Curried Chicken Pasta Salad

I like cold salads because I can get away with adding raw vegetables, so it cuts down on the amount of cooking I have to do. I can also make them in advance and just pull them out of the refrigerator and serve on busy nights.

This is a spicy twist on traditional chicken and pasta salad. I warned my kids that the after taste was spicy and my oldest son said, “Yes but the before taste is sweet”.  He is right; the honey does counter the spicy curry seasoning with a light, refreshing sweetness.

Curried Chicken and Pasta Salad

Yield: 6 -8 servings
Prep Time: Prep the vegetables and dressing while the pasta is cooking.
Cooking Time: 15 minutes

8 oz. pasta, cooked according to the package directions
1 1/2 – 2 cups cooked chicken, diced
1 cup carrots, thinly sliced
1/2 cup onion, diced
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
2 cups cherry tomatoes

Dressing Ingredients:
3/4 cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon honey
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger


Cook pasta according to package directions. When the pasta is done, rinse it under cold water, until the pasta is cool.

While the pasta is cooking, chop vegetables and dice cooked chicken.

Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and use a whisk to thoroughly combine.

Add pasta, chicken, vegetables, and dressing to a large bowl. Stir well to throughly coat salad with dressing.

Serve immediately or refrigerate to serve later.

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. I love the idea of curries chicken pasta not just curried chicken salad but the pasta included sounds fantastic and so delicious.I love the carrots you added to it

  2. This sounds like such a delicious salad – I love the dressing too!

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