Discover the Sensational Chicken Carbonara Recipe w/ bacon, chicken & cheesy pasta perfection! The EASY way to create a gourmet chicken dinner the entire family will enjoy!
This Sensational Chicken Carbonara recipe originally published Dec 5, 2014, Since then it has been updated to make it better than ever!
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. It’s great when you are trying to lose weight. It’s amazing when you need a quality protein to add to your 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!
I buy my meat in bulk through a community Co-op called The Savory Butcher. I’m able to get superior quality products at a better price than our local grocery stores can offer.
The meat arrives FRESH from the Farm, never frozen and the chicken is already hand trimmed! So it’s immediately ready to be used, canned or frozen!
If you want High Quality Chicken, Ground Hamburger and Bacon – for less than you pay at the store, you need Savory Butcher!
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Thanks to having some chicken on hand, it was time to make a tasty restaurant-quality dinner, but without a lot of extra work.
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 our family’s own personal tastes.
The result is a mouthwatering, sensational 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 to 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.
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 and toss until all is covered in the sauce.
Now if your family aren’t fans of peas, you are done! But, if your kids will eat peas, then take this to the next level and add in some sweet Petite baby peas! About 1-2 cups, depending on how strong a presence you want the peas to take.
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 sensational chicken carbonara recipe. And that was all it took. They went back for seconds. Both boys went for seconds! And they often ask me to make it again.
Whether it is summer, winter, spring or autumn, this is a great way to curl up with the ultimate comfort restaurant quality chicken pasta!
Curl up with our fun Doctor Who Pasta and watch some Doctor Who on the Telly and join me in swooning over the British and Scottish accents. Why Yes! I think that sounds like a great idea!
Who is with me?
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I will keep searching for a good quality meat service to take the place of the old company that broke our hearts. In the meantime, you can still enjoy this sensational Chicken Carbonara recipe with the best chicken you can find at your local grocery store.
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.
- 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
- 1-2 Cups Petite Sweet Peas (optional)
- 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.
- Heat up the petite sweet peas
- 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 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, bacon, and warmed petite sweet peas to the sauce.
- Toss until all is covered in the sauce.
- Serve hot
This recipe makes approximately 10-12 servings depending on how much you dish up in each bowl. We often have a little leftover after the adults and kids have had multiple servings - although their servings are smaller than a regular adult serving.
For Weight Watchers measuring, divide into 6 equal servings. Not including the noodles, each serving is equal to 6 points plus for Weight Watchers. Read the full Blog article to discover Weight Watchers meal ideas using the creamy Chicken Carbonara sauce.
The peas are completely optional. The original recipe didn't use peas. I've since added them to the recipe and it was a huge success in our home. If you have picky eaters that won't eat the peas, go ahead and leave them out. It still turns out fantastic.
If you want a thicker creamy sauce, you can use 1 cup heavy cream instead of part cream and part milk.
Update 1/7/2015: When I followed the Weight Watchers program, I wanted to know how my favorite dishes on our blog measured up in Weight Watchers.
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 to 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 3/4 Cup Fat-Free Milk and only 1/3 cup heavy cream, but all other ingredients you are good to go just as listed in the recipe above.
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