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Chicken-Parmesan-Pasta Salad

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  • 30 min prep time
  • 30 min total time
  • 10 ingredients
  • 6 servings
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Looking for a hearty dinner? Then check out this pasta salad made with chicken and veggies – ready in 30 minutes.

8
oz. (3 cups) uncooked pasta nuggets (radiatore)
1
cup fresh baby carrots, halved diagonally
1
cup fresh small broccoli florets
2
cups chopped cooked chicken
1/4
cup sliced green onions
1/2
red bell pepper, chopped
1/2
cucumber, chopped
1
cup purchased peppercorn ranch salad dressing
1/4
cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4
teaspoon salt

Steps

  • 1 Cook pasta to desired doneness as directed on package, adding carrots and broccoli during last minute of cooking time. Drain; rinse with cold water to cool. Drain well.
  • 2 In large serving bowl, combine cooked pasta, carrots and broccoli with chicken, onions, bell pepper and cucumber; mix well. Add dressing, cheese and salt; toss gently to coat.

Expert Tips

Cooking the vegetables for one minute in boiling water and then rinsing them in cold water brings out their color yet maintains their crisp-tender texture.

Prepare this salad one day ahead. Cover and refrigerate it until serving time. Just before serving, stir the salad. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of peppercorn ranch dressing if the salad seems dry.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 1/3 Cups
Calories
490
% Daily Value
Total Fat
29g
45%
Saturated Fat
6g
30%
Cholesterol
50mg
17%
Sodium
580mg
24%
Total Carbohydrate
35g
12%
Dietary Fiber
2g
8%
Protein
21g
21%
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
120%
120%
Vitamin C
45%
45%
Calcium
8%
8%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Starch; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 2 Lean Meat; 4 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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