Warm Tortellini & Pesto Chicken Salad


by Aug 19th, 2010 // Dinner, Easy Cheats, Recipes, Uncategorized

Warm Tortellini & Pesto Chicken Salad

I am delighted to report that this dinner was not only dee-lish, but it was also one of the easiest dishes we have ever made! I was hesitant to make it because my kid has never touched salad, but he actually ate the spinach leaves and the tortellini and the chicken.

How can you go wrong with rotisserie chicken and pesto? Plus the warm tortellini wilts the spinach perfectly. It is such a great meal to throw together on a hot summer night. Now for the recipe…

Warm Tortellini & Pesto Chicken Salad Recipe

Prep Time: 5 mins Cooking Time: 20 mins

1 small rotisserie chicken (about 2 cups of chicken)
1 pound tri-color tortellini
2 tablespoons olive oil

1/3 to 1/2 cup pesto
1 pre-packaged bag of baby spinach

Cut the chicken off the bone into small chunks and set aside. In a large pot of salted water boil the tortellini for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large saute pan over medium-low heat. Add chicken and pesto and saute until warm. When the tortelleni is done use a slotted spoon to transfer it to the saute pan and stir to combine. Turn the heat down to low and divide baby spinach among 6 bowls. Top each pile of spinach with tortellini and serve warm. Makes 6 servings.

Warm Tortellini & Pesto Chicken Salad

warm tortellini salad

7 Comments on “Warm Tortellini & Pesto Chicken Salad”

  1. 1.) Tracey
    August 19th, 2010

    Hi Rebecca,
    I've just found your blog – now I just have to get my baby onto solids!
    I love the pink and white plate on your previous post, thanks for these great recipes.

  2. 2.) Lauren
    August 19th, 2010

    Rotisserie chicken and pesto are two of my favorite quick-meal ingredients. I also like prepared filled pasta, so of course this dish sounds fantastic to me! I love that you served it on a bed of spinach – healthy and beautiful.

  3. 3.) CookingWithMyKid
    August 20th, 2010

    That was my great grandmother's plate. I have a whole set which I always admired as a child and now am able to claim them as my own!

  4. 4.) hchardy
    August 23rd, 2010

    I made this on Saturday night and it was awesome! All three of my kids liked it…my two kids and my husband, which is saying something! Thank you!

  5. 5.) eruvande
    August 30th, 2010

    I made this tonight, and my husband, who is never really enthusiastic about any food, gave it rave reviews…so, thanks! :)

    I added some roasted red pepper strips & a Roma tomato from the garden, & used some homemade lemon balm pesto…it was delicious!

  6. 6.) lemonwoodclock
    September 12th, 2010

    we all loved this!! i was especially happy that my husband liked it, and he asked to have it frequently!! and my baby actually fed himself spinach leaves :) thanks so much!!

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