Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe

Jun 24, 2018

Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe

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This pasta salad is packed with chicken, bacon, sun dried tomatoes, zucchini and so much more! Great for any summer picnic or barbecue!


Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! This elbow macaroni pasta salad is packed with chicken, bacon, sun dried tomatoes, zucchini and so much more! Great for any summer picnic or barbecue!




When it comes to pasta salads, I've got everyone covered!

I have almost 20 pasta salad recipes posted here on the blog, and I always provide pasta salads for BBQ's or picnics with friends and family.

Today's recipe is one more pasta salad to add to your summer menu.

This Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad is packed with basil, bacon and sun dried tomato goodness! You can use a homemade pesto if you have fresh basil on hand from the garden, or store bought like I did!

I tend to use elbow macaroni a lot when it comes to pasta salads since it's SUPER cheap to buy in bulk at Sam's Club, but shell macaroni or any small pasta would work great!


Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! This elbow macaroni pasta salad is packed with chicken, bacon, sun dried tomatoes, zucchini and so much more! Great for any summer picnic or barbecue!


I brought this pasta salad to work with me a couple weeks ago for my co-workers to taste test.

They all loved it and confirmed that it's a great side for any summer meal.

I love raw zucchini and have such a huge abundance of it this time of year, but you can substitute cucumbers if raw zucchini isn't your thing.

You can use any type of leftover chicken breast in this recipe too! We love rotisserie chicken, but leftover grilled chicken would had such great flavor to this.

So easy to customize!


Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! This elbow macaroni pasta salad is packed with chicken, bacon, sun dried tomatoes, zucchini and so much more! Great for any summer picnic or barbecue!


Summer's been flying by for me and my family so far!

We've been to a ton of local festivals and concerts, ate SO much delicious food and have been doing so many BBQ's!

The Nanking Cherry bushes have ripe cherries right now too, so we've been super busy picking them!




Aren't they gorgeous?? They taste so good too!

I just can't get enough of all this summertime foodie goodness!


Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! This elbow macaroni pasta salad is packed with chicken, bacon, sun dried tomatoes, zucchini and so much more! Great for any summer picnic or barbecue!


If you liked this recipe, give these pasta salad recipes a try:
Cucumber Tomato Bowtie Pasta Salad
Creamy Poppyseed Pasta Salad
Ham, Egg, Cheese and Veggie Pasta Salad
Ranch Vermicelli Pasta Salad
Crab, Bacon and Pea Pasta Salad


Looking for other recipes to use cooked chicken? Check out these:
Buffalo Chicken Cheese Ball
Cheesy Fiesta Chicken and Rice Casserole
Cheesy Ranch Chicken Hashbrown Casserole
Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas
Marge's Chicken Wild Rice Soup

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Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! This elbow macaroni pasta salad is packed with chicken, bacon, sun dried tomatoes, zucchini and so much more! Great for any summer picnic or barbecue!


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I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family did!


Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad (Print)
by Sheena
Ingredients (6 servings)
  • 2 1/2 cups cooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup cooked diced chicken
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup zucchini, diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • 2 strips bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1/3 cup pesto
  • 2 tablespoons mayo
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
In a large bowl, combine pasta, chicken, tomatoes, zucchini, red onion, mozzarella and bacon until combined.

Whisk together the pesto, mayo, salt and pepper. Stir into pasta mixture until combined.

Refrigerate until serving.
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Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! This elbow macaroni pasta salad is packed with chicken, bacon, sun dried tomatoes, zucchini and so much more! Great for any summer picnic or barbecue!


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