Chicken & Broccoli Pasta Salad is the ultimate pasta salad without any mayo! A simple yet addictive pasta salad made with al dente broccoli, chicken bits, red bell pepper, onion, basil and feta drizzled with olive oil!

This Chicken & Broccoli Pasta Salad is an addictive “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 not get enough, it looked like a simple pasta salad, but something in it made it impossible to stop eating… With the years, I transformed it even more to my taste; I’ve added feta cheese and fresh basil leaves.

Chicken, Feta & Broccoli Pasta Salad

The Golden Dressing

The dressing for this pasta salad is simply fresh extra-virgin olive oil, and that’s it! But, please, not the commercial blend they sell in transparent plastic bottles. If you want good olive oil, it must be fresh from the year… The best bottles are usually dark greenish coloured and show you the production date. You’ll pay a bit more, but the difference is tremendous! With this fresh olive oil, everyone will ask you what the dish’s secret is. For ages, people have marinated and conserved their food in this golden liquid; it is simply the best!

Chicken & Broccoli Pasta Salad

A Meal that Gains in the Fridge

Also, this salad becomes better the longer it stays in the fridge. All the flavours mix well 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!

Storage

This pasta salad stays covered in the fridge for a good three days. It goes great for lunch, picnics, potluck, etc. Just be careful not to leave the chicken at room temperature for more than an hour.

Chicken & Broccoli Pasta Salad

Variations

Sometimes, I would add a few Kalamata olives to give it this extra salty punch. Other times, I would switch the onions for fresh scallions. It’s a meal that is easy to customize to your taste! The essential elements are the marinated chicken bits, feta and broccoli; the rest is up to you!

To Serve with

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

So let’s make that pasta salad!

Chicken & Broccoli Pasta Salad

5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 521
Chicken, Feta & Broccoli Pasta Salad is the ultimate pasta salad without any mayo! A simple yet addictive pasta salad made with al dente broccoli, chicken bits, red bell pepper, onion and feta drizzled with 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 chicken in olive oil with 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: Marie Breton
Calories: 521kcal
Course: Plato principal
Cuisine: Other
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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