Sunday, June 28, 2015

Pesto Pasta Chicken Salad

     If you want a crowd pleasing dish that will thrill the masses then try out this Pesto Pasta Chicken Salad!  I have found that if you balance a little bit of pasta with loads of veggies it can actually be considered a healthy dish!  It's all about moderation and balance, so have your pasta and eat it too!  Since Pesto can be loaded with calories, it's easy to offset the rest of your dressing with a flavorful Vinaigrette, and BRIANNAS Italian Vinaigrette is just the ticket!  Once again, it's all about balance, have your Pesto and eat it too!  This recipe will make a giant bowl of 24 cups, each cup is only 158 calories, 13.7g net carbs and 10g protein.  Party on dude, Pesto and Pasta are now our friends!  :)

Ingredients for 24~1 cup servings~
1 Roma Tomato, diced and drained on paper towel all day
2 Tablespoons, plus 1/2 cup BRIANNAS Italian Vinaigrette
1 medium Yellow Onion, diced
1 Tablespoon chopped jarred Garlic
Dash Cayenne
Dash Salt
7oz Barilla Farfalle Protein Plus Pasta
1.5 pound Chicken Tenders
1.5 pound Broccoli Florets
15oz can Garbanzo Beans
15oz Black Beans
14oz can Artichoke Hearts, diced
3.8oz Sliced Black Olives
6 Green Onions, diced
Red Bell Pepper, sliced and diced
10oz package of shredded Carrots
1/4 cup jarred Pesto

     Dice Roma Tomato and drain on paper towel thru out day.  Heat 2 Tablespoons BRIANNAS Italian Vinaigrette in skillet and add diced Onion, Garlic, Cayenne and Salt til golden brown, may take 20-30 minutes.  Meanwhile, boil Pasta per directions, drain and set aside.  When Onions are golden brown, add Chicken Tenders til cooked thoroughly and dice into bite size pieces with spatula, drain any excess juice and set aside.  In LARGE bowl, add Broccoli Florets, Garbanzo Beans, Black Beans, diced Artichoke Hearts, sliced Black Olives, diced Green Onion, diced Red Bell Pepper, shredded Carrots, drained diced Roma Tomatoes, cooked diced seasoned Chicken and drained Pasta.  Top with Pesto and 1/2 cup BRIANNAS Italian Vinaigrette and toss till all well incorporated.  Enjoy  :)

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