Chicken Pasta Salad with Bruschetta Twist

Embark on a culinary adventure that marries the heartiness of chicken pasta with the fresh, vibrant flavors of a classic bruschetta. This recipe is a delightful fusion that promises to be a crowd-pleaser, perfect for sunny picnics or a refreshing, light dinner option. It combines tender chicken, al dente spaghetti, and a fresh tomato medley, all dressed in a rich balsamic glaze that brings a touch of sweetness and acidity. Let’s gather our ingredients and create a dish that’s as pleasing to the palate as it is to the eye.


  • Spaghetti Pasta, 1 pound (dry weight), ideally thin for a delicate bite
  • Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, 1 pound (about 2 large breasts), seasoned and cooked
  • Dried Basil, 1 teaspoon, for the chicken seasoning
  • Dried Oregano, 1 teaspoon, adds a hint of earthiness to the chicken
  • Garlic Powder, ½ teaspoon, for a gentle garlic essence in the chicken seasoning
  • Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste, for seasoning the chicken
  • Olive Oil, ¼ cup, for sautéing and bringing richness to the dish
  • Minced Garlic, 2 tablespoons, for a bold garlic flavor in the dressing
  • Red Onion, finely chopped, 2 tablespoons, adding a slight sharpness
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 2 tablespoons, adjust according to your preference for a balance of sweet and tangy
  • Roma Tomatoes, 8, diced, for that fresh bruschetta element
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese, ½ cup, for a salty, umami kick, plus more for serving
  • Fresh Basil or Parsley, 2 tablespoons finely chopped, for garnishing and a burst of freshness
  • Balsamic Glaze, for drizzling over the finished dish (optional but recommended for an extra layer of flavor)


  1. Prep the Pasta: Cook the spaghetti according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside to cool.
  2. Season the Chicken: Combine dried basil, oregano, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Rub this mixture over the chicken breasts.
  3. Cook the Chicken: In a skillet over medium heat, add a splash of olive oil. Cook the chicken until golden and no longer pink in the center. Let it rest before slicing it into strips or bite-sized pieces.
  4. Sauté Aromatics: In the same skillet, add more olive oil if needed. Sauté minced garlic and red onion until fragrant.
  5. Combine: In a large mixing bowl, toss the cooled pasta with the chicken, sautéed garlic and onion, diced tomatoes, and grated Parmesan. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Garnish and Serve: Sprinkle with fresh basil or parsley and additional Parmesan cheese. Drizzle with balsamic glaze for a gourmet touch.

This Chicken Pasta Salad with Bruschetta Twist is not just a meal but an experience, blending textures and flavors in a harmony that’s sure to delight. Whether you’re dining al fresco or gathering around the dining table, this dish brings a touch of Mediterranean flair to any mealtime.