Chicken Caprese Salad

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By: Leslie Green -- The Hungry Housewife

Course: Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Makes 8 Servings


Ingredients

  • 1 box Dreamfields Penne Rigate cooked to package directions

  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless, skiness chicken breasts

  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella balls

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon coarse Kosher salt

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved

  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse Kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

  • 1/2 tablespoon grapeseed oil (or vegetable oil)

  • 8 ounces small fresh mozzarella balls halved

  • 10 leaves fresh basil chopped

  • lemon juice (from 1 lemon)

  • balsamic glaze (for drizzle), optional


Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse pasta in cold water; drain again.

  2. Meanwhile, in large bowl, mix together olive oil, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar and tomatoes. Add drained pasta; toss to combine. Set aside.

  3. Season chicken breasts with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. In large skillet, heat grapeseed oil over medium heat. Add chicken. Cook chicken 6 to 8 minutes per side or until no longer pink in center (165° F). Remove chicken from skillet; let stand, covered, at room temperature 10 minutes. Thinly slice chicken.

  4. Add chicken, mozzarella and basil to pasta mixture. Season with salt and pepper, as desired and drizzle with balsamic glaze, if desired.


Nutritional Information

  • 410 Calories

  • 30 g Protein

  • 28 g Carbohydrates

  • 18 g Total Fat

  • 6 g Saturated Fat

  • 68 mg Cholesterol

  • 530 mg Sodium

  • 5 g Dietary Fiber

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