Apple and Arugula Pasta with Chicken {gluten-free}

by Dorothy Reinhold on January 20, 2017

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I seem to be an unwitting arugula farmer in my backyard vegetable garden.

So I was in search of a great, easy recipe to use it up, and found today’s Apple and Arugula Pasta with Chicken.

Apple and Arugula Pasta with Chicken recipeIt’s great for winter (both apples and arugula are definitely in season, at least in Southern California), but can also be a warm-weather lunch or dinner, for spring or summer months. That versatility makes it a star player to me.

About that arugula

Last year I planted a couple of little plants, and they served me well for adding the leaves to salads, or using in sandwiches instead of lettuce (try it, it’s yummy!). But I wasn’t quick enough with the last crop, and after it bolted, I let it blossom (they’re pretty!) and then it went to seed. I kept telling myself I would pull the plants, and oops, life happened and I didn’t. They flung their seeds all over in the garden and grass, so now I have this new crop of lovely arugula.

Arugula in the ShockinglyDelicious garden

It’s thick as a carpet!

Arugula growing in the garden

The leaves are just so pretty.

Arugula about to bud in the garden

But look at what I spy, above. It’s going to go to flower.

Huge arugula leaves in the gardenAnd not all of the leaves are still baby. Look at the size of this guy! I could make a wrap out of him!

Oh well. When life hands you lemons, you make…

Apple and Arugula Pasta with Chicken

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 4 ounces gluten-free spaghetti (can use regular if you don't need to be GF)
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups/4 ounces baby arugula (or chop it if pieces are larger)
  • 6 ounces shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 apple (about 4 ounces), cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup/1 ounce dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup/1 ounce toasted chopped pecans


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. While pasta is cooking, whisk together oil, Dijon mustard, honey, garlic, salt and pepper in a big mixing bowl; toss with pasta when it is done.
  3. Stir in arugula, chicken, apple, cranberries and pecans.
  4. Makes 6 servings.*(See note below)


Recipe and photo credit: Pasta Fits

Tips: • Use a sweet-tart apple: try Royal Gala, Honeycrisp or Cortland. • Sprinkle a little crumbled goat cheese or feta cheese over this dish if desired.

Portion size: The recipe is supposed to serve 6. I say, depending on appetites, it serves 2-4 for a meal. But then I have a teenager in the house. 🙂

Makes 6 servings. Per Serving: 240 calories, 11 g fat, 11 g protein, 2 g fiber, 9 g sugars, 100 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrates, 20 mg cholesterol

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Annie @ Annie's Noms January 30, 2017 at 1:46 am

This looks so fresh and delicious! Love the flavour combo, the apple must add the most amazing sweetness and crunch!


Dorothy Reinhold January 30, 2017 at 10:08 pm

I love apples and arugula together!


fabiola@notjustbaked January 26, 2017 at 4:23 pm

I am so excited to grow some arugula now!


Dorothy Reinhold January 27, 2017 at 10:49 pm

It is SO easy, it grows like a weed, truly.


Jackie January 24, 2017 at 4:04 am

This sounds great!


Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen January 22, 2017 at 8:17 am

What a gorgeous crop! I’ve been craving lighter fare lately and this sounds perfect. I usually just eat arugula when it’s mixed in a salad with other greens so I need to give it a try on its own!


Dorothy Reinhold January 22, 2017 at 9:35 am

Yes you do! I’m a big fan of arugula stuffed in the sandwich, or chopped into nearly anything!


Krista January 22, 2017 at 7:48 am

This looks amazing! I cannot wait to make this for dinner!


Maryanne | the little epicurean January 22, 2017 at 7:35 am

Wow, that garden! I love the combination of arugula and apples. Looks great!


Laura | Petite Allergy Treats January 21, 2017 at 7:54 pm

Wow Dorthy, you really have a green thumb! Keep the salads coming, this looks wonderful!


Cookin Canuck January 21, 2017 at 2:15 pm

Love the mixture of the slightly spicy arugula with the sweet able in this dish. Your photos aren’t loading for me, so I can’t see what it looks like, but it sounds delicious!


Agness of Run Agness Run January 21, 2017 at 12:20 pm

Very delicious, Dorothy! I would never guess this is gluten free.


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