Grilled Chicken Caprese Pasta Toss

I received this recipe from the group Budgethomemaking on yahoo. It was sent in by a member sometime last summer. I was working on cleaning out my pantry and had these items available. I also substituted fresh tomatoes chopped for the grape tomatoes. The result was very delicious.

Grilled Chicken Caprese Pasta Toss

4 boneless skinless chicken breast
1/4 cup plus 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp garlic powder
8 oz. pasta
2 pints grape tomatoes
3 cloves garlic minced
4 oz. mozarella cheese
splash of balsamic vinegar
2 tsp dried parsley
3 tsp dried basil

place chicken, 3 tbsp olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder in a bag and put in refrigerator for at least 4 hrs.

slice grape tomatoes in half and put in bowl with olive oil, garlic, parsley, basil, and vinegar. Put in refrigerator for at least 4 hrs.

Boil Pasta in salted water. While boiling pasta grill chicken for 10 mins. on each side or until no longer pink in the middle. Slice chicken into thin slices. When pasta is al-dente, drain and toss with tomato mixture. Add the mozarella. Put in bowls and top with slices of chicken. Serve with crusty Italian bread.

Serves 4
(although in my house we had enough left over to have for dinner the next night also!)

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