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Spicy chicken pasta salad recipe

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This fuss-free and yet flavour-packed pasta salad is loaded with richly-spiced chicken, crunchy veggies and finished with a fragrant basil oil dressing. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 15 mins to prepare and 20 mins to cook
  • 487 calories / serving
  • Healthy


  • 2 skinless chicken breasts
  • 1tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1tbsp fennel seeds, ground
  • 300g fusilli
  • ½ cucumber, peeled, seeds removed and thinly sliced
  • 150g baby plum tomatoes halved
  • 2 celery sticks thinly sliced
  • 2tbsp capers
  • 1 chilli finely chopped
  • hand full of basil, leaves shredded
  • 2tbsp parsley ,roughly chopped
  • 5tbsp basil oil
  • Zest & juice of 1 lemon
If you haven't got fusilli, try using penne or another short pasta

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    17g 24%
  • Saturates

    2g 12%
  • Sugars

    7g 8%
  • Salt

    0.6g 10%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 64.3g Protein 24.8g Fibre 7.4g


  1. Pre heat the oven to 190C/Gas 5. Mix the cayenne pepper and fennel with 1tbsp of the basil oil, add the chickencoat in the spice mix, wrap loosely in foil and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through, with no pink showing when cut open.
  2. Meanwhile in a large pan of salted water cook the fusilli pasta according to the packets instructions, drain, toss in 1tbsp of basil oil and set aside to cool.Whisk together the remaining basil oil with the lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pour over the pasta.
  3. Halve the cucumber lengthways and, using a teaspoon, scoop out the seeds, then cut into thick slices and add to the pasta along with the tomatoes, celery, capers, basil and parsley. Shred the cooked chicken and add to the pasta salad. Gently mix together all the ingredients, making sure everything is thoroughly coated in the dressing and serve.

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