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Peri Peri Chicken Pasta Salad

Creamy pasta salad with a peri peri mayonnaise topped with a succulent juicy blackened chicken. This chicken pasta salad is sure to be a hit at your next pot luck. From Easy Pasta Sauces.

Creamy pasta salad with a peri peri mayonnaise topped with a succulent juicy blackened chicken. This chicken pasta salad is sure to be a hit at your next pot luck.

Creamy pasta salad with a peri peri mayonnaise topped with a succulent juicy blackened chicken. This chicken pasta salad is sure to be a hit at your next pot luck. From Easy Pasta Sauces.

The chicken in this pasta salad is marinaded with a mixture of orange and lemon juice and coated in a delicious mix of herbs and spices. This creates a great crust on the chicken when you grill it. If you have time, leave the chicken to marinate for 6 hours. But even 30 minutes in the marinade will add some great flavor to the chicken.

The peri peri chicken can be cooked on the outdoor grill, under a broiler or on a griddle pan. It needs to be cooked on a high heat to ensure it gets the a smokey flavor and a crispy exterior, it won’t need long to cook so be careful not to overcook it as you want the inside to stay juicy and succulent.

Creamy pasta salad with a peri peri mayonnaise topped with a succulent juicy blackened chicken. This chicken pasta salad is sure to be a hit at your next pot luck. From Easy Pasta Sauces.

As with our Hawaiian Chicken Pasta Salad with Grilled Pineapple recipe you want to cook the pasta for longer than the packet suggest. This is to ensure the cooled pasta is cooked through and doesn’t have the undercooked feel.

When pasta cools the starch go through a process called retrogradation, the starch molecules rearrange and can give cooled pasta a undercooked taste. By cooking the pasta for longer it will seem too soft when hot, but as it cools it will return to the perfect al dente texture.

Creamy pasta salad with a peri peri mayonnaise topped with a succulent juicy blackened chicken. This chicken pasta salad is sure to be a hit at your next pot luck. From Easy Pasta Sauces.

Serving Suggestion:

Side: Serve this chicken pasta salad as part of a buffet at a outdoor party. Or divide it up into mason jars and take it on a picnic. Either way a crisp green salad will work well.

Wine: This peri peri chicken pasta salad is definitely a party dish, as it works so well with a variety of drinks. Serve it with a well chilled Vinho Verde, the light fresh wine works well with the spice and is perfect for a summer party. Alternatively this works well with a chilled amber ale or a dry apple cider.

Creamy pasta salad with a peri peri mayonnaise topped with a succulent juicy blackened chicken. This chicken pasta salad is sure to be a hit at your next pot luck. From Easy Pasta Sauces.

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Creamy pasta salad with a peri peri mayonnaise topped with a succulent juicy blackened chicken. This chicken pasta salad is sure to be a hit at your next pot luck. From Easy Pasta Sauces.
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Peri Peri Chicken Pasta Salad

Creamy pasta salad with a peri peri mayonnaise topped with a succulent juicy blackened chicken. This chicken pasta salad is sure to be a hit at your next pot luck.
Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 459 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 tsp sweet paprika
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes (more if you like it spicy)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 orange
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1 lb dried macaroni (450g)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley (to serve)

Instructions

  1. Mix the sweet paprika, oregano, salt, smoked paprika, black pepper and chili flakes together in a small bowl.
  2. Spoon half of the spice mixture into a ziplock bag or lidded plastic container.
  3. Crush in the garlic cloves and then add the juice and zest of half of the lemon and orange.
  4. Pour in the olive oil, seal the bag and squish it all together until you have a thick paste.
  5. Cut the chicken into small chunks and add it to the bag. Mix well together and set aside to marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to 6 hours.
  6. Take the remaining spice blend and add the mayonnaise, sour cream and cream cheese together the juice of the half the lemon and orange. Stir well until smooth and then place in the fridge until needed.
  7. Pre-heat your grill or griddle and once it is hot, cook the chicken pieces for 5-6 minutes until cooked through and charred. Set the chicken aside to cool slightly.
  8. Bring large pan of water to a boil, salt it generously and then cook the pasta for 2 minutes longer than the packet suggests.
  9. Drain the pasta and with cold water until cooled.
  10. Whilst the pasta is cooling finely dice the red bell pepper.
  11. Pour the mayonnaise mixture through the the pasta.
  12. Add in the bell pepper and the cooked chicken.
  13. Serve immediately garnished with parsley and refrigerate until needed.
  14. Just be sure to bring it to room temperature before you serve it.
Nutrition Facts
Peri Peri Chicken Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 459 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 443mg 18%
Potassium 358mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 48g 16%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 4g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 24.6%
Vitamin C 43.9%
Calcium 5%
Iron 7.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you love chicken pasta dishes then why not try our Chicken and Creamy Bacon Pasta.

This creamy chicken and bacon pasta is sure to please the whole family. Succulent juicy chicken breast smothered in a creamy bacon sauce covering a mountain of pasta. This is comfort food at its very best.

Creamy pasta salad with a peri peri mayonnaise topped with a succulent juicy blackened chicken. This chicken pasta salad is sure to be a hit at your next pot luck. From Easy Pasta Sauces.

Creamy pasta salad with a peri peri mayonnaise topped with a succulent juicy blackened chicken. This chicken pasta salad is sure to be a hit at your next pot luck. From Easy Pasta Sauces.

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