Chicken Carbonara Recipe [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
4.91 from 10 reviews

Chicken Main Dishes Pasta

Cook time Cook time: 20 minutes

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.

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 in 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 Italian bacon. Also, if you have leftover roasted chicken from a previous meal, you can certainly use that too!

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.

  1. First, cook the pasta in boiling water until it’s al dente. Al dente means literally firm to the bite. Once cooked, drain the pasta and set it aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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.

How to store pasta Carbonara?

Use an airtight container to store any leftovers. 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.

Chicken Carbonara 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 it 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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4.91 from 10 reviews

Chicken Carbonara Recipe

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!

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 30 mins




Nutrition information

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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Brandy O'Neill

This is my kind of meal! So delicious!


Chrissie Baker

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


Jade Manning

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


Allyson Reed Zea

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


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

Looks delicious and so easy to make! !



What a delicious dinner to have! Love the pasta!


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!


so happy that you loved it!



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


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


Barry Houck

Just made it...super delish!!



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!


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.


shahmeela bibi

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


Evaporated milk would work best!


Heather Goodenberger

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


happy that you enjoyed it!



This is my first Carbonara Recipe blow my expectations. Thank you for the recipe.


Rebecca Medina

Made this and added Asparagus to it so much more flavor another one to add to my recipes.... Delicious 😋


so happy that you loved it!


Tricia Burton

I made this for a couple of friends and one of them said it was restaurant quality. I really enjoyed it. Thank you for the recipe.


Happy that you loved it! Thanks for the feedback :)


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