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Slow Cooker Chicken Carbonara

This slow cooker chicken carbonara is an easy dish that makes enough for the whole family. It’s simple to make gluten free and with the chicken and bacon flavors is sure to be a hit with everyone. Chicken carbonara is a staple dish in the pasta world and this recipe makes it a snap with the crock pot doing all the work!

  • Author: Bailey
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: chicken
  • Method: slow cooker
  • Cuisine: American (italian inspired)


  • 12 ounces of bacon (about 8 slices)
  • 1pound chicken thighs, diced into 1-inch cubes/bite sized pieces
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 8 ounces white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1.5 cups chicken broth
  • 1.5 cups heavy cream
  • 8 ounces spaghetti noodles
  • 2 tablespoons flour or cornstarch to thicken
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • Optional: 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • Garnish with additional parsley, black pepper and finely grated parmesan


1. Cook the bacon in a skillet until crispy. Transfer the cooked bacon to a plate lined with a paper towel to remove excess grease

2. Add the diced chicken thighs, diced onion, minced garlic, sliced mushrooms and chicken broth to the slow cooker. Chop the bacon and then add it into the slow cooker. Stir everything together to combine

3. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours

4. 15 minutes prior to serving, combine the flour or cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water in a small bowl and use a fork or whisk to dissolve it. Pour it into the slow cooker along with the heavy cream

5. Boil the pasta according to the instructions and drain. Add the noodles into the slow cooker and stir into the chicken and cream sauce. Stir in the chopped parsley, and peas if you’re using them. Serve immediately

Optional: you can sear the chicken thighs in the bacon grease for 1 to 2 minutes (just until the outside is golden brown and seared) prior to adding them to the slow cooker


  • You can add 1/2 cup of parmesan into the slow cooker when you add the heavy cream
  • You can cook the pasta in the slow cooker if you’d like, simply switch the slow cooker to high 15 minutes prior to serving and add in the uncooked pasta. Do not add the flour. The starch from the pasta will thicken the sauce

For gluten free slow cooker chicken carbonara:

  • Swap out the regular pasta for your favorite gluten free variety and cook according to the box instructions. Add them in in the same place you would add the other kind of noodles.