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Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad with Homemade Croutons

Easy and refreshing Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad recipe that goes together in no time. Serve it as a main course or side salad! 

chicken caesar pasta salad ingredients

When we’re trying to think of simple dinner ideas, it’s easy to forget about main dish salads. A main dish salad can be light, yet filling at the same time. That’s why I like this Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad recipe so much. The pasta makes it hearty and filling, and the other ingredients are fresh and light. Combine it all together, and you have a delicious and simple dinner for your family. 

chicken caesar pasta salad recipe

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad Tips

  • Any kind of chicken can be used. I baked some chicken breast tenders for this post, but I’ve also used rotisserie chicken. This is a great meal idea if you have leftover chicken you want to use up.
  • Since I spent some extra time to make homemade croutons, I took a short cut on the dressing, and used this bottled Caesar dressing
  • Use whatever Parmesan cheese you have on hand. The all-time best taste comes from freshly shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano. However, I had a tub of shredded Parmesan in our refrigerator, so that’s what I used.
  • The homemade croutons are like the icing on a cake. They take the taste level up several notches, but of course, any type of store bought croutons can be used. 

Click for the Homemade Croutons Recipe!

homemade croutons on wood cutting board

Make Ahead Tip

Prepare the pasta, chicken, and lettuce up to a day in advance. Place them in a large bowl, but DO NOT MIX THEM. Place them in sections, like on the cutting board pictured above. Cover and store in the refrigerator. When you are ready to serve, add the Parmesan cheese and dressing. Toss well, and top with croutons. 

chicken caesar pasta salad with homemade croutons

chicken caesar pasta salad recipe

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Easy and refreshing Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad recipe that goes together in no time. Serve it as a main course or side salad! 
4.8 from 10 votes
Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3 main dish servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes


  • 2 cups penne pasta (measure before cooking)
  • 2 hearts romaine lettuce
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups chicken breast pieces
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup Caesar dressing
  • homemade croutons


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cool water.
  • Wash and chop two heads of romaine lettuce, and place in a large bowl.
  • Chop the chicken into bite-size pieces. Add to bowl with lettuce.
  • Add the slightly cooled pasta and dressing.
  • Toss to combine well.
  • Top with parmesan cheese and toss again.
  • Chill in refrigerator for 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Serve with homemade croutons.
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  1. Mary Hendley says:

    5 stars
    Delicious and simple to make. My sister get together will love it 🥰

  2. Kathy oetjens says:

    5 stars
    I will definitely try this recipe. Could you please tell us which dressing you use? The link doesn’t specify. Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    I served this salad tonight when I hosted our monthly book club. It was a huge hit! This will definitely be on the menu for future events.

  4. Tracey Hokanson says:

    I have been searching for a good bottled Caesar dressing ……can you tell me which one you use? The link in your text takes me to Walmart and just says “oops” so I don’t know what you’re recommending! I have thrown out so many bottles of dressing trying to find one I like.
    Thanks so much for your help. Love your blog and always look forward to new content.

  5. Kathryn Anthony says:

    5 stars
    I made this chicken pasta Caesar salad for dinner last evening.
    It was the perfect blend ôf ingredients with the addition of the pasta. We also had a toasted English muffin on the side. Divine!

  6. Ann, made this tonight and my husband said to add it to the regular rotation. Delicious! Thank you!

  7. Looks delicious and one of my all time favs when we eat out. That reminds me to give this dish a go in the near future. Tfs

  8. I love Caesar salads. I recently tried a Caesar pasta salad at one of my favorite restaurant before all the mayhem started and I loved it. Now I can make it at home. Thanks so much. Can not wait to try this. Your posts are one of the highlights of my days. It has been uplifting in this unsettling time. Thanks so much!

  9. Linda Greene says:

    5 stars
    Thank you so much for the salad recipe. I made the croutons using your recipe. It is delicious!!! I love a simple and delicious one dish meal.
    Thank you for sharing.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Yay! Thank you so much for the 5 Star rating. I am so glad you liked the recipes!

  10. Looks yummy.I am making a similar pasta salad with artichoke hearts, olives & roasted peppers to go along with Easter dinner, keeping it simple.Happy Easter to you & your family.

  11. Chicken Caesar salad is my favorite and doesn’t like pasta! I have the lettuce and some chopped chicken. I need to run to store for a few things and hope to find bottled dressing and the rolls.
    Thanks you, Ann!

  12. Good Morning Ann,
    The croutons got me going! I think you just planned our dinner. Thanks as always. I really am writing to send a friendship hello. One thing about this darn quarantine is that we have time to tell our friends things we often think but don’t take time to write. I very much appreciate your friendship across the miles and often turn to your posts more than anyone else’s for inspiration. I’ve said before that our homes and taste are similar so you are my “mentor.” Thank you yet again.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Nancy…thank you so much for taking the time to write this. Your timing is excellent, because I really needed some encouragement! Stay safe and well, Ann