Pesto Pasta Salad with Chicken Recipe

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Learn how to make delicious pasta salad the whole family can enjoy!

Preparation Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Serving size: 5 people
Cost:
Difficulty: Intermediate

Ingredients
2 tablespoons pine nuts
1 small garlic clove, peeled
2 packed cups basil leaves
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup olive oil, divided

(For Pasta Salad)
1 pound spiral pasta
2 pounds chicken tenders
1 cup tomatoes, halved
3 tablespoons pine nuts
Zest and juice of 1 lemon

Instructions
1. Process pine nuts and garlic in a food processor until texture of coarse sand, about 30 seconds.
2. Add basil and Parmesan cheese, process until paste forms. Add 1/3 cup olive oil. Process to mix well, about 10 seconds.
3. Cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta cooking liquid. Drain pasta and rinse with cold water until pasta is room temperature.
4. Heat an electric griddle or large nonstick skillet. Coat with non-stick spray and cook chicken over medium heat until golden on both sides, about 8 minutes total. Let cool, then dice.
5. Place pasta in large bowl. Add tomatoes, 1/4 cup pesto, pine nuts, lemon juice and zest. Toss to coat. Add pasta cooking liquid, a few tablespoons at a time, to coat pasta and thin pesto sauce. Add chicken, toss and serve.

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