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Chicken Pasta Salad in a bowl with a fork.

Chicken Pasta Salad

This Chicken Pasta Salad recipe has great variety & is so flavorful. You'll love how quick & easy this salad & homemade dressing are to make.
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 395kcal
Author Dina


For the salad

  • 1 lb tri-color rotini
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper or to taste
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup cucumber
  • 1/2 cup red onion chopped
  • 1 Avocado

For the dressing


Cook and chop up the chicken

  • Start off by slicing 1 pound of boneless skinless chicken into thin cutlets. Then season both sides of the chicken with 1 teaspoon is Italian seasoning, and about 1 teaspoon salt or to taste along with 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper.
  • Heat a large pan to medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil in. Then cook the chicken on both sides. Make sure your chicken is cooked through. The best way to check chicken doneness is by inserting a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the meat. It should read at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cook pasta and chop up veggies

  • In the meantime, cook 1 pound of tri-color rotini according to the package.
  • Then drain the pasta and rinse with cold water to stop it from overcooking.
  • Once the chicken is filled cooked, let it sit for about 5-10 minutes covered. Then cut up the chicken into bite-size pieces.
  • Now slice up 1 cup cherry tomatoes, 1 cup English cucumber, 1/2 cup red onion. Then cut 1 avocado into small cubes.
  • Place the cooked pasta and cut up vegetables and chicken into a large bowl.

Make the dressing and mix it into the salad

  • Now for the dressing, add the following ingredients into a large measuring: 1/2 cup olive oil, 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, 2 tbsp honey, 4 tbsp water, 3 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tsp Italian spices, and 3/4 tsp salt.
  • Use a whisk to combine the dressing ingredients together, then pour over the pasta salad. Toss to combine a serve chilled.


Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 467mg | Potassium: 443mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 133IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg