Leftover Chicken Piccata Pasta Salad

So, while I use leftover cooked chicken all kinds of ways, and certainly in chicken salad, it didn’t occur to me that a sauced chicken like Chicken Piccata would also be a good candidate for a chicken salad.   I now think I may have missed many opportunities for repurposing leftover pan sauce chicken over the years.  But life is long, so we can fix this.

Chicken Piccata Orzo Salad

In general I think chicken salad are best eaten at cool room temperature.   And a chicken salad made from a chicken with some sauce involved definitely should be served that way, so the sauce can get looser and really coat the chicken and, in this case, orzo pasta.

Chicken Piccata Orzo Salad: Leftover chicken piccata becomes a springboard for a delicious salad that can be served warm or cool.

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What is Orzo?

Orzo is a tiny rice-shaped pasta, which I loved with cubes of this chicken piccata.  You can use any pasta shape you like, though. You could also try cooked Israeli couscous instead of the orzo.

Chicken Piccata Orzo Salad

Warm Chicken Salad

And for a chicken and pasta dish like this, it also would be great warmed up.  The microwave is fine for this; place a damp paper towel over the salad and heat it just until warm in a microwave safe bowl or plate.  Or warm it in a covered baking dish in the oven, at 300°F for about 10 minutes.

Chicken Piccata Orzo Salad

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Chicken Piccata Orzo Salad

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Chicken Piccata Orzo Salad

Leftover chicken piccata becomes a springboard for a delicious salad that can be served warm or cool.
Yield: 4 people
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


  • Kosher salt to taste
  • ½ pound dried orzo
  • 1 recipe Chicken Piccata , cut into 1-inch pieces, with the sauce, at room temperature
  • Chopped fresh parsley to serve


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the orzo according to package directions. Drain, and rinse with cool water briefly.
  • Combine the cooked orzo and chicken piccata in a large bowl. Add the sauce, and toss to combine thoroughly. Serve cool, at room temperature, or warm in a bowl or shallow serving dish with additional parsley sprinkled on top.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 596kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 581mg | Potassium: 893mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 113IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 3mg

The nutrition values are provided as an estimate. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.

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