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BALSAMIC CHICKEN PASTA SALAD

The perfect salad for light summertime eating as well as for your next BBQ. The grilled chicken & vegetables combine with the balsamic dressing to bring a smoky flavor to this out of this world Balsamic Chicken Pasta Salad.

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keywords balsamic chicken salad, chicken salad, pasta salad
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 46 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 493 kcal
Author Linda Warren

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 cups of your favorite Balsamic Vinaigrette divided
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 3 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 3/4 cup combination of yellow, red & green bell peppers cut in quarters
  • 10 ounces penne pasta (gluten-free or quinoa pasta is great for those on a GF diet)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups firmly packed fresh spinach, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Place chicken in a resealable bag with 1 cup of balsamic vinaigrette. Shake to cover chicken then marinate in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  2. While chicken is marinating, chop tomatoes and basil and put in resealable bag together and place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Remove chicken from marinade, discarding marinade, then grill chicken for 6 minutes on each side until cooked through. At the same time, place pepper quarters on the grill & cook 2 minutes per side.
  4. Remove all from grill. Chop chicken & dice peppers.
  5. While chicken is grilling, cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
  6. Transfer pasta to a large bowl and drizzle with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and ¾ cup cheese. Let cool 10 minutes or prepare earlier in the day and refrigerate until ready to use.
  7. Toss together pasta, chicken, spinach, tomato basil mixture, peppers and remaining balsamic dressing. Salt and pepper to taste. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

Total time does not include the 2 hours of marinating time.

Nutrition Facts
BALSAMIC CHICKEN PASTA SALAD
Amount Per Serving
Calories 493 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 42mg14%
Sodium 195mg8%
Potassium 343mg10%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 1125IU23%
Vitamin C 31.2mg38%
Calcium 139mg14%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.