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Awesome Tricolor Pasta and Chicken Salad – Yummylicious!


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Tricolor Pasta and Chicken Salad

  This is a cherished Pasta Salad Recipe! Simple ingredients. Simple process. But in the end you’ve got a bowl of pasta that always gets rave reviews. It’s so delicious. I dare you to not help yourself to seconds. Great for Summer Parties and Weekend get togethers. Scroll down for Picture Video.
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Awesome Tricolor Pasta and Chicken Salad – Yummylicious!

Recipe Type: Salads
Author: Recipes ‘R’ Simple
Prep time: 15
Cook time: 55
Total time: 1 hour 10
Serves: 4


pasta and chicken salad ingredients

  • 3 cups tri color pasta of choice. I used this Tarall’oro – Pasta all’Ortolana. It has a nice aroma when cooked and great texture for this salad.

tri color pasta and chicken salad

  • Breast portion of one chicken. Remove the breast from the chicken with the skin and bones intact.
  • 1 medium green bell pepper (capsicum)  cut into small squares
  • 1 medium red bell pepper  (capsicum)  cut into small squares
  • ¹⁄3 cup  sweet corn kernels  (thawed from frozen)
  • ½ cup pickled cucumber, chopped into bite size pieces

For the chicken:

  • 1 ½ tsp dried tarragon or 3 tsp fresh
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder or fresh minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil

For the dressing

  • ¹⁄3 cup fresh yoghurt – plain – not sour
  • ¹⁄3 cup Mayonnaise
  • salt and black pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to  163 °c / 325 ° F
  • Wash and pat dry the chicken breast with skin and bone kept on.
  • Add the salt, pepper, garlic powder,  tarragon and rub well into the chicken. Rub thoroughly, all over, even under the skin.
  • (Keeping the skin & bones on while roasting, keeps the chicken moist and tender)
  • Place in a oven proof dish. Drizzle over the Olive Oil.
  • breast seasoned for pasta salad
  • Place the chicken in oven on the lower rack and Bake for 40 minutes. transfer to the top rack ( and turn the oven setting to Broiler) Continue to cook for 20- 25 minutes, till the skin has turned golden brown and crisped up a bit.
  • Meanwhile, cook the pasta. Bring a large enough pot with lots of water to a boil. Add salt.
  • Add the pasta and cook on medium heat for about 15 minutes till the pasta is cooked ‘al dente’ . There should be a bite left to the pasta. Drain and allow to cool.
  • cooked pasta for tricolor pasta and chicken salad
  • Cut up the bell peppers, pickle and thaw the corn kernels.
  • Make the Dressing: To a large cup or bowl add the yoghurt and mayyonaise. Whisk well till smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Do a taste check and set aside this Dressing.
  • Once the chicken is cooked, remove the skin. Discard.
  • With clean hands, remove all the bones and break the chicken up into small pieces (OR CHOP). Allow to cool completely.
  • deboned cooked chicken for pasta salad
  • I like to place the cooked pasta and chicken in the fridge till cold. Keep all other ingredients chilled as well.
  • To a large bowl, (I use the pot used to cook the pasta) add the pasta and other ingredients except the chicken. Add the prepared dressing and toss well till evenly coated. Add the chicken last and toss again.
  • Place in the refrigerator,covered for at least 30 minutes till chilled.
  • Serve in a clean salad bowl. Do not mix once plated, as the bowl will look very messy.
  • Enjoy 🙂

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Awesome Tricolor Pasta and Chicken Salad – Yummylicious!

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Try it and let us know – Awesome Tricolor Pasta and Chicken Salad – Yummylicious! .

  • Use any tri color pasta. The added color is more inviting than plain pasta.
  • You can serve the salad over a platter of fresh lettuce, to add some crunchiness. This is optional.
  • Home made croutons may be added for a bite.
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