May 17, 2016

Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad

Hello CGH readers!  It’s Malinda from Countryside Cravings brining you a Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad that’s perfect for a summer picnic or bbq!

Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad | CGH Lifestyle

You guys, I have a new favorite pasta salad!  This will definitely change things up from that plain ol’ pasta salad you usually see at summer gatherings.  It’s full of flavorful tender chicken (thanks to a marinade), al dente pasta, sweet grapes, crisp celery and pineapple!  Yes, pineapple.  Before you say “What?!” you really need to try this!!

Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad | CGH Lifestyle

This pasta salad feeds a crowd too!  So, if you aren’t taking it to share somewhere it will feed you for days!  Bring this to work for lunch instead of going out to eat at lunch and there would definitely be some jealous coworkers!!

Feel free to use different pastas.  I just like rotini because those spirals hold the dressing a little better.  Also, I think this would be great with shrimp instead of chicken!  Just cut down on the marinade time if you use shrimp.  I think 2-4 hours would be plenty.

Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad | CGH Lifestyle

So, if you’re looking for an easy pasta salad that will would be great for dinner and even better for lunch the next day this is it.  Bring it to a bbq this summer and you will get rave reviews!

Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad

Prep time: 4 hours to overnight (marinade time)

Cook time: 15-20 minutes

Serves: 10+ servings

Ingredients:

Marinade:

3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon honey

Salt and pepper to taste

Pasta Ingredients:

1 (16 oz) package rotini pasta

1 (20 oz) can pineapple tidbits, drained

2 cups red grapes, halved

1 ½ cups diced celery

4-6 green onions, chopped

1 cup mayonnaise

½ cup sour cream

1 teaspoon season salt

Directions:

  1. Place chicken breasts, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, honey, salt and pepper in a large resealable plastic bag.  Refrigerate for 4 hours to overnight.
  2. Meanwhile cook pasta according to package directions.  While the pasta is cooking combine the pineapple, grapes, celery, onions, mayonnaise, sour cream and season salt in a large bowl, set aside.  Drain and rinse the pasta with cold water to stop the cooking process.  Add to the bowl with the grapes and vegetables and gently stir to combine.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to add the chicken.
  3. Preheat grill to medium/medium-high heat.  Remove chicken from marinade and place on preheated grill.  Cover and grill for 15-20 minutes turning half way through cooking time.  Chicken is done when the juice of the chicken is no longer pink.  Let chicken rest for 5 minutes then slice or dice and toss with pasta salad.  Refrigerate any leftovers.