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Chinese Chicken Pasta Salad with Sesame Dressing

Whip up a 20-minute meal in-a-bowl with a light and refreshing recipe for Chinese Chicken Pasta Salad tossed with a quick-fix sesame dressing.

Top down view of bowl containing Chinese Chicken Pasta Salad with Sesame Dressing

My mom Noni’s Chinese Chicken Salad is legendary in our family. It was a weeknight favorite when my siblings and I were growing up and always a welcome sight on the dinner table.

Closeup view of easy Chinese Chicken Pasta Salad with homemade sesame dressing

It starred crisp Romaine lettuce, shredded rotisserie chicken, a homemade sesame dressing, and our fave addition: crispy rice noodles. They added a touch of crunch and were always fun to snack on pre-dinner.

Cutting board with shredded red cabbage, diced cucumbers and knife next to small bowls containing lettuce, chow mein noodles, shredded chicken, pasta and mandarin oranges

I’ve recreated my mom’s iconic salad, and included my boys’ favorite addition: pasta!

Chinese Chicken Pasta Salad stars all the best flavors and textures, from crisp cucumbers and juicy Mandarin oranges to tender chicken and crunchy lo mein noodles.

Olive oil being poured into a clear bowl containing dressing and a whisk

While store-bought sesame dressings are great in a pinch, this homemade spin makes this pasta salad a year-round favorite. It’s just four simple ingredients, but each of which pack a flavor punch.

Sesame dressing being poured over salad in large clear bowl

Put it all together and you have yourself a tried-and-tested Chinese Chicken Pasta Salad recipe that comes together in minutes, can be prepped in advance and is a guaranteed winner for taste-testers of all ages.

The best Chinese Chicken Pasta Salad with Sesame dressing in various sized serving bowls

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Top down view of bowl containing Chinese Chicken Pasta Salad with Sesame Dressing


Chinese Chicken Pasta Salad with Sesame Dressing

For the pasta salad:

  • 8
    uncooked pasta, such as bowtie or rotini 
  • 2
    shredded rotisserie chicken or chopped chicken breasts
  • 2
    shredded Romaine lettuce
  • 2
    shredded red cabbage
  • 1
    diced cucumbers
  • 1
    Mandarin oranges
  • 1/2
    crispy chow mein noodles

For the dressing:

  • 3
    sesame oil
  • 1/4
    rice wine vinegar
  • 2
  • 1/4
    olive oil

Make the pasta salad:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook it until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain the pasta and add it to a large bowl.

To the bowl, add the chicken, Romaine lettuce, red cabbage, cucumbers, Mandarin oranges and chow mein noodles.

Make the dressing:

In a small bowl, whisk together the sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

While whisking, stream in the olive oil until combined.

Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine then serve.

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Nutrition Facts

Chinese Chicken Pasta Salad with Sesame Dressing

Amount Per Serving

Calories 255
Calories from Fat 99

% Daily Value*

Fat 11g17%

Saturated Fat 2g13%

Cholesterol 24mg8%

Sodium 48mg2%

Potassium 239mg7%

Carbohydrates 25g8%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 6g7%

Protein 12g24%

Vitamin A 1166IU23%

Vitamin C 16mg19%

Calcium 29mg3%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.