Chinese Chicken Pasta Salad with Sesame Dressing

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A delicious and flavorful salad that is packed with leafy romaine, red cabbage, chicken, carrots, and almonds. The pasta adds a unique and perfect texture and the sesame dressing is perfect on top!chinese chicken pasta salad on a white plate.

I love a good salad. Can you tell? I have been trying to post one once a week and I make them all of the time. Since making healthier lifestyle choices, I have been incorporating a lot of good salads into the diet.

I used to hate salad. Did you know that? I used to gag them down. So I am a firm believer that anyone can come to love salads. I started by wrapping chicken into a romaine leaf and eating it. Slowly I got used to the taste. Then I discovered how delicious salads can be. I have come a long way from my wrapping lettuce around chicken days. I actually prefer a good salad over a burger. The right salad can be full of flavor and textures, and this salad was just that!!

chicken chicken pasta salad ingredients on a white plate

This salad is full of all kinds of amazing stuff. I actually was inspired by this recipe by one of my favorite salads here on the blog. It is so fun combining things from all of my favorite salads and making one incredible salad.

And this one…. it became an instant favorite!

chinese salad on a white plate.

Not only was the flavor absolutely incredible, but the pasta texture added to it was awesome. I love incorporating pasta into a leafy salad. All of the flavors combined to make this salad truly amazing.

chinese chicken salad on a white plate.

You are going to love everything as much as I did about this salad. The sesame dressing on top is absolutely incredible. It was the perfect finishing touch to this mouthwatering salad. It will become an instant favorite at your house too! It will be one that you will make again and again!

chinese salad on a white plate

Chinese Chicken Pasta Salad with Sesame Dressing

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A delicious and flavorful salad that is packed with leafy romaine, red cabbage, chicken, carrots, and almonds.  The pasta adds a unique and perfect texture and the sesame dressing is perfect on top!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 6 Servings


  • 2 cups chicken cooked and chopped
  • 3 cups romaine lettuce chopped
  • 6 ounce rotini pasta (about 2 cups) cooked and cooled
  • 1 cup red cabbage chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion chopped
  • ½ cup carrots shredded
  • 1/4 cup roasted almonds
  • cup chow mein noodles
  • salt and pepper to taste

Sesame Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • teaspoon salt


  • In a large bowl combine chicken, romaine lettuce, rotini pasta, red cabbage, red onion, shredded carrots, almonds, and chow main noodles. Toss and season with salt and pepper.

To make the dressing:

  • Whisk the vegetable oil, rice vinegar, sesame oil, honey, dijon mustard, soy sauce, sesame seeds, and salt and pepper. Drizzle over the salad and toss, or pour over individual servings.


Serves: 6

Calories314kcal (16%)Carbohydrates39g (13%)Protein12g (24%)Fat13g (20%)Saturated Fat5g (25%)Cholesterol14mg (5%)Sodium336mg (14%)Potassium300mg (9%)Fiber4g (16%)Sugar6g (7%)Vitamin A4020IU (80%)Vitamin C11mg (13%)Calcium58mg (6%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Salad
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword chicken pasta salad, chinese chicken pasta salad with sesame dressing, pasta salad recipe
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. I made this last week and swapped out the romaine for a bag of lettuce shreds (you know, it’s what I had on hand). It was delicious. Thanks so much for a great recipe.

  2. This is a very yummy salad! The only thing I will do differently next time is to top individual servings with the chow mein noodles and almonds rather than mix them in to the salad because they quickly lose their crunch. Thank you!

  3. YUM . . . . . . I can’t wait to make this salad and the Thai Cashew Chopped Salad for my ladies group. Thank you for all your wonderful recipes 🙂

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