Grilled Chicken and Pasta Salad

Helen Schussler combined some of her favorite flavors in this cool main-dish noodle salad. It makes a great casual one-bowl dinner or a perfect dish for a potluck or buffet.

Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 421
  • Calories from fat: 24%
  • Protein: 28g
  • Fat: 11g
  • Saturated fat: 1.7g
  • Carbohydrate: 51g
  • Fiber: 2.5g
  • Sodium: 421mg
  • Cholesterol: 49mg


  • 1 1/2 pounds boned, skinned chicken breasts
  • 3/4 cup lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons Asian (toasted) sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 pound dried angel hair pasta
  • 1 pound mixed red and yellow bell peppers, rinsed, cored, stemmed, seeded, and diced
  • 1 cucumber (about 10 oz.), peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions (white and pale green parts only)
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot chili flakes


  1. 1. Rinse chicken and pat dry; place in a bowl. In another bowl, combine lime juice, olive oil, sesame oil, soy sauce, sugar, garlic, and ginger. Pour about 1/4 cup of the mixture over chicken, reserving remainder. Chill chicken for 30 minutes.
  2. 2. Lift chicken from marinade (discard used marinade) and lay over a solid bed of medium coals or medium heat on a gas grill (you can hold your hand at grill level only 4 to 5 seconds); close lid on gas grill. Cook, turning chicken as needed to brown evenly, until no longer pink in the center of the thickest part (cut to test), 6 to 8 minutes total. Transfer to a board and let stand until cool enough to handle, then cut across the grain into 1-inch-wide slices.
  3. 3. Meanwhile, in a covered 6- to 8-quart pan over high heat, bring about 3 quarts water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender to bite, 4 to 6 minutes. Drain pasta and rinse under cold running water until cool.
  4. 4. In a large bowl, combine pasta, reserved lime-juice mixture, chicken, bell peppers, cucumber, parsley, green onions, and chili flakes; mix to coat. Serve immediately or cover and chill up to 1 day.
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