Chicken Pasta Salad: a Back-to-School Lunch Idea

Chicken Pasta Salad: a Back-to-School Lunch Idea

This post is sponsored by Maple Leaf Prime.

I hate to admit it, but it’s almost time to go back to school. Actually, this will be the first time in years that I’m not going back to a physical school. I finished university several years ago, but I spent the last 3 years working in an after-school daycare. It’s going to feel really strange to not step into a school in September…

I know that many other people are going back to school, though, in one capacity or another. My brother is still in university, I’ve got cousins who are in high school, and a few of my friends are teachers. This post is for everyone who has to start packing a lunch again in September (and for those of you who have to take lunch to work too!).

Chicken Pasta Salad: a Back-to-School Lunch Idea
I love eating chicken pasta salad for lunch. It’s a filling, well-balanced meal that doesn’t take forever to make. And it actually tastes good cold! Someone once tried to convince me that cold pizza would be a great lunch idea, and I quickly discovered that I disagree with that statement. Pasta salad wins over cold pizza any day.

If you’ve been following my blog, you might already know that I love to cook with Maple Leaf Prime chicken. I love the way the chicken is packaged, and I know that I’m getting a great quality product. I cooked two chicken breasts specifically for this post, but normally I would just use leftover cooked chicken for this dish.

You might think that the salad in the top two images looks kind of bland, and to be fair, it kind of is. I was a very picky eater when I was younger, and I still prefer a relatively plain (but not tasteless) pasta salad recipe. You can definitely adapt this recipe to suit your tastes though, replacing the veggies I used with ones you prefer. And if you’re really adventurous, you could even add some fruit in there. The photo below is my mom’s chicken pasta salad of choice, which is really just my plain version with tomatoes, apples, parsley and bell pepper.

Chicken Pasta Salad: a Back-to-School Lunch Idea

By the way, this recipe has cheese and mayonnaise in it, so you will need to pack an ice pack in your lunch bag!

To learn more about Maple Leaf Prime chicken, visit MapleLeafPrime.ca.

Disclosure:
This post is sponsored by Maple Leaf Prime.
All opinions are my own.

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