Asian Chicken Pasta Salad

Asian Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe ThumbnailAsian Chicken Pasta Salad is a deliciously fresh recipe packed with vibrant flavors. Serving this Stir-fry dish on a bed of small pasta is a brilliant touch. However, ingredients like spinach, bean sprouts, and bell peppers are the “star” of this recipe. Try it today!

Asian Chicken Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4 Servings

471 per serving

Fat: 13.6g (21%)

Saturated Fat: 1.6g (8%)

Carbohydrates: 51.9g (17%)

Protein: 32.8g

Fiber: 5.1g (20%)

Sugars: 6.7g

Sodium: 664mg (28%)

Asian Chicken Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces small pasta like orzo or rotini (uncooked)
  • 2 cups poached chicken (cooked & cut into chunks)
  • 4 ounces spinach leaves (stems removed. slice into strips)
  • 1/2 cup bean sprouts
  • 1/2 red bell pepper (julienne cut)
  • 2 scallions (chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (reduced-sodium)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons Teriyaki sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Oriental chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 3 tablespoons almonds (slivered)

Instructions

  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions; drain.
  2. (Optional) In a fry pan, heat 1 tbsp of oil and 1/2 tbsp of vinegar. Add bell peppers, onions, and chicken chunks. Cook for 3-5 minutes.
  3. In large mixing bowl, combine pasta, chicken, spinach, sprouts, bell peppers, and scallions.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, mix together remaining ingredients except almonds; whisk well.
  5. Toss dressing with pasta mixture and refrigerate until ready to serve. Sprinkle almonds over top just before serving.

Notes

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Thoughts About Nutrition

Nutritionally speaking, we knew this recipe would score well. We were surprised by the high-calorie count (471 calories per serving). However, the impressive list of vitamins and minerals boosted this recipe to a “B+“. The high level of sodium comes from using Soy Sauce. Using standard pasta noodles increases the carbohydrates. You can find alternatives for these ingredients, but we presented it “As-is”.

Another Imported Recipe

Imported from Master Cook recipe software, this recipe has become an instant lunch favorite. The recipe was originally cooked up (pun intended) by the folks at the National Pasta Association. We absolutely love their Domain Name (“ilovepasta.org”). Here at Healthy Urban Cooking, we enjoy sources like this. We are tired of always using Food.com or All-recipe.com. So when we find a great recipe like this, we put it in our collection.

Suggestions for Asian Chicken Pasta Salad

In our kitchen, we tinker with most recipes, even our own. Our number one suggestion: Eliminate the Soy Sauce. Instead, use an extra tablespoon of Oriental chili sauce. Also, reduce the amount of chicken by 1/2 cup. This will drop the calories a bit. Another thought would be to add a second leafy green, such as kale, to the recipe. Finally, instead of almonds, use cashews. We feel cashews are more flavorful. Of course, you are free to experiment with other ingredients. Remember, though, “less is more” in the culinary world. Enjoy the recipe. We do!

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