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Chicken pasta salad recipe

Chicken pasta salad recipe

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An easy lunchbox idea for kids, this simple chicken pasta salad recipe has a tasty pea, tomato, and basil sauce instead of a rich and creamy dressing, making it the perfect healthy packed lunch for school. Quick to prepare, you can get ahead the night before and keep in the fridge overnight ready for the morning school run. See method

  • Serves 1
  • 5 mins to prepare and 25 mins to cook
  • 372 calories / serving
  • Healthy
  • Dairy-free


  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • ½ garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 227g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 50g farfalle pasta bows
  • 50g frozen peas
  • 50g ready-to-eat roast chicken breast, cubed
  • 5g basil leaves, torn
  • handful mixed seedless grapes, halved (optional)
If you don't have chopped tomatoes, chop up a tin of plum tomatoes instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    6g 9%
  • Saturates

    1g 5%
  • Sugars

    14g 15%
  • Salt

    0.8g 14%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 55.4g Protein 26.8g Fibre 5.8g


  1. Fry the onion and garlic in the oil for 5 mins. Add the chopped tomatoes and simmer for 15 mins, then cool a little.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta for 5 mins. Add the frozen peas, bring back to the boil, then cook for 5 mins.
  3. Drain and refresh under cold water, tip back into the saucepan. Mix in the tomato sauce, chicken and basil leaves. Transfer to a lunchbox.
  4. For an optional snack, put some halved mixed seedless grapes in a separate container.

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