skinnymixer's Red Pesto Chicken Salad

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This is a hearty salad, that even the manliest salad hater will love.

It’s perfect to feed a crowd, I was able to feed my family of 4 and have more than half left over – you can make it go even further with extra salad stuff and dressing too. The beauty of this recipe is you can either prepare it ahead of time and enjoy it cold, or cook it and eat it warm. I hope you love it 🙂

Love Nik xx

5 from 2 votes

skinnymixer's Red Pesto Chicken Salad

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Author: Skinnymixers
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6


  • 50 g portion of red pesto
  • 500-700 g chicken breast cubed
  • 500 g baby red potato sliced into thick round coins

Dressing Ingredients

  • 100 g red pesto
  • 30 g greek yoghurt or home made mayonnaise for dairy free
  • 10 g balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp salt

To serve

  • baby spinach
  • chopped macadamia nuts


  • Add dressing ingredients to mixer bowl, combine for 10 sec/speed 2/MC on. Set aside.
  • Put your prepared potatoes into the simmering basket and coat the chopped chicken breast in the 50 g or 1.8 oz red pesto and put into the deep steaming tray.
  • Without washing the bowl, add 500 g or 17.6 oz water to mixer bowl, insert simmering basket, put the steaming tray in place and cook for 17-20 min/steaming temp/speed 3 or until cooked. Stir chicken part way through to ensure even cooking.
  • Set potatoes aside to cool and tip out steaming water. Put chicken into the mixer bowl and roughly chop for 1-2 sec/speed 5/MC on.
  • At this point you can either allow your potato and chicken to cool completely before combining with dressing and salad items, or combine it warm for a warm salad. 


Please note: This recipe will last a maximum of 3 days in the fridge due to raw garlic and the risk of botulism.
Bellini Users
Use your blunt blade for this recipe.
At step 3, if using an Intelli pop a tea towel over the steamer, use ST temp and extend cooking time if required. If using a Supercook, use 120-130 degrees.
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Nutrition Facts
skinnymixer's Red Pesto Chicken Salad
Amount Per Serving (200 g)
Calories 265 Calories from Fat 76
% Daily Value*
Fat 8.4g13%
Saturated Fat 2.1g13%
Sodium 478mg21%
Carbohydrates 14.1g5%
Sugar 6.3g7%
Protein 29.9g60%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.




  1. We don’t eat carbs and so potato is no go. What would be good to use in it place or you’d you leave it out and serve with grilled veg on side?

  2. Another DELICIOUS dish! So moreish!!!
    Very filling meal and would make a great side salad at a BBQ!
    Tastes good hot or cold!

  3. Oh my goodness! Making and taste testing the pesto was a fabulous Delish start to my meal! Then tasting it as a whole – as the salad! The bomb! Will make life easy on the nights when we don’t know what to eat!

  4. Loved this recipe.. only had sweet potato which was yummy addition and had to play around with a few ingredients based on what was in the cupboard.. we ate it warm. I had seconds cold (preferred it warm) . Husband not so fussed but he will be eating it again.. I only used halt the chicken and froze the rest which I have used to make a very yummy chicken pasta bake which Mr Fussy has confessed well I have never been a fan of pasta bakes but this is unreal.. – red pesto chicken, spinach, pea and pasta in a very light bechamal sauce.

  5. My husband is a steak and chips guy and is rarely impressed with anything made in the Thermomix. He rang me from work today just to tell me how much he loves this! Go Nik!!

  6. This is so easy and delicious I added finely chopped celery and julienne of carrot but am thinking next time will try haloumi and snow peas. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I have no idea why I waited so long to make this. Just like every other recipe of Nik’s that I’ve tried, this was AWESOME. My husband gave it three thumbs up (his two, and one of our four yer old’s. Lol) and has requested it go on our monthly meal plan. Thanks for another winning recipe, and especially because we can make it dairy free!

  8. Ive got friends ‘popping in’ for dinner tonight. This is is the first recipe that came to mind – pesto for pre dinner and then on to the mains . Awesome – its soo yummy, thanks Nik.

  9. I made this last night and, as expected, it was delicious. My husband kept saying how good it was and we finished it off for lunch today. I have frozen most of the leftover pesto in 150g lots in snap lock bags so I’m ready for the next batch of dinners and I’m using the rest as a dip with crackers, etc at a bbq tomorrow. So versatile! Thanks, Nik.

  10. Made this tonight, thought their might be left overs for lunch- nope! Husband ate it all. So simple and yummy. Will be on rotation in this household.

  11. Made this for dinner and it was an absolute hit. My fussy kids enjoyed it and I managed to grab a serve for lunch the next day too. I will be making this on a regular basis

  12. This is so easy, quick and easy to bulk up with other salad ingredients to feed a crowd. A regular in our house. Thanks for another amazing recipe!

  13. WOW, 14 year old Julia declared this is her new favourite dinner, my first time with one of your recipes Nikalene and I am instantly a raving fan, thank you. Just had leftovers for lunch, 🙂

  14. This was A-MAZING!!!!!

    I really wasn’t sure how my husband would respond to it but he said its one he can eat again and again so that’s a win in my book. So simple and easy and quick and plenty of pesto left over.

    Thank you Nik!

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