Pasta lovers unite! Bacon lovers unite! Chicken lovers unite! I've got a really great pasta dish I'm sharing today and it's very easy to make with only a handful of ingredients. The best part about this pasta is there is no butter or cream, yet it packs a punch of flavor with a delicious coating all over the spaghetti. So let's make this creamy chicken bacon pasta!
The Origin of Creamy Chicken Bacon Pasta
When I think of delicious pasta I've eaten over the years, a few places stand out in my mind. I'm from the east coast so obviously North End in Boston is a pasta lovers dream. I've been to Little Italy in New York City - also delicious. Federal Hill in Providence, in my opinion, has better Italian food than Boston or New York. I'm probably going to get in trouble for saying that. However, the absolute BEST pasta I ever had in my life was in Taiwan. This was a very unexpected place to find amazing pasta.
I was teaching in Taipei some years ago, and right near my school was a hole-in-the-wall pasta place. In general, when you are traveling there are always a certain number of places that cater to Western travelers and offer foods like pizza, burgers, french fries and so on. You would think a place like Thailand, which has a huge draw of tourists every year, might have the best Western options. No. Taiwan, a country that does not see a ton of tourism has the absolute best Western cuisine I've tasted yet.
The Secret Sauce Revealed: How is There a Creamy Coating Without Butter or Cream?
The first time I went to the pasta place in Taipei, I ordered the pasta with bacon, but soon learned I could add chicken to it for a little extra cost. I don't know what to say except that it was one of the most delicious things I've ever eaten. The portions were huge. I could eat half for lunch and half for dinner and it was so cheap. Just a few dollars and enough for two meals. Their chicken pesto pasta was also incredible, but one recipe at time.
I played with this recipe for a while to recreate the flavor. I knew the owner didn't use butter or cream so there's really only one other way to make the pasta a little saucy, but more like a coating than swimming in sauce. PASTA WATER. If you haven't used this method for a tasty sauce to coat your pasta, you haven't lived. Between the pasta water which is starchy and salty and the cheese: it's the creamy pasta coating you've always dreamed of. It is also very easy to do!
Super Easy Steps for Chicken Bacon Pasta
Need More Pasta/Noodley Things to Feed Your Cravings? I Gotcha Covered:
- Chicken Broccoli Penne Pasta w/Garlic White Wine Sauce
- The Ultimate Spaghetti Lasagna
- Pan Seared Sea Scallops w/Basil Brown Butter & Asparagus
- Dan Dan Noodles
- Cute, Little Mac & Cheese Mini Muffins
- Mie Goreng: Indonesian Fried Noodles w/Chicken
- The Best Crispy Chicken Parmesan w/Homemade Sauce
- Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken Wrapped in Bacon (cuz it's chicken and bacon)
Cooking with Leftovers in Mind: Best Way to Reheat This One
I hope you enjoy this wonderful recipe as much as I do. Chicken and bacon together is one of the great culinary affairs. This recipe is very easy and I suspect you will have many of these ingredients on hand already. It makes six portions so if you're cooking for a larger family you are all set. This is a great Sunday night dinner option for sure. If you are not cooking for a crowd, you've got fantastic built-in lunches covered for a couple of days.
BEST WAY YO REHEAT THIS ONE: Put your portion on a plate or in a bowl and add a splash of water. I usually just put my bowl under the faucet and add that splash which may be around 2-3 tablespoons of water at the most. Typically, I cover my bowl with plastic wrap and microwave it for a couple of minutes. The water and steam help loosen up the pasta and reinvigorate the sauce. Once it's heated, remove the plastic wrap and give it a mix with your fork. Works every time! Enjoy!Print