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Hen Caesar Salad Pasta – Iowa Lady Eats

Hen Caesar Salad Pasta is a enjoyable and filling twist on basic Caesar Salad! Excellent for events and potlucks, or just dinner tonight.

easy chicken caesar pasta salad on a platter

I not too long ago began and completed each seasons of The Morning Present on Apple TV+, or nevertheless they need us to say that. I say “not too long ago began and completed” as a result of it’s not a kind of reveals you casually make amends for right here and there — it’s so riveting that I couldn’t watch the rest till I’d seen each single episode!

The forged is unmatched, the storyline is present and related, and the appearing is unimaginable. (The place has Billy Crudup been all my life?) I really feel like I could possibly be watching the inside workings of any morning information present on tv at this time, and it’s NUTS. So good – I’m ready on pins and needles for season three to come back out this fall.

As loopy because it sounds, I’m equally as obsessive about my Hen Caesar Salad Pasta recipe. No, actually! That is the kind of dish you set leftovers of within the fridge then come again 5 minutes later for an additional chunk as a result of you’ll be able to’t cease occupied with it. The mix of contemporary and crispy salad with tender pasta, scorching rooster, and creamy caesar dressing is ridiculously craveable and I’m at all times so unhappy when the final chunk is gone. It’s that good.

overhead photo of chicken caesar salad pasta on a platter

Hen Caesar Salad + Pasta

Hotter climate is simply across the nook right here in central Iowa (I believe and hope and pray) and this recipe just isn’t solely good to function a lightweight and contemporary spring or summer time dinner, but in addition at summer time BBQs and potlucks. There’s something SO SATISFYING about including rotini pasta to a basic caesar salad.

Significantly better than croutons, IMO!

This rooster caesar salad with pasta is a cinch to throw collectively and, if you’re certainly serving it for dinner, it’s a whole meal in a single so no want for additional facet dishes. Entire grains, lean protein, and many veggies: examine, examine, and examine!

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Elements Wanted

Right here’s what you’ll want for this straightforward rooster caesar pasta salad recipe:

  • Gluten free rotini. I’ve been loving Jovial Brown Rice Pasta these days, particularly as a result of it doesn’t develop into exhausting and crumbly as soon as chilled like rice/corn mix pastas sometimes do. For those who don’t have to eat gluten free, you should use conventional rotini.
  • Hen breast. Merely seasoned rooster breasts are grilled or sauteed then chopped into chunk sized items and folded into the pasta salad. They add endurance, plus grilling them provides a ton of taste.
  • Romaine lettuce. Can’t have caesar salad with out it! I purchase the baggage of complete romaine hearts then chop them myself, however you could possibly use a bag of pre-chopped romaine if you happen to favor.
  • Cherry or grape tomatoes. I actually love the contemporary bursts of juicy tomato in every chunk of this pasta salad. Use cherry or grape tomatoes, or cube up some Romas.
  • Crimson onion. Thinly sliced pink onion provides zip, crunch, and spice, plus a stupendous pop of colour.
  • Parmesan cheese. 99% of the time I counsel you freshly grate parmesan cheese earlier than including it to one in every of my recipes, however for this one I’m recommending utilizing pre-shredded parmesan cheese so it doesn’t soften into the dish. I’ll present you my go-to model under.
  • Capers. Capers are tiny however pack an unlimited taste punch to every chunk of this pasta salad recipe. They actually take it up a number of hundred notches.
  • Caesar Salad Dressing. I’m right here to make your life straightforward and so I’m 1,000% recommending you employ your favourite retailer purchased bottled caesar salad dressing to decorate this salad with. Or make your personal home made caesar dressing – do what’s greatest and best for you! I’ll share my favourite model of bottled under.

Recipe Variations

Whereas I actually really feel like the mixture of components and flavors I’m sharing knocks it straight out of the ballpark, be happy to strive these recipe variations:

  1. Swap roasted, sauteed, or grilled shrimp for the rooster, or miss the meat and use a can of chickpeas as a substitute. Rotisserie rooster is a good, straightforward possibility too.
  2. Use brown rice bow ties or penne as a substitute of the rotini – or your favourite pasta form.
  3. Toss in no matter greens you will have within the fridge that want utilizing up. Arugula could be scrumptious in right here!

Alrighty – able to feast?

bowl of caesar salad pasta with a fork

Easy methods to Make This Recipe

Begin by including gluten free rotini (additionally referred to as fusilli) to a big pot of salted water then boil till tender. Drain the noodles then rinse underneath chilly water till they’re utterly chilly and put aside.

box of jovial brown rice rotini

In the meantime, pound rooster breasts into an excellent thickness to make sure even cooking then season with pepper and home made seasoned salt on each side.

chicken breast on a cutting board

Place the rooster inside a grill pan over medium-high warmth then grill for 3-4 minutes per facet or till the rooster is cooked via. Let relaxation for 10 minutes earlier than chopping into bite-sized items.

Alternatively you could possibly grill the rooster on a gasoline or charcoal grill, or just saute in a pan. I do REALLY love the grill taste it provides to the rooster caesar pasta salad although!

chicken breast being cooked in a grill pan

Subsequent, to a big bowl add the drained chilly pasta plus chopped romaine lettuce, grape or cherry tomatoes, pink onion, capers, shredded parmesan cheese, and many freshly cracked black pepper.

ingredients for chicken caesar salad pasta in a mixing bowl

Right here’s the shredded parmesan cheese I like and suggest. It’s so handy to not solely add to this dish, however some other meals that profit from a sprinkle of parm on prime on the finish earlier than serving, like pasta!

Final step is so as to add your favourite bottled caesar salad dressing – I LOVE this Ken’s Creamy Caesar, which is in fact gluten free. It’s thick, and savory, and tacky – MMM!

bottle of kens creamy caesar salad dresing

Final step is so as to add the grilled rooster then DEVOUR! You may serve this dish instantly or chill for a few hours earlier than serving. Once more, if you happen to’re utilizing brown rice pasta, it stays softer within the fridge vs a corn/rice mix pasta. I hope you’re keen on this super-tasty, must-try tackle rooster caesar salad! Get pleasure from!

chicken caesar salad with pasta on a serving platter with a spoon

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Hen Caesar Salad Pasta


Hen Caesar Salad Pasta is a enjoyable and filling twist on basic Caesar Salad! Excellent for events and potlucks, or just dinner tonight.


  • 8oz gluten free rotini/fusilli ( Jovial Brown Rice Rotini advisable)
  • 2 small rooster breasts (~3/4 – 1lb complete), pounded to an excellent thickness
  • home made seasoned salt and pepper
  • 2 hearts of romaine, chopped into bite-sized items
  • 1-1/2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 small pink onion, thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup parmesan cheese shreds
  • 3 Tablespoons drained capers
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • Caesar Salad Dressing, to coat (I take advantage of 3/4 cup)


  1. Deliver a big pot of water to a boil then add 1 Tablespooon salt adopted by the rotini, after which prepare dinner till tender. Drain then rinse underneath chilly water till cool. Put aside.
  2. In the meantime, warmth a big grill pan over medium-high warmth. Alternatively you could possibly use a gasoline or charcoal grill over medium-high warmth, OR prepare dinner the rooster in a nonstick sprayed skillet. Season rooster on each side with home made seasoned salt and pepper then place inside grill pan and grill till cooked via, 3-4 minutes per facet. Take away rooster to a chopping board then let relaxation for 10 minutes. Chop into chunk sized items then refrigerate when you assemble the remainder of the salad.
  3. To a really massive mixing bowl add the chopped romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, pink onion, parmesan cheese shreds, capers, freshly cracked black pepper, cooled pasta, and Caesar salad dressing. Stir with a spatula to evenly coat. Add cooled chopped rooster then fold to mix and serve.
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  • Click on right here for my Do-it-yourself Seasoned Salt recipe >
  • I like Ken’s Creamy Caesar Dressing, although you should use no matter Caesar salad dressing you want.
  • As a result of this pasta salad is made with gluten free pasta, it is best eaten straight away or chilled for as much as 2 hours previous to serving. Chances are you’ll have to toss with extra dressing earlier than serving if chilling first. Brown rice pasta will keep softer after being chilled vs a corn/rice mix gluten free pasta.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Lady Eats,

photo collage of chicken caesar salad pasta

Pictures by Ashley McLaughlin

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