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basil pesto pasta salad

Basil Pesto Chicken Pasta Salad

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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 2


  • knife
  • cutting board
  • tongs
  • boiling pot
  • saute pan
  • mixing bowl


  • 12 oz boneless chicken thighs
  • 4 tbsp basil pesto sauce
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (sliced)
  • 1 cup dry rotini pasta


  • Gather your equipment: knife, cutting board, skillet, sheet pan, tongs, bowl
  • Then, boil the pasta and cook according to packaged instructions
  • Next, marinate chicken with half of the basil pesto sauce
  • Then, add olive oil to a skillet on medium high heat and sear the chicken on both sides until it is golden crispy and cooks to an internal temperature of 165F
  • After the chicken has finished cooking, let it rest on a cutting board for a few minutes before slicing. Slice it into bite size pieces
  • Once the pasta has cooked, drain it and set it aside
  • In a bowl, add pasta, chicken, arugala, cherry tomatoes, and the rest of the basil pesto sauce. Mix all ingredients well
  • This dish can be served hot or you can chill it in the refrigerator and eat the next day