Friday, June 17, 2022

Pasta Salad with Chicken in Creamy Peanut Dressing from Vicki Delany

 This is one of those no-recipe recipes that I sort of made up myself and modified as time went on. It makes a creamy pasta salad that’s perfect for a summer dinner, for taking to a pot luck, or as a side dish to grilled vegetables or meat. In other words, the perfect summer dish.  

The portions I’m giving you here are for one person, but you can easily expand it to 10.. or 50.. maybe a hundred guests at a barbeque.  Add whatever vegetables you think will suit, but the tomatoes and carrots are good for colour and the avocado provides an extra hint of creaminess.

Pasta Salad with Chicken in Creamy Peanut Dressing

Serves one


One small boneless chicken breast

One tomato - diced

One carrot – grated

Half an avocado – pitted and sliced into cubes

½ cup mayonnaise

¼ cup Thai-style peanut sauce

1 cup penne or similar pasta

Salt and pepper


Grill the chicken breast until cooked through. Don’t over-cook or it will dry out. Slice chicken into bite-sized chunks. 

Mix mayonnaise and peanut dressing in a small bowl.

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain and IMMEDIATELY add the mayonnaise mixture (adding the dressing to the warm pasta helps it absorb better). Stir to combine well.  Add tomato, carrot, avocado and combine.  Add salt and pepper to taste

Put bowl into refrigerator until cool. (Probably about an hour)

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  1. Oh that sounds so yummy!
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  2. This sounds terrific. Love the Thai peanut sauce addition.