Randy Mayor
8 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

A colorful medley of chopped fresh veggies gives this creamy pasta salad both color and flavor. For a shortcut, you can use rotisserie chicken instead of simmering fresh chicken breasts. Or, stir in leftover grilled chicken.


How to Make It

Step 1

Combine the first 4 ingredients in a saucepan; bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until the chicken is done. Remove the chicken pieces from broth; cool and coarsely chop. Bring broth to a boil over high heat; cook until reduced to 1/4 cup (about 5 minutes). Cool.

Step 2

Spoon yogurt onto several layers of heavy-duty paper towels, and spread to 1/2-inch thickness. Cover with additional paper towels, and let stand 5 minutes. Scrape into a bowl using a rubber spatula.

Step 3

Combine the reduced broth, yogurt, mayonnaise, and next 7 ingredients (mayonnaise through black pepper) in a large bowl. Stir in the chicken, pasta, and the remaining ingredients. Cover and chill thoroughly.

Ratings & Reviews

Tasty, but small portions

May 25, 2015
This is a good salad, but does not feed eight as a main dish, only as a side.  But with the chicken, shouldn't it be a main dish?  In any event, save yourself some trouble with the yogurt and strain Greek yogurt instead of all the bother with the regular yogurt.  Also, do not be tempted to cut down on the liquids; I almost did and am glad I didn't.  Any excess liquid is absorbed into the salad as it chills in the refrigerator.

redsox19762's Review

March 12, 2013
To the reviewer that gave it one star - lime juice is not a good sub for lemon juice. Also, it really annoys me when people change the recipe significantly and then say it wasn't good! Try it as written - especially if you don't know how to make adequate substitions!! You can't sub a WHOLE chicken for 12 oz breast meat! Obv that will change the texture, flavor etc. if you can't make it as posted for whatever reason and it doesn't come out well, you are not credible as a reviewer. I make this exactly as posted and it is a great, light lunch. If you don't like vegetables, don't try it. Delish for those of us who do.

ChristinaLee's Review

February 04, 2011
Excellent pasta salad, good for lunch all week.

Belladonna714's Review

June 17, 2010
After trying this recipe cold and not really caring for it, I took another reveiwer's advice and tried it warm, and it wasn't as bad. This recipe just doesn't have the flavor I'd expect from all the ingredients. I did make a few modifications. I used meat from a whole chicken that I boiled, then used the broth from that mixed with wine and garlic for the reduction. I also did not have lemon so I used lime juice instead. I would not make this recipe again.

Sturgio's Review

March 08, 2010
NASTY!!!!!!! Went straight into the trash.

dwcreech1's Review

October 18, 2009
Obviously not pasta salad

Burbgirl's Review

February 08, 2009
I made this for my workday lunch for the week, and it is excellent! I tweaked a few things .... I used cilantro instead of parsley, whole wheat spiral pasta and added a clove of garlic to the chicken simmer. It's wonderful. Very flavorful and very healthy. I'll definitely keep this one in my recipe file.