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Classic Chicken Carbonara Recipe for Two

Classic Chicken Carbonara

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. 

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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. Click to read more about Carbonara.

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
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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. Leave the grease in the pan and drain the bacon on a paper towel-lined plate. Click 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 the bacon grease in the skillet and cook through, about 7-10 minutes.

diced chicken and garlic cooking in a large pan

Turn the heat off. Add the cooked pasta, egg parmesan cheese mixture, and bacon. Stir to combine, keep the pasta moving. Pour in the reserved pasta water slowly, use only enough to reach the desired sauce consistency.

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 for a 2.5 Quart Porcelain Metro Serving Bowl.

Classic Chicken Carbonara Recipe for Two

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Yield: 2 servings

Classic Chicken Carbonara

Classic Chicken Carbonara Recipe serves 2

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.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 oz pasta, spaghetti, linguine, etc.
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (divided) Do not use grated (powdered) cheese.
  • 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. Leave the grease in the pan and drain the bacon on a paper towel-lined plate. Click for a large 14 inch skillet.
  4. Dice the chicken into bite sized cubes. Add the garlic and chicken to the bacon grease in the skillet and cook through, about 7-10 minutes.
  5. Turn the heat off. Add the cooked pasta, egg parmesan cheese mixture, and bacon. Stir to combine, keep the pasta moving. Pour in the reserved pasta water slowly, use only enough to reach the desired sauce consistency.
  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 for a 2.5 Quart Porcelain Metro Serving Bowl.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 672Saturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 280mgSodium: 950mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 53g
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Barbara Karr

Thursday 13th of September 2018

Add chicken and garlic to skillet. A skillet drained of bacon grease, OR add to grease??

Zona

Thursday 13th of September 2018

Hi Barbara. I leave the grease in the pan for this step. Thanks for the question and I'll update the directions to say this :)

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