- 12 ounces uncooked whole wheat spaghetti
- 2 large carrots, julienned
- 3/4 cup reduced-fat creamy peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons water
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- 3 tablespoons molasses
- 4-1/2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1-1/2 teaspoons rice vinegar
- 1-1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 8 cups finely shredded Chinese or napa cabbage
- 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
- 2/3 cup minced fresh cilantro
- 3 tablespoons unsalted dry roasted peanuts, chopped
- In a Dutch oven, cook spaghetti according to package directions, adding the carrots during the last 2 minutes of cooking.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk peanut butter, water, lime juice, molasses, soy sauce, garlic, vinegar, sesame oil and red pepper flakes until blended. Drain spaghetti and carrots; place in a large bowl. Add cabbage, chicken and dressing; toss to coat.
- Sprinkle with cilantro and peanuts. Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving. Yield: 8 servings.
Light-Bodied White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.
Reviews for Thai Chicken Pasta Salad
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"I felt that 1/2 cup of peanut butter was plenty, & I'm a peanut butter lover. I also added an extra splash of vinegar to cut the richness & omitted the sesame oil. With those changes, I loved this recipe."
"The peanut butter taste is very overwhelming. Maybe reducing it would improve the dressing. Otherwise, a good recipe."
"We enjoyed this salad. Agree the dressing is too thick. I didn't want to reduce the amount of peanut butter so just added additional water (warm) until I got the consistency I wanted. In fact, I ended up making another half batch of dressing because it didn't seem like there was enough--pasta was kind of "dry." Added more red peppers as we like hot & spicy. Used cole slaw cabbage mix that also contained chopped carrots to simplify and added chopped green onions."
"Easy and delicious, this sauce is a new favorite. I reduced the amount of peanut butter, and the dressing was easy to work with. The flavor was even better the second day."
"Terrible taste, put in trash."