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Chicken Caprese Pasta Salad with Pesto Dressing | lifemadesimplebakes.com
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5 from 2 votes

Chicken Caprese Pasta Salad Recipe

This chicken caprese pasta salad with pesto dressing is bursting with fresh summer flavors. It's ready to go in just 25 minutes!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Calories: 2225kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 oz pasta preferably a shorter kind
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 lb chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup mozzarella balls marinated or plain
  • 3 cup mixed greens
  • 1 batch pesto

Optional Garnishes

  • fresh basil leaves
  • parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Place a large stockpot filled 2/3 of the way with water over high heat. When the water comes to a boil, add the pasta and cook according to the package's directions.
  • Meanwhile, set a large skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil. Place the chicken in a dish or plastic bag and coat the chicken with the vinegar, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Transfer to the hot pan and cook on both sides until it reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees. Transfer to cutting board and allow to rest.
  • Drain the pasta and rinse with cold water, drain and set aside.
  • Cut the warm chicken into slices and toss with the pasta, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and mixed greens. Toss with the pesto and serve immediately or allow to chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Garnish with julienned basil and grated parmesan, if desired.

Notes

-Don't want chicken? It's just as delicious without it!

Nutrition

Calories: 2225kcal | Carbohydrates: 277g | Protein: 162g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 326mg | Sodium: 691mg | Potassium: 3040mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 2228IU | Vitamin C: 67mg | Calcium: 532mg | Iron: 9mg