Chicken Pasta Salad (TNT)

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Chicken Pasta Salad (TNT)

Post by pstarkoski on Thu Jul 15, 2010 4:19 am

We had this last evening for was really great! A nice meal for a summer night, but still served hot. The leftovers are great the next day as a cold salad for lunch!

Chicken Pasta Salad
Served warm, this satisfying salad combines pasta, chicken, lettuce, mandarin oranges and romaine and is tossed with a slightly tart dressing. From Coos Bay, Oregon, Diane Conrad comments, "My daughter-in-law gave me a basic dressing recipe, and I adapted it to suit our tastes."
6 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min. Ingredients

2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
4-1/2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon sugar
1 garlic clove, minced
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
1 medium green pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 medium sweet red pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
3/4 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into cubes
4 cups cooked rigatoni or large tube pasta
4 cups torn romaine lettuce
1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
1 can (6 ounces) pitted ripe olives, drained

In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the vinegar, soy sauce, 1-1/2 teaspoons oil, sugar and garlic; shake well and set aside.
In a large nonstick skillet, saute the onion, peppers and mushrooms, in 1-1/2 teaspoons oil until tender. Remove and keep warm.
In same skillet, saute chicken in remaining oil until juices run clear; drain.
In a large bowl, combine the pasta, lettuce, oranges, olives, onion mixture and chicken. Pour dressing over lettuce mixture; toss to coat. Serve immediately.
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Recipe source: All Simple Recipes yahoo group, submitted by Beth Layman


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