Balsamic Chicken Pasta Salad

coupons-pasta-salad-018

I love pasta salads…because pretty much, “anything goes!” I used a package of marked down chicken tenderloins ($2.52 for the package), balsamic vinaigrette dressing that I got on sale matched with a $1 coupons (total of $.50 for the bottle), carrots that were $.08 for the bag (sign up for Earthbound coupons here), and veggies that were on sale last week! I also like to buy pasta salad noodles (rotini and shells) “in bulk” to bring down the cost of the pasta!

Print This Post

Balsamic Chicken Pasta Salad

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rotini pasta noodles ($.75)
  • 1 package chicken tenderloins ($2.52)
  • 1 cup balsamic vinaigrette dressing, divided ($.15)
  • 2 carrots ($.02)
  • 1 green pepper ($.68)
  • 1/2 zucchini ($.54)
  • Fresh basil (free from garden)
  • Fresh parsley (free from garden)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  • In medium saucepan, cook pasta noodles according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Add to serving bowl with 1/2 cup of balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
  • Place chicken tenderloins (dice them first if you like…I didn’t, because I find it easier to cut cooked chicken than raw chicken) into medium skillet with other 1/2 cup of balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Saute for 4-5 minutes each side, or until tenderloins are no longer pink in the middle.
  • Meanwhile, peel and chop carrot. Core, seed and dice green pepper. Dice 1/2 of a large zucchini. (I will eat the other half with some hummus for lunch tomorrow!) Chop fresh basil and parsley.

coupons-pasta-salad-009

  • Once chicken has cooked through, toss veggies with chopped fresh basil and parsley into the skillet with the chicken. Add 1/2 – 3/4 cups of water.
  • Cover and let steam for 4-5 minutes, or until zucchinis become translucent. Once steamed, take “sharp” metal spatula or knife and cut the chicken tenderloins into bite size pieces.

coupons-pasta-salad-010

  • Once cooked, toss chicken and veggies with pasta and dressing.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Optional: Add a few shakes of parmesan cheese to each serving.  Serve warm or refrigerate at least 2 hours and serve chilled.
    Serve Balsamic Chicken Pasta Salad.

coupons-pasta-salad-011

Cost $4.66

(Another thing I love about pasta salads…you’ve got protein, veggies and starch all in one dish!)

(Oh. Oh.  And something else…there’s LOTS leftover for tomorrow’s lunch.  Even though we ALL…including boys…had 2 bowls!)

What are your MUSTS when it comes to pasta salads?  Favorite dressings?  Favorite veggies or cheeses to toss in???

FREE DOWNLOAD! Eight 20-Minute Meal Ideas That Will Help You Survive Chaotic & Busy Weeknights!
Please enter all required fields
Correct invalid entries

Comments

  1. says

    I LOVE Pasta Salad too! I like using a combo of Italian and Blue Cheese dressing. I love adding salami, diced tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella. Yum :)

  2. Shelly says

    looks awesome! we like Ceasar dressing on our pasta salad and at our house black olives, fresh parmesan, and chopped up croutons in it are a MUST! =)

  3. says

    Give me antipasta salad with good Italian vinaigrette and salami, mozzarella, etc. OR give me Greek with black olives and feta. Except when I’m pregnant. Then give me Tuna Skroodle salad. I don’t know why. But YUM for 2 pregnancies!!!

  4. says

    That looks really good. I make a pasta salad with bowties, broccoli and cherry tomatoes or red peppers. Add some grilled chicken and it’s a great meal to pack on a busy day.

  5. says

    Yum this looks deeeelish! I do a variation of this with Greek salad and feta, lots of tomatoes & fresh seedless cucumbers. Mmm I’m hungry now!
    Looks great, thanks for sharing!

  6. Donna says

    Looks great and I when I need smaller pieces of chicken I just use my kitchen shears and cut the raw chicken. I was amazed the first time I tried this at how well it works plus the smaller pieces will cook more quickly. I do this to make chicken nuggets out of chicken tenderloins a lot but it works for boneless skinless chicken breasts also.

Trackbacks

  1. […] Balsamic Chicken Pasta Salad – Recipes, Printable Coupons | $ …I love pasta salads…because pretty much, “anything goes!” I used a package of marked down chicken tenderloins ($2.52 for the package), balsamic vinaigrette dressing that I got on sale matched with a $1 coupons (total of $.50 for the bottle), carrots that were $.08 for the bag (sign up for … Fetch Content […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *