Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Chicken Alfredo Pasta Salad

Prep time: 30 min. Total time: 30 min. Servings: 4 servings ( 1 1/4 cups each)

1 Box (7.75 oz) classic salad mix pasta cork screw pasta
1/2 cup refrigerated Alfredo sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded or diced deli rotisserie chicken or grilled chicken (w/o skin)
1 cup halved grape or cherry tomatoes
1 cup halved sliced cucumber
2 Tablespoons sliced fresh basil leaves

In 3 quart saucepan cook pasta as directed on box. Drain; rinse with cold water to cool.

In small bowl mix seasoning mix from packet and Alfredo sauce. Place cooked pasta, chicken, tomatoes, cucumbers and basil in servin bowl. Add alfredo mixture; toss evenly to coat. Sprinkle with topping packet and basil sprig, if desired. Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving time.

Note: I doubled the recipe. I did not use the classic salad mix because I did not have it and I don't think my store carries this. I did use the corkskrew pasta in the different colors and grilled my Tyson garlic flavored chicken breasts on my george foreman and cut it up and it added awesome flavor. I also used extra parmesan cheese in the mix. Besides that difference, I made the recipe the same. Play around with it and add new flavors. This is a yummy cold side dish for a bbq or whatever you plan to do for the summer time.

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