Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe

Jun 24, 2018

Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe

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


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 and a great way to use rotisserie chicken!


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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 and a great way to use rotisserie chicken!


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!


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 and a great way to use rotisserie chicken!


If you liked this recipe, give these pasta salad recipes a try:





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!

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!


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 and a great way to use rotisserie chicken!


Looking for other recipes to use cooked chicken? Check out these:





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 and a great way to use rotisserie chicken!


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


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Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad

Yield: 6 servings
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ingredients:

  • 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:

  1. In a large bowl, combine pasta, chicken, tomatoes, zucchini, red onion, mozzarella and bacon until combined.
  2. Whisk together the pesto, mayo, salt and pepper. Stir into pasta mixture until combined.
  3. Refrigerate until serving.
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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 and a great way to use rotisserie chicken!


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