Chicken Caesar Salad Pasta Recipe

Yields: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Pasta Salad

  • 12 oz box of pasta (rotini, penne, farfalle all work well)
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 6-8 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup croutons

For the Caesar Dressing

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice (freshly squeezed is best)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

Cook the pasta:

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente.
  • Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.

Cook the chicken:

  • While the pasta cooks, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Add chicken to the skillet and cook for 5-7 minutes per side, or until cooked through.
  • Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing thinly.

Prepare the dressing:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, garlic, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper.
  • Slowly whisk in the olive oil until the dressing emulsifies.

Assemble the salad:

  • In a large salad bowl, combine the cooked pasta, sliced chicken, romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, and croutons.

Dress and serve:

  • Pour the Caesar dressing over the salad and toss to coat evenly. Serve immediately, or chill in the refrigerator for a cold pasta salad experience.

Tips:

  • Make it your own: Add other ingredients like sliced red onion, cucumbers, or black olives.
  • Grill the chicken: For extra flavor, grill the chicken instead of pan-frying.
  • Use store-bought dressing: If you’re short on time, use your favorite store-bought Caesar dressing.
  • Adjust dressing amount: Add more or less dressing to suit your preferences.

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