Cashew Chicken Pasta Salad


This dish is asked for everywhere I go, it is so good. Easily doubles for a large party or group. Please note that this recipe needs to be made the day before; it has to sit in the fridge overnight.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 30 mins
12 servings


  • 3 cups uncooked tri-color rotini pasta

  • 4 cups cubed cooked chicken breast

  • ½ cup diced green bell pepper

  • ¼ cup diced green onions

  • 1 ½ cups mayonnaise (such as Hellman's®)

  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 2 cups salted cashew halves


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook rotini at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water.

  2. Mix pasta with chicken, green pepper, and green onions in a large bowl.

  3. Mix mayonnaise, brown sugar, vinegar, lemon juice, and salt together in a small bowl until well blended. Pour dressing over the pasta mixture and stir well to coat.

  4. Cover and refrigerate until flavors are combined and dressing is thickened, 8 hours to overnight. Stir in cashews just before serving, or no more than 2 hours ahead.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

547 Calories
36g Fat
38g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 547
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 628mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 6mg 29%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 299mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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