Friday, July 16, 2010

Chicken Carbonara

Last night I had a girls night in at my house. It is
always wonderful to have great friends over to laugh,
talk and eat great food. This Carbonara is very rich and
luxurious. I served it with homemade garlic bread!!

Chicken Carbonara
2 teaspoons olive oil
4 ounces thinly sliced pancetta, chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 1/2 cups whipping cream
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
8 large egg yolks
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
1 pound spaghetti
4 cups coarsely shredded chicken (from 1 roasted chicken)
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon peel

Heat the oil in a heavy large frying pan over medium heat. Add the pancetta and garlic and saute until it is brown and crisp, about 8 minutes. Cool slightly.
In a large bowl, whisk together the cream, cheese, yolks, basil, and parsley to blend.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the spaghetti and cook until it is just tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Drain.
Add the chicken to the pan with the pancetta and stir to combine. Next, add the spaghetti and the cream mixture and toss over medium-low heat until the chicken is heated through and the sauce coats the spaghetti thickly, about 4 minutes (do not boil or you might end up scrambling the eggs). Season the pasta, to taste, with pepper and salt if needed (the pancetta will likely add all the salt you need). Transfer the pasta to a large wide serving bowl. Sprinkle the walnuts and lemon zest over, and serve.


  1. This is a family favorite around here, but I like your take on it, will try it this week! Great recipes!

  2. Hi val! Wow - you have some awesome recipes on your blog. I really want to try those carmelita brownies too. Yum! I hope you are doing well!


  3. It was SO yummy. Carbonara is a favorite in our home too. Hi Jen, thanks for the blog love, you would love the carmelita's!

  4. I may have just drooled all over my keyboard! This looks AMAZING!

  5. Oh my goodness. This looks amazingly delicious.

  6. I tried the recipe and it was easy to make. Thanks for the great recipe. Keep them coming.

  7. I'am so glad you enjoyed it Ms. Danielle!! I will post some recipes in your honor my dear friend!


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