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Party Chicken and Pasta Salad

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  • 40 min prep time
  • 40 min total time
  • 15 ingredients
  • 12 servings
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Blend an Asian-influenced dressing to accent a spectacular mix of fresh vegetables, fruits, and tender chicken.

Salad

5
cups uncooked rotini pasta (16 oz)
4
cups cubed cooked chicken
1
cup thinly sliced celery
1/2
cup chopped green onions
12
oz fresh snow pea pods, trimmed, halved crosswise
2
cups seedless red and/or green grapes, halved
1
can (8 oz) pineapple tidbits in unsweetened juice, drained, reserving liquid
1
cup slivered almonds, toasted if desired
6
to 8 leaves leaf lettuce

Dressing

1
cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
2
tablespoons finely chopped fresh gingerroot
1
teaspoon garlic salt
2
tablespoons reserved pineapple liquid
2
tablespoons soy sauce
2
tablespoons honey

Steps

  • 1 Cook pasta as directed on package. Drain; rinse with cold water to cool. Drain well.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in large bowl, mix remaining salad ingredients except almonds and lettuce. In small bowl, mix dressing ingredients.
  • 3 Add pasta and 1/2 cup of the almonds to salad; stir gently to mix. Add dressing; toss to coat. Line serving bowl or platter with lettuce. Spoon salad over lettuce. Sprinkle with remaining almonds.

Expert Tips

Deli chicken or rotisserie chicken are easy ways to get cooked chicken for this salad.

Cook almonds over medium heat, 5 to 7 minutes, until golden brown. Stir the almonds frequently so they don’t burn. Remove them from the skillet when they’re done to prevent further cooking.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
520
% Daily Value
Total Fat
23g
36%
Saturated Fat
3 1/2g
18%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
Cholesterol
45mg
16%
Sodium
580mg
24%
Total Carbohydrate
54g
18%
Dietary Fiber
5g
22%
Protein
23g
23%
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%
20%
Vitamin C
30%
30%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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