Six-Ingredient Pesto Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe – Quick & Delicious – Frugal Novice

Six-Ingredient Pesto Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe – Quick & Delicious

My work is having a potluck lunch today and I needed something quick and delicious to bring, so I relied on my tried and true, super-fast pasta salad. This is SO good and no one will ever know it only took you about 10 minutes to make!

Saute a can of drained (white breast meat) chicken with some fresh basil and a little salt.

I keep this tube of fresh basil on hand – it is by far my favorite ingredient “find” since basil leaves go bad so quickly!

Cook up your choice of pasta – I went with a tri-colored rotini:

Then add a jar of pesto & 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts.

Mix together, and voila! Pasta salad. Right before serving, I crumble feta cheese over the top of it. It makes for a really pretty presentation, and the saltiness of the cheese is just perfect with the other flavors.

Enjoy! Here’s a pic of my finished salad, pre-feta.

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  • Amanda July 27, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    That looks so yummy! I am going to have to look for that Basil in the tube. I run into the same problem with fresh basil.

  • alexis July 27, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    OOh, thanks for this! I am TOTALLY making this. LOVE pesto + walnuts.

    • Christi July 27, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      I hope you love it as much as we do! I don’t know if Feta is a weird combination with pesto or not – we had some on hand when we first experimented with this salad, and we loved it! I think it might be my favorite part of the salad. :)

  • Tamara B. July 27, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    I love pasta sad and will be trying your recipe for sure this weekend! I always wondered how the Basil Garden Gourmet would taste, now I know it’s a keeper.

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