Chicken Bacon Carbonara

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This recipe for chicken bacon carbonara is an ultra satisfying comfort food dish. It uses simple ingredients and is easily made in one pot! With the delicious flavoring of chicken and bacon, plus ranch seasonings, you’ll add this yummy pasta recipe to the regular dinner rotation!

And best of all, it only takes about 30 minutes to have dinner on the table!

two white bowls of chicken bacon carbonara

This post has been updated from the original publish date of April, 2020. It has been updated to include better step by step photos and instructions.

Creamy chicken carbonara recipe

If you’re a fan of carbonara pasta, you’ll love this American take on the classic Italian dish.

And if you’ve never had carbonara before, you need to make this recipe!

What is spaghetti carbonara?

It is a classic Italian recipe from Rome. Usually made with cured pork like a pancetta, grated hard cheese, black pepper, and egg yolk. Sometimes it also includes heavy cream.

The egg yolk is added at the very end just before serving. And it gives it this velvety smooth texture that is simply scrumptious.

It is legit. Seriously.

In this version, there is the addition of chicken and ranch seasoning to give it a nice American comforting take.

white bowl of chicken carbonara with the pasta twirled around a black fork

Ingredients

This carbonara recipe is elevated to give even more delicious flavor without a ton of ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • olive oil
  • chicken breasts
  • bacon
  • ranch seasoning
  • chicken stock
  • egg yolks
  • fettuccine pasta – can also substitute for linguine
  • parmesan cheese – can also be subbed for pecorino romano cheese
  • black pepper
  • fresh parsley or basil for garnish (optional)
  • salt
ingredients shot for the chicken carbonara

Instructions

This recipe isn’t complicated to make – you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to make your own carbonara at home! And you will only need one pot to make it! So this is a great recipe for a quick and easy family dinner!

Here’s what you’ll need to do…

Begin by heating some of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until the bacon is brown and crispy. Remove from the skillet and leave the bacon grease in the skillet.

Add remaining olive oil to the skillet with the bacon grease and cook the chicken. Then add the ranch seasoning to the cooked chicken in the pan.

chicken cooking in the skillet
adding chicken broth to the skillet
pasta added to the skillet with the cooked chicken

Add the chicken broth and fettuccini pasta to the skillet.

The pasta cooks in the broth so no need to heat up a pot of boiling water.

Bring the broth mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until the pasta is cooked according to the package directions, until al dente.

bacon and fresh parsley added to the cooked pasta in the skillet
fresh shredded parmesan cheese added to the top of the cooked pasta carbonara
skillet of finished chicken carbonara

Whisk the egg yolks in a separate bowl. Then add the egg mixture to the pasta and stir until the pasta is coated.

To serve, sprinkle the pasta with the crumbled bacon, parmigiano-reggiano cheese, and black pepper. Garnish with the fresh parsley or basil, if using.

Salt & pepper to taste.

🍝 Helpful Tips:

If using a different type of pasta, you may need additional broth. I recommend starting with the amount specified in this recipe and increasing extra broth if needed.

skillet of cooked chicken bacon carbonara

How to store leftovers:

If you have leftovers, they can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days in an airtight container. To reheat, heat on medium low until warmed through.

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close up of a large white bowl of chicken carbonara

Chicken Bacon Carbonara Recipe

Classic Carbonara gets only better when you add bacon, chicken, and ranch seasoning. This delectable dinner entree is fast and easy to make!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Serving Size 6

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until the bacon is brown and crispy, about 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels. Do not drain the skillet. When the bacon is cool enough to handle, crumble it.
  • Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the bacon grease in the skillet. Add the chicken and cook until its no longer pink in the center, 8-10 minutes. Sprinkle with the ranch seasoning.
  • Add the stock and pasta. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 8 minutes, or until pasta is cooked. Remove from heat.
  • Pour in the egg yolks and stir so they coat the pasta.
  • To serve, sprinkle the pasta with the crumbled bacon, parmesan cheese, and black pepper. Garnish with the fresh parsley or basil, if using.

Notes

I have a couple of notes regarding the original recipe as found in the cookbook:
  1. When cooking the pasta with the broth, I didn’t seem to have enough and increased it a little at a time during the cooking process so that I didn’t end up with too much. I ended up with 3 cups total. So, I would recommend having a bit extra and add additional broth if needed.
  2. The original recipe calls for fettuccini. I have tried other pastas like spaghetti and linguine and they work well for this recipe.

One-Pot Cooking

This recipe is posted with permission by Megan Marlowe of Strawberry Blondie Kitchen and Page Street Publishing Co. I was recently sent a copy of the Incredible One-Pot Cooking cookbook to review. This recipe is taken from Megan’s book. However, all opinions are my own.

Comfort foods are pretty much my jam. And this cookbook is loaded with incredible and flavorful comfort dishes. All made in one pot! We love that simplicity.

But don’t let the simplicity fool you! These recipes are packed full of incredible flavor!

Here’s just a few of the yummy recipes you’ll find in this cookbook:

  • Jalapeno Popper Chicken Burgers
  • Peach & Ginger BBQ Pulled Pork
  • Spicy Salmon BBQ Bowls
  • Bloody Mary Chicken Pasta

I mean…yum! These are all on my must try list!

If you’re looking for flavorful, easy to make one-pot meals, this cookbook is a must! Grab your copy here!

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