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BASIL CHICKEN PASTA SALAD


  • Active Time : 30 Minutes
  • Total Time : 1 Hour 0 Minutes
  • Serves : 12

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 12 ounce bottle Wild Harvest Organic Ranch Dressing divided
  • 1 12 ounce package Wild Harvest Organic Rotini Pasta
  • 1 0.75 ounce package Wild Harvest Organic Fresh Basil Leaves
  • - zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese cubed
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes halved
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts toasted

DIRECTIONS

Combine chicken and ½ cup dressing in a 1-gallon recloseable food storage bag; seal. Toss to coat; marinate, refrigerated, 30 minutes or up to overnight.

Prepare grill to medium heat. Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Place chicken on grill; grill 10-12 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 170°F, turning once. Remove from grill and let stand 5 minutes; chop.

Meanwhile, prepare pasta according to package directions. Rinse with cold water; drain. In blender, combine remaining dressing, basil leaves, lemon zest and lemon juice; purée. Salt and pepper to taste.

In large mixing bowl, combine pasta, chicken, cheese, tomatoes and basil dressing; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate several hours or up to overnight. Toss with pine nuts just before serving.

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