Caesar Chicken Pasta

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If you like Caesar salad even just the tiniest bit, then your belly is going to be giddy over this creamy Caesar Chicken Pasta!  The lightened up creamy Caesar Parmesan sauce is cheesy, garlicky, lemony, salty and just plain addicting as it smothers all the nooks and crannies of pillowy tortellini and juicy chicken.  This might just be your new favorite pasta – ever, or at least tied with this Caesar Pasta Salad.

Caesar Chicken Pasta is your favorite Caesar dressing flavors in an AMAZING pasta! The creamy, cheesy, garlicky, lemony, homemade Caesar Parmesan Sauce is out of this world all smothering juicy chicken and cheesy tortellini.

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This creamy Caesar Chicken Pasta is bursting with the kind of epic deliciousness you can’t even imagine.  It has a few components but some of the steps are optional such as marinating your chicken and making Garlic Croutons.  Both are simple to do, but not necessary if you are in a rush or just feeling plain lazy (which happens to me all the time).  So this Caesar Chicken Pasta recipe can be as quick and simple as you want it to be – just don’t skimp on the Caesar Parmesan Sauce – it’s worth every second.

If you are skipping the chicken marinade, you can use store bought rotisserie chicken, or shrimp would also be quick and delicious.  If you are making your own chicken, however, I highly suggest marinating it as the marinade is just a few simple ingredients of olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon, salt and pepper, and it makes the chicken WAY more tender and juicy.  Which means WAY better chicken.

Caesar Chicken Pasta is your favorite Caesar dressing flavors in an AMAZING pasta! The creamy, cheesy, garlicky, lemony, homemade Caesar Parmesan Sauce is out of this world all smothering juicy chicken and cheesy tortellini.

Next, its Garlic Crouton time!  We toss our French baguette cubes with olive oil, a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese and dashes of garlic powder and salt and then bake for approximate 10 minutes for “the best croutons [you’ve] ever had.” (or so says my husband)

Finally, the crowning glory of the Caesar Chicken Pasta – the Caesar Parmesan sauce.  It’s epic for a few reasons – it’s lightened up using only 1 tablespoon of butter and no heavy cream or half and half but tastes crazy creamy thanks to a roux, parmesan cheese and light cream cheese.  This Caesar Parmesan Sauce is also bursting with Caesar flavor thanks to the addition of loads of garlic, lemon juice, Dijon, Worcestershire sauce and fish sauce.

Caesar Chicken Pasta is your favorite Caesar dressing flavors in an AMAZING pasta! The creamy, cheesy, garlicky, lemony, homemade Caesar Parmesan Sauce is out of this world all smothering juicy chicken and cheesy tortellini.

Traditional Caesar salad dressings contain anchovies, which I’ve used once in a dressing. If you don’t want to use anchovy, I’ve found using Asian fish sauce adds the same salty flavor with just a splash of a painless teaspoon.  If you’ve never bought fish sauce before, it can be found in the Asian section of most grocery stores and if you do much Thai cooking, (like my One Pot Thai Chicken Noodle Soup or 30 Minute Thai Red Curry Chicken), it will be gone in a flash.  But more likely, it will be gone in a flash from this Caesar Chicken Pasta being on constant dinner repeat.  It’s just that good.  Enjoy!

Caesar Chicken Tortellini is your favorite Caesar dressing flavors in an AMAZING pasta! The creamy, cheesy, garlicky, lemony, homemade Caesar Parmesan Sauce is out of this world all smothering juicy chicken and cheesy tortellini.
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Servings: 4 servings
Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
 
Course: Dinner, Salad, Side Dish
Ingredients
  • 3/4 lb penne (or other medium pasta)
  • 2-3 chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • seasoning to taste
  • 6 cups romaine lettuce , chopped
  • 1 cup croutons
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 6 slices bacon , cooked and crumbled
  • lemon wedges for serving
Dressing
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons anchovy paste
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3-4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • salt & fresh black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a large bowl.  Refrigerate.

  2. Cook pasta al dente according to package directions.  Run under cold water.

  3. Season chicken breasts with olive oil and seasoning to taste.  Grill over medium heat 4-5 minutes per side or until juices run clear.  (165 degrees).  Rest until cooled.

  4. Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl.  Toss with desired amount of dressing.

Nutrition Information

(Nutriton information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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If you like Caesar salad even just the tiniest bit, then your belly is going to be giddy over this creamy Caesar Chicken Pasta!  The lightened up creamy Caesar Parmesan sauce is cheesy, garlicky, lemony, salty and just plain addicting as it smothers all the nooks and crannies of pillowy tortellini and juicy chicken.
If you like Caesar salad even just the tiniest bit, then your belly is going to be giddy over this creamy Caesar Chicken Pasta!  The lightened up creamy Caesar Parmesan sauce is cheesy, garlicky, lemony, salty and just plain addicting as it smothers all the nooks and crannies of pillowy tortellini and juicy chicken.

Jen

Jen is a is a cystic fibrosis survivor, lung and kidney transplant recipient, lover of LIFE and FOOD! She lives in Carlsbad, California (north San Diego) with her husband, Patrick and her fur baby, Kiwi (French Bulldog) where she loves to paddle board, go on walks, and most of, all create new recipes. She loves sharing tried and true daringly delicious recipes at Carlsbad Cravings AKA extraordinary flavors out of everyday ingredients.

2 comments on “Caesar Chicken Pasta”

  1. Made this tonight was delish, gave some to my elderly neighbor she loved it also

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