Chicken Carbonara Recipe

This homemade creamy Chicken Carbonara Recipe is the ultimate pasta recipe. Chicken and shrimp smothered in a homemade carbonara sauce. This one-pan meal is perfect for busy evenings and ready in just 30 minutes.

You can’t go wrong with a one-pan meal, especially when pasta is involved. The hearty Chicken with Mac & Cheese and our simple Cajun Chicken Pasta are just as wonderful.

Chicken carbonara with shrimp in a skillet with pasta topped with fresh greens.

what is chicken carbonara?

Classic carbonara is made with eggs, cream and Parmesan. We put a little twist on the traditional recipe and you’d never know, it tastes just as wonderful!

This recipe is inspired by Olive Garden’s Chicken and Shrimp Carbonara. The homemade version is so much better and for a fraction of the price. The juicy chicken with shrimp and bacon make for a wonderful combination with the pasta and rich carbonara sauce.

Creamy carbonara chicken and shrimp in a skillet with a spoon topped with fresh greens.

how to make chicken carbonara?

  1. Cook pasta according to package instruction and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, sauté the bacon. Remove from skillet and reserve 1 Tbsp grease.
  3. In the same skillet, cook the shrimp 3-4 minutes, flipping halfway, until shrimp is opaque and pink. Remove chicken and add to the bacon. TIP: Be sure to remove the tail and devein shrimp before cooking.
  4. In a bowl, combine the ingredients for the chicken coating. Cut chicken breasts in half and dredge in the coating.
  5. Sauté the chicken on both sides until crispy and fully cooked. Remove chicken from skillet.

How to make shrimp chicken carbonara pasta with bacon.

  1. In the same skillet, sauté the onions with garlic and diced tomatoes. Stir in the half and half, broth and parmesan cheese. Stirring frequently, cook until sauce thickens.
  2. Cut the chicken into cubes or slice in strands. Add the chicken, bacon, and shrimp to the sauce. Stir and cook until reheated.
  3. Serve the chicken and shrimp carbonara over pasta, or, add the pasta to the skillet and stir until all is combined.

How to saute the chicken and shrimp for this simple chicken Carbonara recipe.

what kind of pasta can I use for carbonara?

Though we used spaghetti in this carbonara recipe, you can use your favorite pasta. Here are some options for pasta:

  • Fettuccine
  • Angel hair
  • Penne
  • Rigatoni

how to store carbonara?

Store the leftover carbonara in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

how to reheat chicken pasta carbonara?

To reheat the carbonara, just add to a skillet and cook until reheated, stirring frequently. You may need to add a few tablespoons of half and half if the sauce is too thick.

One pan chicken carbonara pasta in a skillet with bread slices and fresh greens.

This surprisingly easy carbonara is so quick to make. Not only is great for a quick dinner, but it’s also the perfect meal to make for a special occasion or if you are entertaining guests.


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5 from 5 votes

Chicken Carbonara Recipe

Chicken and Shrimp Carbonara Recipe. Sauteed chicken and shrimp smothered in the most delicious homemade carbonara sauce served with pasta. An easy 30-minute meal.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: chicken carbonara
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 641.07kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner


  • 10 oz pasta
  • 2 chicken breasts, halved
  • 8 oz bacon, chopped & cooked
  • 1/2 lb raw shrimp
  • 2 Tbsp reserved bacon grease, divided
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, divided

carbonara sauce-

  • 1/2 large onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, cubed
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups half & half
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

chicken coating-


  • Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and cover to keep warm.
  • Cut and cook the bacon, reserve 2 Tbsp of the bacon grease.
  • In a skillet, cook the raw shrimp with 1 Tbsp butter until fully cooked. Remove from skillet.
  • In a small bowl combine all the ingredients for the chicken coating.
  • Cut the chicken breast in half. Fully dredge the 4 chicken fillets in the chicken coating.
  • In the same skillet, fry the chicken fillets with 1 Tbsp bacon grease and 1 Tbsp butter until fully cooked. Remove chicken from skillet. Cut chicken into cubes or strips.
  • In the same skillet, saute the finely chopped onion with 1 Tbsp grease and 1 Tbsp butter.
  • Once the onion is tender add the minced garlic and cubed tomatoes. Cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Add the chicken broth, half and half, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper (to taste) to the skillet.
  • Cook the sauce until the sauce thickens.
  • Add the shrimp, bacon and chicken back to the carbonara sauce.
  • Serve over pasta or mix the cooked pasta into the sauce. If serving over pasta, be sure pasta is reheated.
  • Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Carbonara Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 641.07 Calories from Fat 287
% Daily Value*
Fat 31.85g49%
Saturated Fat 11.62g73%
Cholesterol 188.38mg63%
Sodium 968.14mg42%
Potassium 670.28mg19%
Carbohydrates 47.97g16%
Fiber 1.96g8%
Sugar 8.91g10%
Protein 38.74g77%
Vitamin A 421.4IU8%
Vitamin C 6.83mg8%
Calcium 168.71mg17%
Iron 2.18mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Show 10 Comments
  • Beck 11/03/2019, 12:15 pm Link Reply

    I love a good pasta recipe. This looks amazing.

    • Valentina's Corner 11/03/2019, 8:17 pm Link Reply

      I hope you love the recipe as much as we do..

  • Jessica Burgess 11/02/2019, 1:43 pm Link Reply

    This pasta recipe is my love language!

    • Valentina's Corner 11/03/2019, 10:42 am Link Reply

      Ha, I love that, Jessica. Thanks for giving our recipe a try.

  • Katie 11/02/2019, 11:20 am Link Reply

    Made this for the family and it was hit! We all loved it!

    • Valentina's Corner 11/02/2019, 11:34 am Link Reply

      Thanks for sharing, Katie. I’m so glad your family enjoyed the Carbonara! 🙂

  • Reese 11/02/2019, 10:34 am Link Reply

    I can’t believe the restaurant quality meal took only 30 minutes. The sauce is rich and creamy!

    • Valentina's Corner 11/02/2019, 10:58 am Link Reply

      The sauce really is my favorite part. It complements the rest of the meal so well.

  • Demeter 11/02/2019, 10:11 am Link Reply

    Pasta is always a hit in our house. This is such s a great way to change to our normal routine. Looks amazing!

    • Valentina's Corner 11/02/2019, 10:57 am Link Reply

      You really are going to enjoy this pasta, Demeter. So easy and so satisfying.

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