Easy Chicken Satay Pasta Salad

WW Recipe of the Day: Chicken Satay Pasta Salad

Diced cooked chicken, pasta, shredded carrots, red bell peppers and basil tossed in a Thai-inspired vinaigrette. This Chicken Satay Pasta Salad is both simple and delicious.

Chicken satay pasta salad in blue serving bowl.

Easy chicken satay pasta salad

Every time I make this easy pasta salad it’s a big hit. Even people who didn’t think they would like it, have gone back for seconds!

Recipe Notes

Brimming with good for you ingredients – chunks of grilled chicken, crunchy carrots, red bell pepper and fresh basil, this salad makes a great main course lunch or dinner salad for Weight Watchers.

I’m a big fan of Newman’s Own Lite Low Fat Sesame Ginger Dressing. It’s delicious and has only 35 calories in a 2 tablespoon serving.

The last time I made it, I used gluten-free brown rice pasta with good results. but any whole grain pasta should work.

How Many Calories and WW Points in this Pasta Salad?

According to my calculations, each serving has 302 calories and:

7 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
7 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
4 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
8 *PointsPlus (Old plan)

To see your WW PersonalPoints for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, Click here!

How to Make Satay Pasta Salad with Chicken

Step 1: Gather and prepare all ingredients.

Ingredients including diced chicken breast, chopped basil, dry pasta, chopped red pepper, peanuts, shredded carrots and peanut dressing.

Ready to make the satay pasta salad

Step 2: Cook pasta according to package directions in a large pot. Drain the pasta and rinse it well under cold running water. Once pasta is cool, transfer it to a large mixing bowl (affiliate link) and set it aside.

Step 3: Meanwhile make the dressing. Whisk together the vinaigrette, Asian seasoning mix and peanut butter in small bowl (affiliate link) and set it aside.

Mixing sesame dressing and peanut butter in mixing bowl.

Mixing dressing for pasta salad

Step 4: Cut the carrots into skinny julienne strips.

Step 5: Cut bell pepper lengthwise into skinny ¼-inch strips.

Step 6: Cut carrots and bell pepper strips crosswise into 1-in. pieces.

Step 7: Add the chicken, carrots, bell pepper, chopped peanuts and chopped basil and stir to mix all ingredients.

Mixing pasta, chopped basil, red bell pepper, shredded carrots and chopped peanuts in mixing bowl.

Mix together pasta, basil, red bell pepper, carrots and peanuts

Pour the dressing over the salad and mix well.

Mixing chicken satay pasta salad in mixing bowl with wooden spoon.

Pour in the dressing and mix well

Step 8: Garnish with additional chopped peanuts, if desired.

Peanut satay pasta salad with chicken in white bowl.

Peanut satay pasta salad with chicken

Variations and Additions

No chicken?
Substitute with your favorite lean protein. I think chopped shrimp or sriracha tofu would be delicious.

No basil?
Use an equal amount of chopped cilantro.

No Asian spices?
Asian spices can be difficult to find in some areas, so if you can’t find it leave it out and it will still be delicious. I mixed the dressing with just a lite sesame ginger dressing and peanut butter and it tasted great.

No peanut butter?
This recipe only calls for 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. To make it a little lighter, make you own by mixing powdered peanut butter (affiliate link) with water.

If you like this Thai Chicken Satay Pasta Salad, be sure to check out my other WW friendly pasta salads including Italian Sub Pasta Salad, Pasta Salad with Ham and Peas and Pasta Salad with Walnuts, Blue Cheese and Arugula

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Easy Chicken Satay Pasta Salad Recipe

Easy chicken satay pasta salad, a simple, healthy and delicious Weight Watchers friendly salad bursting with flavor.

Prep Time20 mins

Cook Time10 mins

Total Time30 mins

Servings (adjustable): 8

Calories: 302

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions in a large pot. Drain the pasta and rinse it well under cold running water. Once pasta is cool, transfer it to a large mixing bowl and set it aside.

  • Meanwhile make the dressing. Whisk together the vinaigrette, Asian seasoning mix and peanut butter in small bowl and set it aside.

  • Cut the carrots into skinny julienne strips.

  • Cut bell pepper lengthwise into skinny ¼-inch strips.

  • Cut carrots and bell pepper strips crosswise into 1-in. pieces.

  • Add the chicken, carrots, bell pepper, chopped peanuts,chopped basil and dressing to the pasta and mix well.

  • Garnish with additional chopped peanuts, if desired.

Recipe Notes

**I used Asian seasoning mix from the Pampered Chef but I’m sure any brand of Asian seasoning blend from the grocery store would work well.
Variations and Additions
No chicken? Substitute with your favorite lean protein. I think chopped shrimp or sriracha tofu would be delicious.

No basil? Use an equal amount of chopped cilantro.
No Asian spices? Asian spices can be difficult to find in some areas, so if you can’t find it leave it out and it will still be delicious. I mixed the dressing with just a lite sesame ginger dressing and peanut butter and it tasted great.
No peanut butter? This recipe only calls for 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. To make it a little lighter, make you own by mixing powdered peanut butter with water.
 
Serving size: 1 cup
Click here to see your WW PersonalPoints for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site.
7 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
7 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
4 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
8 *PointsPlus (Old plan)

Nutrition Facts

Easy Chicken Satay Pasta Salad Recipe

Amount Per Serving (1 cup)

Calories 302 Calories from Fat 99

% Daily Value*

Fat 11g17%

Saturated Fat 1g5%

Cholesterol 42mg14%

Sodium 502mg21%

Carbohydrates 30g10%

Fiber 2g8%

Protein 21g42%

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

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Asian

Keyword: Asian pasta salad, chicken satay pasta salad

Source: adapted from The Pampered Chef

*PersonalPoints® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan’s ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.

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