How To Prepare Chicken Carbonara Recipe Healthy The Best

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This recipe takes the classic creamy carbonara and gives it a healthy makeover, perfect for those who love the flavor but want a lighter option. We’ve swapped out heavy cream for a combination of Greek yogurt and low-fat milk, and used lean chicken breast instead of pancetta. Don’t worry, the result is still incredibly satisfying and packed with flavor.

Ingredients:

Healthy Chicken Carbonara Pasta
Healthy Chicken Carbonara Pasta

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving
  • 12 ounces dried spaghetti
  • Salt, to taste

  • Instructions:

    1. Cook the chicken: Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through. Remove from the pan and set aside.

    2. Sauté the aromatics: In the same skillet, add the red onion and cook for 3 minutes, or until softened. Add garlic, parsley, thyme, and black pepper, and cook for another minute, stirring constantly.

    3. Create the sauce: In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, Greek yogurt, egg yolks, and Parmesan cheese. Season with salt, to taste.

    4. Combine and serve: Add the cooked chicken back to the skillet along with the cooked spaghetti and the sauce mixture. Toss everything together until well combined and the sauce coats the pasta.

    5. Serve immediately: Plate the pasta and garnish with additional Parmesan cheese, if desired.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 450

  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 200mg
  • Sodium: 450mg
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Protein: 35g

  • Conclusion:

    This lighter chicken carbonara is a fantastic option for those who crave the creamy, cheesy goodness of the classic dish without all the fat. It’s perfect for a weeknight meal or a light lunch. Plus, it’s packed with protein and fiber to keep you feeling full and satisfied.

    FAQs:

    1. Can I use a different type of pasta?

    Absolutely! While spaghetti is traditional, you can use any type of long pasta you like, such as fettuccine, linguine, or even whole-wheat pasta for added fiber.

    2. Can I add vegetables to this recipe?

    Of course! Chopped broccoli, asparagus, or peas would be delicious additions. Add them to the skillet with the onion in step 2.

    3. Do I have to use Greek yogurt?

    Greek yogurt adds a nice tang and creaminess to the sauce, but you can substitute it with an equal amount of ricotta cheese if you prefer.

    4. What can I do with leftover cooked chicken?

    Leftover cooked chicken can be used in a variety of ways. Chop it up and add it to salads, sandwiches, or wraps. You can also use it to make a quick and easy chicken stir-fry.

    5. How can I make this recipe vegetarian?