Holidays & Special Occasions 4th of July Summer Fireworks Pasta Salad

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      Summer Fireworks Pasta Salad

      1 pound Radiatore, Rotini or other medium pasta shape, uncooked
      Cilantro Pesto (see recipe below)
      3 tbsp. Iow-sodium chicken broth
      1/2 – 3/4 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut in l-inch pieces
      8 plum tomatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut into 1-inch chunks
      1 small red onion, slivered lengthwise
      1/4 cup toasted pinenuts
      Cilantro Pesto:

      2 cups packed cilantro leaves
      1 cup flat-leaf parsley
      3 garlic cloves, minced
      3 tbsp. Parmesan cheese
      2 tbsp. toasted pinenuts or walnuts
      1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
      1 tbsp olive oil
      1 1/2 tbsp.

      red wine vinegar
      Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
      Garnish:

      Cilantro sprigs
      Blue corn chips

      Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside in large serving bowl. Place ingredients for Cilantro Pesto in a blender or food processor, process until finely chopped.

      Heat chicken broth in non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and saute 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through. Add chicken, tomatoes, red onion and pine nuts to pasta.
      Toss with all of the Cilantro Pesto until combined.

      Garnish with cilantro sprigs and blue corn chips.
      Serves 6 to 8

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      I wanted to add that you can serve this in plasticware on a tray so people can just grab one and go. It makes it easier for the kids to get a serving and it looks great in the cups too.

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Holidays & Special Occasions 4th of July Summer Fireworks Pasta Salad