Lemon Chicken Carbonara Recipe

My husband LOVES Chicken Carbonara from Olive Garden so I decided to surprise him with my own version of Chicken Carbonara. I ventured out to the Farmers Market in Logan, Utah and I must say that it was the biggest farmers market I have ever been to! It was so much fun! Anyways… I picked up some fresh ingredients to cook the Carbonara and he loved it! I love using fresh ingredients for my recipes! Hope you love it as much as we did!

Lemon Chicken Carbonara


2 tsp. olive oil
2 oz. thinly sliced bacon, chopped
1 tsp. garlic minced
1 1/4 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 large egg yolks
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves – chopped
2 teaspoons dried parsley leaves
1/2 pound spaghetti noodles
2 cups chicken, cooked and shredded
1 to 2 Tomatoes, diced
Freshly ground black pepper
3 Tablespoons lemon peel, finely grated


Heat the oil in a heavy, large frying pan over medium heat.  Add the bacon and garlic and saute until it is brown and crisp – about 8 minutes – then 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 noodles and cook  until it is just tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally. Takes about 10 minutes then drain.

Add the chicken to the pan with the bacon and garlic and still to combine. Next add the spaghetti noodles, cream mixture, and diced tomatoes and toss over medium-low heat until the chicken is warmed through and sauce thickens (about 4 minutes).

Season the pasta with pepper and salt if desired. Transfer the pasta to a serving dish and sprinkle the lemon zest over the top and serve.

(My kids don’t like lemon zest so I just put it on the adult plates)

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  1. Dawn says

    I love this recipe. We enhanced it with, spinach, sliced fresh mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, green onions and tripled the lemon zest and juice. Now my family asks me to make the “good chicken and pasta” for dinner :)

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