Pesto Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- 16 oz farfalle pasta
- 1 cup basil pesto (homemade or storebought)
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- ¼ cup fresh basil, cut into thin strips (i.e. chiffonade)
- Parmesan cheese (optional)
- Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
- Grill the chicken over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes per side, or until completely cooked. Transfer chicken to a cutting board and slice into strips.
- Meanwhile, boil the pasta until al dente according to the package instructions. (Note: I usually cook the pasta for 1-2 minutes less than the package suggests so that the pasta still has some texture.)
- Rinse and drain pasta and set aside. (Tip: When using pasta for a salad, toss it in a large bowl with a couple Tbsp of milk once it's cooked. The milk helps prevent the pasta from sticking together.)
- Using a large bowl, mix together the pesto, pasta and chicken. Stir until well combined and place in the refrigerator until chilled.
- Stir in the cherry tomatoes and fresh basil immediately before serving.
- Finish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional).