Asian Pasta Salad with Chicken

5-Ingredient Versatile Dinner that Can Feed Your Hungry Family in 30 Minutes

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.

Asian Pasta Salad with Chicken

Total Time:
30 Minutes - 35 Minutes
Prep Time
: 15 Minutes  

Active Cook Time: 15-20 Minutes  
Serving: 4-6

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.

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Can You Make Your Own Salad Dressing?

Of course. If you want to use whatever is handy, whisk the following ingredients together to make your own Asian salad dressing:

  1. 1/4 cup (2oz / 59g) Fruit Jam or Jelly (Preferably either mango, apricot or orange)
  2. A few drops to 1 tbsp Hot Sauce (This all depends on how spicy you want. I always have Siracha sauce handy. If you happen to have other Asian hot sauce or even Tabasco, it is fine.)
  3. 1 tsp Chinese dark soy sauce (It gives the salad a very nice dark color. But you don't have it, it is ok. If you only have regular soy sauce, a small splash will be plenty. Otherwise, the dressing will be too salty.)
  4. 1 - 1 1/2 tsp Vinegar (Rice vinegar will be the best. Otherwise, use any vinegar you have on hand.)
  5. 1/2 tsp Sesame Oil (That will give a great flavor to the dressing. But this amount will be plenty. Or, it will overpower other dressing ingredients.)
  6. 1 tbsp + a little bit more Extra Virgin Olive Oil to reach your desired consistency
  7. Salt and pepper to taste

Can You Make this Asian Pasta Salad as a No-Cook Meal?

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:

Asian Pasta Salad with Chicken Recipe and Directions


1 Box (16oz / 454g) Spaghetti (or any kind of long pasta)
4 cups (34oz / 947g) Shredded Cooked Chicken
1 cup (8oz / 240g) Asian Salad Dressing (any brand of your preference)
2 Scallions (chopped; for garnish only)
1 bag (16oz / 454g) Pre-Washed Cole Slaw Mix
1 tsp Salt


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil.
  2. Add 1 tsp salt and pasta into the boiling water; stir and let it cook until al dente per package instructions.
  3. Drain pasta and transfer it back into the same pot or a big salad mixing bowl.
  4. Stir in dressing, chicken, and Cole slaw mix; toss to coat.
  5. Add more dressing if needed.
  6. Enjoy it either warm or cold.

Asian Pasta Salad with Chicken Steps with Photos

4 easy basic ingredients to make this pasta salad4 basic and easy ingredients to make this Asian pasta salad with chicken
Cook pastaCook pasta
Cooked pastaCooked pasta and ready to assemble with the rest of the ingredients.
Shredded chickenShredded meat from store-bought rotisserie chicken
Cole slaw mix in mixing bowlColeslaw mix or shredded cabbages in salad mixing bowl
Shredded chicken on top of pasta and coleslaw mixAdd pasta and chicken into the same bowl
Adding salad dressingAdd Asian salad dressing and mix well
Salad is ready and garnished with scallion and sesame seeds.Garnish with scallions and sesame seeds
Good size portion of chicken pasta saladThis version can feed an army
Using ready-serve pastaThis is a super fast version, but with smaller serving size.
Adding chicken, coleslaw mix and salad dressingMix with coleslaw mix, chicken (you can buy pre-shredded from the store) and salad dressing.
Garnish salad with scallionsGarnish with scallions
asian_chicken_pasta_salad_12No matter which version you choose, it is still a quick and easy dinner in 30 minutes. ENJOY!

Serve This With: 

  • Unsweetened Ice Tea

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