10 Minute Creamy Purse Pasta and Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad…

Good early Monday! Where on earth did this weekend go? Hope you all had a nice one.

Here’s another fun fun fun Trader Joe’s find that was really good. I was browsing through their refrigerated fresh pasta section and came across this pasta they call Perline. They look like cute little purses, I couldn’t resist. Stuffed with Prosciutto and cheeses, this girl was in heaven. Now, I know I sound like a broken record, but if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s around check your grocery stores fresh pasta section for something similar. They are really tasty. To make the sauce a bit creamy, I added a little buttermilk and let me tell you I am so excited to try using it in more sauces and soups. It’s much lower in fat than the heavy cream I ususally use, very exciting! Hope you all enjoy this quick and easy dinner!! Check out the pecan chicken salad below before you go, it’s really good too.

Get your hands on this pasta, you’ll love it!

10 Minute Creamy Perline Pasta

1 lb Perline Pasta or other pasta of choice

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 medium onion, finely chopped

2 cloves fresh garlic, minced

26 oz favorite pasta sauce

½ Cup low-fat buttermilk

Salt and pepper to taste

½ Cup fresh grated parmesan cheese for garnish

1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside. Heat oil into a large skillet over medium heat. Saute onion for 5 minutes or until softened. Stir in garlic for 1 minute then stir in pasta sauce. Heat for 5 minutes then stir in buttermilk. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in cooked pasta and reduce heat to low until ready to serve. Sprinkle each plate with fresh grated parmesan cheese. Enjoy!


This salad could be a dinner in and of itself. It is full of great flavors, you’ll hardly realize you are eating a salad. Enjoy!!

Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing

1 ½ Cups Japanese Panko Bread Crumbs

½ Cup fresh grated Parmesan Cheese

½ Cup ground pecans

1 Cup flour

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

2 eggs

2 Tablespoons water

4 large boneless skinless chicken breasts

Honey Dijon Dressing

1 Cup mayonnaise

Heaping ¼ Cup whole grain mustard

Heaping ¼ Cup honey

Salt and pepper to taste

Mixed greens of choice

Sliced cucumbers

Cherry tomatoes

Crumbled Feta cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a shallow bowl mix the Panko, parmesan and pecans. Set aside. In another shallow bowl mix the flour, salt and pepper. In a third shallow bowl whisk the egg and water. Dredge each chicken breast into the flour mixture, the egg mixture then press into the pecan crust. Place each chicken breast onto a greased baking rack placed over a baking sheet. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Let cool for 10 minutes then cut into thin strips.

2. To prepare dressing, mix the mayonnaise, mustard and honey into a bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Place salad greens onto serving plates and top with pecan crusted chicken, sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and feta cheese. Drizzle with dressing.

Have a great start of your week, I’ll be back soon with some crazy good sweets for your sweet tooth! Check me out at Just-spotted Tuesday, they are spotlighting little ol’ me. Thanks ladies!!

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35 Responses
  1. Chef Chuck

    Hi Jenny, That pasta looks great, I will pick up some at my next visit to Trader Joes. Thank You 🙂

  2. Abby

    I always find something fun and new at TJ’s, although I have to travel far to get to one! We’re headed to the beach in a few weeks and a stop at this beloved store is in order.

    Cute blog. CUTEST BANNER EVER.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    (And my word verification below was: twitter. Crazy, huh?)

  3. biz319

    Not only do I love buttermilk, but now I am reaching more and more to fat free half and half – it makes everything so creamy!

    I’ll have to check these out next time I am at TJs.

  4. Pam Shank

    Very nice article Jenny,congratulations. Your recipes are always super but I am happy to see you get such great opportunities to be involved with all of the other things you do.

  5. Liz - Meal Makeover Mom

    That pecan coating looks delicious. Kind of reminds me of your amazing walnut-crusted tilapia recipe … a definite favorite around here w/ Josh, Simon and hubby, Tim.

  6. Gabi


    I went about three-four times around the frozen section of Trader Joe’s but never found it? I am sad!

    Anyone experiencing the same thing in their TRader Joe’s???

    A desperate Gabi @ Mamaliga

  7. Sweet Charity

    I’ve been on a buttermilk kick lately too… it’s been finding it’s way into everything from biscuits and ice creams to salad dressing and soups…
    I wish we had Trader Joe’s up here!

  8. Kathy - Cooking On the Side

    What great little “purses”! I’ll be on the lookout for those at Trader Joe’s. I recently discovered that my little girl enjoys tortellini (she ate nearly as much as I did!) so I’m sure these will go over well too.

  9. the ungourmet

    I haven’t seen this at TJs. I will have to look for it! The buttermilk is an awesome idea. I have been using it more lately in my baking but I will have to try it in other ways too.

    I also love the photo of the dressing being poured into the bowl. Great shot!!

  10. Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!"

    Ooh, I’ll have to look for that next time at TJ. My kids love tortellini, so this would be a hit I know!

  11. Kerstin

    I find something new in TJs every time I’m in there! I will definitely check out their fresh pasta now – thanks for the recommendation! Your salad looks lovely – pecans are just so tasty!

  12. Kara

    We don’t have a Trader Joes :(, so I hope I can find something similar.

    I found that Chicken Salad recipe a few months ago and we love it!!! The homemade dressing is just heavenly!

  13. Sara @ Our Best Bites

    Man, I miss Trader Joes! We don’t have it here where I live now. I’m thinking about writing them a letter. Think they would build one just for me? 🙂 The pasta looks super yummy!

  14. Lynda

    This looks so delicious and easy! I don’t have a Trader Joes anywhere near, so I’ll have to improvise.

  15. Sara

    Yum, that pasta sounds delicious! My hubby will love that salad, since he’s a huge fan of honey mustard.

  16. Jennie

    This sounds delish! Your right about Trader Joes – I love that store – great wine deals too. I’m going to look for this pasta.

  17. Patsyk

    That pasta sounds amazing! I’ll put it on my list!

    I also love using different nuts to make a crust on chicken, try cashews next time!

  18. Kristen

    I love that you make your own salad dressing! (I usually use Renee’s) – yours sounds so tasty!

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