Yes, blueberries and pasta. The addition of poached chicken and feta cheese makes this dish into a light and satisfying summer supper that's also great for a potluck. If you already have some leftover chicken, skip Step 1 and add shredded chicken in Step 4. Source: EatingWell Magazine, August/September 2006

Carolyn Malcoun
Advertisement

Ingredients

Directions

  • Place chicken in a skillet or saucepan and add enough water to cover; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board to cool. Shred into bite-size strips.

    Advertisement
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta until just tender, about 9 minutes or according to package directions. Drain. Place in a large bowl.

  • Meanwhile, place oil and shallot in a small skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened and just beginning to brown, 2 to 5 minutes. Add broth, feta and lime juice and cook, stirring occasionally, until the feta begins to melt, 1 to 2 minutes.

  • Add the chicken to the bowl with the pasta. Add the dressing, blueberries, thyme, lime zest and salt and toss until combined.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Add everything except the blueberries and dressing to the pasta salad. Cover and refrigerate pasta salad, blueberries and dressing separately for up to 1 day. Toss together just before serving.

Nutrition Facts

320 calories; 11.1 g total fat; 49 mg cholesterol; 244 mg sodium. 34.4 g carbohydrates; 22.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (16)

Read More Reviews
16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
03/04/2015
A good start The flavors in this recipe are great. However I did make a couple changes. I found that the pasta salad was a bit dry after I let it sit in the refrigerator for about an hour. Besides I prefer my pasta salad to be a bit creamy so I added a couple big dollops of light mayo. I also finished off my container of feta into the pasta salad just before serving. With those two slight changes it made this a great dish and an awesome way to use the leftover chicken I made the night before. Pros: Good flavors great use of leftover chicken Cons: Kind of dry Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2014
Surprisingly flavorful This was a big hit. I followed this recipe exactly minus lime zest because I didn't have any. I think would make this wonderful dish even better. Even the kids loved this though needed encouragement to try. Definitely will make again. Shared the recipe with family. Pros: Quick Easy Delicious Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2014
One of the highlights of summer! Around May I start getting excited for blueberry season purely to make this again and again and again! This has been one of my favorite summer dinners for several years now. I don't measure anything. I generally toss 2 split chicken breasts or 3 boneless skinless ones in the crock pot with salt pepper and thyme. That leaves me with moist chicken and plenty of liquid to make this dish. I use 3-4 shallots because I 3 them. I eyeball the feta and broth amounts. The feta lime shallots and thyme are such a great combo and the blueberries lend just a bit of sweetness to balance it out. I could seriously eat massive quantities of this but I don't because I want leftovers to take for lunch the next day. Pros: Easy tastes great Read More
Advertisement
Rating: 5 stars
06/16/2013
Outside the box but worth the adventure! I didn't have fresh blueberries so I used frozen ones that I let thaw in a strainer. Texture was a little softer than fresh but still tasted great. I also didn't want to waste a can of broth since I don't use it very much so I used the water that I cooked the chicken in. The entire family loved it! Pros: Simple to make. A new way to eat chicken and pasta Cons: Could have had more blueberries Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/12/2012
a favorite in our house the key to making this taste great is using the shallots. We also modified to be vegetarian by using tofu cubes or strips. could also be used as a side dish by adding no chicken or tofu. super easy and light. Pros: flavor ease Cons: none Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/15/2012
A big hit! This recipe was a big hit even with no fruit with meat contingent. I used rotini instead and lemon thyme (extra citrusy!). This will definitely be a go-to recipe. The key to the poached chicken it to keep the water temp between 165 and 185 degrees F. Read More
Advertisement
Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2012
OMG I made this dish and was VERY pleased! I used an onion instead of the shallot and Penne for the pasta. I added onion and garlic powders to the chicken while poaching and It turned out great. Some will love it some will hate it but I think it's a WIN! If you are looking for a fresh idea try this! Pros: using fresh berry in something besides muffins! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2012
Delicious combination! I wait every summer for blueberry season to come around just so i can make this dish. I've made it three years in a row now and I have to say I like it even more every time I make it! The juicy chicken the tangy feta tart lime juice and plump blueberries all together make an interesting and unique dish! I've also made this for company and they couldn't stop raving about it either! It makes a great light summer supper. By the way there are plenty or restaurants that poach chicken. It is the perfect way to cook the chicken for this dish so it adds flavor and doesn't compete with the other ingredients. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
06/08/2012
Will NEVER make this again Worst dish I've ever made! My husband and I almost gagged tasting it. Glad I didn't boil the chicken there's a reason why they don't offer it in restaurants I was able to salvage the chicken on the grill. Kudos to whoever likes it I HATED it. Pros: Nothing Cons: Blueberries and hot feta with onion Read More
Rating: 3 stars
04/01/2012
Nothing special I was so excited to make this but it was anything I would make again. Actually thought it tasted better cold. Pros: Loved the thought of using blueberries Cons: Blan Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I never would have thought to add blueberries to chicken pasta but the flavors meld so nicely. This dish is delicious and I will make it again because it's so easy and quick to make. I loved the limes and found one lime will yield one tablespoon of juice. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
i never thought it would be so good Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I have made this a couple of times. It is a great summer dish. It's a combination that you think won't work - but it works beuatifully!!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Yumm-ee! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was a big hit with the entire family (even the 7 and 4 year old). I did substitute farfalle for the rotini and shredded rotisserie chicken (had 1/2 a roti chicken on hand) for the poached chicken. What a light refreshing summer meal! I will definitely make this again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Absolutely Delicious! The next time I make this dish I will double everything with the exception of the chicken pasta blueberries and salt. Read More