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Chicken and Bacon Pasta with creamy Cilantro-Lime Sauce Recipe

Creamy cilantro lime spaghetti with chicken and bacon - refreshing recipe that uses fresh ingredients, such as fresh cilantro and freshly squeezed lime juice.  

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 801 kcal
Author Julia


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb chicken breast , sliced
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice freshly squeezed, use less if bottled juice
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro fresh, chopped
  • 2/3 cups heavy cream
  • 2/3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese shredded
  • 8 oz spaghetti (use gluten free brown rice spaghetti for gluten free version)
  • 1/4 cup reserved cooked pasta water
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cilantro chopped
  • 8 strips bacon , cooked, drained of fat, and chopped


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium-hot heat. Generously season sliced chicken with salt and pepper, add to the hot skillet and cook for about 5 minutes until done. Remove sliced chicken from the skillet.

  2. To the same skillet, add minced garlic, lime juice and chicken broth. Cook for 1-2 minutes on high heat, deglazing and scraping the skillet until the liquid is reduced and making sure garlic does not burn and brown too much. Mix in chopped cilantro.

  3. Add heavy cream and milk. Bring to boil, the immediately add cheese and mix in until melted, while boiling. Then, remove from heat.

  4. Cook pasta according to package instructions, drain, reserving some cooked pasta water.

  5. Add pasta to the sauce, along with the half of the chicken and half of chopped bacon. Mix everything in and season pasta with more salt, if needed.

  6. Top with the remaining half of the chicken, the remaining half of chopped bacon, and more chopped cilantro.

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Nutrition Facts
Chicken and Bacon Pasta with creamy Cilantro-Lime Sauce Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 801 Calories from Fat 423
% Daily Value*
Fat 47g72%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Cholesterol 168mg56%
Sodium 714mg31%
Potassium 748mg21%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 43g86%
Vitamin A 795IU16%
Vitamin C 5.6mg7%
Calcium 241mg24%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.