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Bruschetta Pasta with Chicken

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This is a light and refreshing pasta dish, perfect for those summer picnics.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Penne Noodles
  • 2 cups Shredded Cooked Chicken (I Just Used A Rotisserie Chicken From The Store)
  • 1 cup Cherry Tomatoes, Sliced In Half
  • 8 ounces, weight Fresh Mozzarella (diced Into Cubes)
  • 3 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 whole Large Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ½ teaspoons Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 6 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Fresh Basil, Chopped

Preparation

Cook the noodles as instructed on the package. While the noodles are cooking, shred the chicken into bite sized pieces, dice up the tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese and place all of these ingredients into a large bowl and set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. Slowly mix in the oil. Chop up the fresh basil and pour 1/2 cup of it into the sauce. Whisk for 1 minute.

When the noodles are done cooking, drain them, and place them into the bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Add in the remaining basil and pour the dressing over the noodle/chicken mixture and toss till everything is well combined. Serve with a slice of warm bread. (Costco’s Rosemary Bread goes great with this dish!)

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jennifer fulk on 8.17.2011

Excellent and the leftovers are great too. My husband and son enjoyed this as well. It has all the ingredients we love in it. I used chicken breasts that I seasoned with Emeril’s Essence, pepper and Rosemary Garlic Seasoning. I had my hubby grill them and I let them cool a bit , then cut into strips. Makes a big addition to the flavor in this, imo. I did use grape tomatoes (2 cups) and 12 ounces fresh mozzarella. I added fresh grated Parmesan and served it with garlic toast. Thank you for the recipe, great summer dinner! :)

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Brigid Gonzalez on 6.25.2011

Very tasty dish! My kids and my husband loved it. Next time I will probably double the tomatoes and mozzarella because everyone wanted more of the tasty bits… Thanks so much for the recipe!

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