Chicken & Broccoli Pasta Salad is the ultimate pasta salad without any mayo! A simple, yet addictive cold pasta salad made with crunchy broccoli, chicken bits, red bell pepper, onion and feta cheese drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil!

This Chicken & Broccoli Pasta Salad is an addictive meal, a “wake up in the middle of the night for a bite” meal… a “you have more than me” meal. This is a recipe from way back in the days, when I used to sleep over at my friend’s house and her mom knew I was coming. Then, she would make me that pasta salad. I could simply not get enough, it looks somehow like a boring and simple pasta salad but there is something in it, that makes it impossible to stop… With the years, I transformed it to my taste a bit, I’ve added the feta cheese, and fresh basil leaves.

The simplest of dressing

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The dressing for this pasta salad is simply a fresh extra-virgin olive oil and that’s it! But, please, not the kind sold in transparent plastic bottle. If you want a real good olive oil, it needs to be fresh from the year… The best bottles usually are dark greenish colored and shows you the date of production. Yes, you’ll pay a bit more but the difference is tremendous! With this fresh olive oil, simply, everyone will ask you what is the secret of this meal. Since ages, people marinate and conserve their food in this golden liquid, it is simply the best!

A meal that gains flavor in the fridge

Also, this salad become better the longer it stays in the fridge. All the flavours mix up good then, so it’s one of those few meals that gets better over time. Another plus of this recipe is that once done, you have it for a while, lunch for the kids for example. You’ll see, soon the little friends of your kids will ask you for it, just like I did!

Conservation

This pasta salad stays covered in the fridge for a good 3 days. It goes perfectly for lunch, picnics, even a party event! Just careful not to let the chicken more than an hour at room temperature.

Variations

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Sometimes I would add a few Kalamata olives in there to give it this extra salty punch. Other times, I would switch the onions for fresh scallions or omit the feta. It’s a meal easy to customise to your taste! The basic is the marinated chicken bits and broccoli, the rest is up to you!

What to serve it with

Here are a few drinks that would compliment well this recipe:

So let’s make that pasta salad!

Chicken & Broccoli Pasta Salad

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 521
Chicken & Broccoli Pasta Salad is the ultimate pasta salad without any mayo! A simple, yet addictive cold pasta salad made with crunchy broccolis, lovely marinated chicken bits, red bell pepper, onions and feta cheese covered with nothing else than an extra virgin olive oil!

Ingredients

  • 400 g penne (could be fusilli, farfalle, etc.)
  • 2 chicken breasts ( cut into small dices)
  • 200 g feta cheese (cut into small cubes)
  • 1 red bell pepper (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 onion (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 broccoli (cut into small florets)
  • 2 tbsp dried basil or thyme
  • 50 ml olive oil
  • fresh basil leaves
  • salt and pepper

Instructions 

  • Cook the pasta following directions, drain and rinse in cold water.
  • In a big pan or wok, at medium high heat, cook the cubes of chicken in the olive oil with the thyme, salt and pepper.
  • Reserve.
  • In the same pan or wok, cook at medium-high heat the vegetables until al dente, adding the broccoli 2 minutes before the rest with 3 tbsp of water.
  • Add vegetables into the pasta pot and let it cool for 10 minutes.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients; marinated chicken, feta, fresh basil, salt and pepper mix and serve.

Notes

Better to serve cold with a minimum of one hour of rest. 
Author: thefoodolic
Calories: 521kcal
Course: Plato principal
Keyword: broccoli, chicken, cold, feta, no mayo, olive oil, pasta, pasta salad, pepper

Nutrition

Calories: 521kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 424mg | Potassium: 831mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1388IU | Vitamin C: 122mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 2mg
Nutrition Facts
Chicken & Broccoli Pasta Salad
Amount per Serving
Calories
521
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
15
g
23
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Trans Fat
 
0.01
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
6
g
Cholesterol
 
66
mg
22
%
Sodium
 
424
mg
18
%
Potassium
 
831
mg
24
%
Carbohydrates
 
62
g
21
%
Fiber
 
6
g
25
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Protein
 
35
g
70
%
Vitamin A
 
1388
IU
28
%
Vitamin C
 
122
mg
148
%
Calcium
 
81
mg
8
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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