Black Bean-Chicken Salad with Creamy Cilantro Pesto Dressing

Dinner ready in 20 minutes! Serve creamy cilantro dressing with this tossed salad that features chicken, pasta and beans.

  • prep time 20 min
  • total time 20 min
  • ingredients 16
  • servings 6

Ingredients

2
teaspoons olive or vegetable oil
1
pound boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 1/2-inch strips
1
teaspoon chili powder
1/4
teaspoon garlic salt
2
cups uncooked rigatoni pasta (6 ounces)
1
large tomato, chopped (1 cup)
1
can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained

Creamy Cilantro Pesto Dressing

1 1/2
cups chopped fresh cilantro
1/2
cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/3
cup pine nuts
1/3
cup olive or vegetable oil
1/4
cup whipping (heavy) cream
1
teaspoon grated lemon peel
1
tablespoon lemon juice
1/8
teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
2
cloves garlic
  • 1 Prepare Creamy Cilantro Pesto Dressing. Heat oil in 10-inch skillet over medium- high heat. Cook chicken in oil 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink in center. Toss chicken, chili powder and garlic salt; set aside.
  • 2 Cook and drain pasta as directed on package. Rinse with cold water; drain. Mix pasta, chicken, dressing, tomato and beans.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Serving
    Calories
    545
    (
    Calories from Fat
    235),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    26g
    26%
    (Saturated Fat
    6g,
    6%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    60mg
    60%;
    Sodium
    370mg
    370%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    54g
    54%
    (Dietary Fiber
    7g
    7%
    ),
    Protein
    31g
    31%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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