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Large serving bowl filled with chicken Caesar pasta salad.
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Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

This delicious chicken Caesar pasta salad is packed with seasoned pan-fried chicken, al dente pasta, crisp romaine, and juicy cherry tomatoes. Keep it simple or elevate things with homemade dressing and croutons. It’s perfect for summer gatherings and easy dinners!


  • 12 ounces penne or another pasta shape
  • 2-3 thin-sliced boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 hearts of romaine chopped
  • 1-2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 cup shredded or grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1-2 cups croutons store-bought or homemade
  • 1/2-1 cup Caesar dressing store-bought or homemade


  • Boil a large pot of water; add a generous pinch of salt, then cook pasta to al dente according to package directions. Drain, toss with a very small drizzle of olive oil to prevent sticking, and set aside.
  • While pasta cooks, prepare the chicken. Sprinkle both sides evenly with garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Warm olive oil in a large skillet set over medium-high heat. When hot, add chicken. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, until chicken develops a brown outer crust and is cooked through. Remove to a cutting board; when cooled slightly, cut into bite sized pieces and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cooked pasta, chopped chicken, romaine, tomatoes, and Parmesan. Drizzle with about 1/2 cup of dressing and toss well. Add croutons and more dressing to taste. Enjoy!


  • To save time, skip pan-frying the chicken yourself and use a shredded rotisserie chicken.
  • To take this up a notch, use homemade croutons and/or Caesar dressing. Both can be made as much as 3 days in advance.
  • This keeps well for about a day in the refrigerator; if you expect to have a large amount of leftovers or want to make this a meal prep, consider combining the pasta, chicken, lettuce, and tomatoes in a large bowl, then adding the cheese, dressing, and croutons as you eat individual portions.

Nutrition Estimate

Calories: 446kcal, Carbohydrates: 50g, Protein: 20g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 37mg, Sodium: 459mg, Potassium: 443mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 3491IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 147mg, Iron: 2mg
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