE PASTA CARBONARA?

Use an airtight container to store any leftover. It will last in the refrigerator for up 4 days; and 3 months in the freezer. Also, you can do a large batch of it in advance, and freeze it. This way, you can enjoy it for weeks to come, by simply reheating it.

Recipe Tips and Notes:

  • Drizzle oil over the cooked pasta and toss so the pasta won’t stick together once it’s cooled down.
  • Make sure that the leftover pasta is totally cooled down before placing in an airtight container and then store it in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • Also, to reduce calories, use lite cream.
  • Turkey meat or leftover turkey can be used as well.

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5 from 8 reviews
Chicken Carbonara Recipe
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 pound  spaghetti 
  • 2 tablespoons  olive oil 
  • 1  sweet onion  (finely diced)
  • 1/2 cup  diced bacon 
  • 6 cloves  garlic  (minced)
  • 4 cups  cooked chicken  (shredded)
  • 3 cups  heavy whipping cream 
  • 1 1/2 cups  freshly grated Parmesan 
  •  Zest of 1 lemon 
  • 8  large egg yolks 
  • 1 teaspoon  dried oregano 
  • 1/4 cup  fresh basil leaves  (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup  fresh Italian parsley leaves  (chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoon  salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  pepper 

Garnish:

  •  Chopped parsley 
  •  Grated Parmesan cheese 

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta per package directions, aiming for al dente.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together egg yolks, cream, parmesan cheese, lemon zest, oregano, basil, and parsley until combined.
  3. Place a large frying pan over medium heat and add olive oil. Once hot, add diced bacon, and cook until crispy, for about 4-5 minutes.
  4. Add onion and garlic and continue to cook and stir for another 2 minutes.
  5. Add the chicken to the pan, toss and stir and cook for 4-5 minutes, until the chicken is warm.
  6. Reduce heat to low-medium and add the spaghetti to the pan, toss to combine and pour the cream mixture on top. Toss again to combine and ONLY cook for about 4-5 minutes. Cooking longer will make the eggs turn into scrambled eggs.
  7. Taste and adjust for salt and pepper.
  8. Garnish with parsley, more grated parmesan cheese and serve.
Calories: 739 Carbohydrates: 68 Protein: 50 Fat: 27 Saturated Fat: 10 Cholesterol: 354 Sodium: 655 Potassium: 674 Fiber: 3 Sugar: 11 Vitamin A: 865 Vitamin C: 2.8 Calcium: 520 Iron: 3.3
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Steph

This is one of my family's favorite dinners! It's so easy to make and everyone loves it...can't ask for anything more!

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Brandy O'Neill

This is my kind of meal! So delicious!

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Chrissie Baker

This. Looks. Incredible. Love all of the bold, rich flavors in here! Saving now!

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Jade Manning

My family will love this recipe, adding to my weekly meal plans!

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Allyson Reed Zea

This recipe is a go-to at my house! It's always delicious and super easy!

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Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

Looks delicious and so easy to make! !

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Krista

What a delicious dinner to have! Love the pasta!

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Pat Ogden

When we eat out with my son Chicken Carbonara is often his first pick so I decided to try and make it. We had it for lunch this weekend and it was a hit with my family. This is a great recipe and I have saved it to my favorites. The instructions are well written and helpful--always a plus!

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so happy that you loved it!

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Lynn

I made this tonight, had everything but the heavy cream, used half and half. This dish is absolutely amazing!!! Thank you so much!!!

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Hi Lynn, thanks for your review. Happy you loved it!

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Barry Houck

Just made it...super delish!!

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Mary-Margaret

I doubled this recipe and made WAY too much. Have you frozen this into basically a casserole form ever? Any tips, reheating instructions? It was delicious by the way!

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I am so happy that you loved it! Yes, you can add it to a freezer-safe container and freeze it. To reheat let it thaw, add it to a skillet and maybe add some warm cream as well and reheat.

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shahmeela bibi

Hey! What can I substitute in with the whipping cream? Is it possible to use milk or evaporated milk?

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Evaporated milk would work best!

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Heather Goodenberger

I like to add poached eggs to the top aftwr cooked also. Delicious!

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happy that you enjoyed it!

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