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This easy creamy balsamic chicken bacon mushroom pasta is loaded with flavor! A simple weeknight dinner that the whole family will love. Ready in only 30 minutes!

close-up of chicken bacon mushroom pasta on a white plate with a fork
Photos updated 6/18

Have you ever made pasta with balsamic vinegar? I love cooking with it.

Whether you’re making a salad dressing with it, a balsamic glaze, or putting it into a meat dish, it’s a versatile ingredient.

Making a balsamic pasta sauce is easy. I didn’t go overboard with the vinegar in here, so you’re left with a nice, subtle balsamic flavor that isn’t too strong.

This pasta is definitely a treat, but I only used 3 strips of bacon in the whole thing, and this feeds at least 4, so you’re good. 😛

creamy chicken bacon mushroom pasta in a skillet

How to make chicken bacon mushroom pasta

This is a pretty straightforward recipe. Cook the pasta while you’re making the sauce.

Crisp the bacon up, add the mushrooms and cook them for a bit, then add the chicken to the pan.

Stir in the balsamic vinegar then the cream. Simmer it for a while and then toss it with the pasta and some fresh parmesan.

So good and fast!

chicken pasta with a creamy balsamic garlic sauce on a plate with grated parmesan

Pro tip: to thicken the sauce in this creamy chicken and bacon pasta without overcooking the chicken, I slightly undercook the pasta and then toss it with the sauce at the end for a couple of minutes.

This helps release more of the starch and the sauce is thickened just enough.

You could use any kind of mushroom you want in this dish. I’ve made it with white and cremini mushrooms before.

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close-up of chicken bacon mushroom pasta on a fork

Will you give this creamy balsamic chicken pasta a try?

Questions? Let me know in the comments below.

This chicken bacon mushroom pasta recipe is a quick and simple weeknight dinner. It has a delicious creamy balsamic sauce with a hint of garlic that's sure to become a family favorite!
5 from 6 votes

Creamy Balsamic Chicken Bacon Mushroom Pasta

This easy creamy balsamic chicken bacon mushroom pasta is loaded with flavor! A simple weeknight dinner that the whole family will love.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 8 ounces uncooked pasta 
  • 2 chicken breasts cut into bite-size strips
  • 3 strips bacon cut into small pieces
  • 7 ounces mushrooms (white or cremini work well) sliced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup heavy/whipping cream
  • 1-2 dashes Italian seasoning
  • Pinch of garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Prep your bacon and chicken. Boil a large, salted pot of water and cook pasta al dente according to package directions. 
  • Meanwhile, add the bacon to a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until it's nice and crispy (about 7-10 minutes). Take the bacon out of the pan and set it aside. 
  • Drain some of the bacon fat off, still leaving enough to cook the mushrooms in. Sauté the mushrooms for about 3-4 minutes or until they start to release some of their water. 
  • Add the chicken in the pan and cook for another 4-5 minutes or so. Most of the liquid should be gone from the pan by now. If not, cook a little bit longer. 
  • Stir in the balsamic vinegar and cook it for about a minute.
  • Add the cream, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder to the pan. Give it a good stir (make sure to scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan) and let it cook for 5 minutes or so (reduce heat if bubbling like crazy), taking care not to overcook the chicken.
  • Stir in the parmesan cheese, bacon pieces, and season the sauce with salt & pepper as needed.
  • Drain the pasta and add it to the skillet. Toss the sauce with the pasta continuously for a minute or two (I used tongs) - this will help thicken the sauce a bit. 

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  1. Roxanne Sharp says:

    How would this taste with tomato ad onion added?

    1. Natasha says:

      I am not sure about the tomato, but onion would definitely work. The tomato might add too much acidity (since it already has the balsamic vinegar), but you could always give it a try, and if you don’t like it, omit it next time.

    2. John says:

      5 stars
      I added some jarred sun dried tomatoes (in olive oil) and it was fantastic! I also made a vegan heavy cream and used in place of the heavy cream. I will be making this again and again. 5 star recipe!

      1. Natasha says:

        I’m thrilled to hear that, John! 🙂

  2. Jo-anne Coatzee says:

    5 stars
    I tried the recipe and it came out amazing and tasted really good
    thank you

    1. Natasha says:

      That’s great to hear! Thank you, Jo-anne!

  3. Peterson says:

    5 stars
    Outstanding recipe!!!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you!

  4. Mary says:

    Soooo good!

    1. Natasha says:

      So glad you liked it!

  5. Sibhse says:

    5 stars
    I cooked this recipe for my family and they loved it! I’m not sure if they were just surprised that I didn’t make a mess of it but either way it was very good.

    1. Natasha says:

      Haha that’s awesome! So glad it worked out. 🙂

  6. Natasha's Sister says:

    5 stars
    Make this for me without chicken or bacon plz.

    1. Natasha says:


  7. Rebecca | Let's Eat Cake says:

    5 stars
    I want to grab a fork and dig into this immediately!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you! 😊