Grilled Chicken and Tortellini Salad

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Peggy O'Brien

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@irishpeggy111

This is a great chicken pasta meal. It can also be prepared without the chicken, and other vegetables - artichoke hearts are popular with this dish.

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The ingredients in this recipe combine to make one fabulous summer side dish. With the grilled chicken and tortellini, it's hearty enough to be a light summer dinner. The frozen tortellini adds just enough cheese to the salad. Sun-dried tomatoes and Italian dressing give the salad a ton of flavor. It's a universal meal everyone will love. Test Kitchen Avatar The Test Kitchen


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Serves:
4-6
Prep:
30 Min
Cook:
20 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pkg
    herbed grilling marinade (powder form), 1 oz package
  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp
    balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp
    water
  • 1 pkg
    mixed cheese tortellini (refrigerated type), 20 oz.
  • 1 jar(s)
    pesto basil sauce (8 oz)
  • 4-6 oz
    sun-dried tomatoes, julienned
  • 1 lb
    boneless, skinless chicken breasts (approx. 3)
  • 4-6 oz
    zesty Italian salad dressing
  • 1 c
    shaved or shredded Parmesan chees
  • 1 c
    toasted pine nuts
  • 3
    fresh basil leaves
  • ·
    salt and pepper, to taste

How to Make Grilled Chicken and Tortellini Salad

Step-by-Step

  1. Marinade chicken in herb mix in a Ziploc bag. Add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and water. Marinate for at least 1 hour.
  2. Grill chicken, turning every 2 minutes for a total of 12 minutes.
  3. Boil tortellini pasta per instructions, add a small amount of olive oil to water and boil approx 7 minutes - drain well.
  4. Toss a small amount of olive oil in pasta to prevent sticking.
  5. Cut julienned strips of sun-dried tomatoes into smaller pieces.
  6. Toast the pine nuts. Place pine nuts in a pan in a single layer over medium heat. Constantly stir until fragrant and golden brown (about 7-8 minutes). Quickly transfer to a plate so they don't burn.
  7. Add pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, and toasted pine nuts to the tortellini.
  8. And add zesty Italian salad dressing.
  9. Add shaved Parmesan cheese.
  10. You can also season salt and pepper to taste. Stir together.
  11. Cut grilled chicken into bite-size strips.
  12. Add grilled chicken to the pasta salad prior to serving.
  13. Cut basil leaves into ribbons. First, roll the basil.
  14. Then cut into ribbons. Basil is for garnish and adds additional flavor.

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About Grilled Chicken and Tortellini Salad

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy



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