Chicken Bow Tie Salad

Last weekend I had the pleasure of hosting a baby shower for my dear friend Allie. She is having a little girl, expected January 2015, named Caroline Faye. (Lots of shower pics to come in my next post!)

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This recipe-Chicken Bow Tie Pasta Salad- was the main dish we served at the shower. I got so many compliments and requests for the recipe that I decided to post it here on The Midwest Skinny. I hope you enjoy!


This recipe is the perfect dish to take to a pitch-in. It’s very light, yet full of flavor. (What I like to call “nutritiously delicious”). For a less carb option, you can leave out some of the noodles, or replace with your favorite Gluten Free brand!

Chicken Bow Tie Pasta Salad

Chicken Bow Tie Pasta Salad


  • 12 oz. Bow Tie Pasta Noodles (cooked al dente)
  • 1/4 C. Toasted Sesame Seeds
  • 1/2 C. Toasted Almonds
  • 3lbs. Cold, Cooked Shredded Chicken
  • 1/2 C. Fresh Parsley, choped
  • 1/2 C. Green Onions, chopped
  • 8 C. Baby Spinach, fresh
  • Dressing:
  • 1/4 C Salad Oil (I used Mild Tasting Olive Oil)
  • 1/3 C Soy Sauce (I used Low Sodium)
  • 1/3 C White Wine Vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. Pepper


  1. Make the Dressing first. Combine all Dressing ingredients in glass bowl or large cup.
  2. *You may need more dressing than the above recipe, so you may wish to double the amounts. However, you will not need to use an entire doubled recipe.
  3. Salad
  4. Cook the Pasta Noodles al dente (meaning undercooked so they are a bit stiffer), and cool in cold water. Once cool, place in large ziplock bag, lightly drizzled with a Tbsp. of the dressing.
  5. You can cook the Chicken on the grill (this is what I do in the summer time), or boil or sauté it in a skillet on the stove.
  6. Once cooked, cut the Chicken into bite size pieces and put in plastic bag to cool and stay moist. Toss 2 Tbsp. of the dressing into the bag with the Chicken.
  7. On a medium skillet, lightly roast the Almonds and Sesame Seeds. *Note: The Sesame Seeds will cook faster, so cook the two separately. Set aside to cool.
  8. In large bowl, toss together the noodles, chicken, chopped parsley and onions and chill until ready to serve.
  9. Just before serving add the spinach, dressing, toasted almonds and sesame seeds and lightly toss.


It was so delicious, even Hank was begging me for some!


 Coming up next on The Midwest Skinny… Allie’s Baby Shower!

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  1. Jenny

    This was delicious! I made two batches, one for dinner, and one to be assembled for a work pitch-in the next day. I added less sesame seeds the second time around. Letting this sit overnight does amazing things for the flavor, not to mention how easy it is to throw together the next day. I’ll definitely make it again!

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