Chinese Chicken Pasta Salad

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Safeway, Inc. for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Surprise everyone at your next BBQ with this fun and easy Chinese Chicken Pasta Salad!

Surprise everyone at your next BBQ with this fun and easy Chinese Chicken Pasta Salad!

How far do you live from the grocery store? I am lucky enough to live only four blocks from our neighborhood Safeway, so you can imagine how often I’m there. While I do like to plan a list and shop for the week ahead, I inevitably forget ingredients, run out of milk, or get a last minute inspiration for a recipe. There are times when I go to the store three times in one day! Since I’m at Safeway so often, the employees know me, I know where everything is, and I notice when new items show up. It’s especially easy to notice new items because there are these handy signs pointing them out!


Recently, I went looking for four specific new items to try out. It was fun to take my son on a little scavenger hunt to find them all. Here’s what we were on the lookout for:

Barilla® Pronto™ Pasta – Cooks right in the skillet. No boiling a pot of water or draining the cooked pasta! (found in the pasta section)

Barilla Pronto pasta - One of the new items at Safeway stores!

Soy Vay Toasted Sesame Dressing & Sauce – Top your salad with the flavor of toasted sesame oil, ginger, and citrus! (found with the salad dressings)

Soy Vay sesame dressing - One of the new items at Safeway stores!

KOOL-AID Easy Mix Liquid and COUNTRY TIME Lemonade Starter – All you need to add is water to enjoy these presweetened, liquid drink mixes! (found in the bottled juice aisle)

Kool Aid and Country Time mixes - One of the new items at Safeway stores!

Silk® Vanilla Almond Creamer – Add some creamy, nutty, vanilla flavor to your coffee with this dairy-free creamer. (found in the refrigerated dairy section)

Silk Almond coffee creamer - One of the new items at Safeway stores!

While I was shopping, I picked up a few other ingredients I would need to make this easy Chinese Chicken Pasta Salad, and I’ll get to that recipe in a moment.

You only need a few ingredients for this easy pasta salad with Asian flavors!

If you are a regular here, you probably know that I make an early dinner for my boys and then another dinner for my husband and myself a little later. This day was no different, so I treated the kids to a cheesy pasta and meatballs dinner with pink lemonade on the side. I used the Barilla® Pronto™ pasta, which goes right in the pan with cold water. I simmered it for about 15 minutes, and it was done! No draining needed!

This quick and easy meal was a hit with the kids and ready in 20 minutes!

I stirred in a little olive oil, sour cream, mozzarella cheese, and added heated frozen meatballs. The kids loved it, especially with the COUNTRY TIME lemonade on the side. (I love the lemonade starter by the way because you can make it one glass at a time, and you can make it as strong or weak as you like!)

Surprise everyone at your next BBQ with this fun and easy Chinese Chicken Pasta Salad!

Once the kids were fed, I turned my attention to the pasta salad. I actually used Barilla® gluten-free pasta in this recipe, but of course the Barilla® Pronto™ pasta would be perfect too. This salad is very simple to make thanks to the new Soy Vay sesame dressing. All you need to do is toss your dressing with cooked chicken and pasta, chopped cucumber, carrots, green onions, and snow peas. I added a little rice vinegar for a burst of tanginess, and voila! Dinner was done! This would be a fun and different salad to bring to a BBQ instead of plain old pasta salad.

Surprise everyone at your next BBQ with this fun and easy Chinese Chicken Pasta Salad!

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Surprise everyone at your next BBQ with this fun and easy Chinese Chicken Pasta Salad!

Chinese Chicken Pasta Salad

  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Units Scale
  • 1/2 cup Soy Vay Toasted Sesame Dressing
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 6 ounces snow peas cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cucumber sliced very thin
  • 4 green onions sliced
  • 12 ounces Barilla®Pronto™ pasta
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces


  1. In a large bowl, toss together Soy Vay dressing, vinegar, carrots, snow peas, cucumber, and green onions. Allow to marinade at least 15 minutes (while you cook the pasta and chicken).
  2. While vegetables soak, coat chicken with soy sauce in a small bowl. Cook pasta according to package directions and remove from heat to cool slightly.
  3. Stir cooked pasta into vegetables, rinse skillet, and heat it over medium-high heat. Spray with cooking spray, and stir fry chicken for 5-7 minutes until cooked through. (You can cook the chicken while the pasta cooks to save time but use another pan, whichever you prefer.)
  4. Stir cooked chicken into pasta salad. Serve slightly warm right away, or cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours until ready to serve.
  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 20

Take a stroll through your Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, CARRS, Tom Thumb, or Randalls to discover what’s new!

Looking for more pasta salad ideas? Try these!

Andi Gleeson


Laura O| Petite Allergy Treats
9 years ago

I heart this idea! So creative to combine a typical Asian and American dish with this pasta salad

9 years ago

Thanks so much, Laura!

Kate @ Diethood
9 years ago

I live real close to our grocery store and I am there just about every other day. They all know me and my blog! haha :-D

This is definitely my type of salad! Love the combination of pasta with Asian flavors!

9 years ago

I haven’t told the Safeway people about my blog really. Maybe I should! Thanks, Kate :)

Stacey @
9 years ago

I love this take on pasta salad, I’ve never seen a Chinese pasta salad before. So much flavour! Definitely trying this soon!

9 years ago

Thanks, Stacey! I hope you like it :)

9 years ago

Yay! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

9 years ago

Thanks, Roxana!

Michelle | A Latte Food
9 years ago

This pasta dish looks fabulous! I love the pasta spin on a Chinese Chicken Salad! Brilliant.

9 years ago

Aw, thank you, Michelle! You are so sweet!

Ashley | The Recipe Rebel
9 years ago

Such a fun meal! I love Chinese anything! Pinned :)

9 years ago

I love Chinese food too, Ashley. Thank you!

Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats
9 years ago

Yeah please, anything asian is a A+ in my book. Can’t wait to try this pasta Andi, sounds so yummy!

9 years ago

Thanks so much, Krista!

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