Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad Recipe

Think of everything you love about a chicken Caesar salad—juicy chicken, crisp lettuce, crunchy croutons, shaved parmesan, creamy dressing—and add pasta! The only thing missing from the classic green salad is sweet, sweet carbs. This chicken Caesar pasta salad remedies that by combining the ultimate lunchtime superstar, pasta salad, with one of the most popular salads, Caesar salad. This dish will dominate any potluck and will give a salty kick to sweet barbecue dishes. 

What kind of dressing goes into chicken Caesar pasta salad?

This whisk-together Caesar dressing makes about 2 ½ cups and can be replaced with your favorite store-bought brand. However, this dressing is so easy and tasty, it’s totally worth making yourself! Instead of fiddling around with emulsifying raw eggs into oil, this Caesar dressing uses jarred mayonnaise as its base. A combination of garlic, anchovies (optional, but delicious!), capers, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, olive oil, and parmesan cheese supply those classic and savory Caesar flavors. Whisk in ¼ cup of whole milk to loosen up this thick dressing for optimal pasta coating.

What kind of chicken goes into chicken Caesar pasta salad?

This recipe calls for 3 cups of cubed, seared chicken breast. With all of the creamy dressing, light pasta, and golden croutons, it is nice to see deeply golden seared chicken peeking out of the salad. For quickly seared chicken, rub 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts with vegetable oil and season with salt, pepper, and paprika. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the chicken until deeply golden and the internal temperature is at least 165 degrees, 5 to 7 minutes on each side. No time to sear chicken? Use leftover chicken or use the ultimate grocery store hack: a rotisserie chicken

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