Because it's summer, and almost everyone has left-over grilled chicken at some point.
Because I haven't food blogged in A REALLY LONG TIME!
And just because it's one of my favorite cold pasta dishes (meaning it's delicious even as a left-over itself)...
I present to you....
Grilled Chicken and Penne with Creamy Honey Mustard Sauce
Don't worry if you're not a fan of honey mustard (I'm not really either. Sorry, Kate aka my mustard loving friend. haha) but this sauce is so light, and non-mustardy tasting that you wouldn't know that's what it is if I didn't tell you.
First things first, boil some Penne.
You can substitute whole wheat Penne if you're looking for a healthier option.
And while the water is working it's magic...
dice up some avocado.
I mean what summer dish is truly complete without some creamy avocado?
Next up, cut up your grilled chicken.
This is a cold dish, so if you grilled your chicken directly prior to starting to prepare this dish, pop it in the freezer for 3-5 minutes to cool it down.
For the sauce, mix together 1 cup light mayo, 4 Tbsp Dijon mustard, 2 Tbsp honey, 2 Tbsp Karo syrup, and 2 Tbsp lemon juice.
DO NOT SKIP THE LEMON JUICE.
It's imperative to the acidity of the dish.
Really, I don't know if that's true or not, but it sounded smart.
And it really does give it a little something extra.
Drain and rinse penne with cold water.
Mix everything together, throw in a tsp or two of crushed red pepper flakes, and ta-da.
Serve with a salad and you have a perfect, quick, throw together, summer supper.