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!
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!!
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.
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
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
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
- Place chicken breasts, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, honey, salt and pepper in a large resealable plastic bag. Refrigerate for 4 hours to overnight.
- 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.
- 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.
Tried this tonight!! It’s delish and husband approved
Yum!! Must try!
The perfect recipe if you’re trying to eat healthy!!
i’ll try this for sure!
Can’t wait to try this dish!! ????
This looks so delicious! Definitely going to make this and give it a try!
Craving for this ????
Omg this looks so yummy
THIS LOOKS SO HEALTHY AND YUMMY !!!????????????
This looks sooooo GOOD.
Looks soooo good!!❤️
Looks amazing !!!!!????????????????????
Yum, looks like I found my lunch for tomorrow 🙂
Looks so tasty! Can’t wait to try this!
Looks really good!
I’m have to make this it looks so delicious
looks super delicious ! going to give it a try !
Awesome!! Looks delicious!
I can’t wait to try this recipe! I’m so glad that y’all post more things than just hair stuff! Y’all are an absolutely BEAUTIFUL family! Good luck and God Bless everyone!
This looks so good now I’m hungry
This looks so good!! I’m going to have try this!!
I will totally try this <3
I have got to try that!!
This looks so good!!
Very delicious and healthier than other kind of pastas!
I will make this
i want to make this!
Omg! This looks so good. I so have to try it out soon.
I love me some pasta!! This looks delicious!
Looks good before reading ingredients. Will make this
*drools all over the place in awe*
Looks really good!
Yummy!!! I love pasta salads during summer months. Thanks for sharing.
this looks amazing!!!!!!
Looks tasty and i love pasta as well, perfect!! ????????
Looks very tasty
looks so good that I could have it for lunch and finish it clean off my plate.
looks really good
This looks tasty ????
Looks delicious and easy to cook! Thanks for the receipt!
This looks amazing and easy! Thanks!
this looks delicious!
look very tasty!!
Looks delicious !!! ???? Definitely I will try it ♡
Can’t wait to try!
Looks really delicious!
I love normal pasta salad but this one looks even more delicious!
Grilled chicken looks so good. Can’t wait to make it.
I’m actually going to tell my mom to do a that!!! It looks SO GOOD!!!
I love pasta and this looks so amazingly good!!!
This looks so good! I’ve actually been looking for a recipe to make something like this!
Looks delicious ????
This looks awesome , especially for summer picnics
this looks soon good! good thing im bout to eat!
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HAVE TO try this!
Looks yummy! I love pasta.
OMG it look really yummy!
We’ve made chicken salad before, but not with noodles. This looks so good!
I love making pasta salads in the summer and this recipe looks fab ! Chicken and pineapple go really well together. Great post x
no grapes please =]]
I absolutely love pasta salad but I have never tried this kind. Definitely going to have to try.