Today’s Chicken Carbonara recipe is thanks to chicken supplied by Zaycon Foods. All opinions are my own.
This recipe originally published Dec 5, 2014, but has been updated with current Zaycon events information and updates to the recipe.
If you were to go through our kitchen or menu planners, you would see that chicken is the #1 ingredient to most of our meals. There is just something so amazing about chicken! It’s great when you are sick. Its great when you are trying to lose weight. It’s amazing when you need a quality protein to add to you meals.
And there are so many creative ways you can cook it up. Some of our favorites include
- Italian Baked chicken made from frozen chicken and only 5 ingredients
- Homemade Chicken Nuggets
- Salsa slow cooker chicken
- Creamy Chicken Enchiladas
- Fancy Chicken
- Thai chicken,
- Green Curry Chicken
- Chicken Caesar Salad
- Chicken and Potato Stuffed Croissants
- Parmesan Chicken that is great for those on Weight Watchers!
Like I said we are crazy about our chicken in this house!
But the issue is that chicken is getting more expensive. It used to be the “cheap” meat on our grocery bill, but that is starting to change. But our preference for Chicken isn’t changing. Not to mention the quality has really started to drop in the grocery stores. Smaller Chicken breasts for double the price. How does that make sense?
Then I was introduced to Zaycon foods. Have you heard of Zaycon foods before? If not, you are in for a real treat! You better clear your freezer, because once you learn about them you are going to want to stock up!
Zaycon Foods is on a simple mission to bring farm fresh meats direct to consumers at wholesale prices. Think Bountiful Baskets, but for meat! And their deals aren’t every week. They have special events multiple times a year. Each one is listed on their site.
You sign up for a Zaycon Foods account (through my easy referral link) and then browse when the events are coming to your area. You place your purchase ahead of time (orders for meat are done in bulk. And while this may seem a bit much, your wallet will be thanking you later as you will save a lot more this way.)
Then on the day of the event, show up at the location from your order. You will see the fun Zaycon Foods delivery truck right there with super friendly and helpful guys ready to distribute the orders. And let me tell you, they are super fast. When I arrived there were 10 cars in front of me. I was thinking it was going to take forever to pick up my order. Nope! In less than 5 minutes it was my turn!
They take your name and put your order in your car for you! You don’t even have to get out of the vehicle! OK, let me say that again, you don’t leave the vehicle! Talk about full service! Can I get ALL my groceries this way? Seriously that would save my sanity!
And don’t worry about juices spilling in your car. All the meat is packaged in bags inside of bags, inside a box. And then they put a plastic sheet under the box to protect your car.
Then you take it home. Simple as that!
Once you get home you want to process the meat right away. I had 40 lbs of chicken breasts that I needed to get put away so it wouldn’t spoil.
So what do you do with 40 lbs of Chicken?
I prefer to freeze chicken or I do canned chicken. I usually go in turns. One Zaycon chicken order I will freeze and then the next I will can. This way I always have chicken in my freezer and on my shelf so we never run out!
But this is what you need to check out. The chicken is Farm Fresh. That means it is 100 % natural chicken with no added hormones, additives or artificial ingredients! And check out the size!
That is ONE chicken breast! That is twice the size of what I can find in my local grocery store! And the meat is a lot fresher too! It hasn’t been frozen at all! And it was less than $2/lb! I don’t know about you but that is a great deal! Like I said; this is where buying in bulk will really save your wallet. Because as the chicken prices and other meat prices continually rise; you will still be enjoying you inexpensive Zaycon Foods farmer fresh chicken at the lower price.
Now that our chicken is processed, I saved some from the freezer so I could make dinner. I have been craving a yummy chicken pasta lately so I decided to look into fun chicken recipes. I found a delicious recipe from Pioneer Woman for Bowtie Chicken Alfredo that looked absolutely amazing. So I used that one to spark some ideas and then tweaked it to my own personal tastes.
The result is a mouth watering Chicken Carbonara Recipe that your whole family will love! My kids call it the Doctor Who Pasta, because of the “bow-tie” pasta! Because “Bowties are cool” ! Haha! (OK, so only my fellow Whovians will get that joke.)
Chicken Carbonara Recipe
Once the bacon is done remove it from the pan and place on a paper towel to soak up the grease and allow to cool.
Finish cooking the chicken until it is cooked through and golden on both sides. Then remove and set aside while you work on the sauce.
As you work on the sauce make sure you are cooking up your Bowtie noodles so they will be ready when the sauce is ready.
Saute 3 cloves Garlic, freshly minced. And yes it makes a difference if you use fresh or garlic powder. Fresh is best. You can use a Garlic mincer so you don’t even have to touch the garlic. So no issue of it leaving the scent on your hands. I personally use a Pampered Chef Garlic Press (aff link). Mine is about 6 years old and still going strong. It presses the garlic perfectly for all our recipes.
Then saute’ it until it is golden.
Then add Milk, heavy cream, chicken broth and Flour to the pan with the garlic and whisk until smooth. Cook on low heat until it thickens.
At the same time you can cut up the chicken breasts and dice up the bacon on a good cutting board and mix them together and have them ready to be added into the sauce when the time comes.
Then add in the Parmesan shavings. If the sauce gets too thick, add in a little more chicken broth. It will thin it without making it taste watered down.
Now add the drained bowtie pasta. Then Toss to cover the noodles completely.
Once it is well mixed then dash in the parsley. Fresh is best, but I couldn’t find any in any of our grocery stores so I had to use parsley flakes.
Again add more salt and pepper to taste preference.
Lastly add in the chicken and bacon. Again toss until all is covered in the sauce.
Now serve hot and listen to the “Hmmm’s and Ahhh’s”. Or if your family is like mine, it will be dead silent as everyone digs in!
Mind you my kids refuse to eat any pasta that doesn’t use a red marinara sauce. But I made them take 1 bite. Just 1 bite of this one. And that was all it took. They went back for seconds. Both boys went for seconds! And they have asked me to make it again already.
Now that is a great way to enjoy some fresh Chicken from the farm! Especially on cold winter days! Curl up with our fun Doctor Who Pasta and watch some Doctor Who on the Telly and swoon at British and Scottish accents. Why Yes! I think that sounds like a great idea! Who is with me?
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If you like the idea of saving money on your chicken, make sure you Sign up for Zaycon Foods! And while the chicken event is complete, they cycle around every few months! So make sure you still sign up now so you will know when the next chicken event is!
And they don’t just carry chicken either! They have amazing deals on all kinds of meat from sausage, bacon, hamburger, and even breakfast items like waffles! The husband and I absolutely love the lean ground hamburger. And hoping to add the bacon as soon as we get more space in our freezer because the price is amazing and the quality so much better!
Looking for more great chicken recipes? Check out our popular Italian Baked Chicken and Salsa Slow Cooker chicken. Both made from Frozen Chicken! We also have a great Weight Watchers Chicken Parmesan and Chicken and Potato Stuffed Croissants.
Chicken Carbonara Recipe
A mouth watering combination of creamy alfredo, chicken and bacon in a hearty pasta dish.
- 5 strips bacon cooked and diced.
- 2 Chicken breasts -Grilled, Chicken striped up
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 2 T Butter
- 3 cloves Garlic Fresh minced
- 3/4 Cup milk
- 1/4 Cup Heavy cream
- 1 cup Chicken broth
- 3 T flour
- 3/4 c Parmesan shavings
- 2 T parsley
- 1 small box bowtie pasta
- Cook 5 strips of bacon and set aside
- cook 2 chicken breasts in 2 Tablespoons butter with Salt and Pepper to taste.
- set aside while you work on the sauce.
- cook up your Bowtie noodles so they will be ready when the sauce is ready.
- Saute 3 cloves Garlic Freshly minced.
- add Milk, heavy cream, chicken broth and Flour to the pan with the garlic and whisk until smooth.
- Cook on low heat until it thickens.
- add in Parmesan shavings. If the sauce gets too thick, add in a little more chicken broth.
- add the drained bowtie pasta.
- Toss to cover the noodles completely.
- dash in the parsley.
- add more salt and pepper to taste preference.
- cut up the chicken breasts and dice up the bacon and mix them together
- add in the chicken and bacon to the sauce.
- toss until all is covered in the sauce.
- Serve hot
Divide into 6 equal servings. Each serving is equal to 6 points plus for Weight Watchers.
Update 1/7/2015: So since starting the Weight Watchers program, I wanted to know how my favorite dishes on our blog measured up in Weight Watchers. So using their recipe builder; I calculated out that if you leave out the pasta noodles, divide the sauce (including the chicken and bacon) into 6 equal parts after cooking then each serving is only 6 Points Plus! You can substitute the noodles for other lower point value foods. The husband really loves to throw the sauce on top of a bed of vegetables. Or lightly cooked cauliflower would be delicious too! Or just eat it as it is. If you add in the noodles you will want to add those into your points tracker separately to get an accurate calculation. Makes a great mouth watering dinner and still stay on track with your Weight Watchers Goal! Just make sure you use Fat Free Milk, but all other ingredients you are good to go just as listed above in the recipe above.
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