Italian Chicken Pasta Salad in a white bowl garnished with fresh basil.
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Italian Chicken Pasta Salad

Easy Italian Chicken Pasta Salad, ready in less than 30 minutes! Toss the ingredients into a bowl, stir and eat. Perfect for a summer BBQ feast or a quick dinner with leftovers for lunch the next day!

Category Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Pasta Salad
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Author Mean Green Chef

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces (227 grams) rotini pasta, sub pasta of your choice + cooked al dente
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), for drizzling over cooked pasta
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, scrubbed + small dice ¼ inch
  • ½ medium red bell pepper, scrubbed + small dice ¼ inch
  • ½ medium yellow bell pepper, scrubbed + small dice ¼ inch
  • ½ medium red onion, topped + peeled + small dice ¼ inch
  • 1 medium head broccoli, trimmed + cut into florets + blanched (raw or lightly steamed works too)
  • 3 cups shredded roasted chicken, sub shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1 cup green olives, sub Kalamata or black olives
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) Italian dressing, or to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian herb blend, dried
  • ½ Tablespoon basil, dried
  • ½ Tablespoon oregano, dried
  • 2 small red ripe tomatoes, washed + cored + small dice 1/4 inch
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • Pink Himalayan Sea Salt or Kosher Sea Salt, to taste
  • Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the Rotini (or pasta of your choice) and cook until al dente, according to the package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process, transfer to a bowl and drizzle with the EVOO. Toss to coat and set aside.

  2. Add the diced bell (green, red, yellow) peppers and diced red onion to a large glass bowl....

    Green, red, and yellow bell peppers being tossed with a diced red onion for chicken pasta salad.
  3. Toss in the blanched or lightly steamed broccoli...

    Broccoli being tossed into chicken salad.
  4. Next, add the shredded chicken, green olives, Italian dressing, Italian herb blend, basil, and oregano stir to combine...

    Italian chicken pasta salad being made.
  5. Add the tomatoes, Parmesan cheese and pasta, stir gently to blend. Taste. Then season with salt and freshly cracked black pepper to adjust flavor as desired

    Chicken pasta salad ingredients being mixed.
  6. Dish up, garnish with fresh basil and serve alongside dinner or as a meal itself

    Italian Chicken Pasta Salad in a white bowl garnished with fresh basil.

Recipe Notes