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Italian Pasta Salad

Love Keil
Irresistible Italian Pasta Salad loaded with chicken, artichoke, black olives, cucumber, sun - dried tomatoes and delicious homemade cream. Pasta recipe that will not disappoint!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 -6


Chicken Marinade:

  • 3 chicken breast fillets
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic grated
  • salt and pepper to taste

Italian Pasta Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 cucumber cut lengthwise then cut into slices
  • 2 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cup penne cooked
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup pitted black olives halved
  • 1/2 cup halved artichoke hearts sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese shaved

Ingredients for the Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 teaspoon flour
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil shredded


How to prepare the chicken:

  • Remove extra fat from the chicken. Using meat beater slightly flatten the chicken.
  • In the bowl combine chicken, lemon juice and garlic. Stir until chicken is coated with the marinade.
  • Marinade for 3 hours or overnight. Stirring occasionally.
  • Drain the chicken, season with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat the oil on a medium/high heat, cook chicken for 4 minutes on both sides, or until it is cooked through.
  • Remove from the heat, let it cool, then slice it into bite size pieces.

To make creamy dressing:

  • Whisk together flour and 1/3 cup of water.
  • In the small sauce pot, combine olive oil, white wine vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper. Stir in flour mixture. Cook on medium heat for 2 minutes, consistently whisking.
  • Add whipping cream and basil, whisk until just heated through. Take the dressing off the heat.
  • In large mixing bowl add pasta, chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, artichoke hearts and cucumber slices.
  • Pour in warm dressing, stir with a spoon until combine. Serve with shaved Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!


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