This Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad is a perfect meal for the upcoming hot summer months! It’s full of seasoned grilled chicken, juicy sweet tomatoes, fresh herbs, Parmesan cheese, and a light extra virgin olive oil dressing. Plus it’s served cold so it won’t heat you up and it can be made ahead.
Also a great dish for parties! I made this for one sister’s bridal shower and another’s baby shower. It was a hit at both!
My husband and I just planted some tomatoes and herbs in pots on our deck so in a few short months I’ll be able to make this using fresh home grown tomatoes and basil (as long as we don’t kill the plants). So excited!
- 1 pound chicken breasts or tenders (I prefer tenders)
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 2 cloves crushed garlic
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped (or 1 tablespoon dried)
- 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped (or 1 tablespoon dried)
- 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 Tbsp cider vinegar
- ¾ c light olive oil
- 1 pound bow tie pasta
- 1 (10 ounce) carton cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
- Place chicken in a ZipLock bag and add marinade ingredients. Shake so all the chicken is covered. Marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes or longer. Grill chicken on both sides (165 degrees F internal temp). You can also grill using a George Foreman grill and cook for about 6-7 minutes.
- Allow the chicken to cool a little and then slice into thin strips against the grain.
- Mix all dressing ingredients together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- In a large pot, cook pasta in salted boiling water until al dente (tender but firm). Drain off water and place pasta in a bowl with ice water. Once the pasta is cold, drain off water (let it sit in the strainer for about 5 minutes to dry well).
- To a large bowl, add pasta, tomatoes, cheese, and chicken. Drizzle dressing over the top and then toss until combined. Place covered in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Recipe Source: Slightly adapted from family friend Jill Jones (less oil, cherry tomatoes instead of regular)