5 Herb Chicken Pasta Salad

This 5 herb chicken pasta salad recipe is a summertime favorite. Made with fresh herbs, your favorite pasta, and marinated grilled chicken you are going to love this recipe. Whether you use it as a main dish or a side dish for your barbecue, this pasta salad with chicken will be a hit.

Cold chicken pasta salad recipe

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Chicken Pasta Salad

When you hear pasta salad what do you think of?

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Me? I think of backyard barbecues and hanging out with friends and family.

There is nothing better than sitting around the patio table with good food and friends, laughing and soaking up the sun’s rays. Whenever we have a bbq, pasta salad is always on the menu and I’m sharing with you one of my new favorites 5 herb pasta salad, made with Canadian chicken.

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Can pasta salad be healthy?

Absolutely! In fact, this is a healthy chicken pasta salad recipe! When you add fresh vegetables, lean grilled chicken, and fresh ingredients it really takes the healthy factor up a notch. There is a common rumor out there that pasta isn’t healthy and that’s simply not true. The pasta I used is a brand that uses ancient grains in their pasta, which ups the protein factor (and helps you eat less since you get fuller, faster). Pasta salad can be healthy if you eat the proper portions, not the whole recipe!

Randa’s Tip: Add more vegetables for more nutrition, I recommend 1-2 cups of spinach!

How many calories are in 5 Herb Chicken Pasta Salad?

This recipe makes about 12 cups, and for 1 cup of chicken pasta salad, there are 249 calories. You can find the rest of the nutritional information at the bottom of the recipe card.

Chicken pasta salad with bell peppers, parmesan cheese, and basil in a bowl.

Pasta Salad with Chicken

I love pasta salads that have chicken in them because it offers versatility. Whether it’s a side dish or a main dish when you add chopped chicken you have options!

Here are some cold chicken pasta salad recipes (and a pasta salad recipe that would be amazing with chicken) that I’m sure you’ll love.

5 Herb Chicken Pasta Salad

Pasta salad with fresh herbs and bell peppers

This easy pasta salad recipe is going to be the talk of your bbq, no one will believe just how simple it is to throw together.

How to make pasta salad

Chicken pasta salad ingredients

  • Pasta
  • Bell peppers (any color)
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh herbs
  • Olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Powder

The key to this recipe is using fresh herbs. I would have never thought that mint would be so good in cold pasta salad, and the tip here is to go easy with it. A little goes a long way. I prefer a zesty flavour to not just my pasta salads but salads in general so I used red wine vinegar but apple cider would be just as delicious.

Cold chicken pasta salad recipe
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5 Herb Chicken Pasta Salad

Made with fresh herbs, your favorite pasta, and marinated grilled chicken you are going to love this chicken pasta salad recipe.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken pasta salad, pasta salad
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 12 cups
Calories 249kcal

Ingredients

Chicken Marinade

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp  cayenne pepper

Salad

  • 1 package whole wheat fusilli pasta
  • 2 bell peppers chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley minced
  • 3 tbsps fresh basil minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh sage minced
  • 1 tbsps fresh rosemary minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint minced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp  garlic powder

Instructions

Chicken

  • Combine the lemon juice, olive oil, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Pour over the raw chicken breasts and let marinate for at least an hour.
  • Grill until fully cooked (12-15 minutes per side) or bake for 45 minutes at 375F.
  • Cool and slice.

Salad

  • In a large bowl combine the chopped red bell pepper and chicken.
  • In a small bowl combine the parsley, basil, sage, rosemary, mint, olive oil, red wine vinegar, pepper, and garlic powder. Let sit.
  • Cook the pasta according to box instructions, drain and let the pasta cool.
  • Add the pasta to the bowl of peppers, along with the chicken.
  • Pour the herb vinaigrette over the pasta salad and add parmesan.
  • Toss to coat.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 18.2g | Protein: 17.8g | Fat: 12.4g | Saturated Fat: 2.4g | Cholesterol: 43.8mg | Sodium: 88.5mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1.5g
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14 comments on “5 Herb Chicken Pasta Salad”

  1. That looks so good! I love all the flavors here, and I love that it’s not too involved to make. I have to try this!

  2. This pasta salad looks so yummy and is perfect for lunch or dinner. I can’t wait to make this recipe!

  3. We love pasta salad and it is a favorite at our cookouts. I especially like when it has a protein in it and can be served as a main dish!

  4. This looks really good! I love chicken on my salad and I am a hue fan of noodles.

  5. I’ve been looking for new salad recipes! This one looks sooo good! 

  6. I absolutely love cooking with fresh herbs. This recipe looks delicious!

  7. What a great pasta salad for the summer months! I so need to make this, I bet my kiddies would love! 

  8. These look really good! I’m not a fan of bell peppers so I would probably leave those out but the rest looks amazing! 

  9. This looks so yummy and like a dish my kids would actually eat! I’m going to have to make this for our upcoming camping trip. 

  10. Chicken pasta is very nice food, I like to eat in evening.

  11. We’re trying this recipe this weekend. It sounds SO good!

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