Sesame–Ginger Chicken Pasta Salad


This quick-prep, creamy, Asian-inspired pasta salad is a meal in itself or a great BBQ or picnic side dish. Slideshow:  More Chicken Recipes 

Sesame–Ginger Chicken Pasta Salad
Photo: © Kristen Stevens
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • One 6-ounce chicken breast

  • Sea salt

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 6 ounces bowtie pasta

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil

  • 1/4 teaspoon soy sauce

  • 1/4 teaspoon brown sugar

  • 1 small carrot, grated

  • 3 tablespoons sliced green onion


  1. Season the chicken breast with 1/8 teaspoon each of sea salt and freshly ground pepper. In a small pan, heat the extra-virgin olive oil over medium high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 1 minute. Turn the chicken, reduce the heat, cover and cook for 8 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and leave covered for 10 minutes, then shred the chicken with 2 forks.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain, and rinse the pasta under cold running water.

  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, sesame oil, soy sauce, brown sugar and 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt.

  4. In a large bowl, toss the pasta and chicken with the dressing. Add the grated carrot and green onion and toss to coat.

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