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Pasta with Tomato Pesto, Feta and Chicken (Cooking for Two)

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  • 25 min prep time
  • 25 min total time
  • 8 ingredients
  • 2 servings
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Boldly flavored tomato pesto adds delicious depth to this pretty salad with an easy shortcut--frozen cooked chicken.

Ingredients

1/2
cup uncooked orzo or rosamarina (rice-shaped pasta)
1
cup frozen diced cooked chicken breast, thawed
1/2
cup crumbled feta cheese
2
tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
2
tablespoons purchased sun-dried tomato pesto
1/8
teaspoon salt
1
tablespoon lemon juice
2
medium tomatoes

Steps

  • 1 Cook orzo as directed on package; drain. Rinse with cold water to cool; drain well.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in large bowl, mix chicken, cheese, basil, pesto and salt; stir gently to mix. Add cooked orzo to chicken mixture; toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with lemon juice.
  • 3 To make tomato cups, cut off stem end of tomato and scoop out pulp; discard. Spoon salad mixture into tomato cups. If desired, serve on lettuce-lined plates.
  • 1 Cook orzo as directed on package; drain. Rinse with cold water to cool; drain well.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in large bowl, mix chicken, cheese, basil, pesto and salt; stir gently to mix. Add cooked orzo to chicken mixture; toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with lemon juice.
  • 3 To make tomato cups, cut off stem end of tomato and scoop out pulp; discard. Spoon salad mixture into tomato cups. If desired, serve on lettuce-lined plates.

Expert Tips

Orzo means “barley” in Italian, but it is actually a pasta. Resembling large kernels of rice, orzo cooks up quickly, making it great for last-minute dishes.

Sun-dried tomato pesto has a rich and intense tomato flavor. It can be found in the deli or produce section of your grocery store as well as in the pasta sauce aisle.

To add color and give this salad a special restaurant-like feel, serve it on a bed of Bibb, leaf, romaine or any other lettuce.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
460
Calories from Fat
180
% Daily Value
Total Fat
20g
30%
Saturated Fat
8g
42%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
100mg
34%
Sodium
1150mg
48%
Potassium
410mg
12%
Total Carbohydrate
37g
12%
Dietary Fiber
3g
14%
Sugars
7g
Protein
33g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
30%
30%
Vitamin C
35%
35%
Calcium
25%
25%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 1 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 1 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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