Healthy Leftover Roast Chicken Pasta Salad

April 14, 2020Sew White

This healthy leftover roast chicken pasta salad gives you a way to use up your roast chicken to create a fresh and healthy dish full of herbs and flavour.

This is a brilliant quick and easy mid week meal to make using up any leftover chicken you might have. The flavours of the red wine vinegar and olive oil is absolutely moreish. I love it. The smell of the herbs combined with the drizzle will make your mouth water. This full dish can take about 20 minutes to make. To save time I would recommend putting the spaghetti on to cook and when that is bubbling away chop up everything else ready.

Healthy Leftover Roast Chicken Pasta Salad mixed together with red onion, tomato and topped with fresh basil

The leftover roast chicken will soak up some of the drizzle so if you need to make more go for it. Mix up and enjoy. What I love about this dish is that you can have it fresh or cold. It works so incredibly well for picnics and lunch boxes. So the leftover roast chicken can turn into a leftover leftover lunch.

A beautiful mix of fresh parsley, basil, red onion, cherry tomatoes and mixed olives for the healthy leftover roast chicken pasta salad.
Mixing in leftover chicken shreds in to a salad with fresh herbs and vegetables.

I want to create a healthy, filling and delicious dinner. I love using basil and parsley for salad as they bring out such a wonderful flavour. Along with smell which makes you hungry from the moment you cut into it and the aroma fills the air. It’s best to use pitted olives as then you don’t have to worry about any hard pieces in the finished dish. I’d also recommend when you shred the leftover roast chicken you check for any small bones too.

Easy leftover chicken recipes

Leftover chicken is a hugely versatile meat and it can be used for so many things. The best and easiest use for leftover chicken is a great sandwich. From there you can mix it into salads or pulses, mix it into a range of pastas too. If you can shred it and add a little mix of lemon and yoghurt with some parsley and pop it on a bead of rice that also tastes wonderful.

How do you make leftover chicken taste good?

Roast chicken leftovers I think taste good anyway but there are a few ways to help it taste wonderful. Adding it to a salad like this which has strong herb, oil and vinegar tastes will work. What I’ve found with this salad is that the chicken absorbs a lot of juice which is gorgeous for getting the leftover chicken to taste good.

How to make the Healthy Leftover Roast Chicken Pasta Salad

What I love about this dish is it’s a good throw it altogether and it’s ready to eat dish. I like to add the herbs and fresh ingredients to the dish first. Along with the red wine vinegar and olive oil so it gets all those gorgeous flavours infusing together. Then I add the chicken to soak up the juice a little. All of this I do while the spaghetti is cooking. It really is a quick dish.

How long can you keep cooked chicken in the fridge?

Roasted chicken should be fine to eat for about 3 days if it’s left in the fridge. I would recommend wrapping it up in cling film or popping it in an air tight container.

How can I use leftover roast chicken pasta?

You can use left over cooked chicken in so many ways. This healthy salad is my favourite way. Adding it to a hot soup to make a Vietnamese soup is brilliant. Even pulled apart from a chunky sandwich is a wonderful way to avoid wasting food while getting a delicious sandwich.

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Leftover roast chicken pasta salad

Sisley White
This leftover roast chicken pasta salad gives you a way to use up your roast chicken to create a fresh and healthy dish full of herbs and flavour.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American, British, English, International
Servings 4 people
Calories 120 kcal


  • 200 g of spaghetti
  • 1 small red onion
  • 300 g baby or plum tomatoes
  • 100 g olives
  • handful of flat leaf parsley
  • handful of basil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • left over roast chicken
  • red chilli optional


  • Cook the spaghetti as per the instructions on the packet.
  • While the spaghetti is cooking chop up the tomatoes and herbs plus thinly slice the red onion and add it to a large serving bowl. Add the olives too.
  • Shred the leftover roast chicken and stir in to the herbs.
  • Drizzle the red wine vinegar and olive oil too.
  • When the spaghetti is cooked mix all the ingredients together and then serve.
  • Topped with fresh basil if you fancy a garnish.


Calories: 120kcal

Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.

Keyword leftover chicken, Leftover roast chicken pasta salad, pasta salads for parties
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  • Mahy

    April 14, 2020 at 9:03 pm

    5 stars
    This is the salad I definitely need to make this weekend – fantastic recipe that looks like it is so easy to make! Yum!

    1. Sew White

      April 14, 2020 at 9:48 pm

      I really hope you enjoy it.

  • Noelle

    April 14, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    5 stars
    Great recipe! I love a good pasta dish, can’t wait to make again!

    1. Sew White

      April 14, 2020 at 9:47 pm

      <3 Amazing! Thank you honey.

  • Jordan

    April 14, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    5 stars
    I just made this! SO SO yummy.

    1. Sew White

      April 14, 2020 at 11:12 pm

      YAY, so glad to hear it <3

  • Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry

    April 14, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    5 stars
    Such a great way to use leftover chicken! We love a good pasta salad in our house.

    1. Sew White

      April 14, 2020 at 11:12 pm

      Thank you Bintu, it’s a delicious and easy recipe for sure.

  • Krissy Allori

    April 14, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    5 stars
    This chicken salad looks amazing! I sometimes never get around to eating my leftovers because I get bored with the same old thing. I’m going to save this for next time. Thanks!

    1. Sew White

      April 14, 2020 at 11:12 pm

      I hope you enjoy it!

  • Kelly Anthony

    April 16, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    5 stars
    I’m always looking for healthy lunch options and this leftover roast chicken pasta salad will make a great lunch for the week without a ton of prep.

    1. Sew White

      April 16, 2020 at 8:35 pm

      That is a wonderful way of looking at it!Thank you

  • adriana

    April 16, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    5 stars
    There is no doubt that you can make leftovers beautiful again, this salad looks incredibly fresh and yummy.

    1. Sew White

      April 17, 2020 at 9:04 am

      You are so kind. Thank you.

  • Anita

    April 16, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    5 stars
    Such a simple and refreshing pasta recipe. It’s a great use for my rotisserie chicken. 🙂

    1. Sew White

      April 17, 2020 at 9:04 am

      I love rotisserie chicken. What a delicious way to cook a chicken.

  • Shadi Hasanzadenemati

    April 16, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    5 stars
    This is absolutely delicious! I love that it’s such a crowd pleaser for the whole family

    1. Sew White

      April 17, 2020 at 9:04 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  • Roxana

    April 16, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    5 stars
    This looks absolutely delicious. I love pasta salad and mine turned out great. Nice and simple recipe.

    1. Sew White

      April 17, 2020 at 9:03 am

      Thank you Roxana

  • Devy

    November 17, 2021 at 7:58 am

    5 stars
    I always love recipe ideas that use leftovers. As I don’t like wasting. And your pasta salad sounds like one of those I need to try. The only thing is I love my balsamic vinegar and it’s the only vinegar that I always have in my kitchen cupboard. It should be ok if I use that instead, shouldn’t it? Thank you for sharing.

    1. Sew White

      November 17, 2021 at 4:47 pm

      I think it should taste wonderful. Balsamic is truly delicious and will be a great substitution.

  • kayann somoza

    November 21, 2021 at 3:10 pm

    Your wonderful recipe gave me the idea of using leftover turkey instead of chicken. We in the US will be celebrating
    Thanksgiving next week and a salad for lunch the next day would be a welcome change after all the rich food. I’ll be following your recipe to the letter except for the turkey substitution. Thanks so much!

    1. Sew White

      November 23, 2021 at 1:47 pm

      You can absolutely use leftover turkey in this recipe. It would taste really good too!

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