Asian pasta salad with chicken is going to be one of the easiest recipes on top of your list. It's super versatile to bump up the quantity. If you are too busy, you can switch it to a complete no-cook version.
Total Time: 30 Minutes - 35 Minutes
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Active Cook Time: 15-20 Minutes
The inspiration of this recipe came from a thought of a hot summer night that I don’t want to get sweaty with the hot food. So, I use store-bought rotisserie chicken, any kind of Asian style salad dressing and some pasta with pre-shredded Cole slaw mix to make a delightful dinner.
I must say that this dinner is a winner chicken dinner. It’s within budget to feed a hungry family of 4 easily. It has all the nutrients and packed with fiber. So, for a lazy night like that, I don’t mind a repeat.
As always, there are some substitutes you can use to replace the ingredients this recipe calls for.
I personally like long pasta. But if you feel like staying away from your stove top that night, feel free to use some ready to serve pasta which only requires to warm it up in the microwave for a couple minutes. But beware that they are all short pasta. As long as you don’t mind the shape and length of it, it is perfectly fine. Besides, the portion is much smaller for each ready-serve package. For a big family, you may need to consider having 2 packages/pouches or more. Another options are to use any pasta leftover from your recent pasta dinner. That would be the most convenient option.
I use store-bought rotisserie chicken. If you happen to have some chicken leftover, preferably just simple salt and pepper taste, it is a great way to use up the leftover. Or you can make your own rotisserie chicken and save some for this delicious Asian pasta salad with chicken recipe.
There are plenty of brands and blends of Asian salad dressing in the grocery stores. I recommend to use the one that you have on hand and/or prefer. The one I use here is very strong to add into any vegetable salad. But with pasta and vegetables all mixed up together, it balances out everything.
Scallion is optional in this recipe. In my opinion, the flavor of a little bit just gives a perfect touch of the entire pasta salad.
Of course. If you want to use whatever is handy, whisk the following ingredients together to make your own Asian salad dressing:
Yes, absolutely. As mentioned earlier, you can use ready-serve pasta which will need to warm it up in the microwave. If the grocery store you go to sells pre-shredded rotisserie chicken, it is even better. All you need to do is to assemble everything together. Keep exploring, you will find something in the market that helps to make your daily life easier.
What you just learned here, you can apply the same principles to make the following to be your next no-cook dinners:
1 lb Spaghetti (or any kind of long pasta)
4 cups Shredded Cooked Chicken
1 cup Asian Salad Dressing (any brand of your preference)
2 Scallions (chopped; for garnish only)
1 bag Pre-Washed Cole Slaw Mix
1 tsp Salt
Serve This With:
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