Pasta salad with crunchy munchy chicken
200g wholemeal pasta spirals
½ Lebanese cucumber
½ carrot, grated
6 cherry tomatoes, quartered
3 tbsp mayonnaise
175g chicken thigh fillet, sliced into strips
¼ cup plain flour
2 egg whites
1 cup corn flakes, crushed
Chicken is baked and not fried. Good use of wholemeal pasta School A to Z nutrition expert
- Preheat oven to 180°C.
- Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted water according to manufacturer's instructions until tender.
- Rinse well under cold water.
- Halve the cucumber and scrape out the seeds using a teaspoon.
- Dice very finely, then combine with the pasta, carrot, tomatoes and mayonnaise.
- Toss the chicken in flour, dip in egg, then coat with corn flake crumbs.
- Arrange on a lined oven tray, then bake for 10 minutes, until golden and just cooked.
- Serve the pasta salad topped with chicken pieces.
For the lunch box
Pack the salad and chicken in separate airtight containers to avoid the chicken becoming soft. Place both in a chiller bag with an ice pack. Remember to include a fork.
For busy mums and dads
The pasta salad can be converted into a healthy lunch for parents by adding some tinned tuna, or why not feed the whole family the same meal? The chicken pieces can be frozen once coated, then baked as needed, always on standby.
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A word about allergies
This recipe contains eggs. Some kids have food allergies and food related anaphylaxis. Common food allergens include peanuts and tree nuts (such as cashews and walnuts), sesame, egg, cow's milk, shellfish, fish and soy. Food allergies can develop at any time.
It is important in managing allergies to avoid exposure to known allergens. Parents should check the ingredients before using a recipe and remind their kids not to share food from their lunchbox.
Sometimes a school may request that certain foods not be brought to school. Check with your principal if you are unsure.
For more information see the Food Allergies and Anaphylaxis – Information sheet for schools