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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Bruschetta Chicken Orzo Salad

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Bruschetta Chicken Orzo Salad features a delicious bruschetta mix of juicy tomatoes, garlic, basil and parmesan cheese with Tyson® Blackened Chicken Strips and orzo pasta. Perfect for meal prep and an easy lunch!
Bruschetta Chicken Orzo Salad
Lately, I am in love with all things bruschetta. Bruschetta is a simple mix of tomatoes, garlic, basil, parmesan cheese and is served on crunchy toasts. I decided to take the delicious bruschetta mix and turn it into an orzo pasta salad. It is so delicious! To make it a complete meal, I added chicken and this Bruschetta Chicken Orzo Salad is perfect for meal prep and makes the most delicious easy lunch.

Bruschetta orzo salad
For some reason, anytime orzo is in a pasta salad compared to other kinds of noodles, there is always so much more flavor. I think because the noodles are tiny, you can really taste the flavors of everything that you're eating. Orzo pasta salad is perfect to make for picnics and potlucks. It seems to be a fan favorite.

Bruschetta pasta salad
This Bruschetta Chicken Orzo Salad is also perfect for meal prep. It stores really well for a few days and makes the most delicious lunch. Adalyn loves taking things for lunch that are out of the ordinary from a PB and J and this Bruschetta Chicken Orzo Salad is a favorite. Great for kids and adults too.

Tomato Chicken Orzo Salad
For the bruschetta, I used garden tomatoes that still seem to be coming! I recommend using the most flavorful tomatoes that you can find because it helps make the dish taste even more delicious. In a pinch, you could use dried basil but the fresh basil leaves chopped up is even better. I like using shaved parmesan cheese lately instead of shredded because you can taste it better.

platter of bruschetta chicken orzo salad
Since I like to keep things simple and easy when I can, I used Tyson® Blackened Chicken Strips from Meijer. It has no added breading for less calories, more protein and less fat than other chicken strips. It is fully flavored, raised with no antibiotics ever and makes a great addition to salads, nachos or any entree really. They are super flavorful and delicious! To me, they are spicy because they have a lot of black pepper flavor which went so well with the bruschetta.



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If you are short on time, you can microwave these or you can bake them in the oven. When you bake them in the oven, they get lightly crispy and are super delicious. I love these on their own as well or tossed on a Tex-Mex salad. They do not need a dip for them because they are very flavorful. I love that there is no breading yet these get fairly crispy so it seems like you're having something more indulgent.
Bruschetta tomato orzo salad

Bruschetta Chicken Orzo Salad

Bruschetta Chicken Orzo Salad features a delicious bruschetta mix of juicy tomatoes, garlic, basil and parmesan cheese with blackened chicken strips and orzo pasta. Perfect for meal prep and an easy lunch!
Yield: serves 6

Bruschetta Chicken Orzo Salad

Bruschetta Chicken Orzo Salad features a delicious bruschetta mix of juicy tomatoes, garlic, basil and parmesan cheese along with blackened chicken strips and orzo pasta. Perfect for meal prep and an easy lunch!
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 30 mins

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound orzo pasta
  • 1 20-ounce bag Tyson® Blackened Chicken Strips
  • Bruschetta
  • 4 cups diced fresh tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Fill a pot with water and boil. Cook orzo according to directions. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees, place chicken strips on a baking sheet and cook for 18-22 minutes until hot and lightly crispy.
  3. Meanwhile, mix together all ingredients for bruschetta in a large bowl.
  4. Once chicken and pasta are cooked, add chicken and orzo into the bruschetta mix and stir well.
**Stores well in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Enjoy!

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