Thai Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe
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Thai Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe

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This healthier twist on traditional Pad Thai has only 1/3 the sodium of similar name-brand products—and it's ready to serve in just 30 minutes! —Beth Dauenhauer, Pueblo, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups equals 400 calories, 12 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 298 mg sodium, 51 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 25 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a Dutch oven, cook spaghetti according to package directions, adding the carrots during the last 2 minutes of cooking.
  2. 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.
  3. Sprinkle with cilantro and peanuts. Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Thai Chicken Pasta Salad in Healthy Cooking February/March 2011, p40

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups equals 400 calories, 12 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 298 mg sodium, 51 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 25 g protein.

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Jul. 7, 2014

"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."

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Reviewed Mar. 23, 2014

"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."

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Reviewed Jan. 19, 2012

"Terrible taste, put in trash."

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Reviewed Mar. 13, 2011

"We loved this! dressing was very thick we doubled it and it was a little much but, when warmed it softened:)"

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Reviewed Mar. 13, 2011

"We loved this!"

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