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The perfect Chicken Carbonara Recipe

VIDEORECIPE The perfect Chicken Carbonara Recipe

Tender chicken, crispy pancetta and spaghetti all tossed together in a rich, silky sauce.

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How to cook pasta: Basic guidelines to avoid mushy pasta

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How to cook pasta: Basic guidelines to avoid mushy pasta

Ingredients

number of servings
4
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil Added to
  • 1 large chicken breast Added to
  • 1 teaspoon salt Added to
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper Added to
  • 14 oz Dried Spaghetti Added to
  • 3 large eggs Added to
  • 12 cup Pecorino Romano cheese (or swap for Parmesan or Grana Padano) finely grated Added to
  • 50 g Parmesan cheese (finely grated) Added to
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter Added to
  • 312 oz pancetta (chopped intosmall pieces) Added to
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced) Added to
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Directions

25 min.
1. Step

Place the chicken breast flat on a board and slice in half through the middle, so you have 2 equal-sized thin fillets. Dust with the salt and half the pepper.

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2. Step

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan (skillet) over a medium-high heat.Place the chicken in the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes, turning once, until golden brown and cooked through.

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3. Step

Remove from the pan and place on a chopping board to rest, then slice into strips.

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4. Step

Meanwhile place the spaghetti in a large pan of lightly salted boiling water. Bring back to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes.

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5. Step

While the pasta is cooking mix together the eggs in a bowl with the Pecorino cheese and half the Parmesan cheese. Put to one side.

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6. Step

Place the butter in the pan that you cooked the chicken in. Heat over a medium heat until the butter melts.

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7. Step

Add the pancetta and fry for 3-4 minutes, until starting to crisp up, then add the garlic and cook for a further 30 seconds.

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8. Step

By now, the pasta should be ready (if it’snot, turn off the heat of the pan with the pancetta in, and reheat it for a few seconds when ready). Using tongs, remove the pasta from the water (reserving the water in the pan) and transfer to the pan with the pancetta. Don’t worry about excess water from the pasta dripping into the pan – that water will help give you a lovely saucy finish.

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9. Step

Add the chicken to the pasta and toss the spaghetti in the pan over the heat for a minute, then turn off the heat.

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10. Step

Add 4 tbsp of the reserved pasta water to the pan, then whilst constantlylifting and lowering the pasta with the tongs, pour the egg mixture in the pan with the pasta.

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11. Step

Continue lifting and lowering until the egg mixture coats the pasta. Add a little more pasta water if needed, until you have a lovely creamy sauce.

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12. Step

Divide the pasta between four bowls and sprinkle on the remaining Parmesan cheese and black pepper before serving.

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