Grilled Balsamic Chicken Pasta Salad

  • This Grilled Balsamic Chicken Pasta Salad is great for summertime BBQ’s. It’s filled with crisp, sweet grapes, marinated chicken, tender pasta and tossed in a creamy dressing.

    top shot of Grilled Balsamic Chicken Pasta Salad glass mixing bowl

    I love summer pasta salads and this grilled balsamic chicken pasta salad has become one of my favorites! It makes a large batch, too, so you can take the leftovers to work during the week. I love when you can make a large batch of something and then you don’t have to worry about lunch for the rest of the week.

    Most of you guys have probably figured out by now I’m a pretty busy mama so anything to help make meal time easier is very much appreciated!

    It’s time to grill:

    Since it’s summer and a billion degrees outside I also look for meals that don’t require turning on the oven. So, I grill a lot during this time of year.

    The chicken alone is super tasty but it’s super good in this salad. I love the contrast of all the textures. The tender pasta, crisp grapes, crunchy celery and juicy chicken. And as I said earlier it makes a large amount so it’s perfect for summer BBQ’s and any parties you may be having. Like the 4th of July! I can’t believe that is almost here already!!

    The chicken in this salad is marinated in balsamic vinegar (also my new obsession) along with some garlic and honey. The chicken needs to marinate for a minimum of 4 hours to soak up some flavor but if you can- leave it overnight.

    I like it best when the chicken has marinated overnight. While the chicken is marinating prepare the rest of the pasta salad and keep it in the refrigerator until the chicken is ready to be added in.

    top shot of grilled balsamic chicken pasta salad on black plate and in glass mixing bowl

    Key Ingredients:

    CHICKEN: I used 3 large boneless skinless chicken breasts for this recipe, but you can always add more (or less) depending on how many people you’re serving — or how many leftovers you want!

    CHICKEN MARINADE: You’ll need to marinate the chicken for at least 4 hours or overnight. Simply add the chicken to a ziplock bag along with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, honey, salt and pepper.

    PASTA: It’s really up to you what type of noodles you use — I feel like everyone has their own preference and favorites! I love to use rotini noodles for my pasta salads.

    PASTA SAUCE: The mouthwatering pasta sauce is made with pineapple, red grapes, celery, onions, mayonnaise, sour cream and seasoning salt.

    side shot of pasta salad with red grapes on black plate

    How to Make Grilled Balsamic Chicken Pasta Salad:

    MARINATE CHICKEN: Place chicken breasts, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, honey, salt and pepper in a large resealable plastic bag. Refrigerate for 4 hours to overnight.

    COOK PASTA: Meanwhile cook pasta according to package directions. While the pasta is cooking combine the pineapple, grapes, celery, onions, mayonnaise, sour cream and season salt in a large bowl, set aside. Drain and rinse the pasta with cold water to stop the cooking process.

    COMBINE INGREDIENTS: Add to the bowl with the grapes and vegetables and gently stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate until ready to add the chicken.

    GRILL CHICKEN: Preheat grill to medium/medium-high heat. Remove chicken from marinade and place on preheated grill. Cover and grill for 20 minutes turning half way through cooking time. Chicken is done when the juice of the chicken is no longer pink.

    REST & SERVE: Let chicken rest for 5 minutes then slice or dice and toss with pasta salad. Refrigerate any leftovers.

    top shot of pasta salad with red grapes in clear glass mixing bowl

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    Grilled Balsamic Chicken Pasta Salad
    Prep Time
    20 mins
    Cook Time
    20 mins
    Total Time
    40 mins
     

    This Grilled Balsamic Chicken Pasta Salad is great for summertime BBQ’s. It’s filled with crisp, sweet grapes, marinated chicken, tender pasta and tossed in a creamy dressing.

    Course: Main
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: grilled chicken, pasta salad
    Servings: 10 + servings
    Calories: 333 kcal
    Author: Malinda Linnebur
    Ingredients
    MARINADE:
    • 3 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
    • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
    • 4 cloves garlic minced
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons honey
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    PASTA:
    • 1 (16 oz) package rotini pasta
    • 1 (20 oz) can pineapple tidbits, drained
    • 2 cups red grapes halved
    • 1 ½ cups diced celery
    • 6 green onions chopped
    • 1 ¼ cups mayonnaise
    • ¾ cup sour cream
    • 1-2 teaspoons season salt
    Instructions
    1. Place chicken breasts, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, honey, salt and pepper in a large resealable plastic bag. Refrigerate for 4 hours to overnight.
    2. Meanwhile cook pasta according to package directions. While the pasta is cooking combine the pineapple, grapes, celery, onions, mayonnaise, sour cream and season salt in a large bowl, set aside. Drain and rinse the pasta with cold water to stop the cooking process. Add to the bowl with the grapes and vegetables and gently stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate until ready to add the chicken.
    3. Preheat grill to medium/medium-high heat. Remove chicken from marinade and place on preheated grill. Cover and grill for 20 minutes turning half way through cooking time. Chicken is done when the juice of the chicken is no longer pink. Let chicken rest for 5 minutes then slice or dice and toss with pasta salad. Refrigerate any leftovers.
    Recipe Notes

    Total time doesn’t include marinating time.

    Nutrition Facts
    Grilled Balsamic Chicken Pasta Salad
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 333 Calories from Fat 252
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 28g43%
    Saturated Fat 6g38%
    Trans Fat 1g
    Cholesterol 42mg14%
    Sodium 712mg31%
    Potassium 287mg8%
    Carbohydrates 12g4%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 11g12%
    Protein 8g16%
    Vitamin A 296IU6%
    Vitamin C 4mg5%
    Calcium 42mg4%
    Iron 1mg6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.
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