Tortellini, chicken, spinach and tangy Italian spices come together perfectly in this easy Chicken and Tortellini Pasta Salad. The addition of chicken makes this pasta salad a great option for dinner or a side dish.
Chicken and Tortellini Pasta Salad
If you were to take a peek into my freezer, there are a few items that I always have on hand. Frozen fruit for smoothies, frozen broccoli for when there is nothing fresh, meatballs and chicken. I love to cook and bake, but there are many nights when we’re crunched for time or I’m just too worn out to cook a huge meal. On these nights, I rely on the ingredients in my pantry and freezer for a quick meal. Thank you to Tyson Foods, Inc. and Pinnacle Foods Group for sponsoring this post! All opinions are 100% mine!
My go-to for protein is the Tyson® GRILLED & READY® CHICKEN STRIPS. I use the chicken strips in my lunches and dinner recipes all the time. It’s just such a quick and easy way to add a lean protein to our meals. Since we often get tired of the same ol’ Tex-Mex salads, quesadillas and burritos that frequent our menus, I thought it was time mix things up with a new recipe and make the family something a little bit different for dinner.
Tortellini is a family favorite, (I guess I should add tortellini to my always on hand list too) so I combined the tortellini, Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken and the zesty, WISH-BONE® ITALIAN DRESSING (plus a few other ingredients from the fridge) to make a one-bowl meal that’s perfectly balanced, full of protein and flavor. Want more quick and easy recipes? Be sure to check out all the one bowl meal ideas on the Tyson® page.
Even with the spinach, this dish got the a-OK from everyone! The addition of the chicken made this a perfect dinner recipe, but it would also make a fabulous potluck/cold salad/side dish.
Have you tried the Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken Strips? What’s your favorite way to serve them?
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Tortellini, chicken, spinach and tangy Italian spices come together perfectly in this easy Chicken and Tortellini Pasta Salad.
- 18 to 20 oz tortellini (whatever flavor you like)
- 2 cups diced chicken
- 1 1/2 cup Italian dressing
- 2 green onions, diced
- 1 cup baby spinach, stems removed and torn into bite sized pieces
- 1 cup split sweet cherry tomatoes (reserve a few for garnish)
- 1/2 cup diced olives (reserve a few for garnish)
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Cook tortellini according to package directions, rinse with cool water and drain.
- Add 1 cup of Italian dressing to tortellini and stir til coated.
- Add diced chicken to tortellini and mix until coated with dressing.
- Place tortellini/chicken mixture in the fridge until chilled (30 to 45 minutes)
- Prior to serving, mix in all the rest of the ingredients, including the additional 1/2 cup of dressing.
- Garnish with reserved toppings and serve.
Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. and Pinnacle Foods Group LLC. All opinions are entirely my own.