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Special Sesame Chicken Salad Recipe

Special Sesame Chicken Salad Recipe

With its delicious mix of crunchy peanuts, tangy dried cranberries and mandarin oranges, this colorful pasta salad is a definite crowd-pleaser. Water chestnuts and a teriyaki dressing give this main dish its Asian flare.—Carolee Ewell, Santaquin, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling YIELD:22 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) bow tie pasta
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2/3 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cans (11 ounces each) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1-1/3 cups honey-roasted peanuts
  • 1 package (9 ounces) fresh spinach, torn
  • 1 package (5 ounces) dried cranberries
  • 6 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted

Directions

  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and place in a very large bowl.
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine the oil, vinegar, teriyaki sauce, sugar and pepper. Pour over pasta and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • 3. Just before serving, add the remaining ingredients; gently toss to coat. Yield: 22 servings (1 cup each).

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 302 calories, 16 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 358 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 10 g protein.