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Chicken Penne Salad with Creamy Parmesan Dressing | Creme de la Crumb

Chicken Penne Salad with Creamy Parmesan Dressing

Tender penne noodles and juicy seasoned chicken tossed with red peppers, sundried tomatoes, sharp white cheese, and a rich and creamy parmesan dressing!
Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword Chicken, parmesan, pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Author Tiffany


  • 1-2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to even thickness
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 teaspoons Italian seasoning (1 teaspoon per chicken breast)
  • 2 cups dry penne pasta, regular or whole wheat
  • 4 cups baby spinach or similar dark greens
  • 1 12-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
  • 1 7-ounce jar sundried tomatoes (about 2/3-1 cup), chopped
  • 1 cup diced white cheese (smoked mozzarella, sharp white cheddar, creamy havarti, etc)


  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup fat free plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mayo (I used light)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste (I used about 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper)


  • Place penne in a medium sauce pan. Cover noodles with water. Bring to a boil and cook until fork-tender. Drain and set aside.
  • Season chicken on both sides with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Cook in an oiled pan or skillet over medium heat 4-5 minutes on each side until cooked through. Transfer to a cutting board and chop into 1 inch pieces.
  • In a large bowl toss together penne, chicken, spinach, red peppers, sundried tomatoes, and cheese.
  • Combine all dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor. Pulse until smooth. Pour dressing over salad ingredients, toss to combine, and serve.