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Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad

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.
  • Makes
    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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 516 calories, 17g fat (3g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 1290mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 5g fiber), 32g protein.

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  • jblunt4
    Mar 20, 2012

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

  • KScales
    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
    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
    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
    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
    May 28, 2010

    who edits your web site?

  • mnlorraine
    May 27, 2010

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

  • jadegreen_eyz
    May 27, 2010

    Excellent looking recipe. Look forward to making it.

  • whiskeyechoalpha
    May 27, 2010

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

  • punkin69
    May 27, 2010

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