Ummm, Yum: Recipe for Seasame and Cilantro Chicken Pasta Salad










Well, hello delicious food lovers.  During one of the early Litwit meetings I brought a recipe that a few of you requested copies of.  And now we have a blog!  So here it is.  It’s something my wonderful formal boss at the YMCA turned me on to and that I’ve modified a lot since.  (Can I take credit for it now?  Probably not.)  It’s simple to make and definitely one of my favourite dishes.  Eat and enjoy!


  • 1/2 cup seasame seeds
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup light soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons seasame oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 package bowtie pasta (12-16 ounces)
  • 3 cups chicken, cooked and shredded
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • green onion, chopped (optional)


  1. Heat a small skillet over medium heat.  Pour in sesame seeds and heat until lightly toasted, stirring frequently.  Remove from heat and set aside.  Alternatively, pre-toasted sesame seeds can be purchased in place of those that are still raw.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add bowtie pasta, and cook for approximately 8 to 10 minutes (until al dente).  Drain pasta and rinse under cold water until cool.
    Transfer into large mixing bowl.
  3. In a jar or container with a tight-fitting lid, combine olive oil, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, sesame seeds, ginger, and pepper.  Shake until well mixed.
  4. Pour sesame dressing over pasta and toss until evenly coated.  Mix in chicken, cilantro, and green onion (optional).
  5. Great served hot or cold and even better the second day! Buying an already prepared rotisserie chicken and removing all the meat is a great way to simplify this recipe.  One average sized rotisserie should do the trick!

2 thoughts on “Ummm, Yum: Recipe for Seasame and Cilantro Chicken Pasta Salad

  1. The cilantro is absolutely what makes this dish. I’ve also actually started combining sesame oil, soy sauce, and rice wine vinegar to make a great, quick salad dressing or dip for things like pork dumplings. So delicious.

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