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Cold Chicken Caprese Pasta

Cold chicken caprese pasta with olive oil, basil and balsamic vinegar dressing, a satisfying recipe full of flavour and colour.

Overhead shot of a black plate of chicken caprese pasta, a bunch of tomatoes and basil on the side

I love pasta  of any kind, but this chicken caprese pasta salad is a top notch one. Super easy to put together, and it can be enjoyed as a work lunch, quick dinner, picnic, back to school meal, you name it. Ready in under 30 minutes, what a treat!

So, summer has decided to come back. For 2 days only, but beggers can’t be choosers, we have to fully enjoy it as it comes, it’s never here to stay. At least a sunny bank holiday weekend, it hardly ever happens. And what’s better on a nice day that a cold dish that requires minimal preparation.

Close-up shot of a black plate of chicken caprese pasta

Another favourite pasta salad is the BLT Pasta Salad, which also goes dowb a treat on a nice sunny day. But then salads are not only for summer time, they are great reglardless the season.

The caprese salad is a beatiful Italian dish usually made with mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. From here, the sky is the limit, anything else you add can bring more flavour and goodness.

The chicken makes the salad a lot more filling, to get you through a long day. It’s filling enough to be enjoy on its own, without the need for extra dishes. It’s a lot nicer straight from the fridge, and keeps well in an air-tight container.

However, if the dressing has been already mixed with the salad, it’s better to consume it sooner rather than later. If you want to take it on a picnic, maybe it’s better to keep the dressing in a separate container until it’s needed.

Overhead shot of a plate of chicken caprese pasta salad

I have cooked the chicken on the grill, but leftover chicken is also a good option. Fresh basil has a lot more aroma, but if you happen to have only the dry basil that can also be used.

Tomatoes can be of any kind or shape, cherry tomatoes, plum tomatoes, or the regular-size tomatoes cut into cubes. And that’s pretty much it, a fantastic salad to feed a hungry crowd.

I just love a simple tasty recipe that actually looks nice enough to give the impression it took effort and time to make it. What kind of salad do you like? Are you a pasta salad fan or would you rather have pasta as a hot meal?

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Cold chicken caprese pasta salad recipe
Cold Chicken Caprese Pasta
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Cold chicken caprese pasta salad recipe with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and basil dressing, a fantastic salad to be enjoyed as a work lunch or quick easy dinner. Also great to take on a picnic. Filling, tasty and super easy to make.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 370 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
Ingredients
  • 1 cup fussili pasta
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup cubed mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tbsp freshly-chopped basil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
Instructions
  1. Bring a pan of salty water to the boil and cook the pasta according to the package instructions.

  2. When reaedy, drain the water and set aside to cool.


  3. Chop the tomatoes and add them to a bowl together with the cubed mozzarella cheese.

  4. Cut the chicken into cubes, add them to a re-sealable bag together with the vegetable oil, salt and pepper.

  5. Shake the bag well to coat the chicken, then heat up a grill pan and cook the chicken for about 2-3 minutes on each side until lightly brown and cooked through.

  6. Mix the chicken pieces with the cooked pasta, tomatoes and mozzarella.

  7. To make the dressing, combine the balsamic vinegar with the olive oil and chopped basil, then drizzle over the salad.

  8. Serve cold from the fridge.

Nutrition Facts
Cold Chicken Caprese Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 370 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 832mg 35%
Potassium 588mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 5g
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 29.9%
Vitamin C 21.8%
Calcium 16%
Iron 5.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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