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Balsamic Chicken Tortellini Salad

Balsamic Chicken Tortellini Salad is a simple, Italian-inspired pasta salad full of chicken, veggies and a balsamic dressing. Delicious served warm or cold.
Course: Dinner
Servings: 6
Calories: 474kcal
Author: Carisa

Ingredients

  • 2 Chicken Breasts sliced
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Italian dressing
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon Crushed Red Chili Pepper Flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 pound Asparagus
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 3/4 cup Grape Tomatoes
  • 1 20 ounce package cheese Tortellini cooked according to package instructions
  • Fresh minced basil optional, for garnish

Instructions

  • Cook the tortellini according to the package directions, drain and set aside in a large bowl.
  • Combine Italian dressing, balsamic vinegar, honey, red pepper flakes and whisk together in a small bow, or shake in a sealed jar. Set aside,
  • Meanwhile, melt the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add sliced chicken breast, season with salt and pepper and cover. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through.
  • Add 1/4 cup sauce to the chicken and bring to a boil. Simmer for a minute, turning the chicken to make sure it coats all sides. Add the chicken to the cooked tortellini and toss.
  • Add chopped asparagus to the pan. Cook through for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning, and add the carrots. Cook until vegetables tender, but still a little crunchy!
  • Add the cooked vegetables and the sliced grape tomatoes to the chicken and tortellini, then add the rest of the sauce to the pan. Simmer and cook down for just a minute or two until it thickens up. Gently toss with the pasta, chicken and veggies. Garnish with fresh basil, if desired, and serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 474kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 999mg | Potassium: 547mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 3435IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 166mg | Iron: 4mg