Rotisserie Chicken Pasta Salad

The flavor and juiciness of rotisserie chicken makes this pasta salad a hit with me. You can serve this dish immediately or refrigerate to allow the flavors to blend more and serve cold. Either way it's yummy :-)


  • 1 lb penne pasta
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • Zest of 1 medium fresh lemon
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, julienned
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 1/2 cups cooked rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 medium red onion, halved and sliced
  • 5 oz mozzarella, cut into 1/2 cubes


Cook penne al dente according to package instructions, drain and set aside to cool.

Whisk together the vinegar, olive oil, garlic, lemon zest, basil, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Combine pasta, chicken, tomato, onion and mozzarella in a large serving bowl, toss well, evenly coat with vinaigrette, toss again and serve.

By Deeli from Richland, WA

July 29, 20110 found this helpful

Fantastic! If you omit the mozzarella and later replace it with parmesan (fresh grated of course) after the dish has cooled its wonderful cold as a picnic dish. You rock Lila!

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July 29, 20110 found this helpful

Mmmmm what if I used El Pollo Loco chicken? ;)

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August 1, 20110 found this helpful

Attosa, you are such a tease! ;-) Oh, if only I could get my hands on some El Pollo Loco chicken I know I would feel like I had died and gone to heaven!

Aric, l Iove your idea of switching from mozzarella to Parmesan!

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