Creamy Chicken Pasta Salad with Green Olives and Raisins

Creamy Chicken Pasta Salad with Green Olives and Raisins – this delicious, savory pasta salad has a touch of sweetness and a creamy orange dressing. Perfect for a light summer meal or side dish for a barbeque.

Creamy Chicken Pasta Salad with Green Olives and Raisins

Savory Sweet Combination

I came across the original version of this Creamy Chicken Pasta Salad with Green Olives and Raisins in a magazine last summer. I love the savory and sweet combination of green olives and raisins, so I had to make it.

I’ve enjoyed green olives and raisins in empanadas and other Spanish and Latin American dishes. I thought the combination would be wonderful in a chicken pasta salad. That certainly is the case.


The savory green olives and the sweet raisins go so well with the chicken and the pasta. Red onions provide a bit of a kick and parsley adds freshness. Everything is tossed together in a creamy dressing made with freshly squeezed orange juice.

All together this Creamy Chicken Pasta Salad with Green Olives and Raisins is so delicious and full of flavor. This salad quickly became a family favorite. I make it frequently, especially during the warmer months.

Creamy Chicken Pasta Salad with Green Olives and Raisins

Original Recipe Developed by Mario Batali

The original version of this recipe was developed by celebrity chef Mario Batali. When I lived in New York City, I loved eating at all of Mario Batali’s restaurants, including Esca, Lupa, Babbo and Del Posto.

I’ve always enjoyed his cooking style of simple preparations using the best possible local ingredients.

Creamy Chicken Pasta Salad with Green Olives and Raisins

Serve as a Light Meal or Side Dish

This Creamy Chicken Pasta Salad with Green Olives and Raisins, along with a green salad, is wonderful for a light meal on a warm summer day.

This delicious pasta salad can be made ahead of time and is portable. So, it is also a great dish for picnics or side dish for summer barbeques.

Creamy Chicken Pasta Salad with Green Olives and Raisins

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Creamy Chicken Pasta Salad with Green Olives and Raisins

Creamy Chicken Pasta Salad with Green Olives and Raisins - this delicious, savory chicken pasta salad has a touch of sweetness and a creamy orange dressing, perfect for a light summer meal or side dish for a barbeque.

Ingredients

  • 14.5 oz Farfalle (bow-tie) pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into strips
  • 1 cup sliced red onion
  • 1 ½ cups green olives, pitted and halved (about 7 oz)
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (regular or light)
  • zest of one orange
  • ¾ cup freshly squeezed orange juice (from about 2 medium navel oranges)
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
  • additional fresh parsley leaves, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta to al dente, according to package directions, set aside to cool.
  2. While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a large sauté pan. Add chicken strips, red onion, olives and raisins. Cook, stirring occasionally for about 9 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and onions are softened. Set mixture aside to cool.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, orange zest and orange juice.
  4. Add cooled pasta and cooled chicken mixture to a large mixing bowl. Add in parsley leaves. Pour dressing over mixture and toss to combine.
  5. Serve pasta salad, top with additional fresh parsley leaves, if desired.
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Recipe adapted from Hellmann’s / Mario Batali.
 
Creamy Chicken Pasta Salad with Green Olives and Raisins - this delicious, savory chicken pasta salad has a touch of sweetness and a creamy orange dressing. Perfect for a light summer meal or side dish for a barbeque.

31 comments

  1. Elaine says:

    Yes – This salad looks great and I have to agree that the sweet and savory would make this dish amazing!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday – Pinned!

  2. Pray EveryDay says:

    I was looking for green olive & raisin ideas & stumbled upon the above recipe …
    which inspired the following:

    ground meat .. one pound
    a can ..Cream of Celery (may use chicken or mushroom)
    1 cup of water
    half cup each ..raisins & green olives
    one roman noodles packet (I used beef but any flavor will do)
    cubed cheese (optional)

    In a skillet ground meat. Add can of soup & water. Bring so a soft boil. Add olives, raisins, & noodles (also add the spices that comes in the noodle packet)

    optional to add garlic powder, basil flakes, parsley, cloves, pumpkin spices, onion powder, etc

    Let rolling boil for about 3 – 5 minutes until noodles are cooked.
    Turn eye off
    add cheese let melt stir & serve
    Approx 4 to 6 servings

    cooked, served, & posted 11.30.2016

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