Chicken Carbonara


Chicken Carbonara is one of those recipes that you can cook at a moment’s notice. You probably have everything you need for in your pantry, and it is a stunningly simple dish.

Bryan and I had friends over a few nights ago, and I made us a huge bowl of Pasta Carbonara (but without the pork to accommodate for our friends’ dietary restrictions). I really like this recipe because it’s no nonsense, and if you get through it, it’s a really impressive dish. I thought it was much harder to make than it was. When I learned how easy it was, I didn’t stop making it for a few weeks.

Check out the recipe below, and let me know what you think! Are there any additions you like to make to your chicken carbonara? I’ve seen people use cream in the sauce, but I don’t think it’s needed. The starchy water does enough to make everything stay creamy without the extra dairy.

Chicken Carbonara

Easy Italian that’s worth making at home.


  • 1 pound chicken breast
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1 handful basil, roughly chopped
  • 3 ounces Pecorino Romano
  • 3 ounces Parmesano Reggiano
  • 4 egg yolks
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • chopped tomatoes
  • 5 cloves of garlic


For the chicken

  1. Oil your pan and add garlic.
  2. Cut your chicken into 1-inch cubes.
  3. Season with salt and pepper and cook until the internal temperature is 165 degrees.
  4. Put aside and keep warm.

For the Pasta

  1. Fill a pan with water and watch for an active rolling boil.
  2. Add salt.
  3. Add in spaghetti, and boil for 9 minutes until al-dente.

For the sauce

  1. Reserve one cup of starchy pasta water before draining the pot.
  2. Separate your egg yolks from the whites.
  3. Mix in your Pecorino Romano and parmesan cheeses.
  4. Crack black pepper over the mixture, and put aside.

Mix everything together

  1. In the bowl with your egg and cheese mixture, pour drained pasta on top, add chicken, sprinkle on your chopped basil and tomatoes and mix everything together. Add your reserved pasta water, and keep mixing until everything is coated and creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste
  2. Enjoy!

Posted on July 23, 2017 in Diabetes

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Mila is the author of Hangry Woman and a type 2 diabetic, trying to navigate her new world. She lives in Texas with her Husband, Bryan, and her pup, Lily. She loves to talk to her readers, so find her on social media and say hello!

Responses (16)

  1. Whitney
    July 24, 2017 at 3:07 pm · Reply

    Looks so good!

  2. Kat Last
    July 24, 2017 at 3:29 pm · Reply

    Thank you for sharing this recipe, it looks delicious!
    I’m quite fussy with chicken, but I’m trying to branch out a bit more and have the confidence to cook it more regularly, so this pasta recipe will be really helpful!

    Kat –

  3. Jenna Urben
    July 24, 2017 at 5:32 pm · Reply

    This looks so yummy and simple! I love recipes like this 🙂

  4. Anne
    July 24, 2017 at 5:33 pm · Reply

    Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Sam
    July 28, 2017 at 10:09 am · Reply

    Looks and sounds delicious! I’m bookmarking for later!

  6. )thefrenchiemummy
    July 28, 2017 at 10:19 am · Reply

    Carbonara is my fave! I never tried with chicken but it looks as good as the parm version!

  7. Victoria with One Sharp mama
    July 28, 2017 at 11:55 am · Reply

    This looks quite tasty and would be a good dinner recipe for next week

  8. Heather
    July 28, 2017 at 2:09 pm · Reply

    I love recipes like this! We will have to try it!

  9. Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms
    July 28, 2017 at 5:53 pm · Reply

    Yum! Carbonara is one of my favorite dishes! I will have to try this!

  10. Karyl | Karyl's Kulinary Krusade
    July 28, 2017 at 8:20 pm · Reply

    Oh my goodness, this looks so delicious. I’ve never tried it with chicken, but I need to give it a shot. Definitely pinning this to make later

  11. Felicia @ The Starving Chef
    July 28, 2017 at 8:28 pm · Reply

    Carbonara is perfect for easy weeknight meals – this sounds so good right now!

  12. AmberLynn
    July 28, 2017 at 9:03 pm · Reply

    I’m always looking for new dishes to make and try, especially pasta dishes. I will have to try this one.

  13. Kim
    July 29, 2017 at 12:25 am · Reply

    This looks devine! I am going to have to give it a go, carbonara is a hard and fast favourite in this house.

  14. Sarah
    July 29, 2017 at 3:05 pm · Reply

    This looks delicious! I love how easy and simple it looks 🙂

  15. Kristine
    July 29, 2017 at 3:39 pm · Reply

    I just love chicken carbonara and this recipe sounds delicious!!

  16. Bailey
    August 4, 2017 at 12:38 pm · Reply

    This looks so yummy! I have never tried it before but now can’t wait!

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