Carbonara with chicken and pancetta on a plate with fork

Carbonara with chicken

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(30 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins - 20 mins


Serves 4

Serve this pasta crowd-pleaser with a fresh green salad for a hearty dinner. Our indulgent chicken carbonara uses eggs and butter to create a rich sauce

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal758
  • fat24g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs93g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre5g
  • protein40g
  • salt1.2g
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  • 1 pack spaghetti
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 garlic clove, halved
  • 77g pack pancetta



    Pancetta is Italian cured pork belly - the equivalent of streaky bacon. It has a deep, strong,…

  • 1 chicken breast, cut into strips
  • 2 eggs
  • 100g Grana Padano, finely grated, plus extra to serve (wrap the rest tightly and it will keep for several weeks)
  • 1 tbsp butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…


  1. Cook the spaghetti following pack instructions. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the garlic and pancetta until crisp, then add the chicken strips and fry briefly until they're just cooked through. Fish out the garlic clove and discard it. Beat the eggs with the grana padano and some black pepper.

  2. Add a couple of tablespoons of pasta water to the pancetta pan along with the butter, then drain the pasta and add it to the pan. Pour in the egg mixture, take the pan off the heat and toss together so the egg cooks in the heat of the pasta. Divide between four warm bowls and top with more cheese, if you like.

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17th Jun, 2020
Very easy and quick. I didn't have any pancetta so had to use bacon instead. Was lovely, fussy children ate it!! Will make again using pancetta
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Keith Turner
26th May, 2020
This is the simplest and tastiest carbonara I have ever ‘knocked up’ highly recommended recipe
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paul lucas
21st Apr, 2019
Can this dish be frozen?
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22nd Apr, 2019
Thanks for your question. We recommend serving this dish straightaway. The texture will be compromised if frozen and reheated.
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