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Fruit and Cashew Chicken Salad

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Fruit and Cashew Chicken Salad
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 45 min
  • Ingredients 12
  • Servings 4
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Juicy pineapple tidbits complement cooked chicken and sweet oranges in this colorful summery salad that's ready in just ready in just 45 minutes. Stir it in a slightly tart and hot dressing.
Updated Sep 20, 2010

Ingredients

Salad

  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 (11-oz.) can mandarin orange segments, well drained
  • 1 (8-oz.) can pineapple tidbits in unsweetened juice, well drained, reserving liquid
  • 1 cup salted roasted cashews

Dressing

  • Reserved pineapple liquid
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 3 to 4 drops hot pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Steps

  • 1
    In large bowl, combine all salad ingredients except cashews; toss gently to combine.
  • 2
    Measure reserved pineapple liquid in 1-cup measuring cup; add enough water to make 1/3 cup. In small saucepan, combine pineapple liquid, sugar, salt, soy sauce and hot pepper sauce; mix well with wire whisk. Stir in cornstarch with wire whisk until blended. Cook over medium-high heat for 1 to 2 minutes or until mixture comes to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil about 1 minute or until thickened and translucent, stirring constantly. Cool 2 minutes.
  • 3
    While dressing is still hot, pour over salad; stir gently to combine. Cover; refrigerate at least 30 minutes to chill, or until serving time. Just before serving, stir in cashews.

Tips from the Pillsbury Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Mandarins are oranges with loose, easy-to-remove peels. Tangerines, clementines and satsumas are varieties of mandarins.
  • tip 2
    To give this salad a tropical flavor, use coarsely chopped macadamia nuts instead of cashews.
  • tip 3
    Hallow out large, sweet bell peppers and use them as bowls for this salad.

Nutrition Information

455 Calories, 21g Total Fat, 26g Protein, 40g Total Carbohydrate, 28g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 1/4 Cups
Calories
455
Calories from Fat
190
Total Fat
21g
32%
Saturated Fat
5g
25%
Cholesterol
60mg
20%
Sodium
555mg
23%
Total Carbohydrate
40g
13%
Dietary Fiber
2g
8%
Sugars
28g
Protein
26g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%
8%
Vitamin C
20%
20%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
16%
16%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 1 1/2 Fruit; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 3 1/2 Lean Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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