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Chicken and Bell Pepper Pasta Salad

Simple Chicken and Bell Pepper Pasta Salad

This dish is light and flavorful and perfect for serving at a picnic or backyard BBQ!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Baking sheet

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 green bell pepper sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 lb chicken breast, raw
  • 1/2 cup sliced red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp cold water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Then while the oven is preheating, boil the water to cook the pasta.
  • Slice the red and green bell peppers and then toss with 1 tbsp of olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste in a medium bowl. Add peppers to baking sheet, spreading evenly. Then add salt and pepper to the chicken breast. Cut chicken breast in half or into quarters if it is a large breast so that it cooks through quicker. Add to the same baking sheet next to the peppers or to a separate sheet if you are using smaller baking sheets.
  • When the pasta is cooked to al dente, drain into a colander, and then rinse with cold water.
  • Bake chicken for 20-25 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink and the bell peppers are tender. Shred the chicken after 2 minutes once it has cooled off.
  • Combine the pasta, chicken, red onion, basil, parsley, and bell pepper in a large bowl. Toss gently. In a small bowl, add 2 tbsp of olive oil and red wine vinegar, 1 tbsp of cold water, salt, black peppers, and minced garlic. Stir with a whisk until mixed thoroughly. Drizzle dressing over the pasta mixture. Toss gently to coat. Serve immediately. Or keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Save dressing in a separate container and add to pasta mixture right before serving.

Notes

Nutrition Information: 324 kcal, 10.5 grams of fat, 83 grams of cholesterol, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 2.1 grams of fiber, 30.1 grams of protein
Tips: 
  • Time-saving tip: if you do not have time to cook, use rotisserie chicken and a jar of roasted red peppers!
  • Line the baking sheet with aluminum foil to make clean up easier!
  • You can use any shape of pasta such as penne or rotini. 
  • If you love cheese, you can add some grated or shredded parmesan, fresh mozzarella, crumbled feta, or goat cheese. 
  • Or you can add sun-dried tomatoes for an extra pop of flavor!
Keyword chicken, pasta