Chicken, Pasta Salad with Yogurt and Feta dressing

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Also known as left-over-chicken salad. Having said that, I find myself deliberately keeping some roasted chicken aside in order to make this salad the next day. It’s so irresistible. The dressing is tangy and fresh, and really takes this dish to another level. I use «Mitsides» shrimp shaped pasta as I think their thin grooves and twisted shape absorb the dressing best. You can also use small penne or small shells. Don’t even think of not using the paprika and chilli flakes. Heat and feta is a match made in heaven.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup peas, frozen
  • 500 grams «Mitsides» shrimp shaped pasta
  • 2- 3 cups cooked chicken, cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 spring onion, sliced
  • 100 grams feta cheese, crumbled
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • paprica for sprinkling

Dressing

  • ½ cup mayonaise
  • ½ cup greek yogurt
  • 50 grams feta cheese
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1 tsp paprica
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes

Method

First make the dressing. Put all ingredients in a bowl of a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Blanch the peas for 2 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and put into iced water. This way they will not lose their bright, green colour. Drain from the water and put in a large bowl.

In the same water boil the pasta according to packet instructions. Drain and rinse under cold running water to stop the cooking process. As soon as pasta is cool put in the bowl with the peas. Add the cooked chicken, celery, spring onion and dressing. Mix well and taste for salt and pepper.

Put salad in a large serving bowl. Crumble the feta cheese on top, sprinkle prinkle with some paprica and serve. Salad can be kept in the fridge for up to 2 days.

 

 

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