Pasta And Fruit Chicken Salad

This is a good way to use up yesterday's grilled or roasted chicken for a delicious meal that seems anything but leftover. Pineapple, melon and grapes punctuate the salad with color and bursts of juicy flavor.

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  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 1 hr 30 min
  • ingredients 10
  • servings 6
 

Ingredients

5
oz. (2 cups) uncooked rotini (spiral pasta) or elbow macaroni
1
cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1 1/2
teaspoons dry mustard
1/2
teaspoon paprika
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/8
teaspoon pepper
1
(20-oz.) can pineapple chunks, drained, reserving 3 tablespoons liquid
2
cups cubed cooked chicken
1
cup melon balls or cubes
1
cup seedless green grapes, halved

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Steps

  • 1 Cook rotini to desired doneness as directed on package. Drain; rinse with cold water to cool.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in large bowl, combine mayonnaise, dry mustard, paprika, salt, pepper and reserved 3 tablespoons pineapple liquid; blend well.
  • 3 Add cooked rotini, pineapple, chicken, melon and grapes to mayonnaise mixture; mix gently to coat. Cover; refrigerate 1 hour to blend flavors.
  • 1 Cook rotini to desired doneness as directed on package. Drain; rinse with cold water to cool.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in large bowl, combine mayonnaise, dry mustard, paprika, salt, pepper and reserved 3 tablespoons pineapple liquid; blend well.
  • 3 Add cooked rotini, pineapple, chicken, melon and grapes to mayonnaise mixture; mix gently to coat. Cover; refrigerate 1 hour to blend flavors.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Cooking chicken to have on hand for quick meals takes only minutes with the help of the microwave. For 2 to 2 1/2 cups of cubed, cooked chicken, place 2 whole breasts (1 1/2 to 2 lb.) in a 12x8-inch microwave-safe dish; cover the chicken with microwave-safe waxed paper. Microwave on HIGH for 8 to 10 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear, turning the dish a half turn and rearranging the chicken halfway through cooking. Cool chicken and cut it into cubes or bite-sized pieces. Cooked chicken can be used immediately, refrigerated one to two days or tightly wrapped and frozen for up to six months.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 1/4 Cups
Calories
510
(
Calories from Fat
300),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
33g
33%
(Saturated Fat
5g,
5%
),
Cholesterol
65mg
65%;
Sodium
340mg
340%;
Total Carbohydrate
35g
35%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
18g
18%
),
Protein
18g
18%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
25%;
Vitamin C
25%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 1 1/2 Fruit; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 2 Lean Meat; 5 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.