Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Uncle Ken Cooking Challenge 2015--Chicken Carbonara 3/52

(Edited:  I'm not sure what happened here, but somehow I deleted the original post for this recipe.  Sorry that it's showing up in your inbox again!  On the plus side--this is a really good recipe, so having it show up again might be a sign that you need to try it!!)

Hi Friends!

This week I tried my hand at an Italian classic:  Chicken Carbonara.  I found this recipe on the Food Channel—it’s from Giada De Laurentiis, so I knew it would be good.  It’s actually a pretty simple recipe and everybody (especially Jack!) enjoyed it.  I would encourage you to go ahead and do the garnish—the lemon peel and walnuts really added to the deliciousness of this recipe.  Ready for the recipe?  Here you go:


2 teaspoons olive oil
4 ounces thinly sliced pancetta, chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 1/2 cups whipping cream
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
8 large egg yolks
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
1 pound spaghetti
4 cups coarsely shredded chicken (from 1 roasted chicken)
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon peel


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

Add the chicken to the pan with the pancetta and stir to combine. Next, add the spaghetti and the cream mixture and toss over medium-low heat until the chicken is heated through and the sauce coats the spaghetti thickly, about 4 minutes (do not boil or you might end up scrambling the eggs). Season the pasta, to taste, with pepper and salt if needed (the pancetta will likely add all the salt you need). Transfer the pasta to a large wide serving bowl. Sprinkle the walnuts and lemon zest over, and serve.

As always—please let me know what you think if you try it!  I am loving this challenge so far! Hooray for trying new things!


Recipe from The Food Channel.

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