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Southwest Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken


  • Author: Miss AK
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

Looking for a flavorful pasta salad recipe? Look no further! This Southwest Pasta Salad is packed with veggies, juicy grilled chicken and a kick!


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Ingredients

For the grilled chicken (this is optional, you can do meat-free if you’d like!):

  • 1 lb. Simply Nature Organic Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast 
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • about 2 tsp. Simply Nature Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

For the pasta salad:

  • 16 oz. Priano Bronze-Cut Pasta (I like the rigatoni or conchiglie/shells), cooked according to package directions 
  • 2 bell peppers, diced 
  • 1 and 1/2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 2 jalapenos, finely diced and de-seeded (optional)
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 (15 oz.) can Dakota’s Pride Pinto or Black Beans, drained and rinsed 
  • 1 (15 oz.) can Happy Harvest Sweet Corn, drained
  • 1 (10 oz.) can Casa Mamita Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies, drained
  • 1/2 cup Burman’s Mayonnaise 
  • 1/4 cup Friendly Farms Sour Cream
  • 1/4 cup Simply Nature Organic Salsa (I use the medium)
  • salt and pepper, to taste, if needed (taste it after it’s all mixed together)

Instructions

  1. Start by preheating your grill to medium-high heat (450-500F). 
  2. Then, remove the chicken from the packaging and pat it dry with a paper towel. Season with the salt and pepper and then drizzle on the olive oil. 
  3. Place the chicken on the grill and grill for 10-12 minutes per side (depending on the thickness of your chicken) until it reaches 165F internally at the thickest part of the breast. 
  4. Let the chicken rest for at least 10 minutes before cutting it into bite-sized pieces. 
  5. Add the chicken, bell pepper, tomatoes, jalapeno, green onion, corn, beans, and tomatoes and green chilies to the cooked pasta in a very large bowl. 
  6. In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream, and salsa. This is your dressing. 
  7. Pour the dressing over the pasta and stir until everything is well combined and distributed. 
  8. This can be served warm or cold and can be stored in a covered container for 2-3 days in the fridge. Enjoy!

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