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.
Chicken & Blueberry Pasta Salad
From EatingWell: 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.
15 Reviews for Chicken & Blueberry Pasta Salad
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.
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!
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.
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.