Healthy Chicken Pasta Salad

A delicious, high-protein, Healthy Chicken Pasta Salad perfect for meal prep or for a picnic! Make two different dressings to keep it interesting. You get two recipes in one here: Asian and Italian Pasta Salad with Chicken!

Healthy Chicken Pasta Salads | Chickapea Pasta

This Chicken Pasta Salad is super versatile. Use your favorite shape of Chickapea pasta, your favorite veggies, cubed chicken and then on top of that you can get creative with your dressing.

I chose bell pepper, carrots, cabbage and greens that hold their shape but you can literally add whatever veggies you like. Go to the market and choose from all the colors of the rainbow.

To keep meal prep time reasonable it’s easier to use the same veggies for all your containers. To keep it interesting you can simply prepare different dressings for your salads and you won’t feel like you’re eating the same thing every day.

I came up with two amazing Chicken Pasta Salad Dressings that make the salad taste completely different each time.

Asian-style with tamari (gluten-free version of soy sauce) and rice vinegar. And Italian-style with sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil. Both are super amazing and I couldn’t choose one over the other. Hence a Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe TWO ways today.

Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe made with gluten-free Chickpea Pasta layered in a glass jar.

How to make Chicken Pasta Salad Healthy

It’s super easy! Here are 3 simple steps:

  1. Add pleeeenty of vegetables. As mentioned above, the sky is the limit. Add whatever raw veggies you like. You can even make it easier by adding only greens. No need to chop up anything. Prep time goes down to like 15 minutes that way.
  2. Use Chickapea’s gluten-free high-protein pasta that doesn’t taste like most gluten-free pastas but like the real deal. It’s make of only chickpeas & lentils, which basically makes it a superfood!
  3. Add a homemade dressing made with simple but interesting and super falvorful ingredients.

There you have it! THIS is how you make Chicken Pasta Salad healthy.

 Meal Prep Pasta Salad with Chicken

To meal prep Pasta Salad with Chicken for the week there are a couple things you have to pay attention to.

  1.  Add the dressing to the bottom and keep the container upright so it stays at the bottom. Right before eating, shake the container vigorously to mix is all up. If you only have flat wide containers, store the dressing separately.
  2.  Spin-dry your green really well to add them as dry as possible. The wetter they are the faster they wilt. Also, add greens that hold their shape better than others. Choose arugula, romaine lettuce or baby kale.
  3.  Wait for the chickapea pasta and the chicken to cool down completely before adding to your container or else there will be water condensation and your greens start wilting.

Thank you, Green Healthy Cooking for sharing these easy and delicious recipes with us!  You can find more of Lorena’s beautiful creations on her Facebook and Instagram pages.

Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe Video

5 from 10 votes
Healthy Chicken Pasta Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
23 mins
 

A healthy and delicious high-protein Chicken Pasta Salad perfect for meal prep or for a picnic! Make two different dressings to keep it interesting. You get 2 recipes in 1 here: Asian and Italian Pasta Salad with Chicken!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, International, Italian
Keyword: salad
Servings: 3
Calories: 613 kcal
Author: Lorena Grater
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces Chickapea Pasta (I used spirals but any shape works)
  • 10.5 ounces chicken breast
  • sea salt, pepper
  • 3 carrots
  • 2 bell peppers, 1 yellow, 1 red
  • 1/8 red cabbage
  • 1.5 cups lettuce
  • 10 tsp avocado oil
  • 1-2 tsp tamari
  • 1-2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1-2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2-4 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1-2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1-2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tsp raw honey
Instructions
  1. Prep: Bring a large pot of water to the boil and preheat oven to 450F (200C).

  2. Pasta: Cook Chickapea Pasta as instructed on the packaging.

  3. Chicken: Cube chicken breast add about 1-2 tsp avocado oil, sea salt and pepper to it and spread out in one layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165F.

  4. Veggies: In the meantime, peel and grate (or julienne) carrots. Wash, deseed and dice bell peppers. Slice and rinse red cabbage. Wash and spin dry lettuce.

  5. Asian-style dressing: Add 1 tsp rice vinegar, 1 tsp tamari, 1 tsp sesame oil, 1 tsp honey and 3 tsp avocado oil to the bottom of your container or a separate small container and whisk or shake until completely combined.

  6. Italian-style dressing: Add 2 finely chopped sun-dried tomato, 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh basil, 1 tsp dijon mustard, 1 tsp apple cider vinegar, 1 tsp honey and 3 teaspoons avocado oil to the bottom of your container or a separate small container and whisk or shake until completely combined.

  7. Build: Layer the salad ingredients starting with dressing (if not storing separate), pasta, hard veggies, then greens.

  8. Eat right away or refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Make two different dressings to keep it interesting. You get two recipes in one here: Asian and Italian Pasta Salad with Chicken! #chickpeapasta #lentilpasta #chickensalad #pastasalad #healthypasta

22 Comments
  • Izzy @ She Likes Food
    Posted at 23:59h, 18 May Reply

    I want both dressings! These look delicious!

  • Rachael
    Posted at 17:37h, 17 May Reply

    I am DROOLING over here!

  • Erin
    Posted at 04:48h, 17 May Reply

    Two different dressing options?! I love it!

  • Regina
    Posted at 23:58h, 16 May Reply

    I love the 2 dressing recipes with it! That way meal prep certainly won’t get boring

  • marcie
    Posted at 19:48h, 16 May Reply

    I love these beautiful pasta salad jars — they’d make the perfect lunch every day of the week!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 09:23h, 17 May Reply

      Easy to get creative with some different dressings and you’re all set for the week.

  • Trish
    Posted at 19:15h, 16 May Reply

    I’d never get bored of lunch with these options. So colorful too!

  • nocrumbsleft
    Posted at 16:55h, 16 May Reply

    What a great recipe! Healthy, Delicious and beautiful!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 09:19h, 17 May Reply

      Perfect combo. Thanks Teri.

  • Dana
    Posted at 16:29h, 16 May Reply

    I can’t get over how pretty these jars are! They say we eat with our eyes, and that is totally happening right now. The issue is… which to make first?
    Eh, I’ll just make both.
    Problem solved 😉

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 09:19h, 17 May Reply

      You’re so right! Eating with our eyes can also be fun choosing foods to make a rainbow for great healthy options. 🙂

  • Sarah
    Posted at 13:16h, 16 May Reply

    Love the simplicity of using all the same main ingredients but just switching up the dressings – genius!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 14:04h, 16 May Reply

      And such delicious dressings, Sarah!

  • Michelle Higgins
    Posted at 12:20h, 16 May Reply

    Wow! So perfect for summer! This will be my go to for meal prep!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 14:05h, 16 May Reply

      We think this will be a big fav with the kids, Michelle!

  • Kristen
    Posted at 11:55h, 16 May Reply

    I love both of these recipes! So perfect with your pasta!!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 12:13h, 16 May Reply

      Love the color too, Kristen!

  • Natasha @ Salt & Lavender
    Posted at 11:50h, 16 May Reply

    I love how there’s 2 salad options in here! Portable pasta salads are totally my jam.

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 12:13h, 16 May Reply

      We love them too, Natasha. Such an easy lunch solution!

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