Pasta Carbonara with Chicken


This is Alexis Olivia's best recipe ever! A true Italian sharing a delicious pasta carbonara dish with chicken that everyone will love. Yes, a bit fattening, yet worth it if you are able to indulge every once in a while! Enjoy!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 (16 ounce) package penne pasta

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped

  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic

  • 4 ounces thinly sliced pancetta bacon, chopped

  • 4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, chopped

  • 4 cups shredded, cooked rotisserie chicken

  • 2 ½ cups heavy whipping cream, at room temperature

  • 1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, or more to taste

  • 3 large egg yolks, at room temperature

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil

  • ¼ cup chopped Italian (flat-leaf) parsley

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, 10 to 11 minutes. Drain.

  2. While the pasta is cooking, heat oil in a skillet over medium heat; stir in onion and garlic. Cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 4 minutes. Add pancetta and prosciutto; saute until crisp and brown, about 8 minutes. Add chicken and saute until heated through, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly.

  3. Whisk cream, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, egg yolks, basil, and parsley together in a large bowl until blended.

  4. Return chicken mixture to the stove over medium-low heat. Add drained penne and cream mixture; toss over medium-low heat until penne is thickly coated, about 4 minutes; do not let it boil or the eggs will scramble. Taste and season with salt and pepper if necessary. Transfer to a large, wide serving bowl and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

796 Calories
52g Fat
45g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 796
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 52g 67%
Saturated Fat 26g 128%
Cholesterol 266mg 89%
Sodium 614mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 5mg 23%
Calcium 200mg 15%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 405mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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