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Grilled-Chicken Pasta Salad with Artichoke Hearts

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Using canned artichoke hearts cuts the preparation time for this salad way down. They are surprisingly good; just be sure to rinse them thoroughly to get rid of any extra acidity or "tinny" taste.

Ingredients

  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound in all)
  • 7 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
  • 3/4 pound fusilli
  • 1 1/4 cups canned, drained artichoke hearts (one 14-ounce can), rinsed and cut into 6 wedges each
  • 3 scallions including green tops, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

How to Make It

  1. Light the grill or heat the broiler. Coat the chicken with 1 tablespoon of the oil and season with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper. Grill or broil until just done, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes and then cut crosswise into 1/4-inch slices.

  2. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the fusilli until just done, about 13 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water, and drain thoroughly. In a large bowl, toss the pasta with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.

  3. Add the chicken, artichoke hearts, scallions, parsley, the remaining 5 tablespoons oil, the vinegar, the remaining 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and the Parmesan to the pasta and toss well.

  4. Wine Recommendation: Artichokes can be tough on wine since they tend to make even the driest ones taste sweet. To counteract this tendency, try an acidic white wine such as a Sancerre from France (made from sauvignon blanc grapes) or a sauvignon blanc from northern Italy.

Quick From Scratch Pasta