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Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe

Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe

During the summer, my family often requests this recipe—especially our 19-year-old (we also have a 15-year-old and a 14-year-old). Simply add garlic bread for a great meal. It's wonderful, too, for a picnic or any gathering. —Lori Thon, Basin, Wyoming
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups Italian salad dressing
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1 package (12 ounces) fettuccine
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 3 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 2 cans (2-1/4 ounces each) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1-1/2 cups Italian salad dressing
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning


  • 1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the first six ingredients. Cut each chicken breast into four strips; add to marinade mixture. Seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
  • 2. Drain and discard marinade. Grill chicken, uncovered, over medium heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until no longer pink. Meanwhile, cook fettuccine according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. Cut chicken into bite-size pieces; set aside.
  • 3. In a large bowl, combine the vegetables, olives and fettuccine. In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Top with chicken. Yield: 6 servings.

Reviews for Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad

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jblunt4 User ID: 1506399 24476
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2012

"This was a light and tasty dish full of vegetables! Loved it !"

KScales User ID: 3262967 70640
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2010

"We apologize for any confusion with this recipe. As others have stated, the chicken gets added to the marinade mixture, which are the first six ingredients. To clarify, we'll update the method soon.

Taste of Home Test Kitchen"

toothfairylin User ID: 1460753 68945
Reviewed May. 28, 2010

"..It SAYS..add chicken to dressing...but one should be able to figure out it is the MARINADE...even cookbooks have typos!"

toothfairylin User ID: 1460753 33699
Reviewed May. 28, 2010

"I have made a pasta salad similar to this for years..but this sounds delicious..just in time for the Memorial weekend! To whiskeyechoalpha...the directions are plain as day..yes, it calls for 1-1/2 c It. dressing is the throw away..and the second is the DRESSING..."

lbranchaud User ID: 3680500 26305
Reviewed May. 28, 2010

"whiskeyechoalpha ~ I think you need to get "off" the whiskey and on the coffee to cure your confusion ~ there is nothing unclear about the recipe ingredients or directions ~ try again"

rova User ID: 1037784 29427
Reviewed May. 28, 2010

"who edits your web site?"

mnlorraine User ID: 3622880 86680
Reviewed May. 27, 2010

"What's wrong with the directions? Can you not read English?"

jadegreen_eyz User ID: 3672961 26289
Reviewed May. 27, 2010

"Excellent looking recipe. Look forward to making it."

whiskeyechoalpha User ID: 1640614 33366
Reviewed May. 27, 2010

"this recipe is confusing on ingredients and directions to make it. next time look before you put on web site"

punkin69 User ID: 2930677 70638
Reviewed May. 27, 2010

"Looks yummy. I will try this soon. I don't have a grill so I will broil the chicken."

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

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