For the last few months with the warmer weather approaching, I’ve had summer recipes on the brain. One of the recurring themes is how to convert meals I love into something I can still enjoy when it’s hot. The first thing that occurred was curry – although we don’t like hot food, we love the flavours and spices in Indian dishes and so a chicken tikka pasta salad was born. I’m sure I haven’t invented the idea but this is the best one I’ve ever tasted.
The tikka marinade is mild, aromatic and fragrant. I did have what I thought was a brilliant inspiration to try the marinade with coconut milk instead of the yogurt but it just wasn’t as good – trust me, stick with yoghurt! You can cut the marinating time to 3 hours if you’re short on time but, if you can, I would recommend leaving it overnight for maximum flavour. Cooking the chicken with all its marinade gives you super tasty and tender chicken for the salad.
The mix of vegetables and prepping in the salad may seem random but it all contributes to the end result. Red pepper adds sweetness (as well as a bit of colour), the grated carrot gives texture and freshness and the ribboned cucumber tops it all off with a cool refreshing touch.
If you like Indian flavours this is almost certain to make its way into your favourites – I like to make a big pot of it and put some in the fridge in lock & lock tubs for lunch or tea the next day. It also goes well with my Onion and carrot mini bhajis.
As I’ve said in the notes on the recipe card you can use most plain yoghurts to make the marinade. A couple of years ago when I was doing a slimming programme, I bought myself an Easiyo yoghurt maker and I’ve never bought ready made yoghurt again. Easiyo is thick, delicious and there is a huge variety of flavours and styles of yoghurt available. If you buy a lot of yoghurts then check it out – it’s much cheaper, ridiculously easy to do and there are lots of bulk buy deals for the mixes available.
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