Creamy Chicken Carbonara a copycat signature dish from Johnny Carino’s Italian Resturant Bowtie Festival with Chicken, Bacon, Tomatoes, and Red Onion in a creamy Alfredo Sauce served with Bowtie Pasta. and PS – I LOVE IT!

Chicken Carbonara ~ Bowtie Festival

Chicken Carbonara, a copy cat recipe from Johnny Carino’s Bowtie Festival made with Bacon, Tomatoes, red onions in a creamy Alfredo sauce served over Bowtie Pasta. It’s a family favorite kid approved recipe I’m sure you will enjoy. #instantpot #instantpotrecipes #Bowtiepasta #bowtiefestival #Johnnycarions #Chickencarbonara #chickencarbonararecipe #devourdinner #easydinnerrecipe #easydinner #dinner recipe #Bakedchickencarbonara #Chickencarbonarapasta #Recipe #italian #Kidapproved #30minutemeal

Serves 6 | Perfect for Dinner | 6 Qt Instant Pot

This Chicken Carbonara Recipe is my favorite and I love the variations in this traditional recipe.  This is a copycat recipe from Johnny Carino’s and their signature recipe Bowtie Festival with slices of delicious chicken, crumbed bacon, tomatoes and red onion served with a creamy Alfredo sauce over bowtie pasta.  I just love all the flavors in this Chicken Carbonara Recipe.

Chicken Carbonara Recipe, Chicken, Alfredo Sauce, Bacon, Tomato, Red Onion and Bowtie Pasta

I’ve made this recipe easy using the Instant Pot and it speeds up the time to make and doesn’t lose any flavor that I’ve come to enjoy.  This kid approved recipe can be made in 30 minutes or less.  Remember my picky eater?  Well he has had a blast rating recipes and this one came in at 9 out of 10.  That’s great in my book.  He didn’t like the red onions which he picked out.  For me that’s a mom win!

What does Chicken Carbonara Recipe have in it?

Chicken Carbonara is an Italian recipe with chicken, pasta, bacon, tomatoes in a creamy Alfredo sauce.  This recipe also has Red Onion which gives a fun extra taste too.

Bowtie Festival, Chicken Carbonara in Alfredo Sauce with Chicken, Bacon, Red Onion and Tomatoes

What Does Chicken Carbonara Taste Like?

Chicken Carbonara Recipes takes similar to Chicken Alfredo in a creamy sauce.  However the extra bacon in this recipe takes Chicken Carbonara to a new party in your mouth.

What to Serve with Chicken Carbonara?

With any Pasta Recipe, I like to serve my Easy Garlic Bread recipe. It’s so easy to throw together while everything else is cooking and wonderful to have hot home baked bread with dinner too. It’s a family favorite for sure!

How to make Chicken Carbonara?

Chicken Carbonara Recipe can be made on the stove top or in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.  Both are equally as delicious!

Chicken in Instant Pot Saute' for Dinner Recipe

Instant Pot Directions

  • Heat Instant Pot to Saute.  Slice chicken.  Add Butter and Garlic to Instant Pot when hot.  Add Chicken and stir.  Cook until no longer pink
  • Add broth and heavy cream.  Add Seasoning Salts and stir.  Pour Pasta in Instant Pot but do not stir.  Set Instant Pot to Manual for 6 minutes and Quick Release.
  • Stir Pasta to break up.  Add Parmesan Cheese and stir.  Add Bacon, Tomatoes and Red Onions
  • Close lid for 2 minutes allowing tomatoes and red onion to get tender.  Stir to combine.
  • Garnish with additional Parmesan Cheese and serve.
Chicken Carbonara_Bowtie Festival Pasta_with Bacon, tomatoes, red onion in a creamy alfredo sauce

Stove Top Directions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse and drain.
  • Slice Chicken thin. Add butter (or Olive Oil) and garlic to a large saute pan. Add Chicken and cook over medium/high heat stirring occasionally. Chicken is fully cooked when it reaches 165 degrees F. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • Add 2 Tbs butter, 2 Cups Heavy Cream, and 1 Cup Chicken Broth to pan and allow to come to a slow boil.
  • sprinkle grated parmesan cheese and stir
  • Add Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Allow Sauce to simmer and melt cheese. Sauce will thicken as it cools.
  • Add Pasta, Chicken, Tomato, Red Onion and Bacon and Stir
  • Garnish with additional Parmesan Cheese and Serve

Making Bacon Quick and Easy in the Oven

I don’t always like to fry up bacon on my stove. It leaves a greasy mess. However cooking bacon in the Oven is so quick and easy and the clean up is almost existent. It also allows me to work on other items in the kitchen while it’s baking too. Just head on over to my How To Cook Bacon in the Oven for more info!

How to Cook Bacon

What is Bowtie Festival?

Bowtie Festival is essentially a Chicken Carbonara Recipe.  An Italian Resturant Chain, Johnny Carino’s makes Bowtie Festival which is one of their signature dishes and is amazing!

Chicken Carbonara, bowtie festival

Can I make Chicken Carbonara Recipe with less fat?

Yes!  You can always cut and substitute ingredients.  In this recipe you can substitute the chicken broth for water and lower your sodium intake.  You can also use Evaporated Milk instead of Heavy Cream. However, do not use Evaporated Milk in the Instant Pot under pressure.  It just doesn’t work right.  So add extra water or broth to replace the heavy cream for the cooking process and when it’s completed add evaporated milk and cheese.  Your sauce will be a little thinner but still have a wonderful flavor.

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Quick Tips

This Chicken Carbonara Recipe can be made with other pastas.  Adjust the pressure time accordingly.  Bowtie Pasta tends to take longer than others.  You will want to adjust down for Penne, macaroni, etc.

Chicken Carbonara-a dinner recipe for Instant Pot with Chicken, Bacon, Tomatoes, and Red Onion served over Bowtie Pasta

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Yield: 6 Servings

Chicken Carbonara

Chicken Carbonara

Chicken Carbonara made with Bowtie Pasta, a creamy parmesan cheese sauce with bacon, tomato and red onion. A favorite copycat recipe from Johnny Carino's

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 3 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes

Ingredients

  • Instant Pot Ingredients:
  • 3 Chicken Breasts Sliced Thin
  • 2 Tbs Butter
  • 1 Tbs Garlic
  • 3 1/2 Cup Chicken Broth or Water
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 Tbs Lawrey's Seasoning
  • 1 lb Bowtie Pasta
  • 6-8 Slices of cooked bacon
  • 1/2 Cup Red Onion
  • 1/2 Cup Diced Roma Tomatos
  • 3/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • For Stove Top - Adjust the following measurements
  • 2 Cups Heavy Cream
  • 1 Cup Chicken Broth
  • 4 Tbs Butter *Divided

Instructions

Instant Pot Directions:

  1. Slice Chicken Breasts thin.
  2. Heat Instant Pot to Saute and wait until it reads "Hot"
  3. Add Butter and Garlic and Stir until butter is melted
  4. Add Chicken and stir. Watch Pot and stir occasionally to saute. Saute until chicken is no longer pink. Press Cancel on Instant Pot
  5. Add Broth and Heavy Cream. Add Lawrey's Seasoning Salt and stir.
  6. Pour Bowtie Pasta on top. Do not stir.
  7. Set to Manual for 6 minutes and Quick Release the Pressure.
  8. Stir pasta to break up. Add in Parmesan Cheese and Stir.
  9. Gently add crumbed Bacon, tomatoes and red onion and close lid for 2 minutes.
  10. Garnish with more Parmesan Cheese and serve.

Stove Top Directions:

  • Cook pasta according to package directions
  • Slice Chicken. Add butter (or Olive Oil) and garlic to a large saute pan. Add Chicken and cook over medium/high heat stirring occasionally. Chicken is fully cooked when it reaches 165 degrees F. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • Add 2 Tbs butter, 2 Cups Heavy Cream, and 1 Cup Chicken Broth to pan and allow to come to a slow boil.
  • sprinkle grated parmesan cheese and stir
  • Add Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Allow Sauce to simmer and melt cheese. Sauce will thicken as it cools.
  • Add Pasta, Chicken, Tomato, Red Onion and Bacon and Stir
  • Garnish with additional Parmesan Cheese and Serve

Notes

Tips: I find that Bowtie Pasta takes a bit longer than other pastas to cook which is why I suggest a 6 minute cook time. Please note that when using other pastas cooking time will be shorter by 1 or two minutes.

I like extra sauce. I tend to add an additional 1/2 cup heavy cream after the cooking process when stirring in the Parmesan cheese. However, it's not necessary.

This is a copycat recipe from the Italian Resturant Johnny Carino's and one of their signature dishes. It's also my favorite.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 885 Total Fat: 67g Saturated Fat: 39g Trans Fat: 2g Unsaturated Fat: 23g Cholesterol: 246mg Sodium: 2180mg Carbohydrates: 34g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 6g Protein: 37g
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