Carbonara with chicken and peas recipe

59 ratings Rate
  • Serves 4
  • 15mins to prepare and 30mins to cook
  • 510 calories / serving
Add this recipe to your binder.

Lay the chicken breasts in a frying pan with the bay leaves and cover with water. Bring to a gentle simmer, then simmer for 20 minutes until cooked. When chicken is thoroughly cooked with no pink showing, juices will run clear when the meat is pierced or sliced.

Remove and chop the chicken into small cubes. Cook the spaghetti in a saucepan of boiling water according to packet instructions, adding the peas for the last 3 minutes of cooking time. While the spaghetti cooks, heat the oil in a large frying pan, then add the shallots and fry for 3-4 minutes until they are starting to brown. Stir in the garlic and fry for 1 minutes, then tip in the courgette and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes. Stir the chicken into the pan, season with salt and pepper. Keep warm.

Drain the spaghetti in a colander over a bowl, so you can reserve a little of the pasta water, then drop the spaghetti and peas into the pan with the chicken. Mix the eggs and cheese together with some salt and pepper, remove the pan from the heat and pour in the egg mixture. Stir everything together to coat well, spooning in enough of the pasta water to give a sauce. Toss in most of the parsley, then serve immediately sprinkled with the rest of the parsley.

See more Pasta recipes 

For top tips on protecting you and your family when preparing raw meat and poultry, visit Food Safety in the Home.

If serving vulnerable groups, elderly people, babies, toddlers, pregnant women and people who are unwell, cook until the whites and yolks are solid. 

  • Ingredients

  • 2 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts, about 250g total weight
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 300g spaghetti
  • 125g frozen peas
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 3 shallots, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 medium courgette, coarsely grated, patted dry on kitchen towel
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 50g Parmesan, grated
  • 1tbsp flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • Energy 2145kj 510kcal 26%
  • Fat 13g 18%
  • Saturates 4g 22%
  • Sugars 5g 5%
  • Salt 0.5g 8%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 58.6g Protein 35.9g Fibre 5.8g


You may also like

Text the ingredients

Please enter a valid UK or Ireland mobile phone number

Terms of Use. We will send you a text containing the list of ingredients for this recipe and a link to access the method. This will not cost you anything. If a message is undelivered we will only attempt to resend for up to 24 hours. This service involves no registration or subscription.