Chicken and Vegetable Pasta Salad

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Chicken and Vegetable Pasta Salad
Chicken and Vegetable Pasta Salad
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Chicken and Vegetable Pasta Salad

Looking for a reliable and delicious pasta salad recipe? Definitely try this one, then, which celebrates the best of summer produce — zucchini, yellow squash, ripe red tomato, and basil.

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6
Servings
212
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 12 Ounces boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 Teaspoons vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 Cup cavatappi or your favorite pasta
  • 1 Cup diced zucchini
  • 1 Cup diced yellow squash
  • 1 1/4 Cup diced tomato
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 Cup chopped basil
  • 2 Tablespoons capers, chopped roughly
  • 1 Teaspoon grated garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

Preheat a grill on high heat.

Coat the chicken with the vegetable oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Grill until nicely charred on one side, about 3 minutes, then turn and repeat on the second side. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to cook, turning occasionally until the chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes total. When cool enough to handle, chop or shred the chicken and place in a large bowl.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Cook the cavatappi according to the package directions or until al dente. Add to a bowl along with the zucchini, yellow squash, and tomato.

In another bowl, combine the lemon juice, basil, capers, and garlic. Whisk in the olive oil then toss with all of the other ingredients. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Chicken Shopping Tip

Buy whole chickens and ask the butcher to quarter them for you. You will save an average of $5 per pound, or more.

Chicken Cooking Tip

Allow meat to rest for at least ten minutes before slicing into it; otherwise, the juices will leak out.

Chicken Wine Pairing

Pinot noir, gamay, merlot, zinfandel, carménère, pinotage, or grenache with grilled, roasted, or other simply cooked chicken; chardonnay, pinot gris/grigio, pinot blanc, or chenin blanc with chicken in cream or light tomato sauce or with chicken crêpes or croquettes; sauvignon blanc or sémillon with fried chicken; viognier with spiced chicken dishes.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
9g
14%
Sugar
2g
N/A
Saturated Fat
1g
7%
Cholesterol
53mg
18%
Protein
14g
29%
Carbs
19g
6%
Vitamin A
23µg
3%
Vitamin B12
0.3µg
5.8%
Vitamin B6
0.4mg
20.9%
Vitamin C
15mg
25%
Vitamin D
0.6IU
0.1%
Vitamin E
1mg
7%
Vitamin K
12µg
15%
Calcium
42mg
4%
Fiber
2g
9%
Folate (food)
21µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
21µg
5%
Iron
1mg
8%
Magnesium
41mg
10%
Monounsaturated
5g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
4mg
21%
Phosphorus
166mg
24%
Polyunsaturated
1g
N/A
Potassium
425mg
12%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.2mg
10.5%
Sodium
427mg
18%
Thiamin (B1)
0.4mg
26.6%
Zinc
1mg
9%

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