Greek Chicken Pasta Salad – recipe for Taziki’s Friday Pasta – homemade vinaigrette tossed with penne pasta, chicken, feta, tomatoes and fresh basil – good warm or cold. Great for a potluck. Can make a day ahead – the flavors get better as it sits. This is seriously delicious!
This dish is referred to as “Friday Pasta” around Birmingham. It is a local favorite. It is so popular that Taziki’s had to start serving the pasta all weekend. Several years ago the recipe was published on al.com. I snagged it in case I ever wanted to make it.
For whatever reason, I only recently tried the Friday Pasta. We went to a birthday party and they served this cold/room temperature. Taziki’s serves this pasta warm over lettuce in the restaurant. We both agreed that we preferred the pasta cold/room temperature and without the lettuce.
I decided to finally try my hand at making the “Friday Pasta” at home. I marinated the chicken in a bottled greek vinaigrette dressing and grilled it. I whipped up the vinaigrette (great on its own) and tossed up the pasta salad in the morning and let it hang out in the fridge all day. We ate this for dinner two nights in a row. It actually gets better as it sits in the fridge. This is a great dish for a crowd. It makes a ton, can be made in advance and transports easily.