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WARM BALSAMIC CHICKEN TORTELLINI SALAD

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This Balsamic Chicken Tortellini Salad is a simple, Italian inspired pasta salad full of chicken, veggies and a tangy balsamic dressing. This crowd-please dish is ready in minutes and is a great make-ahead meal since it can be served warm or cold. 
When it comes to summer meal ideas, this Balsamic Chicken Tortellini Salad is a dinner winner! Serve it up with some crispy Garlic Bread and a green salad for a complete and filling meal.
WARM BALSAMIC CHICKEN TORTELLINI SALAD

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Chicken Breasts sliced
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Italian dressing
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon Crushed Red Chili Pepper Flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 pound Asparagus
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 3/4 cup Grape Tomatoes
  • 1 20 ounce package cheese Tortellini cooked according to package instructions
  • Fresh minced basil optional, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Cook the tortellini according to the package directions, drain and set aside in a large bowl.
  • Combine Italian dressing, balsamic vinegar, honey, red pepper flakes and whisk together in a small bow, or shake in a sealed jar. Set aside,
  • Meanwhile, melt the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add sliced chicken breast, season with salt and pepper and cover. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through.
  • Add 1/4 cup sauce to the chicken and bring to a boil. Simmer for a minute, turning the chicken to make sure it coats all sides. Add the chicken to the cooked tortellini and toss.
  • Add chopped asparagus to the pan. Cook through for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning, and add the carrots. Cook until vegetables tender, but still a little crunchy!
  • Add the cooked vegetables and the sliced grape tomatoes to the chicken and tortellini, then add the rest of the sauce to the pan. Simmer and cook down for just a minute or two until it thickens up. Gently toss with the pasta, chicken and veggies. Garnish with fresh basil, if desired, and serve immediately.
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