Wednesday, 10 June 2015

grilled chicken pasta salad

This post has been sponsored by Barbeques Galore.

Like all gym nuts goers, protein is a staple in my diet. It’s the peanut butter to my jam. It’s the maple syrup to my pancakes. It’s the cinnamon and sugar to my donut. Better yet, protein is the frosting to my cupcakes. Basically, protein is whey awesome.

*insert laughter*

Ahem. So, eggs, fish, lean mince, chicken breast and cottage cheese are all high in protein so I’m always well stocked on those foods. Or at least, I’m usually well stocked on those foods. As these high-protein foods make up most of my daily food intake (not eaten all at once, of course), I try to change things around every so often, so as not to get bored with my meals.

Mince and cottage cheese options are basically endless – I enjoy mince in burgers, salads, pastas, even on pizzas. Cottage cheese pairs beautifully with vegemite on toast; it’s the perfect yoghurt replacement when eaten with muesli; I even enjoy it with applesauce in pancakes. I have been known to use it as a creamy salad dressing too – like that time I made a creamy chicken/broccoli salad with a cottage cheese and mustard dressing. Perfection.

Eggs and fish are a little harder, as you have to carefully choose your flavor combinations. For example, have you ever tried raw tomatoes and tinned tuna fish? Yeah no, let’s not go there. Cooked tomatoes, tomato soups and pastes pair wonderfully with fish, however the raw vegetable type seems to counteract the fishy taste. It honestly leaves one gagging.

Chicken is a whole new story, however. Chicken options are endless. Put chicken in salads, burgers, pizzas, pastas or wraps; eat it cold or hot; eat it grilled, baked, fried or boiled and it’ll still taste wonderful. Chicken has lots of BFFS – cheese, cracked pepper, mayonnaise, or my personal favorite Dijon mustard all accompany chicken wonderfully well.

My favorite way of cooking chicken breast is by grilling or barbequing it. I find it cooks so much quicker and the chicken turns out crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside. Yum. If you’re after a barbeque, I recommend that you check out Barbeques Galore’s range here. Never have I seen a barbeque range so wide and diverse. From professional-style barbeques, to portable Webers, they have it all. They even have disposable barbeques!

This chicken pasta salad can be eaten as a meal in itself: it’s got your carbs, protein and even a little bit of veggies. However, it’s just as good when it accompanies your meal and is eaten as a side dish instead. It’s very easy to put together and feel free to play around with the quantities and ingredients a little bit. Cherry tomatoes would accompany the chicken and pasta well, as would cucumbers.

What's your favourite salad filling?

Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad
Serves 4

2 chicken breasts (2 cups), grilled and shredded
2 1/2 cups bowtie pasta, cooked
½ red capsicum, diced
½ green capsicum, diced
½ red onion, diced
1 green onion, chopped
1 tbsp parsley, finely chopped

½ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup honey
1tsp mustard
1tsp garlic flakes
¼ canola oil
pepper, to taste

In a large bowl, combine all the salad ingredients and stir well to combine. In a separate jug, mix together the dressing ingredients. Add the dressing to the salad and mix well. Best eaten immediately.

This post has been sponsored by Barbeques Galore. All opinions are my own.


  1. Yum! This looks sooo good!

  2. This sounds like a great twist on something pretty staple in our house. Can't wait to try it out!