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Asian Sesame Chicken Pasta

This peanutty Asian Sesame Chicken Pasta dish is a terrific twist on a homestyle pasta dish with Asian flair. It’s packed with flavor and texture and can be served as a side dish or as an entrée. Either way, it’s sure to become a family favorite.
Asian Sesame Chicken Pasta

Asian Sesame Chicken Pasta is an Inexpensive Meal Option

Pasta is not only inexpensive, it’s tummy filling and versatile. While this recipe is a departure from our usual Southern favorites like Homestyle Macaroni Salad and BLT Macaroni Salad both of which have a mayonnaise based dressing, it’s refreshing none-the-less. It includes all of the familiar Chinese takeout flavors, with the bonus of being equally delicious served warm, at room temperature, or chilled, if you’re so inclined. That fact, makes it a terrific choice for a buffet or casual meal where people serve themselves.
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Asian Sesame Chicken Pasta Tips

  • When looking at the ingredient list, don’t be intimidated as I include a homemade marinade for the chicken. You can opt for using your favorite prepared Asian marinade, if preferred.
  • Plan on grilling extra chicken for one meal to transform the leftovers into this pasta dish. When doing so, you’ll be halfway there to enjoying this dish in a snap.
  • You can use a different pasta but, fettuccine seems to do best. You could also use spaghetti. If you choose to make this using a shorter pasta, slice the chicken pieces accordingly into bite size pieces.
  • This dish is perfection packed into cardboard takeout containers and taken to the beach, for a picnic or hangout with friends.

Asian Sesame Chicken Pasta

Variations and Substitutions

As with most recipes, you can make this dish with a different type of pepper or substitute snow peas or edamame for the sugar snap peas. The peanutty sauce will complement any of those ingredients beautifully. Another Asian pasta dish you may like to try is this Lo Mein recipe from Real Housemoms.

Asian Sesame Chicken Pasta

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Asian Sesame Chicken Pasta

Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Asian Inspired
Keyword: Asian-sesame-chicken-pasta
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 576kcal
Author: Melissa Sperka


  • 2 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Marinade:
  • 1/2 cup prepared Asian Toasted Sesame salad dressing
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • Pasta Ingredients:
  • 1 lb fettuccine cooked to al dente
  • 1 1/4 cup Asian Toasted Sesame salad dressing
  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame seeds plus additional for garnishing
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes adjust to taste
  • 1 small red pepper seeds removed & thinly sliced
  • 4 green onions thinly sliced
  • 12 oz sugar snap peas steamed crisp tender
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • garlic salt and black pepper may adjust to taste
  • 1/4 cup peanuts roughly chopped


  • Mix together marinade ingredients. Pour over chicken in a one gallon plastic storage bag. Marinate for at least 4 hours or, overnight.
  • To prepare the chicken: Heat a gas grill to medium-high. Oil the grill grates.
  • Grill the chicken 5 minutes per side depending on the thickness of the chicken. Cook until the juices run clear. Rest on a platter for 5 minutes then slice into strips.
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta in salted water per the package instructions until al dente. Drain well.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together toasted sesame dressing, peanut butter, rice wine vinegar, sesame seeds and red pepper flakes. Add drained pasta. Mix well.
  • To the pasta add chicken, red pepper, green onion, sugar snap peas and cilantro. Stir well. Taste and adjust garlic salt and may add black pepper, to your taste.
  • Garnish with chopped peanuts and toasted sesame seeds.
  • Serve warm, room temperature or chilled. Store leftovers chilled.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 576kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 817mg | Potassium: 928mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1251IU | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 4mg
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  1. please take a look at your recipe. your marinade rather long. I do understand the recipe, it does need correcting

    1. If you note in the narrative, I mention this. If you’d like to use a prepared marinade you may. The rest of the ingredients are for the pasta.

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