Chicken Carbonara

Chicken Carbonara

15 reviews, 3.7 star(s). 80% would make again

Ready in 1 hour 25 minutes

Tasty chicken dish which makes a great dinner for company, but is easy enough for a weekday meal for the family. Most of the prep work can be done a day or two in advance, so making it is quick and easy. Easy to do, but looks and tastes like it's time-consuming and complicated. It also reheats very well.


1 Chicken breast; pre-cooked; or 4 thighs
1 medium green pepper
3 tablespoons Vegetable oil
2 cup Heavy cream
1 cup Grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 cup Bacon bits
3/4 teaspoon Thyme
1/4 teaspoon Pepper
6 ounce Pasta; or substitute Rice

Original recipe makes 4 Servings



Prep work that can be done ahead of time:

- Cook chicken and cut into bite size pieces. Smoking and cooking the chicken on wood grill adds excellent flavor to this dish.

- Fry bacon or cook in microwave until crispy, cool and crumble to make bacon bits.

- Slice green pepper into bit size pieces

Start Pasta or Rice:

- Cook to package directions

Main dish:

- In a large pan, saute green pepper lightly in oil, only about 1 minute, to keep the green pepper firm, rather than soft. Remove and reserve

- Brown/heat chicken pieces in pan, just until heated through. Cook only until heated through. Remove and reserve.

- Add cream, Parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup bacon, thyme, and pepper to pan (reduce heat). Simmer until cream sauce is reduced and slightly thickened, 10-12 minutes, stiring and scrapping bottom of pan frequently.

- Add sauted green pepper and chicken pieces to sauce in pan, mix.

To serve: Spoon chicken mixture onto spaghetti; top with 1/4 cup bacon


This is good served over rice instead of pasta. Can substitute pea pods for the green pepper, or add some red pepper for color.

Verified by stevemur
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Made some slight changes to the recipe. It was delicious!

Chicken Carbonara

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"This is the perfect meal for a busy weeknight! It can be thrown together in a matter of minutes and is a great way to use leftover chicken (or even a rotisserie chicken); just skip the first step. If you know that you will have a busy day, you can prep this meal in the morning and throw it in the oven right before you are ready to eat!" — Firebyrd Firebyrd

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My family enjoyed this. I wasn't sure about the green pepper but found that it gave the sauce just a bit if sweetness that was quite enjoyable. I used a rue and unfortunately cooked it just a bit too long (too thick). I also seasoned the chicken with some Italian dries herbs and substituted fat free half and half for one of the cups of heavy cream. Definitely making this again.
Holly88 1y ago

I would recommend making a rue so the sauce gets thick because it did not get as thick as I would like. It was very good. I also sautéed the chicken with seasoning so it would have more flavors.
shelly_carroll 2y ago

Just had this for dinner tonight; with some alterations, it was really delicious. We used 2 breasts instead of just one, replaced peppers with peas, and added mushrooms and a clove of garlic. We'll definitely be making it again!
KittyChaos 3y ago

dnblynn 3y ago

It was ok.
LizMartin1530 3y ago

No ingredient list that says how much of what. Would have loved to try or!
angelalaw 3y ago

Delicious, but extremely unhealthy.
spellchick84 3y ago

Peppers in this just not to my taste otherwise good.
Kaz20 4y ago

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