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Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad with Smoked Mozzarella

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This flavor-packed pasta salad is loaded with tender grilled chicken, crunchy vegetables and smoked mozzarella. 

Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad with Smoked Mozzarella - The Lemon Bowl

Earlier this week I announced the #Tabasco10 recipe challenge when I shared my Honey Chipotle Grilled Chicken Breasts recipe. Whenever I grill meat I always throw on a couple extra pieces to have on hand for leftovers which was the inspiration for this grilled chicken pasta salad with veggies and smoked mozzarella.

Honey Chipotle Grilled Chicken - The Lemon Bowl

The star of this fresh and flavorful pasta salad is tender grilled chicken marinaded in Tabasco chipotle sauce, honey and olive oil. After a few minutes on the grill you’re left with juicy, sweet and smoky grilled chicken – ideal for throwing into salads, sandwiches, pasta and more.

Chicken Pasta Salad with Smoked Mozzarella - The Lemon Bowl

Cubes of Honey Chipotle Grilled Chicken are tossed with rigatoni, zucchini and fennel to create a crunchy, satisfying and nutrient-packed summer meal. The chipotle sauce is quite mild and has a smoky, charred flavor but feel free to add original Tabasco for more of a kick.

What is your favorite way to transform leftover grilled chicken? I’d love to hear new ideas. Stay tuned for more tasty #Tabasco10 recipes coming this week!

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Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad with Smoked Mozzarella - The Lemon Bowl

Smoked Mozzarella Pasta Salad

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This flavor-packed pasta salad is loaded with juicy grilled chicken, crunchy vegetables and smoked mozzarella.
PREP: 10 mins
TOTAL: 10 mins
Servings: 8


  • 8 ounces rigatoni (cooked according to package instructions)
  • 8 ounces Honey Chipotle Chicken Breasts (cubed)
  • 4 ounces smoked mozzarella (cubed)
  • 1 medium zucchini (diced)
  • 1 fennel bulb (diced)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Tabasco Chipotle Sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Place all ingredients in a large bowl and toss well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve chilled or at room temperature.


Calories: 217kcalCarbohydrates: 24.5gProtein: 12.9gFat: 8.2gSaturated Fat: 2.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6.1gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 307mgFiber: 1.4gSugar: 2.8g

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  1. I like this idea a lot, but I would sub jicama for the fennel, because I just don’t care for fennel flavor. Great use for those delectable-sounding chicken breasts.

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