Perfect chicken pasta salad

    1 hour 45 min

    This is a highly flavoured chicken pasta salad, which is absolutely perfect for the summer. You can also pop it into your packed lunch. Alternatively, you can serve this as a hot pasta dish.

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    Makes: 6 

    • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 2 tablespoons honey
    • 2 tablespoons passata
    • 2 tablespoons plum sauce
    • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
    • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil
    • 3 skinless, boneless chicken breast fillets
    • 215g macaroni or other shaped pasta
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 125ml light mayonnaise
    • 125ml reduced fat soured cream
    • 1 teaspoon coarse grained mustard
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • 1 tablespoon passata
    • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    • 4 tablespoons grated mature Cheddar cheese
    • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
    • 60g roasted cashews

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Extra time:1hr marinating  ›  Ready in:1hr45min 

    1. In a large bowl, combine 3 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 tablespoons honey, 2 tablespoons passata, 2 tablespoons plum sauce, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, sesame seeds and basil. Add chicken and turn to coat. Marinate in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
    2. Bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil. Add pasta, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and rinse.
    3. Heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Cook chicken until no longer pink and juices run clear. Drain on kitchen paper. Allow to cool, then cut into bite-sized strips.
    4. In a large bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, soured cream, mustard, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon passata and 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce. Mix in cooked pasta, chicken and Cheddar cheese. Gently stir in sliced avocado and cashews just before serving.

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    I cooked the chicken on the BBQ - the marinade made the chicken taste delicious, my family just loved this chicken salad.  -  22 Feb 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    The chicken marinade was very very good. However, once the salad was mixed, the mayonaise and sour cream didn't mix well with the flavor, we thought.  -  15 Aug 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I made this for an office potluck, and everyone kept telling me how much they loved it. I omitted the plum sauce because my local store didn't have any, but no one seemed to notice. I made the dish the night before, and will increase the amount of sauce for the pasta next time, as most of it got absorbed overnight.  -  08 Sep 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)