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Chicken Taco Pasta Salad (High Protein!)

published: March 26, 2024

updated: March 26, 2024

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We’re thrilled to bring you a flavorful recipe that's guaranteed to tantalize your taste buds and nourish your body – our Chicken Taco Pasta Salad! This vibrant and delicious dish combines the best of both worlds: the irresistible flavors of tacos and the wholesome goodness of a pasta salad – it’s unlike any other dish you’ve tried! Packed with nutritious ingredients and bursting with colors, this recipe will have you and your family coming back for seconds, all while supporting your fitness and nutrition goals.

If you like pasta salads as much as I do, then you have to try a few of our other delicious, protein-packed options. Our BLT Pasta Salad has been a community favorite every year, and our Classic Macro Friendly Pasta Salad is perfect for your summer BBQs and get-togethers.

3 Reasons Why You'll Love This Recipe

  1. Zesty flavors. We took a traditional pasta salad and gave it the ultimate twist – Tacos! Every bite is packed with the flavors of chicken tacos combined with the comfort of fluffy pasta.
  2. It's a whole meal, not just a side dish. Most pasta salads are used as sides, but our Chicken Taco Pasta Salad is a whole meal in itself! With 37g of protein per serving, this dish will leave you feeling full and satisfied.
  3. It's perfect for meal prepping. We love making a batch of this easy, high-protein salad to enjoy all week for lunch!

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Chicken Taco Pasta Salad (High Protein!)

We’re thrilled to bring you a flavorful recipe that's guaranteed to tantalize your taste buds and nourish your body – our Chicken Taco Pasta Salad! This vibrant and delicious dish combines the best of both worlds: the irresistible flavors of tacos and the wholesome goodness of a pasta salad – it’s unlike any other dish you’ve tried!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 488 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Large Pot
  • 1 Colander or strainer
  • 1 Large mixing bowl
  • 1 Salad tongs or spoon

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz. Pasta of choice
  • 12 oz. Grilled chicken chunks I used Tyson Grilled & Ready
  • 1 cup Canned corn, drained
  • 1 cup Canned black beans, drained
  • 1 cup Pico de gallo
  • 1 cup Bolthouse Farms Cilantro Avocado Dressing
  • Chopped cilantro, optional for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Cook the pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water to cool the pasta down.
  • While the pasta cooks, open your canned beans and corn and drain. Microwave the chicken chunks according to the package instructions and cut into small, bite-sized pieces.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked pasta, chicken, corn, beans, and pico de gallo.
  • Pour the Bolthouse Farms Cilantro Avocado dressing over the ingredients. Toss gently to ensure everything is evenly coated.
  • Top with some chopped cilantro and enjoy!

Notes

You can use any type of pasta you prefer. If you want to boost the protein & fiber content slightly, go for chickpea pasta.
Customize your salad by adding any veggies of your choice.
If preparing this meal for meal prep, leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2-3 days. It’s best to keep the dressing separate and add it just before serving to maintain the salad's freshness.

Nutrition

Calories: 488kcalCarbohydrates: 60gProtein: 37gFat: 11g
Keyword Pasta Salad
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About the author, Tami Smith

Hi, I'm Tami, a certified macro coach, nutritionist and personal trainer! I love creating and sharing quick and easy macro-friendly recipes, and working out in my garage gym!

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