Balsamic Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe
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Balsamic Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe

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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.

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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"

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