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This Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad has Cajun chicken, bacon, and an easy homemade dressing (with NO anchovies!)! Makes a great lunch or party side dish.

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

This Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad has Cajun chicken, bacon, and an easy homemade dressing (with NO anchovies!)! Makes a great lunch or party side dish.

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 245 kcal

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 1 pound rotini or other small pasta
  • 1 pound thin boneless skinless chicken breast cutlets
  • 2 tablespoons Homemade Cajun Seasoning or store bought
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large head romaine lettuce chopped
  • 2 cups croutons
  • 8 ounces bacon cooked and crumbled (8 slices)
  • Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing or store bought
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
US Customary - Metric

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan or stock pot, bring 4 quarts water and 1 tablespoon salt to a boil. Add rotini and cook according to package instructions, about 9 to 11 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water.

  2. Meanwhile, arrange chicken on a baking sheet or work surface and sprinkle both sides generously with Cajun seasoning

  3. In large skillet, heat oil until shimmering. Arrange chicken in a single layer and cook, flipping once, until the temperature on an internal thermometer reaches 165 degrees, about 5 minutes on each side. Remove from heat and rest for 5 minutes. Slice into strips.

  4. In a very large bowl, combine cooled rotini, lettuce, croutons, and bacon. Drizzle with Caesar salad dressing and toss until uniformly coated. Top with chicken and garnish with Parmesan cheese.