Balsamic Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe
Balsamic Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe photo by Taste of Home
Next Recipe

Balsamic Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe

Read Reviews
4.5 41 39
Publisher Photo
I love all the colors and flavors of this quick and easy dish and serve it often in summer. Everyone loves it! Leftover grilled shrimp makes a tasty substitution. —Terry McCarty, Oro Grande, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 3 cups uncooked bow tie pasta
  • 4 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cup: 408 calories, 20g fat (5g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 323mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 28g protein .


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water; transfer to a large bowl. Add the chicken, tomatoes, onion, bacon and Gorgonzola cheese.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the oil, basil, vinegar, brown sugar, garlic, salt and pepper. Drizzle over salad and toss to coat; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Balsamic Chicken Pasta Salad in Simple & Delicious July/August 2009, p33

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

Reviews for Balsamic Chicken Pasta Salad

5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Please Log In or Join to add a rating and review.
Click stars to rate
Any changes to your rating or review will appear where you originally posted your review
Loading Image
Sort By :
cedwards59 User ID: 8889178 250148
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2016

"I loved everything about this salad except the amount of brown sugar in the dressing. Will cut it in half next time. I really enjoyed the tang of the balsamic vinegar and feel about half as much sugar would allow for an even balance of sweetness and tanginess. I will happily share this recipe with friends and family, as it is not the average run of the mill pasta salad! Very Good!"

cbenne12 User ID: 7424916 235463
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2015

"This was fabulous! Will definitely be making this again and again. I will say, it was better warm than cold."

sjmdam User ID: 4248228 231286
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2015

"very good light refreshing summer salad.. we enjoyed it!"

Dilli User ID: 7204156 229284
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2015

"Do you use the mini bow tie or the regular size? I tried the regular and they seemed a little too large. The salad was delicious and very definite one for a summer dish. Everyone liked it."

NDachshund2 User ID: 4919910 210929
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2013

"This recipe was light and great for a warm summer night as the main meal."

Punkyjoe81 User ID: 3773046 165594
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2013

"We loved this pasta salad! My husband raved about it even though he isn't a huge fan of gorgonzola. He requested I make extra next time so he can bring it to work for lunch!"

blue_eyes998 User ID: 5762850 184089
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2013

"This was delightful! I swapped and doubled feta for Gorgonzola, and threw in some sugar snap peas from the garden which was a great addition. This recipe's a keeper."

joycerm53 User ID: 703299 100769
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2013

"This is delicious! It is quick and easy, and my family loves it! I love to make it ahead and bring it to the lake for that first dinner after we arrive and get settled. Simple and Delicious!"

ANGEL2BE48 User ID: 6756644 115734
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2013

"5 Star Rating and then some... everyone at my party loved it. I would highly recommend this dish. You won't be disappointed."

jnjrok User ID: 1992251 165593
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2013

"Simply delicious, made as per recipe, nice combination of flavors. Not for those that dislike the taste of gorgonzola or blue cheese"

Loading Image