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Tomato Basil w/ Cajun Chicken Pasta Salad

Tomato Basil Pasta salad with Cajun Chicken made with easy fresh ingredients. Perfect summer pasta salad recipe topped with fresh parmesan cheese!
Course Dinner, pasta, pasta salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer chicken, cajun, pasta salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Refrigerate 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings 5 people
Author Divas Can Cook

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups mini penne pasta cooked al dente and drained
  • 1 lb chicken breast dice into small cubes
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cajun seasoning I used Old Bay Blackening season
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 6 medium vine ripened tomatoes diced
  • Fresh basil leaves chopped ( I used about 5-6 leaves)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic minced (Can cook garlic prior if desired)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar more or less according to preferrence
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • Fresh Parmesan cheese grated

Instructions

  • Mix together sea salt, cajun seasoning and garlic powder. (double if you like super seasoned and spicy chicken)
  • Sprinkle seasonings over the cubed chicken and toss to distribute seasoning.
  • Coat nonstick skillet in olive oil over medium heat.
  • Cook chicken until done, being careful not to overcook. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl toss together diced tomatoes, chopped basil and minced garlic.
  • Stir in balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
  • Stir in cooked pasta and chicken.
  • Season lightly with salt and pepper (do not over salt, flavors will intensify as it chills)
  • Refrigerate for 3 hours.
  • When ready to serve, plate and top with fresh grated parmesan cheese.

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