Chicken & pasta salad

Chicken & pasta salad

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(13 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4
For a speedy, superhealthy supper this pasta dish is just the thing - save leftovers for lunch the next day

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal470
  • fat6g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs64g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre4g
  • protein44g
  • salt0.26g
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  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and thickly sliced
  • 1 red onion, thickly sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 300g penne or fusilli pasta
  • 4 skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp each chopped thyme and oregano


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • pinch dried chilli flakes
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 150g pack cherry tomato, halved
  • 50g bag rocket



    Rocket is a very 'English' leaf, and has been used in salads since Elizabethan times. It…

  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar


  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Mix the pepper and onion with 1 tsp oil and roast for 20 mins.

  2. Cook the pasta following pack instructions. Drain and set aside.

  3. Meanwhile put the chicken breasts between two sheets of cling film and bash with a rolling pin until they’re about 1cm thick. Mix remaining oil, herbs, chilli and garlic then rub all over the chicken. Heat a griddle or barbecue and cook for 3-4 mins on each side.

  4. Slice the chicken on a board, scrape into the pasta with any juices, plus the roasted onion and pepper, cherry tomatoes, rocket, vinegar and seasoning. Toss together and eat warm or cold.

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8th Sep, 2018
This is a lovely salad, but it did take me longer than 10 minutes to prep! The idea about putting the tomatoes in the oven for 5 minutes with the onion and pepper is a good one as it will add a bit of liquid. I'll do that next time.
4th Aug, 2011
I threw the tomatoes in the oven with the onion and pepper for the last five minutes, so they softened a bit and provided a little 'sauce'. Very good.
26th Jul, 2011
Very tasty, quick to make and low fat. My hubby and I are on a low fat, high work out week to prepare for our summer holiday and this is a great recipe that does not compromise on taste
20th Jul, 2011
Good, but felt it was a bit dry, needed some sauce
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18th Jul, 2011
The chicken looked at the pasta and say's "you don't bother me and I won't bother you". Still tasty and easy to prepare regardless.
11th Jul, 2011
Just made this dish for my mother and myself. Tasted amazing and was very easy (especially the the novice cook i am!).
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