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Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad

Grilled Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad: Grilled Chicken Strips with fresh basil pesto, cherry tomatoes and freshly grated Parmesan over pasta. It's delicious hot or cold!

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Course: Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Calories: 2323kcal


  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 lb farfalle pasta
  • ½ cup prepared pesto
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ cup fresh sliced basil
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  • Prepare grill or grill pan to cook chicken over direct medium-high heat. 
  • While the grill is getting set, brush the chicken with olive oil on both sides and season with salt and pepper.
  • Grill the chicken for about 5 minutes per side, or until juices run clear and the internal temperature is 165 degrees. Remove from grill, and allow to cool.
  • Meanwhile, boil a large pot of water and prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain well.
  • Toss the pasta together with pesto, tomatoes, basil and Parmesan cheese.
  • Slice the chicken into thin strips and place on top of the pasta with additional parmesan cheese and basil, if desired.
  • This pasta can be served warm or cooled and is delicious either way.


Calories: 2323kcal | Carbohydrates: 339g | Protein: 155g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 289mg | Sodium: 1715mg | Potassium: 2684mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 136IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 118mg | Iron: 8mg
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