Caprese Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken Bento #40

by The ROXX Box on December 5, 2012

in Teen/Adult Bento Lunches

This past weekend, I was browsing one of my favorite blogs (www.annies-eats.com), when I came across a recipe for caprese pasta salad.  Her recipe looked so yummy, that I had to try it.  

As I was planning on how I wanted to make this salad, I decided to add grilled chicken to the pasta salad.  This salad is great with or without meat, depending on your personal preference.  Next time I make it, I am going to add grilled shrimp.  Let me know what you think of this pasta salad. I hope you enjoy it!!

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Cook 2 cups penne pasta according to package until al dente.  

In a saute pan, add 3 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon minced garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes.  Place on low-med heat, and allow to simmer for about 5 minutes.  Make sure garlic doesn’t get too brown/burn.

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While garlic mix is simmering, in a large bowl add 1 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon thinly sliced basil (I used frozen), 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, 1 1/2 cup diced mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup diced cherry tomatoes, salt/pepper.

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Season 2 raw chicken breast with salt/pepper or adobo seasoning (I used adobo) and 1 tablespoon olive oil.  Grill until done.  Once fully cooked, allow to rest for about 5 minutes.  Cut in thin slices after chicken has rested for 5 minutes.

Add garlic mix, pasta, and chicken slices to bowl containing mozzarella cheese.  Mix well.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Caprese Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken in “my” Easy Lunchbox

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Ny’s Planetbox!!

 

Caprese Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken

Ingredients

2 cups penne pasta

1 tablespoon minced garlic

3 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon thinly sliced basil leaves

1 1/2 cup diced fresh mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup diced cherry tomatoes

salt/pepper

Grilled Chicken

2 raw chicken breast

salt/pepper or adodo (to taste)

1 tablespoon olive oil

Recipe adapted from http://bit.ly/SLuSAb

Enjoy!!!

Rox

 

 

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