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Special Sesame Chicken Salad

With its delicious mix of crunchy peanuts, tangy dried cranberries and mandarin oranges, this colorful Asian chicken 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
  • Makes
    22 servings


  • 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


  • Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and place in a very large bowl.
  • 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.
  • Just before serving, add the remaining ingredients; gently toss to coat.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Place parsley or cilantro sprigs in a small glass container and snip with kitchen shears until chopped to desired fineness. This is a helpful way to avoid dirtying a cutting board.
  • Canola oil is high in monounsaturated fat, a type that helps to decrease blood cholesterol levels, and low in saturated fat, which can increase blood cholesterol.
  • Check out 20 of our favorite Asian-inspired recipes.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cup: 302 calories, 16g fat (2g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 358mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 3g fiber), 10g protein.

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    • Kendra
      Jun 6, 2017

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    • muffbear74
      Aug 26, 2014

      I halved the recipe and used it as a main dish summer dinner. Very nice!

    • meepstah
      Jun 12, 2013

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    • ekprice
      May 15, 2013

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    • TexasCookie
      Apr 28, 2013

      Great recipe; easy to prepare and tastes fabulous. A wonderful combination of flavors and textures and a very satisfying meal.I agree with earlier posters about adding the honey roasted peanuts to the individual salads at the end.

    • sandypwright
      Aug 16, 2012

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    • mbvanzante
      Jun 28, 2012

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    • emaurer125
      Oct 28, 2011

      Made this today for a tennis luncheon and it was a bit hit, everyone wanted the recipe. I used extra spinach (I like more greens) and added Chinese noodles for crunch. It really does make a lot, so you might want to halve the recipe if you aren't serving a lot of people. I followed the dressing directions exactly and loved the taste. Put the peanuts and the Chinese noodles in at the end to keep the noodles crunchy and the glaze on the peanuts.

    • kfree1993
      Jun 30, 2011

      This salad was oh so yummy!!! I took it to work and everybody had to sample it and many asked for the recipe. Definitely a keeper.

    • angelasandoval
      Jun 6, 2011

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