Chicken and Sesame Pasta Salad

    30 minutes

    A great pasta salad with an Asian feel from soy sauce and sesame seeds. Perfect as a side dish or light lunch in summer or at the barbie.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 375g small spiral pasta (or any small pasta)
    • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
    • 1/4 cup (60ml) salad oil
    • 3/4 cup (185ml) soy sauce
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) white wine vinegar
    • 3 1/2 tablespoons sugar
    • 2 cups cubed, cooked chicken
    • 1/2 cup diced fresh parsley
    • 1/2 cup coarsely diced spring onion
    • 4 cups torn fresh spinach leaves

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
    2. Meanwhile; heat oil in a small frypan over medium-low heat. Stir in sesame seeds and cook until golden brown. Remove from heat. Stir in soy sauce, vinegar and sugar. Pour dressing into a sealable container and set aside.
    3. In a large bowl mix together pasta, cooked chicken and 1 cup dressing (reserve remaining dressing). Cover salad and refrigerate at least 6 hours.
    4. Directly before serving stir in parsley, spring onions and spinach. Toss with remaining dressing, if desired.

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    I brought some in to work for a friend of mine (who happens to be a gourmet cook) to taste. She said it was fabulaous & one of the best pasta salads she'd ever had. I used whole wheat shells and substituted Splenda for the sugar. I think it would be good with whole wheat angel hair pasta & I'm going to try adding some broccoli florets cut up & a little grated carrot for color next time. Shrimp would probably be a nice substitute for the chicken as well.  -  10 Jun 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I tried this over the weekend to accompany our BBQ and this was excellent. It could even be the main course as it got the most compliments of anything else served. Nice and fresh and perfect for the hot day we had. You may want to double this recipe, I did and it still went quick.  -  16 May 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    YUM. I was put in charge of brining a salad to a weekend BBQ and I got the most compliements of the day with this one! I did add some water chestnuts for some crunch (without changing the flavor of the salad). I will be making this time and time again this summer as I am sure everyone I gave the recipe at the BBQ will. This can be served alone as a main course too.  -  10 Jul 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)