Favorite Chicken Pasta Salad

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  • By Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN on
  • June 6th, 2013

Favorite Chicken Pasta Salad
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Chicken pasta salad is a great dish to make on the weekend using leftover chicken from a roasted or rotisserie chicken. You can eat the chicken pasta salad for lunch or for dinner. It’s so universal and you can add so many different ingredients to diversify the flavors. Here’s my favorite combination of ingredients. I also use fun-shaped pasta to make it exciting. You can use multi-colored pastas, too! Add your flare!
Recipe type: Salad; Pasta; Lunch; Dinner; Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian; American
Serves: 8
  • ½ bag of pasta, 8 oz., 250 grams, Radiatori
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 stalks of celery, thinly sliced
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 8 oz cooked chicken, chopped (best to use leftover chicken from your roasted or rotisserie chicken)
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, shredded (to make it simple, I buy pre-shredded cheese)
  • 1 Tbsp dried basil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  1. Boil the water and add the pasta. Cook according to the package. Drain. Let the pasta cool for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, chop the bell peppers, celery, tomatoes, and chicken.
  3. In a big bowl, combine all the ingredients together. Stir and serve.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cup Calories: 194.6 Fat: 3.1 Saturated fat: 1.2 Carbohydrates: 25.6 Sugar: 3.5 Sodium: 107.8 Fiber: 2.1 Protein: 14.9 Cholesterol: 28.5


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4 responses to “Favorite Chicken Pasta Salad”

  1. This sounds amazing. I normally just make boring old pasta salad with a few veggies, but this sounds like it would make a delicious addition to my next cookout 🙂

    • Sarah Koszyk MA RD says:

      And it’s fast, too! The balsamic vinegar really adds flavor. You can try other vinegars, too 🙂

  2. Phil says:

    Wow! This makes a delicious lunch or even a great dinner for a hot summer night. Thanks.

    • Sarah Koszyk MA RD says:

      I love dishes that can be used for different reasons. This is why a pasta salad is versatile. You can bring it for: Lunch, dinner, party, BBQ, school, and more. It’s very good on hot nights.

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