No other food is as comforting and filling as a pasta dish like our creamy Chicken Asparagus Pasta. It's a chicken carbonara pasta with when you add a poached egg!
Prep Time 15mins
Cook Time 20mins
Total Time 35mins
Author Julie Menghini
1lbchicken breastboneless, skinless, cooked
salt and pepper
egg - optional for carbonara version
To bake the chicken, preheat the oven to 450°F. Drizzle the chicken with olive oil and salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F. Chicken can also be grilled or pan fried.
In a small saucepan add olive oil over medium-high heat. Once hot add sliced pancetta. Cook until crisp (just a couple minutes). Watch it closely. When cooked remove from the pan using a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate.
Add the onion to the oil in the hot saucepan and cook for 2 minutes and then add the diced asparagus and the garlic and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes or until garlic is lightly browned and the asparagus is a bright green. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.
Cook the pasta for 1 to 2 minutes less than what the package recommends. We want an al dente pasta.
When pasta is cooked, put it in a large bowl. Do not rinse the pasta. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water.
Stir in the onion, asparagus, and garlic mixture. Add the grated cheese and pancetta and stir to combine. Stir in the pasta water a little bit at a time until the pasta is creamy.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Top with the cooked chicken and poached egg if using and serve.
Tips: This recipe gives the boil and shock method of making the pasta. You can also either grill or bake the pasta with extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper.Use leftover grilled chicken. You can even grab a rotisserie chicken in a time crunch. Whenever I know I will be making this dish, will throw another piece of chicken on the grill a day or two before to have it ready.To make this dish creamy, stir in a little pasta water after all of the ingredients have been combined with the exception of the topped chicken and/or poached egg.
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.