Chicken, Lentil, and Pear Pasta (Salad). Is it a pasta or is it a pasta salad? I’ll let YOU be the judge.
I want to preface this by saying that I have never really been a cold pasta salad kind of girl. The idea of eating cold pasta slathered in Italian dressing and loaded with cheese was never appealing to me. So the fact that I was actively seeking out and craving a pasta salad was a little strange.
Maybe it was because I found this beautifully orange/red lentil pasta and wanted to do something cool with it or maybe it was because I’ve exhausted every other avenue for recipes. WHO KNOWS. All I do know is that a.) red lentil pasta is absolute disgusting and b.) this dish (with regular old rice pasta) is one of my absolute favorite things I’ve made. Like, ever.
This recipe makes use of a Maple Poppy dressing adapted from Domestic Diva Unleashed and is seriously what makes this dish so dang good. I haven’t tried it on anything else, but have a feeling it would be great as a marinade for chicken or fish ORas something to drench your shredded chicken wraps in. (You’re welcome.)
Also, I used canned lentils* (the DeLallo brand I’ve linked to is lentils, water, and salt) in this recipe but if you can’t find any or prefer to use cooked lentils (red or green), feel free! Just make sure to cook them before getting started.
Chicken, Lentil, and Pear Pasta (Salad)
This chicken, lentil, and pear pasta dish is an absolute delight. Serve it hot or cold and enjoy it all year round.
Heat 1-2 tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and cook for about 5-10 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink inside.
Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package instructions. When there is 1-2 minutes remaining on your cook time, add in the green beans to your boiling water and pasta. Before draining the pasta water, add the leeks to the bottom of your colander. Drain pasta and green beans over the leeks and return everything to the pot.
Add in your remaining ingredients (canned lentils, pear, and chicken) and pour the maple poppy dressing overtop. Stir to combine.
Serve at room temperature or chilled. Both are delicious!
- Amount Per Serving
- Calories 713
This recipe is FAILSAFE and RPAH Elimination Diet friendly. It is also gluten free, dairy free, nightshade free, soy free, egg free, and low salicylate.
Maple Poppy Dressing
This dressing is adapted from a recipe found on Domestic Diva Unleashed and is an absolute delight.
Combine all ingredients into a lidded jar or measuring cup and shake or whisk until combined.
- Amount Per Serving
- Calories 153