Warm Pasta Salad with Chicken

And Arugula, Tomato and Zucchini

Warm Pasta Salad with Chicken myfavouritepastime.com_8662The clearing of backlogged posts continues for me. It will occupy most of February. The funny thing is, I continue cooking and baking (we have to eat everyday, hey!) and so my list is growing longer and longer. Maybe one of these fine days, I shall go on a posting retreat in some remote island somewhere. If you know of a remote island, please give me a shout.

Warm Pasta Salad with Chicken myfavouritepastime.com._0762We ate a lot of salad during summer-fall and one of my favourites was chicken salad with pasta, peppered with peppery baby arugula and cherry tomatoes. I love this salad because it can be consumed cold or warm depending on the weather. The dressing is really simple, just a mixture of balsamic vinegar and some extra virgin olive oil. We all enjoyed eating it and I hope it will be appealing to you too.

  • Ingredients
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 300g pasta (I used farfalle)
  • 4 medium zucchini (courgettes) about 400g, sliced into circles
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 100g baby arugula (rocket, rucola) 2 cups packed
  • 150g cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 500g (1Ib) skinless chicken breast fillets, sliced into thin strips
  • Balsamic Vinegar Dressing
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Warm Pasta Salad with Chicken myfavouritepastime.com_8633Please, always remember to to assemble all the ingredients before you start

Warm Pasta Salad with Chicken myfavouritepastime.com_8635Combine rosemary, garlic and 2 tablespoons olive oil, pour half over zucchini and mix thoroughly, Set aside for 30 minutes.

Warm Pasta Salad with Chicken myfavouritepastime.com_8643pour the rest over the chicken and mix thoroughly. Set aside for 30 minutes.Cook pasta in plenty of salted water, according to packet instructions, until al dente. If you want to serve a cold salad, then drain, the pasta, rinse under cold running water and leave to cool. If you want to serve it warm then drain, set aside and keep warm.

Warm Pasta Salad with Chicken myfavouritepastime.com_8639Heat a non-stick skillet (pan) over medium heat,

Warm Pasta Salad with Chicken myfavouritepastime.com_8642and cook zucchini slices until golden brown. .

Warm Pasta Salad with Chicken myfavouritepastime.com_8656Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper. For the balsamic vinegar dressing mix balsamic vinegar and olive oil and shake thoroughly. If you prefer more dressing, double the amount

Warm Pasta Salad with Chicken myfavouritepastime.com_8660Heat oil in a non-stick pan or wok over high heat and stir-fry the chicken until golden brown (about 5 minutes). Season with salt and pepper.

Warm Pasta Salad with Chicken myfavouritepastime.com_0763Combine pasta, zucchini, arugula (rocket) and tomatoes, and toss gently to combine.

Warm Pasta Salad with Chicken myfavouritepastime.com_0765Serve pasta in four serving bowls and top with chicken. Drizzle with dressing.

Warm Pasta Salad with Chicken

Preparation time: 20 minutes; Cooking time: 30 minutes; Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 300g pasta (I used farfalle)
  • 4 medium zucchini (courgettes) about 400g, sliced into circles
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 100g baby arugula (rocket, rucola) 2 cups packed
  • 150g cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 500g (1Ib) skinless chicken breast fillets, sliced into thin strips

Balsamic Vinegar Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Method

  1. Combine rosemary, garlic and 2 tablespoons olive oil, pour half over zucchini and mix thoroughly, pour the rest over the chicken and mix thoroughly. Set aside for 30 minutes.
  2. Cook pasta in plenty of salted water, according to packet instructions, until al dente. If you want to serve a cold salad, then drain, the pasta, rinse under cold running water and leave to cool. If you want to serve it warm then drain, set aside and keep warm.
  3. Heat a non-stick skillet (pan) over medium heat, and cook zucchini slices until golden brown. Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper.
  4. For the balsamic vinegar dressing mix balsamic vinegar and olive oil and shake thoroughly. Add salt and pepper to taste.  If you prefer more dressing, double the amount.
  5. Heat oil in a non-stick pan or wok over high heat and stir-fry the chicken until golden brown (about 5 minutes). Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Combine pasta, zucchini, arugula (rocket) and tomatoes and toss gently to combine. Stir dressing into salad.
  7. Serve pasta in four serving bowls and top with chicken. Drizzle with dressing.

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Author: Liz

I love everything food: eating, cooking, baking and travelling. I also love photography and nature.

48 thoughts

    1. Hi Josephina,
      Yes of course I can invite you for lunch anytime anyday!!! Omg I’ve just realized you’re Ghanaian. I always thought you were Nigerian. I’ve been to Accra, Gold Coast and Kumasi. Great country with great and friendly people. Have a wonderful weekend!
      Liz

    1. Hi Lignum,
      I just spied the ‘romantic moon” on your blog. One day, I must visit Australia. Thanks and have a great day too! I bet you are in the third phase of sleep by now.
      Liz

    1. Hi Rosa,
      Me too. I adore pasta salads because they can be eaten as a meal. I have just seen some really nice cookies on your blog. I love your blog, I wish you the best of best!
      Liz

    1. Hi Shanna,
      Thanks. I enjoyed the salad. I’m starting to settle back into blogging after my long break. Do I feel that you’re feeling rather low today? Hope everything is okay for you. You haven’t been posting as usual. I miss your bubbly comments. Take care! Best…Liz

      1. Hi, Liz! I am so happy that you are back in the blogging world! We missed you. 🙂 I have been blogging about once a week, as time allows – and of course trying to keep up with all of the blogs that I love, such as yours! Best wishes, Shanna

        1. Hi Shanna,
          I’m sorry I took long to respond. Life does get so busy sometimes, I just can’t cope. I missed you too, and your blog of course. I am trying to post everyday to clear my backlog but sometimes, it just doesn’t work! Thank you for loving my blog. I love yours too and I know there is a list of recipes I still need to make. Take care, Best wishes to SM and LG. Have a lovely week! Best…Liz

    1. Hi Dorrie Anne,
      Go ahead and lick the screen I’ve just been licking my screen after seeing a delicious bread on your blog. It looked so fresh….Best wishes!
      Liz

    1. Hi Mama D,
      I hope one day I shall have a garden like you. I love gardens and fresh herbs. I have just seen your Creamy Thai Coconut Chicken Soup and fallen in love with it. I shall make it for dinner on Saturday. I can’t wait to devour. Thanks for sharing! Have a fantastic evening!
      Liz

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