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Classic Chicken Carbonara Recipe for Two

This Classic Chicken Carbonara is easy, delicious, and quick, ready in just 20 minutes. Perfectly cooked spaghetti or linguine and crispy bacon are coated in a creamy egg, garlic and Parmesan sauce.

Classic Chicken Carbonara

 

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Carbonara is an Italian pasta dish originally from Rome made with egg, hard cheese, guanciale or pancetta, and pepper.

 

The recipe is not fixed by a specific type of hard cheese or pasta. The cheese is usually Pecorino Romano. Spaghetti is the usual pasta, however, fettuccine, rigatoni, or linguine are also used.

 

Either guanciale or pancetta can be used. Another common substitute outside Italy is small strips or cubes of smoked bacon. To read more about Carbonara click here.

 

How to make Classic Chicken Carbonara:

Cook the spaghetti or linguine pasta according to the package directions. Reserve 1/4 cup cooking water and drain the rest of the pasta.

 

While the pasta is cooking, whisk together the eggs and 1/3 cup of the parmesan cheese and set aside.

egg and parmesan whisked together in a bowl

 

Cut the bacon into ½ or 1 inch pieces. In a large skillet, cook the bacon pieces until brown and crispy, about 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Click here for a large 14 inch skillet.

bacon pieces frying in a large pan

 

Dice the chicken into bite sized cubes.

bonless chicken diced on a cutting board

 

Add the garlic and chicken to skillet and cook through, about 7-10 minutes.

diced chicken and garlic cooking in a large pan

 

Reduce the heat to low, add the cooked pasta, egg parmesan cheese mixture, and bacon. Stir to combine. Pour in the reserved pasta water slowly until the desired sauce consistency is reached.

diced chicken, pasta, bacon, and parmesan sauce cooking in a large pan

 

Season the carbonara with salt and pepper, to taste.

 

Serve immediately, garnished with the remaining 1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese and the parsley if desired. Click here for a 2.5 Quart Porcelain Metro Serving Bowl.

 

Classic Chicken Carbonara Recipe for Two

 

 

5 from 1 vote
Classic Chicken Carbonara Recipe serves 2
Classic Chicken Carbonara
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

This Classic Chicken Carbonara is easy, delicious, and quick, ready in just 20 minutes. Perfectly cooked spaghetti or linguine and crispy bacon are coated in a creamy egg, garlic and Parmesan sauce.

Course: Date Night, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: carbonara with bacon, classic chicken carbonara
Servings: 2
Calories: 672 kcal
Author: Zona
Ingredients
  • 4 oz pasta spaghetti, linguine, etc.
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese divided
  • 3 slices bacon
  • 2 cloves jarred minced garlic
  • 1 8 oz boneless chicken diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Parsley for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cook the spaghetti or linguine pasta according to the package directions. Reserve 1/4 cup cooking water and drain the rest of the pasta.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, whisk together the eggs and 1/3 cup of the parmesan cheese and set aside.
  3. Cut the bacon into ½ or 1 inch pieces. In a large skillet, cook the bacon pieces until brown and crispy, about 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Click here for a large 14 inch skillet.
  4. Dice the chicken into bite sized cubes. Add the garlic and chicken to skillet and cook through, about 7-10 minutes.
  5. Reduce the heat to low, add the cooked pasta, egg parmesan cheese mixture, and bacon. Stir to combine. Pour in the reserved pasta water slowly until the desired sauce consistency is reached.
  6. Season the carbonara with salt and pepper, to taste.
  7. Serve immediately, garnished with the remaining 1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese and the parsley if desired. Click here for a 2.5 Quart Porcelain Metro Serving Bowl.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Classic Chicken Carbonara
Amount Per Serving
Calories 672 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 45%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 280mg 93%
Sodium 950mg 40%
Potassium 702mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 44g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 53g 106%
Vitamin A 10.6%
Vitamin C 1.6%
Calcium 43.7%
Iron 13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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