Zesty Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe
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Zesty Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe

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Combining the coolness of a salad and the zesty seasonings of pizza, this salad is perfect for a summer get together. Megan Moore, Memphis, Tennessee
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 14 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (12 ounces) tricolor spiral pasta
  • 2 cups cubed part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 cans (2-1/4 ounces each) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 6 green onions, sliced
  • 1 package (3-1/2 ounces) sliced pepperoni, halved
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 300 calories, 17 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 36 mg cholesterol, 415 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 14 g protein.

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; rinse with cold water and drain well. In a large serving bowl, combine the cheese, chicken, peppers, mushrooms, olives, green onions, pepperoni and pasta.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Toss before serving. Yield: 14 servings.
Originally published as Chicken Pasta Salad in Taste of Home June/July 2008, p26

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 300 calories, 17 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 36 mg cholesterol, 415 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 14 g protein.

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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Reviewed Sep. 15, 2014

"DELICIOUS! This will become my "go to" recipe for potlucks and BBQ. It would taste great without chicken, too. The only change I made was to add cherry tomatoes and left the mushrooms out, but it's a flexible recipe as far as ingredients are concerned. Cook the pasta al dente. Tastes just as good the next day."

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Reviewed Jun. 8, 2014

"This is SUPER good, I made it to take to a potluck an people were asking for the recipe. I used turkey pepperoni and left out the chicken. It is SO good!"

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Reviewed May. 29, 2014

"This was delicious! Of course, my vegetable supply was low, so I substituted a few things. I used jalapeno, instead of sweet peppers, and used gouda in place of mozzarella! This is a great base for just about any tipe of vegetable you like!"

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Reviewed Mar. 29, 2013

"This was very good! I cut the recipe down for one meal. I forgot the mushrooms but it was still good."

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Reviewed Aug. 27, 2010

"Delicious!!! Disappears quickly!!!"

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