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Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Course Main Course
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Author Chris

Ingredients

For the Pasta

  • 2 LBS Chicken Breasts
  • 2 Cups (150g) Baby Spinach or Baby Spinach & Spring Green Mix (chopped)
  • 16 oz (454g) Penne
  • 1 Broccoli Head roughly chopped
  • 3 Garlic Cloves chopped
  • ¼ Cup (60g) Sweet Yellow Onion (chopped)
  • 3 TBSP (45g) Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt, Pepper, and Garlic Powder to taste

For the Dressing

  • 1 Cup (200g) Caesar Dressing I used Brianna's
  • ½ Cup (125g) Mayonnaise I used Sir Kensington's

Instructions

Start the Pasta

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF (200ºC).
  2. Bring a large pot of water (approximately 6 Cups and 1400ml) with 1 TSP of Salt to a boil. Add the penne pasta when ready and cook according to the directions on the packaging. Strain the pasta when it is ready.
  3. While the water is heating, in a large mixing bowl, evenly coat the chopped broccoli head, onions, and garlic in olive oil. Place vegetables evenly on a baking sheet and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place vegetables in the oven and bake for 25 minutes until beautifully roasted and lightly charred. When done, leave the roasted vegetables in a warm place.

  4. While the broccoli roasts, wash and pat dry the chicken breasts. Season both sides to taste with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Heat a large skillet with 2 TBSP of vegetable oil and sear both sides of the chicken on medium heat (approximately 5 minutes on each side) until both breasts are richly brown on both sides and evenly cooked throughout. Take the chicken out of the pan and set to the side in a warm place.

  5. In the same pan the chicken was cooked in, lightly cook the baby spinach until bright green (should take no more than 2-3 minutes). Take the greens out of the pan, and set them aside in a warm place on top of paper towel or a clean dish towel to drain the excess water. When cool enough to handle, chop the spinach.

Make the Dressing

  1. While the other ingredients are still cooking, mix the Caesar dressing and mayonnaise until fully combined.

Complete the Dish

  1. Cut the chicken breasts into strips. In large mixing bowl, toss all of chicken, roast vegetables, cooked spinach, cooked penne, and dressings until evenly coated. Season with salt and pepper if desired.


    Enjoy!