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pantry caesar chicken & artichoke pasta salad

Recipe by
Teresa G.
Here, KY

This is a great way to use up some of those items that were tucked away in the pantry for "just in case." A caesar pasta salad kit, a can of tender chicken breast chunks, a can of artichoke hearts and some mayo come together to make a great meal that can be on the table in half an hour, tops, and can be served either warm or chilled. Don't skip the crushed crouton topping. It adds a great crunch.

yield 4 to 6
prep time 10 Min
cook time 12 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For pantry caesar chicken & artichoke pasta salad

  • 1 box
    caesar pasta salad kit (aka suddenly salad brand)
  • salted boiling water to cook pasta
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1/3-1/2 c
    mayonnaise (i use dukes)
  • 1 can
    chicken breast chunks,12.5 oz. drained & flaked
  • 1 can
    quartered artichoke hearts, 8.5 oz. drained & cut bite-size
  • seasoned croutons, lightly crushed
  • grated parmesan cheese

How To Make pantry caesar chicken & artichoke pasta salad

  • Ingredients for pantry caesar chicken & artichoke pasta salad.
    Gather and prep ingredients.
  • 2
    Bring 2 to 3 quarts water to boiling; add about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt. Add the package of rotini pasta; return to boil, reduce heat to medium-high and gently boil pasta for 12 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
  • 3
    While pasta is boiling, mix together 1 tablespoon water and the seasoning packet from the salad kit. Add 1/3 to 1/2 cup mayonnaise, stirring to blend well. Set aside.
  • 4
    Drain cooked pasta (do not rinse if you want a warm salad, rinse with cold water for cold salad.)
  • 5
    Add drained pasta to bowl with seasoned mayonnaise mixture; mix gently until pasta is evenly coated.
  • 6
    Add chicken and artichokes, mixing gently until evenly coated with the mayonnaise mixture. Add more mayonnaise if needed, especially after refrigerating.
  • Plated pasta salad with crouton topping.
    Just before serving, lightly sprinkle with crushed seasoned croutons and grated parmesan cheese.