Chicken Carbonara

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!
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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!


  1. posted by
    Jul 24, 2017 Reply

    Looks so good!

  2. posted by
    Kat Last
    Jul 24, 2017 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. posted by
    Jenna Urben
    Jul 24, 2017 Reply

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

  4. posted by
    Jul 24, 2017 Reply

    Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  5. posted by
    Jul 28, 2017 Reply

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

  6. posted by
    Jul 28, 2017 Reply

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

  7. posted by
    Victoria with One Sharp mama
    Jul 28, 2017 Reply

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

  8. posted by
    Jul 28, 2017 Reply

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

  9. posted by
    Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms
    Jul 28, 2017 Reply

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

  10. posted by
    Karyl | Karyl’s Kulinary Krusade
    Jul 28, 2017 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. posted by
    Felicia @ The Starving Chef
    Jul 28, 2017 Reply

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

  12. posted by
    Jul 28, 2017 Reply

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

  13. posted by
    Jul 29, 2017 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. posted by
    Jul 29, 2017 Reply

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

  15. posted by
    Jul 29, 2017 Reply

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

  16. posted by
    Aug 4, 2017 Reply

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

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