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Sesame Chicken Noodle Salad

This is my go-to recipe when I have no time. It’s quick, easy and you can use almost anything from the fridge. —Jess Apfe, Berkeley, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 15 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 8 ounces uncooked whole wheat angel hair pasta
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 1-1/2 cups coleslaw mix
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, julienned
  • 1 cup fresh sugar snap peas, trimmed and halved
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup reduced-fat Asian toasted sesame salad dressing
  • 1/4 cup chopped salted peanuts


  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • In a large bowl, combine chicken, coleslaw mix, oranges, red pepper, snap peas and green onions; sprinkle with salt and toss to combine.
  • Drain pasta and rinse in cold water. Add pasta and dressing to chicken mixture; toss to coat. Sprinkle with peanuts.
Health Tip: Whole grain brown rice noodles are available, but they can be hard to find. Whole wheat angel hair pasta is a healthy stand-in, and it adds 6g fiber per serving.
Nutrition Facts
2 cups: 519 calories, 11g fat (1g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 631mg sodium, 72g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 10g fiber), 35g protein.

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  • etretired
    Aug 27, 2015

    U vie used shrimp instead of chicken . Great dish, we have it three or four times a month.

  • justmbeth
    Sep 10, 2013

    Loved it. Served it with a side of steam buns.

  • wallynbob
    Aug 24, 2013

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  • ChrisBenge
    Jul 28, 2013

    The first time I made this recipe I made it exactly as instructed. It was good, but not excellent. It is a lower calorie and healthier than most noodle salad recipe. I made it a second time and used regular angel hair pasta and I coated my chicken with corn starch and then cooked it and tossed in some sesame cooking oil and honey to coat. I replaced the red peppers with green peppers and used regular sesame salad dressing and left off the peanuts. I added toasted sesame seeds. To me, this made the dish excellent.

  • bobeepbeep
    Jul 25, 2013

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  • nancyphudson
    Jul 19, 2013

    Excellent salad! I've made several times, both with the chicken and without to serve as a side salad with grilled chicken. I use regular thin spaghetti and add extra shredded carrots for more color and extra crunch and I prefer to Blanche the snap peas. This is a new summer staple in my house.

  • jchrist67
    Jun 21, 2013

    This was just delicious. I am not a fan of whole wheat pasta so I used the regular kind and a bottled dressing. It made what I consider a huge amount and I think it would feed six. I will make this again for family or to take to a picnic.

  • Terrytx
    Jun 15, 2013

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  • ahmom
    Jun 13, 2013

    I love this. I made my own spicy dressing. Next time I will put only 1/2 the amount of red pepper flakes in. I cut the recipe in half, this made 4 servings for our family. I didn't have peanuts, used cashews instead.

  • glburt
    Jun 7, 2013

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