Caesar Chicken Tortellini

I might be going out on a limb here but I’m going to guess that this week is going to be hectic for the majority of us. I know for a fact it will be for me. But it’s a good kind of hectic. I have all my shopping done but need to wrap presents before I get to spend time with my family and friends kind of hectic. But despite all of the chaos, a girl still hasta eat. And despite the fact that she might have to do it in a hurry, this girl likes to eat well.  This quick, easy and delicious pasta dish allows me to do just that.

I get help from a couple of pre-made ingredients for this dish: Caesar dressing and packaged tortellini. Use what ever Caesar dressing you like the best to marinate the chicken. To make this dish a little more Christmas-y I used some fresh cheese stuffed rainbow tortellini that I found in the deli section of my grocery store. Now that I think about it, I realize that I haven’t seen it in that many places so you might have a hard time getting your hands on it. If you can’t find it, a fresh package of regular cheese tortellini will work just fine.

Caesar Chicken Tortellini Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 1 pound chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup prepared Caesar dressing
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound rainbow tortellini
  • 1 small shallot chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • salt and pepper



Place chicken between to pieces of plastic wrap. Pound to 1/4 inch thick just so that it cooks evenly. Place chicken in a bowl. Pour Caesar dressing over the top. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.


Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook marinated chicken 5 - 7 minutes or until cooked through. Transfer to a cutting board allow to cool a couple of minutes before slicing into bite size pieces.


While chicken is cooking, cook your pasta according to package directions. Drain.


In the same pan that you cooked the chicken in cook shallot, garlic and basil. Cook just until fragrant about 1 minute. Return chicken to the pan. Stir in pasta and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve.



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    Dee Dee Aarseth
    December 28, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was so yummy!!! (even if I did forget to add in the dried basil!) It was super easy and the kids LOVED it, so it will definitely be making many more appearances here. Thanks for another great recipe.

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    December 23, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    What a beautiful but simple meal. I love how the tortellini are red and green and so festive!

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    Jenn's Food Journey
    December 21, 2010 at 5:05 am

    This looks wonderful! Sometimes you just gotta go for the packaged goods, they aren’t all bad, and what a time saver they can be!

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    Lisa @ Dishes of Mrs. Fish
    December 20, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    This looks so fresh and delicious!

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    December 20, 2010 at 10:05 am

    This is a nice idea. My only regret is that packaged tortellini are not a very great product. However, making them at home from scratch is also not a very good option. Nonetheless, this is still a nice idea.