Chicken & Blueberry Pasta Salad

Chicken & Blueberry Pasta Salad

16 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, August/September 2006

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.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, trimmed of fat
  • 8 ounces whole-wheat fusilli or radiatore
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lime zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Preparation

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Add the chicken to the bowl with the pasta. Add the dressing, blueberries, thyme, lime zest and salt and toss until combined.
  • 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 information

  • Serving size: about 1 1/2 cups
  • Per serving: 320 calories; 11 g fat(3 g sat); 5 g fiber; 34 g carbohydrates; 23 g protein; 29 mcg folate; 49 mg cholesterol; 5 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 82 IU vitamin A; 6 mg vitamin C; 68 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 244 mg sodium; 254 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Magnesium (18% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat, 1 fat

Reviews 16

March 04, 2015
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By: shagratpunc
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
July 29, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
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
July 21, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
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
June 16, 2013
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By: tyn6999
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
September 12, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
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
August 15, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
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.
June 22, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
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!
June 09, 2012
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By: cblwolf
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.
June 07, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
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