Whip up a 20-minute meal in-a-bowl with a light and refreshing recipe for Chinese Chicken Pasta Salad tossed with a quick-fix sesame dressing.
My mom Noni’s Chinese Chicken Salad is legendary in our family. It was a weeknight favorite when my siblings and I were growing up and always a welcome sight on the dinner table.
It starred crisp Romaine lettuce, shredded rotisserie chicken, a homemade sesame dressing, and our fave addition: crispy rice noodles. They added a touch of crunch and were always fun to snack on pre-dinner.
I’ve recreated my mom’s iconic salad, and included my boys’ favorite addition: pasta!
Chinese Chicken Pasta Salad stars all the best flavors and textures, from crisp cucumbers and juicy Mandarin oranges to tender chicken and crunchy lo mein noodles.
While store-bought sesame dressings are great in a pinch, this homemade spin makes this pasta salad a year-round favorite. It’s just four simple ingredients, but each of which pack a flavor punch.
Put it all together and you have yourself a tried-and-tested Chinese Chicken Pasta Salad recipe that comes together in minutes, can be prepped in advance and is a guaranteed winner for taste-testers of all ages.
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For the pasta salad:
- 8 oz. uncooked pasta, such as bowtie or rotini
- 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken or chopped chicken breasts
- 2 cups shredded Romaine lettuce
- 2 cups shredded red cabbage
- 1 cup diced cucumbers
- 1 cup Mandarin oranges
- 1/2 cup crispy chow mein noodles
For the dressing:
- 3 Tablespoons sesame oil
- 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
Make the pasta salad:
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook it until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain the pasta and add it to a large bowl.
- To the bowl, add the chicken, Romaine lettuce, red cabbage, cucumbers, Mandarin oranges and chow mein noodles.
Make the dressing:
- In a small bowl, whisk together the sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, sugar, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
- While whisking, stream in the olive oil until combined.
- Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine then serve.
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