By using leftover or pre-cooked chicken, this recipe for Caprese Chicken Pasta Salad is not only healthy… it’s a SNAP to make!
Whenever it comes to a combination of chicken, pesto and cheese… I’m all-in. Add some pasta to it and I’m diving into it like a champ!
This recipe uses prepared pesto instead of fresh basil leaves (although I used fresh basil for garnish). What’s so easy is that you can use prepared basil pesto from a jar or make your own homemade pesto if you have a lot of basil growing. Although I don’t have a green thumb, I’ve always had good luck with basil and LOVE making homemade pesto with it.
Another shortcut is to use leftover chicken or the meat from a ready-made rotisserie chicken.
When cooked rotisserie chickens are on sale for $4.98… YES, of course I’m going to buy it over buying a RAW one at the same price or more!
And if you opt not to add chicken, that’s cool too. These are the simple ingredients you’ll need to add to the pasta you choose to use: tomatoes, pesto, mozzarella cheese and a balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
There you go.
A simple, healthy and complete dinner made in a snap. Leftovers for lunch are pretty awesome, too!