Perfect chicken pasta salad

Perfect chicken pasta salad


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About this recipe: 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.


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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